Whether we like it or not, wearing sunscreen is a must for all of us — especially in the summer months when we’re spending loads more time outdoors. Of course, not all sunscreens are created equal and finding one you love can be pretty much trial and error. So, to help take the chore out of finding the right sunscreen for your skin this summer we’ve put together an easy guide to buying sun protection and have also included some of our favourite sunscreens for all skin types and lifestyles.
Opt for the highest SPF possible
If you’re spending the day at the beach then you’ll want to reach for an SPF30 or higher and make sure you reapply every hour or after you’ve taken a dip. Dermatologists and skincare experts recommend that the average adult apply at least a shot glass full of sunscreen to the body when out in the sun, so make sure you don’t skimp on the sun lotion.
Make sure it’s skin safe
When shopping for sunscreen choose an option that is hypoallergenic (meaning it’s kind to sensitive skin) as well as non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog your pores). This will ensure you don’t have any nasty breakouts or reactions after spending the day applying sunscreen.
We love Cetaphil Daylong High Protection SPF30 Face & Body Liposomal Spray. This water-resistant spray-on sunscreen is kind to sensitive skin and is ideal for active types.
Choose a mineral, not chemical sunscreen
Recent research suggests that chemical sunscreen may be destroying the marine ecosystem, so if you’re heading into the ocean, be sure to use a mineral sunscreen rather than a chemical one. According to a 2015 study in Hawaii, ingredients found in chemical SPF—specifically oxybenzone, which appears in over 3,500 well-known sunscreens — pose a serious threat to marine life worldwide. When shopping for SPF, check the ingredients before you buy and opt for a mineral sunscreen wherever possible. In general, the active ingredients in chemical sunscreens tend to be the most harmful to both your skin and the planet. Avoid oxybenzone, octinoxate, and octocrylene. For a comprehensive list of all potentially harmful ingredients, click here.
We love reef-safe mineral SPFs like Eau Thermale Avène. They’re long-lasting, hydrating, and perfect for all skin types and tones—even the most sensitive skin.
Consider your skin type
There are huge differences in sunscreen formulas so it’s important to look for one that will suit your skin type. If you have dry skin, look for formulations that have hydrating ingredients. If you have oily skin, opt for something with a matte finish and oil-free. If you have sensitive skin, mineral-based sunscreens are ideal. Most chemical sunscreens can be irritating to sensitive skin while zinc oxide, found in most mineral sunscreens is calming.
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