Why I Regularly Incorporate Sunscreen
Living in Florida means tons of bright, beautiful sunshine. But lots of sunshine (or even moderate amounts of sunshine) can lead to skin damage. For those of us with sensitive skin, sunscreens can be a little intimidating. For a while, I wavered in my use of this easy, skin-protecting product because I was trying all the wrong sunscreens. However, the reality of skincare damage prompted me to change my ways.
Besides painful sunburns, over-exposure to sun can lead to drying and discoloration of the skin, as well as wrinkling and higher incident of bruising. Luckily, adding sunscreen to your daily routine can reduce the risk of melanoma by 50%, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Sunscreen is an easy step to add in to a daily skincare and makeup routine. Sometimes, though, I have found that sunscreens can create a sort of oily layer that makes makeup run or pill. Others irritate my skin, which is sensitive and, I think, overly-temperamental at times.
For a while, I assumed this was the case with all sunscreens. I assumed that the sunscreen itself was the problem, not the rest of the junk that gets added to facial moisturizers to make them smell good. This was my excuse for not using it, despite living in Florida.
Around twenty-three or twenty-four, I started to get more serious about my skincare, and that meant sunscreen. I’ve bounced around from different kinds a bit, but largely settled on two favorites — Kiehl’s Super Fluid Daily UV Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ and Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50. Honorable mention goes to Supergoop!’s Forever Young Hand Cream.
Kiehl’s Super Fluid Daily UV Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
This sunscreen is marketed for all skin types — normal, dry, combination, and oily — and it seems to live up to that description. Kiehl’s formula protects against sun damage as well as pollution, which I never really thought of as a thing until I found this product. Since using it, I would like to think I’ve seen a reduction in black heads and the like, but I’m not sure if that’s a legitimate connection or just a spurious coincidence.
You don’t need a whole lot of this sunscreen at a time since it spreads pretty easily. This is a good thing, too, since it can be a bit pricy. The 1.7 oz bottle — which is what I have — will set you back $38. The 4.2 oz is $61.
When faced with such a price dilemma, especially with things like sunscreen and mascara, I tend to go for the smaller bottle. Whether or not its financially expedient to do so, I like the idea of having fresher sunscreen.
I especially feel this way about this Kiehl’s product, since I have the smaller bottle and have had it for months as it is. I use it approximately 3 to 4 times a week, generally only on my face but sometimes on my chest and shoulders as well. Even with that, the bottle is holding out well.
Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen
This is a newer product for me. I purchased a 2.4 oz tube from Sephora about a month ago and have been using it 2 to 3 times a week. So far, so good. I haven’t had any breakouts that I can attribute to the formula or issues with how it interacts with makeup.
Like the Kiehl’s sunscreen, this option is also marketed towards all skin types. It definitely lives up to that. What’s more, this sunscreen is listed as a solution for dry skin, and seems to act more like a moisturizer-sunscreen hybrid. Plus, it doesn’t have that typical metallic sunscreen smell.
This sunscreen is water-resistant for the face and body. Like the Kiehl’s, this option spreads easily and evenly. It dries quickly and contains hyaluronic acid, which my skin has always responded well to.
My favorite part about this option is that it is multipurpose. I used it when walking around an outdoor shopping mall the other weekend to great success.
Furthermore, this Supergoop option is pretty affordable. The 2.4 oz bottle I got cost $19. The 18 oz option is $48. Because the price isn’t as steep, I am less stringent with the product and more likely to use it on my chest, shoulders, arms, etc.
Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream
Like I said, I have to give this product honorable mention. The Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream was my first product from the brand. It has quickly become a staple in my car and bag.
Like with the face and body option described above, this hand cream does not smell or feel like typical sunscreens. It dries quickly, just like a nice moisturizer, and has a lovely scent (cardamom, eucalyptus, and tangerine!).
I love to keep this product around so I can apply it before driving on my hands and arms. Easy and effective! Plus, a little of this formula goes a long way. I’m still on my first tube of it ($12!) and it’s been a few months!