If you’re like me, sunscreen is a necessity just about anytime of the year. And I’m not only saying this because I’m naturally as pale as Casper and genetically pre-disposed to skin cancer. I mean, that’s a big part of it, BUT I also believe in preserving my skin to look as youthful as possible for as long as possible. If you expose yourself too much sun over time, you run the risk of having your skin look like your favorite leather bag and, let’s be honest, that’s just not cute. Finding the perfect sunscreen for your face is difficult. But I’ve gathered a list of my top five, non-comedogenic, face sunscreens to get you through this summer and beyond!
I.SUNSCREEN: Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen (55 SPF)
Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen is my go-to sunscreen in the Summer. It’s 55 SPF, break-out free, oil-free and water-resistant. However, although it is lighter-weight than regular sunscreen, it’s still too heavy to wear under a full face of makeup in my opinion. I use this when I’m out on the beach, hiking or having a no-makeup day.
II. PRIMER SUNSCREEN: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (15 SPF)
This primer acts as both a base for your favorite foundation and a sunscreen because it contains 15 SPF. I use this primer a lot in the winter or during the summer when I know I’m going to be in and out of the sun throughout the day (i.e. running errands). This primer also does not cause photo flashback. Flashback is something to watch out for when wearing sunscreen underneath makeup. If you take a photo of yourself with flash on, your face will literally “flashback” and appear A LOT whiter than your body. You may actually look like Casper then! So going with a SPF below 20 when you know you may be taking photos should avoid this issue!
III. BB CREAM: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream (30 SPF)
Sometimes if I’m in a rush or having a lazy day, I’ll throw on a light BB cream and head out the door. Maybelline Dream BB cream is my favorite. Their regular BB cream contains 30 SPF, which is perfect for everyday wear. They also have a BB cream that contains 2% salicylic acid but NO SPF. If you’re a guy or girl that breaks out easily but still wants a lightly tinted cream to even out your skin tone, this is definitely the BB cream for you. Just make sure to use a primer or lotion with SPF since the BB cream doesn’t have it.
IV: TANNER: Jergens Natural Glow Daily Face Moisturizer (20 SPF)
Jergens Natural Glow Face Moisturizer is my go-to all year round and especially in the summer. It creates an even, natural glow while also containing 20 SPF – a win-win, right?! I break out SO easily, and this daily moisturizer does not break me out. I will often use this in conjunction with the Jergens body moisturizer in between self-tanning sessions to avoid streaking and to make the tan last longer.
V: TO REAPPLY OVER MAKEUP: Kate Sommerville UncompliKated Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spray (50 SPF)
I stumbled across this recently at the recommendation of a co-worker and am now obsessed. Have you ever applied a daily sunscreen, completed your makeup routine for say an afternoon barbecue and then avoided reapplying sunscreen later for fear of messing up your makeup you spent so long applying? You’re not alone! This spray will solve all of your problems. Not only is it 50 SPF, but you can spray it over your already completed make-up routine without fear of messing anything up. What more can you ask for?
I own all of these sunscreens and have used all of them at various times. If you’re going to have any in your arsenal, I’d say start with the basic Neutrogena Sunscreen and a Primer sunscreen (Hourglass or other brand) to ensure you’re covered every day of the week. Shop any of these products below or click the links in the post!
Do you have any sunscreens you use on a daily basis that you can’t live without? Let me know in the comments below!