In keeping with Melanoma Awareness Month, we’re divulging the best facial sunscreen we’ve ever encountered: Clarins UV Plus HP Day Screen SPF 40. Pricey, yes, but the titanium-dioxide based formula is natural, non-irritating, feels like silk, blends seamlessly and undetectably—and has a soft baby-powder-but-better scent that we can’t get enough of. Most important of all, we actually look forward to applying it every morning. What’s your go-to SPF?
Find out with the new Rodan + Fields Age-O-Meter Facebook App: You upload your picture, then age progression software instantly adds 30 years to your face. We tested it (the things we do in the name of journalism!) and suffice it to say, we will be taking care of our skin (hello, SPF!) with even more fervor than before. Try it yourself and get inspired to stay out of the sun and pamper that precious complexion!
Yes, you can reapply facial SPF without getting gooey—or messing up your makeup: Sunscreen powders offer physical UVA/UVB protection via minerals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Dust the sheer formulas over makeup before going out for lunch, at the end of the workday, or after your workout—they’re also great for reducing shine in steamy weather. Don’t use SPF powder as your day-at-the-beach facial protection or to replace your regular morning sunscreen, though; they’re best for touch-ups. Our picks (both are portable, spill-proof, and come equipped with handy applicators): Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral Powder SPF 45 ($30) and Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF 30 Dry Sunscreen Translucent ($44).
Whether you’re heading to the sand or just kicking it poolside this weekend, you know that sunglasses are a MUST for protecting the delicate, wrinkle-prone skin around your eyes. But did you also know that the sun’s rays can damage your actual eyes? We chatted with Dr. Eliot Grossman, LensCrafter’s eye expert, for his best tips on staying protected during this summer:
- Look for sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of UVA and UVB rays. If you’re not sure if yours are blocking the rays, see your eye doctor (the assessment only takes about a minute).
- Wear contacts? While some lenses provide UV protection, they don’t cover your entire so you still need to slip on the shades.
- You still need to wear sunglasses when it’s overcast outside (radiation passes right through clouds) or if you’re in shady areas. Your eyes will still be exposed to rays that bounce from buildings, roads, water, sand, etc. Better to be safe than sorry!
Want more surprising sun protection scoop? Check out our Boost Your Sun Savvy story in our June 2010 issue. http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/beauty/sun-care/skin-cancer-prevention/boost-your-sun-safety/