+ wellness // the sunscreen equation: why, when, where, and which brand?

June 13, 2017

It is very easy to be confused when it comes to sunscreen, between all the different SPF numbers, PA+, minerals, chemicals, cream vs gel… It can be a headache to find your way out of the sunscreen maze. I am not going to try and decode the sunscreen mystery in this post as it would be a novel and better be saved for another post. Here are some of the latest sunscreen reports from Consumer Reports and EWG. Now that days are warmer, here are my recommendations on the best sunscreen to use for different situations. If there is one thing we all know and can agree on is that the sun’s ray will age you faster than a New York minute and you need to protect your skin.

THE EVERY DAY SUNSCREEN

Most people don’t wear sunscreen everyday for a multitude of reasons: It makes you break out, it smells, it makes you look like a ghost… Glossier came out with the solution to all these problems. It is an absolute revolution ! The sunscreen is a completely transparent gel that leaves no color or residue behind, only sun protection. It is the perfect sunscreen to use whenever you need to step out in the sun. The ingredients in it are very gentle and calming and it takes the irritation out of the sunscreen equation for every day use. A must !

THE BEACH & ACTIVITY SUNSCREEN

If you know you are gonna be outside in the sun for a long period of time at the beach, on a hike, or between the hours of 12 and 4pm, you need to bring out the big guns for maximum protection. La Roche Posay makes a matte sunscreen built with antioxidants with a strong UVA (aging) protection that is oil-free, fragrance-free and water resistant for 80 minutes.

THE TOUCH UP SUNSCREEN

The reality is that if you apply your sunscreen at 8am before heading to work, it will be gone by the time you got out for your 10am coffee break. Sunscreen eventually breaks down and evaporates and after two hours of being on the skin and its effect start to vanish. I understand NO ONE wants reapply sunscreen throughout the day, but its a must-do. Mineral Fusion makes a sunscreen in this discreet dispenser with retractable brush that is a savior for quick sunscreen application. Made of minerals, it even outs the skin without looking like makeup and absorbs that mid-day shine on your forehead so you can be protected and polished. No one likes an oily face.