I love nothing more than having a tan, and I feel that makeup is SO much better when I can have a nicely colored canvas. That being said, I hate nothing more than wrinkly, dry, parched skin that`s got texture like Death valley. This is why I swear by SPF 50 in my face, all day, all year round. I took it upon myself to check out what some of the largest vendors have as their most sold SPF`s, so you guys can have an idea about what to look for when shopping for spf this summer! I chose from lotions, sprays, oils and creams, and not makeup, for both face and body. 5 each for face and body. (I browsed Ulta, Sephora, Iherb, Walmart and Amazon)
(The listed items are in my own order, picked from all of their top rated bestsellers. I have linked them, and I am not affiliated in any way to either of them. I have not concerned myself with price levels, as that was not my focus)
Top 10 sunscreens for summer – Face (# 1-5)
– Use with or without makeup, spf 50, matte setting spray. Water resistant and vegan; What`s not to love!?
– From La Roche Posay : Lightweight, perfect under makeup, and one of my personal favorites for summer.
Eucerin, Daily Protection Moisturizing Face Lotion, Sunscreen SPF 30, Fragrance Free, 4 fl oz (118 ml
– Broad-Spectrum, non-comodogenic, fragrance free, lightweight, moisturizing, and Iherb`s #2 in sunscreens for face! I have used this brand for soap and lotions for years and can vouch for their quality.
Oilfree, broadspectrum, makeupgripping, for all types of skin. No parabens, no artificial fragrance and no Oxybenzone.
Oilfree, broadspectrum, ecofriendly, natural ingredients, mineralbased, non sticky, non nano, water resistant. This is on my shopping list, as it is natural, mineralbased and water resistant. Exactly what the dermatologists recommend!
Top 10 sunscreens for summer – Body (#1-5)
– Environment friendly, water resistant, broad spectrum, mineralbased, non nano, no Oxsybenzone, will not enter blood barrier, ranked #2 with EWG. – On my test-list for sure!
– Broad-Spectrum, mineralbased, with Hyaluronic acid. Oil free, fragrance free, paraben free. Recommended by the National Eczema association. Perfect for those with sensitive skin!
– Cruelty free, vegetarian ingredients, broad spectrum, mineralbased, fragrance free, water resistant, Reef safe, biodegradable, no parabens, no synthetic fragrance, no gluten. – Nothing beats natural stuff! It`s cruelty-free, recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation and it is gentle on nature!
– Water resistant, broad spectrum, recommended by dermatologists and The Skin Cancer Foundation, trigger sprayer, oil free, paraben free. On the pricey side, but according to customers worldwide, it is well worth it!
– Sheer mineral sunscreen, nourishing oat, hypoallergenic, fragrance free, water resistant, free from parabens and dyes. Aveeno is a dermatologist recommended brand.
What`s important to look for?
That depends; These days mineral based sunscreens are the most recommended, because the long term side effects from other types of chemical sunscreens are not that well researched. No matter where you stand on the subject, a broad spectered sunscreen is advised. The suns UVA and UVB rays are harmful to the skin, and you want to be as protected as you can possibly be. It is not just about the risk of skin cancer, it`s taking care of the skin you live in. All types of skin, no matter color or texture will be well off with some sun screening, hydrating TLC. It is never in style to look like a prune, even if we love the sun.
Other things you can assess:
- Animal testing/environmental impact
- Vegan/Vegetarian/Natural ingredients
- Water resistance
- Expiration date
Do you apply enough?
I always thought I was putting on enough, but these are the tips from my local pharmacy: 1 HANDFULL of lotion for an average sized body an full teaspoon just for the face. I have been good, but not great…
If you don’t want to go broke on lotions, wear a tunic, a hat or a cap and stay under an umbrella during the hours of most intense sun. And of course: if you are not blessed with that lovely melanin, a little self tan or a body lotion with gradual tanning are ok too! Just make sure they don’t turn you orange, like an Oompa Loompa. Then pale is the new tan.
To sum it up
Stay safe, wear sunscreen, drink plenty of water and cover up if you feel it getting to hot. There is no shame in going back (inside) as the Norwegian skiing-commandments state! (We don’t have commandments for the sun. We are lucky if we can spot it during summer.)
As always: Ask me anything if there is something you need to know!
To our best tanned skin,