Which SPF is right for you?

Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is a critical step in your skin care routine and instrumental in keeping a healthy and glowing complexation that looks flawless now and for years to come. However, for something that is recommended to be worn every single day, many of them aren’t comfortable to wear layered with makeup or aren’t sufficiently protective.

Most dermatologists recommend at least SPF 30 to be worn to protect against harmful rays as it protects against 97% of UVB rays and SPF 50 protects against 98%, while SPF 15 clocks in at a measly 93%. UVB and UVA rays can cause long-term skin damage like wrinkles and sunspots, not to mention skin cancer. The wrong sunscreen can make your face look greasy or pale, or cause breakouts and skin problems.

To help you pick the right one, here’s a list of some of the most highly recommended sunscreens out there.

Sugargoop Unseen Sunscreen is SPF 40 and is Allure magazine’s number one pick for sunscreens. Dermatologist Caroline Robinson recommended this product as well, citing its rich texture and water-resistance. The product comes in a gel-like formula which dries down on your face matte, making for a clean slate in winter or summer conditions, which can be worn alone or under makeup.

Biore UV sunscreen is SPF 50 and endorsed by skin care professionals all over, including skin guru Charlotte Palermino , who swears by it. Popular in Japan, who often have much more innovative skin products, especially sunscreens, than us the sunscreen gel feels like a watery serum and soaks deep into your skin. It leaves absolutely no white tint or residue and feels incredibly light while also being hydrating.

If you’re looking for a drugstore option, Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen is a great oil-free option that is also non-comedogenic. At SPF 50, the formula is 100 zinc oxide and dries to a matte finish. The sunscreen Is also water-resistant and non-greasy making it a great option for outdoor activities or a day at the beach.

As are most things Rihanna does, The Fenty sunscreen is absolutely amazing. The mission of this product was to create a no-cast SPF that those of any skin tone can use and look great in. The Fenty Skin Hydra Vizon Invisible Moisturizer SPF 30 is a pink-tinted formula that blends effortlessly while also adding a subtle glow. It also moisturizes with hyaluronic acid and Kalahari melon. As if it wasn’t already a great product, the bottle is refillable, and you save five dollars when you buy a $30 dollar refill instead of replacing.

While it is very important to buy the right products to put on your face and to look into your products with scrutiny, the absolute most important thing is to Always. Wear. SPF. Even if you’re just going to work in an office all day, even if it’s raining, even if you don’t plan on leaving the house; wear your SPF.


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