Every derm we’ve ever spoken to agrees that wearing SPF every day is one of the best things we can do for our skin. Even if we think we don’t need it, we absolutely do. Shielding our skin from the sun not only helps protect from skin cancer, it also helps to prevent premature aging, lines, and wrinkles. However, it’s difficult to commit to a product that’s greasy, pills under makeup, causes breakouts, and/or leaves a white cast behind. This is especially true when it comes to “clean” sunscreens, which have a reputation for all of the above. But fret not! We’ve come up with a list of actually cool clean-ish sunscreens that deserve a spot in any Poosh girl’s bag.
Why clean-ish? “Clean” isn’t a term that is regulated by the FDA, so what we mean is that our chosen sunscreens don’t contain chemicals like oxybenzone, enzacamene, and octinoxate. These are known as chemical sunscreens, which work by absorbing UV rays. Recent research suggests that we end up absorbing some of these chemicals into our bloodstream, which may have negative side effects, such as disrupting our hormones.
All products below are physical SPFs, which work by creating a physical barrier between skin and the sun, and by reflecting light away. The sun protection comes from zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. Another bonus: mineral formulas also tend to be less irritating than chemical ones.
Read on for our picks.
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