In the last few weeks I’ve had several people ask me for sunscreen recommendations. One is someone looking to protect themselves daily, the other is someone who remembered that I’m always talking about whatever my favorite happens to be. I’m pretty pleased that if people are going to know me for anything skincare-related, that it’s the #1 thing we should all be using.
That photo of me is from November last year. I wear sunscreen everyday, and sunglasses to protect my eyes. Did you know you can get skin cancer in your eyes from the sun?! Not to mention if you’re not squinting from the brightness, you’re not contributing to those little eye wrinkles from repetitive movement.
I’ll readily admit that my parameters for what makes a good sunscreen might not be the same as everyone else’s, but I’ve done my best here to provide a variety that I can personally vouch for. They’re either on my vanity right now, or I have used them in the past and would happily go back to them.
Here’s what I look for:
- Gentle, because I have sensitive skin
- Physical blockers, because they are less irritating, and considered safer
- A good texture. My sensitive skin is often flaky and I need something that won’t exacerbate that. Plus sunscreens get a bad rep for being greasy. Your milage may vary, but in my opinion everything in this list has an elegant feel that make them easy to want to use.
- Doesn’t cause breakouts—obviously
So, without further adieu, here are my favorite sunscreens, for face, eye area, body, hands and even lips!
Use it on baby, use it on yourself. I’ve used this everywhere, face and body. It’s so gentle, easy to apply and doesn’t leave a noticeable white cast. Not to mention it’s only around $10 and available everywhere.
This is a super light texture, and sinks into the skin instantly. This is a combination of Zinc Oxide 9.0%, Octinoxate 7.5%, so not just physical blockers. However if you’re looking for something that has antioxidants, is lightly moisturizing but non-greasy and works great on it’s own or under makeup, you can’t go wrong.
This is another great one that combines skincare ingredients, i.e. antioxidants, with a mineral-based sunscreen. Super easy to wear, and I usually stock up on it when my local Beauty Brands has a special event discount. You should also check out Supergoop’s sunscreen hand cream and their anti-aging eye cream with SPF 37. This brand is so smart, and I love that they’re producing affordable, elegant products for the whole body. These are all in my regular rotation.
Ok, we got a Blue Mercury store on the Country Club Plaza last year, and one of my favorite things there is the selection of La Roche-Posay. In France this is a drugstore line, and as of several years ago you will find some of the Anthelios sunscreens at CVS and Walgreens. Blue Mercury has more though, including this gem, which is my latest obsession. It’s a tinted primer, it’s a sunscreen, it has antioxidants, it reduces shine. It’s pretty much perfect. Oh, also, they carry a pretty decent selection of LRP at Target and target.com now. Score.
I use this on my neck, chest and arms on a daily basis. It’s simple, lightly moisturizing, and it works. This happens to be available at Target too, as well as Whole Foods.
If it wasn’t obvious already, I like products that offer multiple benefits. This is a daytime eye cream from Kiehl’s packs vitamin C and licorice extract to treat dark circles and brighten the eye area, a tint to illuminate, and mineral SPF to protect. It’s creamy but melts into the skin invisibly but somehow the eye area looks instantly better, and it wears well under concealer.
Like your eyes, your lips need special protection from the sun. Jack Black’s lip balm is award winning because it’s a great balm that also happens to have SPF 25. I hate how typical sunscreen balms taste but this is actually tolerable. They also just launched the famous formula in stick form.
If you’re not tired of me yet, a few others worth mentioning include Suntegrity sunscreens, who just launched a line of mineral SPF lipsticks. Paula’s Choice offers a reliable collections of sunscreens for all skin types and they offer samples. Cotz brand is available at Ulta and online and offers some very elegant formulations for different skin concerns.
Do you have favorite sunscreen products? I’d love to know what you use, please leave me a comment!