We all know that it’s extremely important to protect our delicate skin from the sun’s harsh rays, especially during the summer! Whether you’re lounging at the beach or biking in the park, we’ve gathered a list of our favorite sunscreens. Get the proper protection your skin needs by slathering on the SPF and have some fun in the sun (in moderation of course)!
Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Body Mist Sunblock SPF 45, $9.99
Neutrogena spray sunscreen refreshes skin with it’s cooling mist while shielding you from the sun’s rays…perfect for those steamy hot days. This sunscreen is a beach bag essential for your next trip to the beach or pool. We love that it is waterproof and sweat proof too!
LA ROCHE-POSAY Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid , $18
The top-rated facial sunscreen is perfect for anyone because it quickly absorbs into the skin and leaves no residue or white film while offering maximum UV protection. This lightweight formula is easy to wear under make-up and is also waterproof, fragrance-free, PABA-free & non-comedogenic. We wear this one year round!
Avene High Protection Mineral Cream SPF 50, $21
For all of our sensitive skin gals out there this is the sunscreen for you. Avene has created this 100% mineral sunscreen specifically for those who need non-irritating protection from the sun. It has all the benefits of mineral makeup but in a sunscreen! And, it’s formula is hypo-allergenic and packed with Vitamin E.
Kiehl’s Activated Sun Protector Sunscreen for Body SPF 50, $23
Kiehls has done it again! This new oil-free sunscreen for the body protects against both UVB rays (the ones that cause sunburns) and UVA rays (these cause signs of aging). We love using this lightweight formula on our skin and feel confident spending time in the sun with its high SPF 50 protection. Bonus: It’s also nourished with antioxidants and Vitamin E to keep skin looking young and fresh.
Cetaphil® Daily Facial Moisturizer UVA/UVB Defense SPF 50, $20.98
As women we are always conscious and mindful of smoothing sunscreen on our faces, and this is one of the best SPF/Moisturizer combinations out there. It has all the moisturizing proprieties we expect from Cetaphil products while also dishing out a SPF 50 count for protection. It’s non-greasy formula keeps you hydrated for up to eight hours while shielding you from the sun. You can wear it under your makeup or mix it with your favorite foundation to create a DIY tinted moisturizer.
Coppertone Foaming Oil Free Sunscreen Lotion SPF 75, $8.99
The foaming oil-free formula (so cool) is a revolution in sun care. It goes on super smooth and lightweight without a greasy feeling. It’s fragrance free and non-comedogenic so it’s perfect to use on your body and face without clogging any pores. It’s a great drugstore sunscreen and the price is right!
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Targeted Sun Defense Stick SPF 50, $20
If you are a fan of the Eight Hour Cream line then this is a great product to add to your makeup bag. This sunscreen stick is perfect for getting those spots that we sometimes skip over like our earlobes and nose. It’s small enough to fit in the tiniest of day clutches so you can easily tote it around.
Tips in case you do get a little too much sun…it happens to the best of us:
1. Take an aspirin. It helps diminish the redness and swelling of a sunburn and most of all eases the pain.
2. Use a cold milk compress on your skin. Soak a washcloth is a mixture of half ice water and half milk and apply to the skin.
3. Apply the Greek yogurt you usually eat for breakfast, and smooth it over your burn. After letting set for 15 min apply some aloe vera.
4. It is important to stay hydrated! Your sunburn has caused your skin to lose a lot of moisture so drink plenty of H20 or some fresh squeezed lemonade.
We sometimes burn because we’re not sure when to reapply our sunscreen, so here is a good rule to follow. Take the amount of SPF you are wearing and multiply it by 10…that is how many minutes your sunscreen will last until you need to reapply. (15 SPF x 10= 150 minutes).
With summer upon us and in full swing, there are a few essentials you need to make the best of these heated days. Staying fresh and looking chic are important, but hard to maintain in sweltering heat waves. Here are some of my favorite products to help get you through the rest of this hot season without cramping your style.
To hide your bra straps: Hollywood Fashion Tape Bra converting clip 4-pack 1 clip, $9.99
These clips are a must-have for any summer top. They can convert your regular bra into a racer-back style in no time and keep your straps from slipping. With clear and black options, they will be discreet and keep you comfortable all day and night long.
