While sunscreen is important no matter what season it is, the arrival of warmer weather means that it is time to up the ante and take special care in protecting our skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Here are six must-have beauty products to combat sun damage this spring:
Applying sunscreen is undoubtably the most important thing you can do to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun. However, not all sunscreens are created equal.
Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen
One of the worst things about sunscreen has always been the greasy feel it leaves on your skin, especially when you have to apply it on your face. This sunscreen, however, is in the form of tinted mineral powder, so it will never make your face feel greasy. It comes in a self-dispensing powder brush that is easy to apply and can be reapplied throughout the day. The sunscreen is SPF 30 and 80-minute water resistant, and because it is a mineral powder, it doesn’t mess up the makeup you’ve already applied.
COOLA Face SPF 30 Cucumber Matte Finish
This matte finish sunscreen is infused with antioxidants that help fight free radicals. It is rich in Omega-3 and Gamma-Linolenic Acid, which help improve the skin’s elasticity, as well as Plankton Extract that rejuvenates the skin. Not to mention, of course, that it is SPF 30 and 40-minute water resistant. The sunscreen also has a calming, cucumber scent and provides a nice, matte finish that is suitable for all skin types.
No matter how much you apply sunscreen, your skin is never going to be completely safe from the sun and its damage. Having said that, what you can do is try to minimize the appearance of sun damage (wrinkles, dark spots, etc.) with moisturizers and serums.
KORRES Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial
This night cream is both a moisturizer and a skin brightener. It contains the Korres Phos Compound, which is made from stabilized vitamin C and wild rose oil, to even skin tone and dark spots while making skin brighter and more luminous. Not only that, but the night cream also helps prevent visible signs of aging caused by environmental factors (such as sun exposure). Those who are sensitive to smells, however, should take note that it does have a strong rose scent that may take a little getting used to.
Peter Thomas Roth Laser-Free Regenerator Moisturizing Gel-Cream
This gel moisturizer helps firm, regenerate, and brighten skin that has been damaged by sun exposure. It also diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as improves skin texture. The moisturizer is infused with Dragon Blood, that although sounds kind of terrifying, is really just a resin that derives from the croton lechleri tree in the Amazon. It also contains Vitamin B3, an important anti-aging ingredient that supports the skin’s natural collagen.
Serums & Powders
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum is rich in vitamin c, vitamin e, and other powerful antioxidants that help protect skin from free radical damage and harmful environmental factors. It also supports collagen production, reduces the appearance of fine lines, and brightens skin. And for those with oily skin, fear not; the serum is completely oil free.
Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder
Philosophy Turbo Booster C is a fine, topical powder made of 99.8% potent vitamin c. Mixed with moisturizer and applied every morning, it protects against free radical damage, such as unprotected sun exposure, and also gently lightens hyper pigmentation for a brighter, more even complexion.