Before I jump into my roundup of the sunscreens, I wanted to quickly touch on why it’s so important to protect your skin from the sun. The sun produces three forms of UV rays: UV-A, UV-B and UV-C. UV-C is actually the most damaging to the skin, but the atmosphere forms a barrier to it, which is why you won’t see it target by any sunscreens, and you may not have ever heard of it. UV-A and UV-B are the causes of tanning and burning, respectively. Contrary to popular belief, both tanning and burning are signs of damage, and are your body’s way of telling you to get out of the sun.
Ok, now that you know WHY you need to wear sunscreen, let’s take a quick look at the 4 SPF products I tested out this summer.
The Sente Pollution Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 46 Sunscreen is an oil-free sunscreen formulated with non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which creates a physical barrier to fight off harmful pollutants and damaging UVA/UVB rays. Plus this is tinted, which creates a long-lasting base.
It doesn’t feel greasy at all, which is often a problem with facial sunscreens (and especially bad for me since I already have oily skin). Additionally, it does provide a good base for days when you need that extra coverage. Overall, i was pleased with this for hot summer days, when wearing makeup was not an option.
The PCA SKIN Sheer Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 45 protects against UVA and UVB rays, and contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for UV protection. This is a universal tint which will match most skin tones, and can be used alone or under makeup, depending on how much coverage you prefer.
I LOVE this one. It is perfect as an alternative to regular sunscreen that also evens out my skin- it provids a bit of coverage and while protecting my skin from the strong sun. When I say a bit of coverage, I really do mean a bit. If you want something that’s going to cover all your flaws, then this isn’t for you, unless you plan on layering it under foundation.
The Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF30 is a lightweight, ultra-sheer sunscreen that contains ingredients to help absorb facial oils to prevent shine, providing a matte finish. This one can be worn alone, or after your normal moisturizer.
This is really lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin. Even though it looks like every other sunscreen- thick, white cream- it blends out really well and doesn’t leave a white cast on my medium-tan skin (even when I accidentally dispense and apply too much)! I also found that it did a pretty decent job at controlling oil, at least for the first half of the day.
The Coola Mineral Sunscreen Matte Tint contains SPF 30 and protects and perfects your complexion using two skin-safe mineral sunblocks- titanium and zinc dioxide. This moisturizing base ensures a smooth, even application, and the subtle beige tint evens out skin tone and masks flaws. I have been using it as primer prior to applying foundation, and the matte finish is perfect for keeping oils at bay.
What’s your favorite sunscreen?