I like to joke that each year on my birthday, I become more serious about skincare. The truth is actually that I've always been contentious about taking care of my skin, especially when it comes to protecting it from the sun. I'm fair and although I can tan reaaaaaaaally slowly, I definitely burn. Over the years, I've gotten more savvy about sun care, and I've narrowed my toolkit down to my standout favorite products. These three picks are each made with thoughtful ingredients, so I don't have to worry about what I'm putting on skin.
With Memorial Day coming up this weekend (bringing barbecues and beach days) and having just enjoyed the legendary California sunshine on my trip to LA, it seems timely to share my tried-and-true favorite sunscreens. Read on for my thoughts on each one.
Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer - This is a product I restock twice a year. A little goes a long way and it lasts for ages, but it is so essential to my skincare routine that I can't go without it. I apply after my moisturizer and before any makeup (and I give it 1-2 minutes to set before applying makeup). It never bothers my skin and makes day-to-day sun protection something I don't worry about.
Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen - When I decided to make the switch to mineral sunscreens before my trip to Hawaii last year, I took an assortment of sunscreens to try. Making the transition involved a getting-to-know-period with the ins and outs of mineral (rather than chemical-based) sunscreen, but this one was the clear winner. It goes on more easily than others (some mineral sunscreens leave a chalky white residue, not an issue here) and has a mild, pleasant sent. I'm now a total convert, and won't go back to conventional sunscreens. When rinsing off in an outdoor shower at the end of each day, I noticed that the water washing away looked almost milky. The zinc oxide in this sunscreen successfully did its job and protected me from the rays.
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Raw Elements Eco Stick 30+ - This is a tiny powerhouse. I got onboard with stick sunscreens years ago when I realized that they helped prevent burns in awkward, vulnerable areas like around bathing suit lines and on the backs of my knees (the WORST). This baby upped the game, and I'm almost never without it. It's stashed in my purse anytime I head to a summer baseball game or plan to walk around the city. the EcoStick 30+ also lives up to its claim to never run into my eyes, even through water-soaked kayaking and stand up paddle boarding sessions. It also comes in a tinted version.