A good SPF and non-sticky formula should be standard when you’re shopping for a sunscreen, but the best products on the market can do so much more! Here are some of the most highly recommended double-duty sunscreens you’ll want to try out.
Any dermatologist will tell you that the fastest way to more beautiful skin is to moisturize, moisturize and then moisturize some more! These three sunscreens make it easy by combining a strong SPF with a boost of moisture-rich ingredients for a hydrating duo that can’t be beat.
From left: Banana Boat Protect & Hydrate; Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration; Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray
Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation, this 2-in-1 formula from Banana Boat combines a broad spectrum SPF (of either 15, 30 or 50) with an all-day moisturizer. The non-greasy lotion is infused with aloe vera to moisturize and sooth while protecting against harmful UV rays. Banana boat-ready, feel free to frolic on the beach for a good 60 minutes before having to re-apply.
For moisture you can see, Hawaiian Tropic’s Silk Hydrating sunscreen hashydrating ribbons laced with silk proteins that provide 12 hours of moisture on top of the broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Oh, and it still has that irresistible fruity scent that will make you feel like you’re on a perma-vacation.
If you haven’t already tried a dry oil sunscreen then you need to check out this ultra-moisturizing spray from Clarins. Made from organic Indonesian Nyamplung Oil ― known for it’s incredible nourishing properties ― the spray can be applied to both your body and hair to protect against dryness caused by the sun as well as salt water and chlorine. Because it’s a dry oil, it doesn’t leave any greasy residue so your skin will be left feeling silky and shine-free. Hurray!
One of the leading causes of aging is damage from too much sun exposure. Though any sunscreen will help slow down the affects of aging, these three are specifically formulated to rejuvenate the skin while protecting against further damage.
From left: La Roche Posay Anthelios Cooling Water-Lotion; Neova DNA Damage Control Everyday; Vichy Capital Soleil Bare Skin Feel
Coming out of Paris, La Roche Posay has one of the most advanced lines of sunscreens on the market. Free of any fragrances or parabens, this formula contains an age-fighting Cell-Ox Shield that is packed with antioxidants like cassia alata ― a leaf extract that prevents cell damage. The new water-lotion formula cools the skin as you apply it making it perfect for those extra hot days ― or when you’re trying to cover up an accidental burn.
Spent your youth baking in the sun or (gasp!) under the harmful rays of a tanning bed? All is not lost. Neova offers a super scientific sunscreen that will not only protect against new UV damage but will also do some DNA damage control on past errors in judgement. The process involves liposome encapsulated enzymes that repair surface damage to your skin. Sure, it sounds complicated but who cares if it works!
As the name suggests, this new sunscreen from Vichy has a super luxurious, barely there formula, but it’s the Mexoryl XL that really get us excited! Patented by L’Oréal, this unique organic compound has been proven to significantly decrease skin damage from UV exposure as well as prevent signs of photoaging (or ermatoheliosis). Where do we sign up?
When you have acne-prone skin, there’s nothing worse than the idea of piling on a heavy sunscreen that’s going to clog your pores and give you more zits! Thankfully, beauty companies understand this fear and have developed specialized formulas that not only protect against the sun but also help you deal with unpleasant blemishes.
From left: Neutrogena Clear Face; Consonant The Perfect Sunscreen; Estée Lauder Clear Difference Complexion Perfecting BB Creme
A leading acne-fighting brand, Neutrogena sunscreen is practically a no-brainer for anyone dealing with acne-prone skin. The gentle formula uses cinnamon, cedar wood and portulaca flower to calm the skin against breakouts while Helioplex provides protection from the sun. It’s the perfect win-win situation.
Natural beauty fans will love the 100% natural sunscreen from Consonant skincare. Unlike other all natural products that leave your skin looking chalky and gross, this unique formula not only goes on smooth but it also contains natural mica tint which evens out your skin tone and leaves you with the perfect matte finish. No more greasy T-zones over here!
Because sometimes you just need a little extra coverage, Estée Lauder comes to the rescue with this SPF-infused BB creme. Designed to conceal any pesky blemishes or flaws, the super powered formula is also oil-free so it won’t clog your pores. Three sheer shades can be blended to match any skin tone. Here’s to flawless looking (and sun-protected) skin!