This summer, make it your goal to see beach bonfires burn—and not your skin. We want to make sure no matter where you travel this season, you’re set on sun safety. Below, we rounded up five portable sunscreens in varying formats you’re sure to love. JESSICA VELEZ
There are two types of people in this world: those who lounge by the pool with a book, and those that dive right in. Luckily, inner mermaids with delicate fins don’t have to worry about rays while practicing their backstroke. Shiseido’s Wet Force line now comes with a face and body protector specially formulated for sensitive skin. So just keep swimming—but be sure to reapply the fragrance-free formula every 80 minutes…or whenever you’re sick of playing Marco Polo.
Supergoop created a sunscreen and setting spray in one, thus saving us from melted foundation and crab face—aka, summertime sadness. After your last cat eye flick, mist on this refreshing minty spray to lock everything in place and get a dose of SPF 50. Here’s the real kicker: You can reapply all day, err day without disrupting your strobe in the slightest. Now if only we could say the same for BBQ sauce…
Everything about Fresh Sugar Sport SPF30 screams summer—from it’s neon packaging to its orange ice-pop scent. In true Fresh fashion, the formula is sweetened up with skin-nourishing sugar. It’s also perfect for surfers outfitted in wetsuits since it’s meant to be applied to exposed areas like lips, face, and around the eyes. Plus it’s water resistant. But it’s suitable for anyone with a competitive spirit, since it’s a clear winner in our eyes.
“Thanks, it has SPF” is what you should say when someone compliments your supple lips. Coola LipLux’s creamy (read, not waxy) formula has more than usual, clocking in at SPF 30. Why do your lips need sun protection? It helps prevent photo-aging and burning, which aren’t things you want to kiss hello to anytime soon. Coola’s version comes loaded with nutrients and antioxidants to keep your lips smiling.
A SPF-infused tinted powder that fits in your clutch? Genius. ColorScience’s Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF50 comes in a purse-friendly tube for easy reapplication. Think of it as a way to shine-proof your complexion while also protecting your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. That’s what we like to call a win-win.
Nivea Kids Protect and Sensitive Sun Lotion with SPF 50+/PA+++ ($)
La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50 Smoothing Optical BLUR UNIFYING ($$)
IOPE UV Shield Sun Multi Fluid SPF 50+/PA+++ ($$, and it’s 100ml)
This is not an exhaustive list, as there are likely tons of sunscreens out there that I don’t know of that meet my standards. You may also find that you like a sunscreen from a category outside of your skin type. Feel free to experiment. I will be updating this list if I come across any new sunscreens that meet my criteria.
POC may want to stick with chemical-only formulas, to avoid white-cast.
Full disclosure: I have not personally used every sunscreen on this list. I compiled this list from ingredients lists and user reviews. I place an (*) before the one’s I’ve tried.
“My first sunscreen was the one with the little girl and the dog pulling her swimsuit off,” recalls Gaby Giron, Sephora Assistant Skincare Merchant. “I just remember the smell. It was definitely memorable, but not in the best sense.” Thankfully, the days of chalky, greasy, weird-smelling sun protection are over—along with excuses not to wear it. New innovations in formulas and formats now offer a wealth of solutions to old problems, and, often, additional skincare benefits. Read on for the answer to your sunscreen dreams. MELISSA LANE
It Cosmetics primer serum. Supergoop Sunscreen mixed with Marc Jacobs foundation concentrate and applied with a super light hand. I skip concealer when it’s humid and I’m going to be outside, hence those permanent shadows under my eyes. Laura Mercier translucent setting powder. A little Milani highlighter above my cheekbones. A little Too Faced chocolate soleil bronzer on the perimeters of my face. A wash of shimmery Colourpop pressed powder on my eyelids. Some L'Oréal eyebrow pencil to fill in the sparse spots. It Cosmetics superhero mascara. I lined my lips with a Rimmel liner and put a clear sephora gloss on top.
