From Face Wash to Hair Mist: The Most Innovative SPF Products on the Market
In a way, putting on sunscreen is kind of like (a much more important version of) taking vitamins: We know it's good for us, but slathering it on every morning is as appealing as choking down a few pills. This especially rings true when we're faced with greasy, pore-clogging formulas.
Of course, if texture is your main issue, there are countless matte, skin-perfecting solutions that we really do love. But better yet, there's a growing crop of products that go way beyond the traditional SPF lotion. From a color-changing patch that measures sun exposure to a self-tanning dry oil with built-in UV protection, these are the items you'll need for a safe, hassle-free, sun-filled summer.
Ilia Moondance Radiant Translucent Powder SPF 20 ($30)
Considering that most SPF formulas seem to be on a mission to take our makeup off, how refreshing to have a setting powder designed to do just the opposite. Plus, this all-natural powder is infused with aloe, rosemary, and thyme to soothe any irritation or inflammation, as well as pearl pigments for a luminescent finish.
Dr. Russo Sun Protective Day Cleanser SPF 30 ($75)
It's a cleanser… that deposits SPF protection on your face. Genius, right? This recent UK import uses a highly innovative delivery system that removes impurities while simultaneously leaving a layer of sun protection—which means you get to just wash and go.
Keratin Complex Thermo-Shine Thermal Protecting Mist ($21)
Don't neglect your strands, which are prone to damage and fading from the sun's rays too. This defining spray was designed to moisturize and protect from all kinds of heat (including your blow-dryer and flatiron), leaving your hair as glossy and vibrant as it should be.
La Roche-Posay My UV Patch ($0)
We're arguably most excited for this amazing new technology from La Roche-Posay, which is sure to kick-start a whole new market of similarly innovations when it launches next month. Essentially, it's a sticker that measures sun exposure: You put it on, go about your business (with additional SPF—the sticker only measures, it doesn't protect) and when it changes colors, it's time to find some shade. You can scan the patch with your phone and get more insight into your exposure with a corresponding mobile app. It even lasts a few days, no matter if you have pool or ocean time on the agenda. Mega-bonus: It's FREE. The brand plans to make the patch readily available at dermatologist offices and as a gift with purchase of other La Roche-Posay products.
Make Beauty Face Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($32)
For those July days when your face seems to melt away by 4 p.m., this mattifying primer has you covered: Beyond its ample sun protection, it uses light-diffusing technology to blur imperfections and fill in fine lines. And even though it deeply moisturizes thanks to a hefty dose of squalane, it still somehow keeps our face dry and velvety-smooth on the steamiest of days.
NaturaBissé C+C Dry Oil Antioxidant Sun Protection SPF 30 ($65)
#SadTruth: Many SPF formulas block vitamin D in addition to harmful UV rays. This product sidesteps that issue by featuring vitamin D as a main ingredient, as well botanical extracts of carrot oil, grape seed oil, and vitamins E and F—all antioxidants that fortify your skin's defense systems even further. Plus, it goes on clear with a dry finish.
Want to step up your SPF game even more? Make sure you're applying on these oft-overlooked areas.