This year’s summer weather is intense, and most of the time, the UV Report registers ‘Very High’ so here’s 5 sunscreen products that are worth checking out.
Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense
The Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($34) is a physical sunscreen. This means it’s formulated with zinc oxide to block UV, which naturally gives a white cast. However, Drunk Elephant somehow turned the usually white and thick zinc oxide into something lightweight, nourishing, and easy to blend. You will notice minimal white tinte once you apply, but if you take the time to rub it in, it’s easy to work around it. We recommend letting it dry and set into the skin before applying foundation or concealer, to avoid any piling. The added marula oil is a bonus and makes this sunscreen feel like more of a skin treatment.
Vichy Idéal Soleil Anti-Shine Sunscreen
The Vichy Idéal Soleil Anti-Shine Dry Touch Lotion with SPF 60 ($28.95) is what your oily skin has been begging for. This chemical sunscreen is formulated with the most commonly used sunscreen filter, Mexoryl. Because of its chemical nature, and lack of zinc oxide, there’s no risk of leaving a white cast behind. This one specifically is formulated to have a ‘dry’ powder finish with no shiny finish. (Perfect for oily skin!)
Avene Complexion Correcting Shield
The Avene Complexion Correcting Shield SPF 50+ ($36) has everything you need in a physical sunscreen, with an added tinted bonus, so you never have to worry about any white cast. You can use it as a tinted moisturizer, as a primer (it’s infused with blurring particles), or you can go a shade darker to use it as an overall glow booster before your foundation.
LASPA Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen
LASPA’s Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 30 ($40) was a recent discovery off beautysense.ca, but it has quickly found a consistent spot in our sunscreen routine. It’s a physical sunscreen and the natural ‘grainy’ texture of zinc oxide is a bit more apparent at first, but that’s easily rectified when you work it into your skin. LASPA is a Canadian-brand that labels this sunscreen 100% naturally sourced–if that’s something you look for in products! It does have coconut oil in its ingredients, which is a known comedogenic (pore-blocker), so make sure to keep an eye out in case you start to notice increased breakouts. (Some people tolerate coconut oil on their skin with no problem!)
Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart Lotion
Short for Prevage City Smart + DNA Enzyme Complex + Anti-Pollution + Antioxidants + Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Lotion, this new technology is a first-of-its-kind skin shield. Elizabeth Arden rounded-up scientists, chemists, and dermatologists to create a product that neutralizes the effects of environmental pollution to keep skin looking younger. The formula is infused with protective ingredients (100% mineral broad spectrum sunscreen), preventative ingredients (ferulic acid, green tea, and l-carnosine), and strengthening ingredients (enzymes from plankton and ocean bacteria).
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