You can wear makeup without looking like you’ve completely changed your entire face. But if you LIKE changing your entire face, you can do that too. You can do WHATEVER you damn well please with your makeup.
If only they knew how many steps involved looking “natural.”
For non face products i’ll keep easy to apply lipsticks and chapsticks in my purse. Something I can put on without looking in a mirror or something that’s hydrating but still looks nice on the lips. I’ll usually do the whole lip liner + lipstick thing in the morning but mid day I don’t reapply that whole lip, i’ll put on an easier lip to last the rest of the day.
Dior Addict Lip Glow, this gives your lips a doll like pink flush, doesnt really look like lipstick but hydrates + adds color. These also come in a few shades now, but I have the classic rosy pink shade.
I thought this was such a good question that it deserved its own post! You don’t simply wake up one day with a 10 step routine. You also shouldn’t buy all 10 steps at once (despite the temptation)! A full 10 step routine can be daunting for someone just dipping their toes into the KBeauty scene. So this poses the question:
HOUSE OF SUNSCREEN: THE BEST SUNCARE FOR YOUR DAILY ROUTINE
Pick the perfect protection.
Think sunscreen is one-size-fits-all? Think again. The choices abound in a cornucopia of formats, formulas, and feel-good benefits. So, how do you choose? “It all depends on your lifestyle,” says Gaby Giron, Sephora Assistant Skincare Merchant. “Some people are active; some are in the city; some are baking in the sun all day. We’re all so different. But, luckily, there’s a sunscreen for everyone.” Below, the best sun protection for the demands of your day (and oh-so-subtle personal preference). MELISSA LANE
ACTIVE, STAY-PUT PROTECTION
Stand up to sun, sweat, and surf with these sporty sunscreens.
During the harsh winter winds and endless summer sun taking care of your lips can be a chore! Taking care of your lips is vital for a perfect application of lip products. Here are my step by step rules for have plush kissable lips!
Sixteen ways to protect yourself. One great cause.
Take a look at four people sitting or standing near you right now. One of them—or you—will develop skin cancer. An even more sobering fact: Despite being one of the easiest kinds to prevent, it is more prominent than all other forms of cancer combined. “That’s why education is so critical,” says Dr. Perry Robins, president and founder of The Skin Cancer Foundation. “As a behavioral disease, it’s highly preventable.”
In 2006, Sephora and the Foundation formed a partnership to help turn the tide on skin cancer. The result: the Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit. “The idea was simple,” says Robins. “Put some of Sephora’s bestselling sun protection products together to promote the importance of sun safety with proceeds going to the Foundation.”
To date, the kit has raised more than $3.7 million to fight skin cancer. Along with supporting a variety of Foundation initiatives—including SkinCancer.org, the #1 online resource for skin cancer information; a youth education program; and a PSA campaign—it has also funded free skin-cancer screenings, “which directly save lives,” emphasizes Robins.
Now in its ninth year, it is one of Sephora’s most popular kits, and it’s easy to see why. The current incarnation comprises 16 different ways to protect your eyes, lips, face, hair, and body with leading advances in water resistance; complexion perfecting; and multitaskers that double as moisturizer, antiager, primer, and foundation. “This year’s assortment is our most innovative yet,” confirms Gaby Giron, Sephora Assistant Skincare Merchant.
Brands that donated top suncare products include Clarins, Shiseido, Josie Maran, Algenist, Origins, Ole Henriksen, Murad, Dr. Dennis Gross, AmorePacific, Peter Thomas Roth, Dr. Jart+, Supergoop!, Vita Liberata, Korres, CLINIQUE, and St. Tropez. “We always advise people that the best sunscreen is the one you’re most likely to use,” says Robins. “Sephora [with the Sun Safety Kit] affords its customers the opportunity to find the right one for them.”
The Sun Safey Kit is now in stores in limited quantities. It is expected to sell out.