To get your hair off your face: Urban Outfitters Loose Leaf Headband, $19
With the summer heating up, this stylish metallic headband is the perfect solution to keep your hair looking great and off your face. The pretty leaf detail adds a bit of boho chic to any outfit.
To waterproof your lashes: Anastasia Lash Genius Waterproof Topcoat, $21
Avoid raccoon eyes and keep your lashes looking fresh all day, with this waterproof topcoat. The lightweight formula goes on smooth and won’t clump your already applied mascara. Added bonus: it can be used to give your lashes an extra boost throughout the day.
To catch some rays: Steve Madden Juliet Beach Mat, $24.99
Tote this fashionable beach mat to your next outdoor adventure. Whether it’s to the beach or the park, you will be able to relax in style. And it’s super easy to carry, just roll up and go.
To cool you down: Evian Mineral Water Spray, $11
Keep cool with this Evian Mineral Water Spray. The formulated spray will revive your makeup and give an added boost of freshness to your day. It’s also great for rehydrating sunburnt or dry skin.
To protect your skin: Aveeno Hydrosport Sunblock Spray SPF 30, $8.09
Have fun in the sun while protecting your skin with this easy SPF waterproof spray. The nicely scented formula is lightweight, non-greasy and contains natural ingredients. Perfect for an adventurous summer day outdoors, especially since you can apply on your skin even if it’s wet.
To soothe your skin: June Jacobs After Sun Hydrator, $36
Renew your skin after a day in the sun with this After Sun Hydrator. The formula will prolong your tan and moisturize sun soaked skin. Complete with anti-aging antioxidants and anti-inflammatory extracts to keep skin looking and feeling fresh.
Shop the Full Story: Sun Protection Tips from Dr. Kenneth Mark
Every girl likes to be prepared and have everything she could possibly need in her bag at all times. This holds especially true in the summer when sun and sand are involved. A day at the beach requires a different but equally stocked bag. Here are this summer’s best products to stash in your beach bag:
The first thing you can’t forget to put in your beach bag is of course, sunscreen. Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch is an affordable and reliable choice as it’s lightweight but still offers significant protection. Plus, it isn’t greasy so you can use it on your body and face. But those aren’t the only places that need a little SPF. The delicate skin on your lips should always be protected. Kiehl’s Lip Balm SPF 15 is a favorite of ours because it is available in various glossy colors. The sun can also damage hair if it isn’t properly protected. Rene Furterer’s Okara Protect Color Radiance Enhancing Spray helps protect color-treated hair from fading while nourishing with Vitamin E.
A great hat, like this Hat Attack Raffia Medium Brim Floppy, is another way to protect your skin and hair from the sun. But just because you aren’t getting those sun-kissed cheeks the natural way doesn’t mean you can’t fake the rosy look with tarte’s natural cheek stain, which stays put better than a powder blush.
Cover-up in style with Calypso St. Barth’s Samantha Embroidered Tunic. It’s available in array of lovely colors, but it does run a tad small so order one size up.
It’s just as important to keep your skin and body hydrated as it is to protect it. Drinking a lot of water is great for your health but can be harmful to the environment if you use disposable plastic bottles. Take care of yourself and the planet with recycled and refillable EarthLust Stainless Steel Water Bottles in stylish designs. And when your face needs a cooling refresher, give yourself a spritz 2 Note Perfumery’s light face mist.
You can throw all these great products in this tote from Jonathan Adler. We love how you can choose your favorite print or your favorite destination!
Buy Now, Johnathan Adler Well-Traveled Beach Tote, $198
Buy Now, Rene Furterer Okara Protect Color Radiance Enhancing Spray, $26
Buy Now, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF55, $9.49
Buy Now, EarthLust Stainless Steel Water Bottle, $13.99
Buy Now, Kiehls Lip Balm SPF15, $8.50
Buy Now, Tarte Cheek Stain, $30
With the recent FDA regulations, we wanted to offer some sunscreen tips for your consideration from board-certified cosmetic dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs skin cancer surgeon, Dr. Kenneth Mark. Dr. Mark is a credible expert with four prestigious practices, including two in the Hamptons (he is celebrating his 10th-year anniversary practicing in East Hampton and Southampton this summer), one in Aspen, and one in NYC. He is also a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University.
