By Hannah Muehlberger
Finally, the weather is getting warmer and the sun is starting to appear more often. Spring is on our heels at this point and that means it’s time to think about summer. When we think of summer skincare, a lot of times sunscreen or SPF products come to our minds. And while you should lather up in a good coat of sunscreen while you are soaking up the sun, you also should be applying at least some sort of SPF product to your face and neck year-round. Using sunscreen daily is the key to preventing early aging, in fact, ninety percent of fine lines are caused by sun exposure, which makes sunscreen the ultimate ingredient for younger-looking skin. Use an SPF 30 or higher daily. Tons of celebrities swear by the use of sunscreen on your face daily to protect your skin from the elements.
Using sunscreen on your face helps to keep your complexion even. Sun damage is one of the many causes of uneven skin tones and daily sunscreen helps to prevent those effects. However, it can seem like a hassle at times to have to apply another product on top of your skincare routine, especially if you usually apply foundation or concealer regularly. Luckily we have rounded up some sunscreens that are perfect for daily use, ones that are hydrating, invisible, and lightweight!
The original, totally invisible, weightless, scentless sunscreen with SPF 40 leaves you with a velvety, non-greasy finish. This innovative, antioxidant-rich multitasker has a unique oil-free formula that glides onto skin while providing broad-spectrum SPF 40 protection. Use it as a makeup-gripping primer under foundation when you want a little more coverage, or on its own if you want a more natural look. The ingredients in this tiny but mighty tube include Complex Derived from Meadowfoam Seed which increases hydration levels, resulting in a more even skin texture. Another key ingredient is frankincense which helps the skin be resilient and provides a soothing effect. Supergoop sunscreens never include bad ingredients that may harm your skin or the environment, meaning reef-friendly, cruelty-free, and made with clean ingredients.
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2. Bliss Blockstar Invisible Daily Sunscreen
Bliss’s Blockstar Invisible Daily Sunscreen is silky 100% sheer mineral, cruelty-free sunscreen that blends in effortlessly for superior daily mineral protection and an invisible finish. Lightweight, mineral cruelty-free sunscreen smooths onto skin without greasiness, and with a Broad Spectrum SPF 30, it protects against both UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays. No chemical sunscreens, irritation, white cast, chalkiness, greasy sheen, clogged pores. This sunscreen is perfect for hiding under your makeup while still shining brightly with protection against the elements. With ingredients like antioxidants from Blueberry, Acai, and Green Tea Extract which help protect from free radicals, your skin will be nourished and protected! Another key ingredient that helps those who have oily skin and generally avoid greasy sunscreens is Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, known to help control excess oil while minimizing the appearance of pores.
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3. Glossier Invisible Shield
Another amazing sunscreen on this list, Glossier’s Invisible Shield sunscreen is perfect for hydrating your face while still protecting against the harmful UVA and UVB rays. This product is a lightweight SPF 35 water-gel formula that feels like a serum and protects against sunburn and signs of early aging. Active microcapsules, little spheres packed with UVA/UVB filters (Avobenzone, Homosalate, and Octisalate) are freshly delivered to your skin with every application and instantly absorbs, so it plays well with makeup. This sunscreen is breathable, non-comedogenic, dermatologist-tested, vegan, and cruelty-free. AKA is perfect for daily application.
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4. Thrive Causemetics Sunproof 3-in-1 Invisible Priming Sunscreen
This next product transforms skin into the ideal canvas for makeup that doesn’t budge for up to 16 hours. Protect and hydrate with Sunproof™ 3-in-1 Invisible Priming Sunscreen, which smooths and shields skin from UVA + UVB rays with SPF 37, creates a water-resistant, velvet-matte finish for makeup, and deeply moisturizes the skin. Always infused with skin-loving ingredients and 100% vegan and cruelty-free. The featherlight, 3-in-1 sunscreen, face primer, and hydrating gel provide a clear formula that is enriched with antioxidants and advanced botanical extracts to help protect your skin from environmental stressors and control oil. Essential ingredients like Banana Flower Extract smooths and hydrates skin to provide a perfected canvas for optimal makeup application, as well as a botanical oil blend that increases moisture in the skin and is rich in vitamin E to help nourish and protect the skin. Not only is this sunscreen perfect for priming your face for makeup, but helps extend the wear of makeup with a blurred, velvet-matte finish that looks freshly applied all day and is comfortable.
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5. Shiseido Urban Environment Sunscreens
Last and certainly not least, Shiseido has not one but two varieties of their Urban Environment Sunscreen line. First, their Urban Environment Oil-Free Sunscreen with an SPF of 42, perfect for those with oily and combination skin, deeply hydrates and encourages the skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid. Shiseido developed a proprietary Hyaluronic Acid molecule with 100% pure, sterile Japanese water that is micronized allowing it to penetrate the deepest layers of the skin. Their Fresh-Moisture Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 42, is a daily sunscreen that is formulated with mineral UV protectors that will sit on top of the skin vs. penetrating the skin. Protection is provided by dissipating UV rays vs. filtering. This sunscreen delivers powerful sun protection plus skincare benefits including Hyaluronic Acid to help maintain skin moisture for 12 hours. This sunscreen also helps reduce the appearance of photo-aging with Shiseido’s SuperVeil-UV 360™ technology.
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The bottom line is, no matter what your skin color or skin type is, everyone should apply sunscreen. Even if you don’t see a burn on your skin, your skin is still being damaged by the UVA and UVB rays. Sun exposure can lead to skin cancer and early aging. A lightweight, hydrating, invisible sunscreen is perfect for year-round protection, whether you see the sun out or not.