If you didn’t know, today is Don’t Fry Day because as the weather warms up, we need a reminder to slather on that sunscreen. As a pale girl (ghostly pale to pink), I will burn in minutes without at least SPF30 so I layer it on from sunscreen to SPF additives in makeup or skincare.
We are all pretty good about slathering on sunscreen to our arms and legs, but who wants that white cast from sunscreen on their face – the often neglected part of the sunscreen regime. Here are some top choices for sunscreen that will work for those selfies and won’t leave you looking greasy this summer along with with some layering options for moisturizers and more.
Clinique’s Super City Block will always be a favourite. With SPF 40 it will work for even the fairest
ghosts skin like mine and doesn’t give a bad flash back in photos or make your skin look greasy. While Super City Block works great for me, if you are going to be sweating or need something water resistant at the beach, check out their regular SPF 50 broad spectrum sunscreen.
I have a friend who swears by Tarte’s Tarteguard with SPF30. It is great if you are looking for a vegan friendly option that is free of parabens and phthalates that won’t flash too badly under makeup. I have only used this once but the first thing I noticed was that it did not have that typical sunscreen scent too.
Don’t like putting sunscreen near your eyes? We have all felt the sting of sunscreen in the eyes! Smashbox has a BB cream just for your eyes that blends SPF15 for some added protection with the coverage of a concealer to hide those dark circles. Plus a range of BB and CC options to help you layer on that SPF without too much makeup for a no-makeup summer look.
I recently started using Avon’s Anew Skinvincible Day Lotion with SPF50. For a lotion, it does have a sunscreen consistency and scent but absorbs really quickly so you can get on with your makeup. Avon has several other skincare products with SPF25 so you can layer on that protection. Skinvincible will be hitting the Avon catalogues and websites in a few weeks.
Not all of us want to pay Sephora prices for sunscreen, so if you are looking for some drug store options Coppertone’s ClearlySheer available in SPF30 for the face and body is suitable for both sensitive and acne-prone skin, won’t clog your pores and has a lightweight formula at under $10.
Need a little more SPF? Neutrogena Clear Face won’t clog your pores and is available in both SPF30 and SPF60. Because you know, us pale girls need that extra protection. This oil free formula has light reflectors to help hide blemishes and is semi-sweat proof but I did notice some flashback in photos when wearing it – no sunburn though! To be fair, you are unlikely to find a drug store formula without flashback at SPF60. I prefer Clear Face over it as my oily t-zone appreciates it, but you can also try Neutrogena Ultra Sheer made especially for the face.
L’Oreal’s Silky Touch comes in SPF50 for us pale girls and has a utra lightweight formula and no major white cast from the sunscreen at higher SPF. I found it just didn’t agree with my t-zone but if you have drier skin, you may love it and it is really affordable. This one does feel greasy when first applied but absorbs quickly without leaving you look greasy.
Hawaiian Tropic sunscreens always smell amazing and this Silk Hydration facial sunscreen with SPF30 is the best of the face ones for me. Lightweight and non greasy, the unique dual ribbon formula combines strong protection with ultra moisturization to help combat dry skin from sun exposure.
My personal favourite, although at the higher end of drug store price-points is LaRoche-Posay Anthelios in SPF60, but you can opt for a lower SPF if you don’t need the added protection. This matte formula is my Holy Grail. It doesn’t leave you greasy, absorbs quickly so you can apply makeup and is water resistant. Plus, they sell it at Shoppers Drug Mart, so Optimum points make up for the higher price point.
Don’t forget your lips too! You can find affordable lip balms such as Blistex Ultra Protection for just a few dollars with SPF30 built in to help keep those lips ultra kissable and ready for lipstick.