Love Supergoop, carry it with me everywhere. But I think Shiseido and its drugstore version from Kose are the best because they’re super absorbent. Asian formulation of sunscreens tend to be more watery and less greasy and generally way better. They care a lot more about skincare than America….my grandma and all my Asian relatives have like, shrines to Shiseido near the beds and they don’t even have freckles because of it. Skinceuticals is also a cult beauty editor favorite and it’s very watery, but I prefer Kose because I’m a snob and I like to have things no one else does.
Need to prime, extend, shampoo, or hydrate? There’s a spray for that.
Forget your grandma’s mists from the days of yore. Technology has come a long way from heavy fragrances, stiffening hair sprays, and streaky self-tanners. In fact, the spray format has never been more desirable. For example, a mist foundation’s super-fine particle size can deliver a more refined application for a flawless finish. Additionally, it can be a much less messy experience (no fingers needed!), while offering convenience on the go. Below, we detail the most important questions to ask when developing new spray-based beauty products—and why misting is a must. KATE HELFRICH, SENIOR PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR OF SEPHORA COLLECTION
LIGHT OR HEAVY? Sprays come in all sorts of intensities. Fine ones suit facial hydrators better, while heavier ones serve products like body bronzers better.
AEROSOL OR AEROSOL-FREE? An aerosol-based formula enables a long continuous spray. On the other hand, a pump mechanism dispenses short bursts of product, so they’re best for products like fragrance, which you want to apply sparingly.
NARROW OR WIDE? Some mists have a restricted valve for targeted application, ideal for spray foundations used on the face. For all-over body coverage, like that needed for a spray sunscreen, a wider spray is optimal to allow a more generous application.
WET OR DRY? In addition to the more traditional, wet-spray technologies, we now have newer, dry technologies. These facilitate innovative products, such as dry shampoo, which both cuts your prep time and soaks up excess oil thanks to powdery (not slick) bases.
PRO TIP: Sure, you can apply makeup mists directly on your face, but did you know you can also use a brush? Not only does a mist provide an even application when sprayed directly on skin, but it also distributes the perfect amount of product when sprayed onto sponges and brushes, giving you a little bit more control.
Five ways to protect your eye area—and one tip to skip the sting.
There’s nothing worse than getting sunscreen in your eyes. It burns like crazy, and if you’re nowhere near a sink (like, say, on the bus, with nothing but a half-empty soda), the situation can get dire. So, it’s not surprising that many of us default to not using anything in that region. Oh, but what a mistake this is! Nothing ages you like the sun, and if anything is a visual odometer for your years, it’s the skin around your eyes. Below, we look at five new eye creams that not only deliver steadfast protection, but also a slew of antiaging benefits and distinct advantages. Regardless which one catches your eye, steer clear of the waterlines when you apply it, and completely avoid the area around the tear duct, which is where sunscreen usually gets in. Then, peek out from behind your sunnies with impunity—you, my friend, are covered. MELISSA LANE
Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream Broad Spectrum Sunscreen POWERED BY: 100% natural oat peptide complex. PROTECTION: SPF 37 PLUS: Soothing. While providing robust broad spectrum protection, this milky eye cream offers instant hydration, brightening, and soothing with a cool, metallic tip applicator. It also depuffs, reduces the appearance of fine lines, and improves the look of firmness and elasticity. Not bad for a little cream powered by oats.
AmorePacific Future Response Age Defense Dual Eye Creme POWERED BY: Green tea, pine mushroom, and Chinese plum. PROTECTION: SPF 25 PLUS: A night creme that picks up where the day one leaves off. Get around-the-clock defense with daytime protection from UV rays and nighttime recovery from free radicals and other aggressors. Thanks to what reads like a Chinese herbalist’s grocery list, it imparts a nice dose of antioxidants to minimize signs of aging and inflammation, all in a pretty iridescent sheen. (Green tea fans, rejoice—it is not only concocted with extracts of your favorite beverage, it smells like it, too.)
