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Whether the destination is Paris (I posted Part 1 of my Paris trip with Layla which you can read HERE) or you’re headed to a secluded East Coast retreat with the hubs, a peek inside the luggage of anyone traveling to someplace warm will reveal a treasure trove of swimsuits, easy throw-on dresses for dinner, the perfect cover-up . . . and, of course, SPFs in all shapes, coverage levels, and sizes.
If you’ve followed me for a while, you know I love the skin I’m in and I have more than one tanning machine that I keep close at hand to give myself a goddess glow. But I do this because I’m adverse to the real thing. I want my skin to stay beautiful for MANY years and that means choosing a sunscreen that not only protects my skin, but that keeps it healthy.
It’s by far the most important part of my beauty and beach routine—and a daily essential. Luckily there’s now a wealth of ray-fighting formulas to choose from natural, plant-based, chemical-free, or those extra-potent ones for long days in the sun.
And don’t worry, this isn’t the goopy stuff you slather on your kids (you may even want to rethink what you’re putting on them!). The ones I’m telling you about here are new foolproof formulas on the market—antioxidant-packed products that repair skin while fighting harmful rays, lightweight options that won’t mess with an already applied makeup look, affordable choices so you don’t have to ration it to ill-prepared guests and friends, and readily accessible ones that will have you enjoying the sun without feeling it’s punishing after effects!
So check out my selections below and find out which ones aren’t oily, the ones I use on my face and my everyday go-to that keeps me sun-kissed all year round!
My Top SunScreen Picks
All Around Safe Block Essence Sun Milk
My go-to. This is one of the two Missha sunscreens I keep on hand. It does not leave any greasy or sticky residue, white cast, or shine, and it goes on a bit like a primer. If you read some of the reviews on Amazon (141 5-star reviews) some people say they skip primer if they use this on their face.
Double Layer UV Blocking System Holds Up to Water and Sweat and has 6 ingredients: Aloe, Cucumber, Mulberry Root, Licorice, Portulaca ORACEA, and Witch Hazel extracts, that hydrate and protect the skin!
My all-over body and face when I'm hitting the pool! This is one of my top choices because it is easy to apply, noncomedogenic, and utilizes Helioplex technology, which provides stable broad spectrum UV activity for a fraction of the price of the other products. I'm all about the savings!
E'er day. The love affair that I'm pretty sure is going to last my lifetime - It Cosmetics CC Cream. COLOR CORRECTING + SPF 50 with UVA/UVB broad-spectrum protection...I feel like I shouldn't even have to explain this one, right?
Super simple to put on! This mineral powder is super lightweight, goes on way smooth, and is widely recommended by dermatologists. This powder is perfect alone or as the sheer coverage finishing touch to your makeup routine. And if you're acne-prone this is perfect!
This formula not only looks cool but it provides the highest sun protection possible. I love that I'm putting a sunblock, not as a "sunscreen", on my kids. Made from zinc-oxide, this stuff works in wind, hot, cold & wet.
Another plus? You can see where you have and haven't applied it because it's colored!
I love products like this that do double-duty! This provides 100 percent mineral broad-spectrum UV protection with a flawless, satin finish—perfect for setting your makeup and re-applying SPF in just one step. Similar to the Colorscience, and formulated without Sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehyde, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, triclocarban.
This one is perfect for face and body and is really fast absorbing! This also combines UVA/UVB filters to deliver broad spectrum SPF 60 and antioxidants to protect skin from free radicals. It's been tested on sensitive skin, loved by dermatologists, and is oil-free, allergy tested, paraben-free, fragrance-free, and non-comedogenic! Oh yeah, like all of the above, this one is water-resistant!
Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist With Vitamin C Broad Spectrum SPF 50
Developed with 35 percent less alcohol than traditional mists, it is formulated to hydrate the skin and give it a more radiant appearance. It also moisturizes, and never dries out the skin or leaves an oily residue. I just love that this is spray and go!
It delivers broad-spectrum SPF 50, while vitamin C refines the skin’s texture. Plus it's formulated without Sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehyde, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, triclocarban.
This is perfect to use once you've had a bit of sun and you're skin is a little red! This instantly takes away the red, soothes sensitive skin, and provides SPF 50 while its Bio Solace complex helps to provide ongoing relief from sensitivity and the appearance of redness. And like all the others on this list, this is non-comedogenic.