It’s that time of year again. As the northern hemisphere reaches toward the sun, the days are getting longer and the sun is getting stronger. And with that increase in sunlight, we would all do well to remember one thing: always wear sunscreen.
Not to mention, May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month. So let’s run down the list of things you should always do in order to protect your precious dermis. Look for shade in the middle of the day, when the sun is strongest and the burn index is highest. Cover up with clothing, hats and sunglasses. And wear a broad-spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen every single day. Look for water resistant, sweat-proof formulas with an SPF 15 or higher. Most provide eighty minutes of protection so the reapplication is crucial.
We know, we know. Sunscreen can be an oily nuisance. Look. We get it. It can be thick and sticky and generally unpleasant. It can make you break out like crazy. But you don’t have to slather on an oily, pore-clogging lotion that just sits on your skin. There are super sheer, nourishing sunscreens on the market that provide great protection. You won’t get burned with these non-greasy sunscreens.
Supergoop! Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C SPF 30 and 50
The sun is damaging enough. Non-greasy doesn’t mean dry and dehydrated. This non-slick mist is made with 35 percent less alcohol than other spray sunscreens on the shelves. It offers supreme sun protection and contains skin nourishing antioxidants and Vitamin C.
Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen SPF 50
If you are an active outdoorsman try Neutrogena’s line of sport-focused sunscreens. Made with their trademarked MICROMESH technology, they allow sweat to pass through and evaporate without altering the effectiveness of the sun protection. It’s lightweight, fast absorbing, breathable and available in a spray, lotion or stick.
Sun Bum Signature SPF 30 Face Stick
This mineral based sunscreen has been tested by the pros. If its good enough for the Hawaiian Water Patrol and the North Shore Lifeguard Association you can trust it to keep you protected during your Kadima game. It’s non-greasy, water resistant and offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.
Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF 30
Apply an SPF to your face, even if you’re prone to breakouts. This oil free, weightless sunscreen provides broadbased protection while balancing oil production. The best part is that it dries down to a matte finish so you’ll never look like a shiny oil slick.
Jack Black Sun Guard Sunscreen SPF 45 Oil-Free & Very Water Resistant
This formula was made for guys that take their summer sports seriously. If you’re a triathlete this vitamin-enriched sunscreen is ideal for you. It’s sweat-proof and stands up both in and out of the water. It absorbs quickly to form a non-greasy barrier of protection that won’t run into your eyes.
Brave Soldier New Solar Shield SPF 30
This hypoallergenic sunscreen utilizes micronized zinc oxide to block out harmful UVA and UVB rays. It’s non-greasy but still fights the drying effects of the sun with moisturizers and antioxidants like Vitamin E, green tea extract and Hawaiian kukui nut oil. Perfect for strong sun and sensitive skin types.