How to select the right SPF for your skin type
By Carla Snuggs
Summer's here and it’s important to load up on the SPF. Finding the perfect formula for every skin combination and concern is equally important in order to ensure the best possible coverage.
1. FOR OILY SKIN: JAN MARINI PHYSICAL PROTECTANT SPF 45
To shield skin from harmful rays, Jan Marini developed its Marini Physical Protectant SPF 45, with microscopic sponges to provide sustained oil control for a sheer, matte finish. This weightless, oil-free, paraben-free, water-resistant formulation combines multiple antioxidants with broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection to prevent sun damage and help decrease the risk of skin cancer and premature aging, while soothing and calming UV distressed skin with green tea extract. The universal tint flatters all skin tones ($48, Janmarini.com).
2. FOR SENSITIVE SKIN: EMERGINC’S SPF 30+ SUNSCREEN
emerginC’s spf 30+ contains all natural ingredients to protect and nourish skin, including vitamin C, which improves tone and texture by removing dead skin cells, ultimately diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that often result from sun exposure. spf 30+ also uses the antioxidant power of vitamin E and green tea, as well as the soothing and hydrating effects of aloe vera, which also stimulates cell growth. Other active ingredients in spf 30+ include sea buckthorn extract, licorice root, maritime pine bark extract, and panthenol. Also available in tinted spf 30+ for those wanting an even cover-up spf 30+ $37 & tinted spf 30+ ($39, emerginC.com).
3. FOR FLAWLESS COVERAGE WITH A TOUCH OF SHIMMER: NEW MIRACLE SKIN TRANSFORMER SPOTLIGHT SPF 20
Beautiful, light illuminizing, pearlized pigments instantly add a radiant glow to any skin tone. This universal shade is infused with skin saving vitamins, antioxidants and natural actives to hydrate and nourish skin while also delivery anti-aging benefits. Key ingredients include Ecophysalis, Saw Palmetto Extract, Passion Fruit Oil, CO Enzyme Q10, Vitamin K, Vitamin A and Vitamin E ($48, Available in March at ULTA stores nationwide and via Ulta.com).
4. FOR ON-THE-GOPROTECTION: ADVENTURESS (YOUVEE’S) SUNSCREEN SWIPES
Individually wrapped with just the exact dosage, YouVee Sunscreen Swipes provide your skin with the protection it needs against UVA/UVB rays. Uniquely packaged in a sealed finger pocket, the fragrance and paraben free swipes are a necessity for reapplying SPFwith no greasy residue left on hands or fingers ($24,Goadventuress.com).
5. FOR LIP PROTECTION: MIRACLE SKIN TRANSFORMER LIP REWIND SPF 20
Protect against damaging UV rays with broad spectrum sunscreen (SPF 20) while rose moss and powerful peptides combine to infuse lips with hyaluronic acid, to boost collagen and eliminate fine lines. Additionally, the blend of anti-oxidant rich butters condition, smooth, and create a breathable barrier to maintain maximum moisture. Available in five shades: Translucent, Pink, Coral, LOVE and Berry ($24, Ulta.com).
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