Did you know that 90% of the signs of aging are caused by day-to-day UV exposure? Did you know that if you have had 5 sunburns at any age it increases your risk for melanoma? That UVA and UVB rays are bad for you and are equally intense whether you are laying out in the sun or driving in your car? With the summer sun shining and an increase in outdoor activities, sunscreen is a MUST to protect the skin from harmful rays that damage your skin. Many of you know that I had skin cancer (read about my journey here), so I cannot stress enough how important sunscreen is.
Some tips for protecting your skin… 1. Use sunscreen! Today I will show you all of the best sunscreens for your skin. 2. Don’t worry, you can still be tan this summer; just use one of these best self-tanners so that you can get your summer glow without harming your skin. 3. I also highly recommend wearing clothes with UV protection. Cabana Life product is all UPF 50+ protection plus it is so cute! Read more about the company and my favorite products here. 4. Stay hydrated! I always keep a tumbler of iced Topo Chico with me when I am laying poolside. It’s so refreshing!
We break down our list of BEST sunscreens
1. Supergoop! – for your everyday activity
I absolutely love this brand. Supergoop! was founded by Holly Thaggard, who was a school teacher and witnessed first hand what the sun was doing to little kids when they would go outside for recess or play. This inspired her to start a company dedicated to year-round sunscreen and protection. Brilliant! There are so many amazing products. Their most popular is the Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40. It is totally invisible, weightless and scentless so all the usual complaints about sunscreen are gone. Now there’s no excuse not to wear it! Another go-to is the PLAY Everyday Lotion SPF 50 for all of my outdoor activities like walking the dogs. It is water and sweat resistant for all of your outdoor fun. Did you know that most sun damage to your hands happens as you are driving? That is why the Handscreen SPF 40 is what I apply before I leave the house. Their products are cruelty-free and feel good on your skin. They are not sticky and apply evenly. Below are more of my favorite Supergoop! products.
2. Skin Ceuticals – to prevent premature aging
Skin Ceuticals offers many skincare products and one of those is sunscreen. Skin Ceuticals offers a variety of everyday broad spectrum sunscreens that are created to protect the skin from photoaging. Photoaging is premature aging of the skin due to excessive sun exposure. Nobody wants that! All Skin Ceuticals sunscreens are SPF 50 so no need to worry about any harmful rays getting through. One of their top products is their Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50, which is a weightless and oil-free everyday sunscreen. Below is a variety of products that defend against premature aging for all different skin types.
3. COOLA – for sensitive skin
COOLA has many amazing sunscreen products that are good for you skin. COOLA sunscreens are all organic so it is really gentle on your skin. The sunscreen is lightweight, especially compared to the thicker sunscreens. When I have it on I oftentimes forget that I’m even wearing it! It is perfect for any skin type, especially for those of us with sensitive skin. Besides sunscreens, COOLA has an SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray and an SPF 30 BB+ Cream that is a combined foundation and sunscreen for your skin. No one should have to sacrifice flawless looking skin for UV protection. Another one of their best sellers is the Liplux SPF 30 chapstick. Bellow are just a few of their products.
4. Kiehl’s – for the best face sunscreen
Kiehl’s is known for all of their incredible skincare products, but not everyone knows that they make amazing sunscreen. I love how all of their products are made out of unique formulas from all natural ingredients. This ensures that your skin gets the best treatment. I recommend the Super Fluid Daily UV Defense SPF 50+ facial sunscreen for not only protection from the sun, but also protection from the affects of pollution on your skin. If you have acne-prone skin, then you will especially love it. The mineral ingredients make this product excellent on sensitive skin. Most recently, they started offering their best selling Ultra Facial Cream and Ultra Facial Moisturizer as a Broad Spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen. I love how they act as a facial moisturizer and sunscreen all in one!
5. Drunk Elephant – for tinted sunscreen
Drunk Elephant has amazing self tanners, so it is no surprise that they also offer an amazing tinted sunscreen. The Umbra Tinte™ Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 combines ingredients to prevent photoaging and moisturize the skin to decrease the appearance of wrinkles. It is non-greasy and lightweight so it is perfect for everyday use. The added tint leaves your skin with a beautiful and radiant glow that is suitable for all skin colors and types. Drunk Elephant also offers the Umbra Sheer™ Physical Daily Defense SPF 30, which is an everyday lightweight broad spectrum sunscreen. This gives you the same protection as the tinted sunscreen without the tint.
6. Lancer – for the best anti-aging sunscreen
Lancer is known for all of their high-quality skincare products, but they also carry an amazing sunscreen. The Lancer Sheer Fluid Sun Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen is not only a sunscreen, but also doubles as a make-up primer. Give yourself that smooth, oil-free finish that will leave your skin looking smooth. The sunscreen not only protects the skin from harmful UV rays, but also makes the skin look younger with complex anti-aging ingredients. It is compatible with all skin types; even sensitive skin.
7. Necessaire – for fragrance-free
Necessaire is known for their amazing skincare products, and their sunscreen is no less amazing. All of their products are clean, chemical-free and fragrance-free. Not only is it great for your skin, but it also feels so good on the skin. This light-weight and non-greasy broad spectrum sunscreen uses hyaluronic acid, vitamin B5 and Vitamin E to hydrate and nourish the skin while the zinc protects the skin from baking in the sun. It also has Vitamin B3 to strengthen the skin’s barrier. The sunscreen comes in SPF 30.
Below are more incredible sunscreens. The only other thing that you need with your sunscreen is a cute swimsuit. Be sure to check out the best swimsuits of the summer here. The entire basket of sunscreen products is always available at our pool.
xoxo – Tanya
P.S. How cute is Sparky lounging on the pool furniture? Drinks please!
Photo: Audrie Dollins