Clinique Superdefense SPF 20 Age Defense Eye Cream POWERED BY: Antioxidant-rich complex of essential lipids, sodium hyaluronate, and trehalose. PROTECTION: SPF 20 PLUS: Hydration. This fresh-scented number instantly hydrates with moisture-binding superheroes sodium hyaluronate and trehalose, while antioxidants rally against free radical damage. With just a hint of pink, this delicate sunscreen imparts a nice, subtle pop to the eyes.
Boscia All-In One B.B. Eye Brightener Broad Spectrum SPF 20 POWERED BY: 4.5% peptide complex with Matrixyl 3000, Eyeliss, wakame, sea fern algae, jojoba leaf, and wilowherb. PROTECTION: SPF 20 PLUS: Concealer. This multitasking marvel conceals, brightens, and protects your eye area, and prevents the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, and pigmentation. With an SPF of 20, this self-adjusting shade, adds one more notch to BB cream’s belt.
Ole Ultimate Lift Eye Gel POWERED BY: Red micro algae, cucumber and Persian silk tree extract, biopeptides, and hyaluronic acid. PROTECTION: Post-sun cooling. PLUS: Firming. Too much fun in the sun? Keep this cooling gel on hand (in the fridge, if possible), and dab on right before bed. It lifts the look of the upper lid, improving the overall appearance of firmness, elasticity, crow’s feet, and wrinkles. Bonus: The cucumber scent will send you off to slumberland dreaming of spas.
Pop quiz. What’s the most effective antiaging product at Sephora? It isn’t sourced from exotic plants you can’t pronounce, nor did scientists recently emerge triumphant from their labs with it. It’s been around since 1938 and is all of three letters: SPF.
Sunscreen is your best ally in slowing down and even blocking the worst of the sun’s aging effects: “Dry and leathery looking skin, rough texture, visible dark spots,” cites Jamie Anderson, Sephora Senior Brand Strategist. “Invisible damage is happening beneath the skin’s surface, too: collagen and elastin photo-damage will eventually also lead to wrinkles and loss of firmness.” However, according to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, only 34% of Americans wear sun protection. “People believe that as long as they are not exposed to the sun long enough to risk a sunburn, they don’t need sunscreen,” says Anderson. “But, incidental sun exposure adds up!” Below, some insights on how to slap on the SPF with strategy. Because a face like leather is never going to be in style. MELISSA LANE
The best sunscreen for you? That’s simple: one you enjoy wearing. One that feels and looks good on your skin. Just make sure it has broad-spectrum protection with a minimum of SPF 15, which is as low as you can go and still guard against skin cancer and early skin aging.
TIMING IS EVERYTHING
The rule of thumb is to apply sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before sun exposure. If you’re going to apply makeup over it, let your sunscreen dry for five to ten minutes first. Or, better yet, take advantage of makeup with sunscreen benefits.
TO LAYER OR NOT TO LAYER
SPF values are not cumulative nor do they multiply, so layering an SPF 20 on top of an SPF 20 is still SPF 20. However, a potential advantage to using, let’s say, an SPF moisturizer with an SPF foundation is more-thorough coverage: The second layer could hit a spot that the first one missed.
THE EYES HAVE IT
Watch out for oil-based SPF around the eye area. If it gets into eyes, it will sting like crazy and can send you running to the bathroom to splash water on your face. Try an SPF eye cream that is expressly crafted for and tested for that delicate area. Another good option: a stay-put stick format.
YOUR FACE ISN’T THE ONLY PLACE AGE SHOWS
Don’t forget other places that reveal telltale signs of aging: your décolleté and hands. Dark spots and collagen breakdown result in thin, veiny hands that make you look anything but youthful. Remember, every time you wash your hands, you have to reapply. Three more places most of us forget to apply sunscreen: lips, exposed scalp, and ears.
DIAL IT UP
Using a retinoid or skin lightener? Just had an intensive facial peel or dermabrasion? Bump up to a higher SPF. Myriad medications, prescriptions, and conditions can increase photosensitivity and warrant a higher SPF. Err on the side of safety in these cases (or at least do a quick Internet search), and increase your sun protection.