With summer looming, it’s time to reassess our sunscreen habits. Tricky business, sunscreen. From SPF to chemical vs. physical protection to potential impact on the environment, there are an array of considerations before we even get to “which brand?” These articles are a good place to start to help guide you through the process: Ocean-Safe Sunscreens and Is Sunscreen Actually Toxic? Here’s What Science Says. The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) interactive database, which rates the toxicity of various products, including sunscreen, is also a super helpful resource.
Woolfers, meanwhile, swear by these products to protect skin from damaging rays: Elta MD UV Physical Broad Spectrum SPF 41 Sunscreen doubles as a sheer foundation, thanks to a slight tint. The non-greasy, hypoallergenic Vanicream Sunscreen Sport 35 was especially praised by those with sensitive skin. For drier skins, there’s Le Roche-Posay Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizing Cream with SPF 15. Looking for a higher SPF? Le Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid also got kudos.
Remember, sunscreen is only as effective as its last application, and dermatologists recommend reapplying every two hours or so — one more thing to add to the daily to-do list. (On that note, kegel!). Our quick fix: Peter Thomas Roth’s powdered Instant Mineral Sunscreen. It comes in a handy portable tube with brush that fits right in your pocket or bag. Swipe across your face and neck, and you’re good to go.