Best Sunscreens for Your Face

Here's the deal. You are far too smart and pretty to let sun damage riddle your skin with splotches, blotches and CANCER. You know melanoma is deadly, right? And I know you didn't wear sunscreen as a kid and your face hasn't fallen off - yet. But I bet you look older than you feel; we all do. If we had known back in the day that getting a sunburn to get a base tan was such a bad idea, we would all be rich. Not to mention that the sun is now stronger because of the depleting ozone layer.

So I know why you aren't in the habit of wearing a sunscreen daily. But you need to be. Partially because if you care at all about how your skin looks (which I assume you do, since you are reading a beauty blog), you'll want to protect it. And because I know you're smart, I know that YOU know you should be wearing an SPF daily. So just do it already, ok?

Sunscreens are not like the ones you remember. Heavily scented, chalky white, goopy and break- out inducing sunscreens are a thing of the past. Now, they are so much more elegant. They are as lovely as the rest of your favorite products. Keep in mind that you have to apply it liberally, which means about a nickel-sized dollop for your face. I've spent a lot of time finding my favorites, so take a look and protect your beautiful face!

Jan Marini AntiOxidant SPF 45: I've been boasting about this SPF for the last four years, as if I created it myself.. What else is there to say? It's a beautiful product.  The reformulated version is 99% exactly the same. Occasionally, if you rub it in really well, you'll feel some granular bits. But it's so wonderful to wear, you won't even think about it.

DDF Weightless Defense Oil-Free Hydrator UV Moisturizer SPF 45 is what I currently reach for daily. The pump gives you the exact amount you need for your face, taking out the guess work. It gives you a broad spectrum coverage that doesn't feel heavy or look white. This SPF sinks into the skin and provides additional skin care benefits. Antioxidants help protect the face from free radicals and effectively slows the aging clock.

Oil of Olay Regenerist SPF 50 is a fantastic SPF on a drugstore level. I've worn this (or other Olay sunscreens) for years and know it has protected my skin without causing breakouts. Your esthetician may frown at wearing a non-fancy brand (i.e., something they sell) but it works, it doesn't feel greasy and the protection is great.

Neutrogena is one of the top dermatologist choices to protect your skin from skin cancer. I'm not surprised, as Helioplex was specifically engineered to deliver superior UV protection that is broad spectrum and photostable. Sometimes, these lotions can feel a little on the heavy side, so opt for one of the their Ultra Sheer products. Ultra Sheer Liquid is perfect for daily use with and without makeup.

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  1. Thank you for this post! SPF30 sunscreen is a must for me to just go outside. This gives me a good overview for brands to try.

  2. I have to use an SPF 50...I go to a lot of day baseball games in the summer. I'm pretty good at applying it...I'm kind of horrible at reapplying. I've had this funky tan line just right of my clavicle for three weeks. It goes straight down because I was wearing a tank and an open jersey under the sunshine.I will look into that Olay brand

  3. Are any of these made with only physical sunblockers like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide? Like many others, my skin is sensitive to the so-called "chemical" sunscreens on the market (oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate) but I am trying to wear sunscreen on a daily basis. Unfortunately, most of the options I've found so far very much fall in the chalky white and goopy categories. Always looking for new alternatives!

    1. Jan Marini does have a physical block version of the sunscreen that works well with NO white goop whatsoever!

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