TIP 1: New FDA regulations on sunscreen
o The main benefit of the new FDA regulations is that there will be increased knowledge and transparency to the consumer for the UVA protection in products and education of SPF designations, which only addressed UVB protection
o Since SPF designation relates to UVB protection from getting a sunburn, these new regulations help consumers understand that it is actually the UVA rays which penetrate the skin deeper and cause harmful effects on the skin, from aging to cancer.
TIP 2: How often should you apply sunscreen
o When in direct sunlight (at the beach, outside), apply sunscreen at least every two hours. If you are sweating or swimming, reapply every 30 minutes after significant water exposure.
o When you are in and out of the sun, apply your sunscreen two or three times throughout the day.
TIP 3: What are the most important ingredients to look for in a sunscreen
o You should always use a sunscreen with a physical blocker, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide (both work to block out full UVA and UVB spectrum).
o Most sunscreens have excellent UVB protection, so with products that don’t have those physical blockers, look for UVA-blocking chemicals, including:
– Parsol 1789 (a.k.a. Avobenzone)
TIP 4: What sunscreens are recommended
o Z-Silc has a wonderful sunscreen that has a full range of UV protection and rubs in smoothly.
o I would also recommend Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist, which contains Helioplex.
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and now that the sun is out and shining it’s time to remember to protect your skin every day. Check out our selection of sunscreens and make-up for your face with sun protection to keep your skin safe and beautiful.
Sun Protection for the Face
StriVectin-SH™ Age Protect SPF 30/PA+++
This new oil-free, ultra sheer sunscreen is great because it protects from the sun and is clinically proven to repair existing skin damage. Perfect for every day under make-up, this anti-aging product is a must-try! A percentage of proceeds will be donated to the Skin Cancer Foundation for the month of May.
Buy Now, $49
NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention 100% Mineral Sunscreen
Another new, light-weight and amazing anti-aging sunscreen to try is NIA 24. Why? It was chosen by the National Cancer Institute for development as a potential skin cancer prevention agent. This product also diminishes the appearance of sunspots, fine lines and wrinkles. A percentage of proceeds from the online sale of NIA 24 will benefit the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Buy Now, $45
SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50
The tinted sunscreen provides high broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and is made with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. This product feels fresh and dewy so it’s great for dry skin. In support of National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, SkinCeuticals is teaming up with the MRA (Melanoma Research Alliance) to fight Melanoma by spreading the word on Facebook. Post a video or written testimonial on how Melanoma has either affected you or someone you know, and a donation will be made to this important cause ($20 to MRA for each video upload, and $2 for every post). In addition, Skinceuticals will give away five Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 products each day for the most inspirational video submissions.
Buy Now, $30
Sun Protection Make-up
Korres Wild Rose Mineral Foundation
Korres is known for its environmentally friendly and natural products which isn’t always synonymous with sunscreen. This super-fine formula goes on smoothly and feels lightweight.
Buy Now, $28
Philosophy Hope In A Tinted Moisturizer
Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar has a bit of a cult following so it’s no surprise that they took this popular formula and made it in a tinted moisturizer. If you’re used to wearing foundation, try lightening up with this pleasantly scented moisturizer with a SPF of 20.
Buy Now, $38
Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral Powder SPF 45
This might be the coolest and most convenient sun-protecting product on the market. Just swipe this translucent, no-color powder on over any makeup you’re already wearing for instant protection. It comes in a formula for oily problem skin as well as a bronzing version. Re-apply as much as needed without any grease or make-up mishaps. Perfect to keep in your bag at all times.
Buy Now, $30
Sun Protection for Lips
LAVANILA – The Healthy Lip Sunscreen, SPF 30
Your lips have some of the thinnest skin on your body and yet we often forget to protect this delicate area. Many sunscreen lip balms feel drying or have a chemical aftertaste but the Healthy Lip Screen from LAVANILA with SPF 30 is creamy, non-whitening and tastes minty. It moisturizes your lips while blocking the sun’s harmful rays.
Buy Now, $16
By Lindsay Leff