The 5 Best Sunscreens for Year-Round Sun Protection
While it might feel silly wearing sunscreen on these overcast days, however it is absolutely essential. Why, you ask? For a whole host of reasons, namely the prevention of sun damage, which includes “wrinkles, brown spots, and uneven pores due to collagen damage,” says aesthetician Graceanne Svedsen.
To get the lowdown on year-round sun care, we reached out to Svedsen and plastic surgeon Dr. David Shafer for their expert sunscreen recommendations. While Dr. Shafer suggests a moderate SPF in colder months, in comparison to stronger sunscreens that you might wear at the beach, Svedsen suggests that winter usage of sunscreen is, in fact, essential because it "protects our skin from shorter UVA rays (or ageing rays), which are out all year-round.
To help us weed out the greasy, oily, and breakout-inducing formulas from the lightweight UVA and UVB blockers, we asked Svedsen and Dr. Shafer to recommend their favourite sunscreens of 2017. Keep reading for the best new sunscreens of the year according to our editors and the experts.
Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Hydrating Shield ($89)
Elizabeth Arden's sunscreen must be the real deal, as both Dr. Shafer and Svedsen recommend this new lightweight formula that protects from both the sun's harsh rays as well as "harmful pollution in the air," according to Dr. Shafer.
Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturiser ($48)
Byrdie editor Deven Hopp "loves" this relatively new tinted moisturiser, which protects from UVA and UVB rays while also delivering vitamin D to the skin for a more hydrated and youthful-looking complexion.
SkinMedica Total Defence + Repair Broad Spectrum SPF 34 Tinted Sunscreen ($96)
Skin Medica's new infrared SPF 34 lotion is another favourite of both Svedsen and Dr. Shafer, as it "provides a range of SPF from 34 to 50+ while incorporating antioxidants to help natural healing and rejuvenation" says Shafer.
Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with Sunscreen, SPF 50+, Pack of 2 ( $23 ) ($20)
There is a reason both Dr. Shafer and Svedsen recommended Cetaphil sunscreens, as the brand's products work for almost all skin types. If you have seriously sensitive skin, this daily moisturiser with SPF 50 is a great option.
Moroccanoil Sun Lotion SPF 50 ($42)
Like all Moroccanoil products, this sunscreen absorbs easily and smells amazing. The only downside is that it isn't waterproof, however, it is a great option for everyday sun protection because of its SPF 50.
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