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. As we toss aside long winter’s nights for bright sunny days, we would all do well to remember one thing: always wear sunscreen.
We all know the basic protocol for protecting our precious dermis in the summer. Look for shade in the middle of the day when the sun is strongest and the burn index is highest. Cover up with long sleeves, hats, and sunglasses. Wear a broad-spectrum, water resistant sunscreen. It’s easy enough to grab your favorite warm-weather hat and slather on whatever you’ve got left over from last summer for those big beach day plans with friends, but you should really be wearing sunscreen every day during the summer months.
Look. We get it. Sunscreen can be an oily nuisance. It can be thick and sticky and make you break out like crazy. Not to mention some formulas leave your skin feeling greasier than dive-bar French fries. But you don’t have to slather on an oily, pore-clogging lotion that just sits on your skin soaking up all your mojo for the day. We’re here to tell you there are super sheer, nourishing sunscreens on the market that provide great protection and won’t burn you with heavy formulas.
Kiehl’s Facial Fuel UV Guard SPF 50+, $38
The easiest way to ensure that your skin stays protected all summer is to add a sunscreen to your daily grooming routine. This is exactly what Kiehl’s had in mind when creating their Facial Fuel. Its high level broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection keeps harmful rays at bay while the ultra-lightweight formula keeps your face feeling fresh, and it’s oil-free to eliminate greasy residue. It also contains caffeine and vitamins C & E to brighten and energize your skin.
Big Cloud Daily Face Moisturizer by Dollar Shave Club, $9
Dollar Shave Club has built their business on providing products that are specifically designed to meet men’s skincare needs, so it’s no surprise that they’ve come up with a daily SPF that really gets the job done. Their Daily Moisturizer contains no synthetic dyes or parabens, won’t irritate sensitive skin, and contains natural ingredients like Vitamin E and Green Tea extract to hydrate your skin, while a broad spectrum UVA/UVB shield of Octinoxate and Zinc Oxide make it a powerful ally against the summer sun.
Supergoop! Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C SPF 50, $19
The sun is damaging enough, so the last thing you want to do is replace your greasy sunscreen with a formula that leaves you dry and dehydrated. This non-slick mist from Supergoop! is made with 35 percent less alcohol than other spray sunscreens on the shelves, which means it won’t dry out your skin. It contains hydrating antioxidants like Vitamin C and is just as effective when applied to wet or dry skin, making it perfect summer sports or a day on the water.
Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen SPF 70, $11
If you are an active outdoorsman, you’ll want to give Neutrogena’s line of sport-focused sunscreens a try. Made with Neutrogena’s 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, $17
This mineral-based sunscreen has been tested by the pros. If it’s good enough for the Hawaiian Water Patrol and the North Shore Lifeguard Association, you know 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, and the stick design makes it incredibly easy to apply.
Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF 30, $35
For proper protection, of course you should always apply an SPF to your face, but sometimes the sacrifice doesn’t seem worth it if you’ve got breakout-prone skin. That’s where Dermalogica’s oil-free formula comes in. This weightless sunscreen provides broad based protection while balancing oil production to prevent skin irritation. The best part is that it dries down to a matte finish so you’ll never look like a shiny oil slick again.
Jack Black Sun Guard Sunscreen SPF 45, $21
This formula was made for guys that take their summer sports seriously. If you’re a surfer or a triathlete, this vitamin-enriched sunscreen is ideal for you. It’s specially designed for incredible water- and sweat-resistance, forming a non-greasy barrier of protection that lets you play hard without dripping into your eyes or leaving your skin feeling bogged down.
Brave Soldier New Solar Shield SPF 30, $20
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 sun-lovers with sensitive skin types.