Try one of these formulas.
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You probably know that one of the best things you can do for your skin is to wear sunscreen every single day. (And if you didn't already know that, now you do.) But now it's not just about wearing any old sunscreen, but about choosing the right type for your skin. Right now we're loving physical blocks as opposed to chemical blocks. What's the difference? Instead of neutralizing UV rays once they hit your skin, like chemical barriers do, they act as a shield from the sun, bouncing rays off of it so they aren't able to penetrate at all. At the same time, they also help to keep free radicals off your skin, which can cause premature aging.
The only drawback: Physical sunscreens have a reputation for being thicker and less, shall we say, wearable, under makeup. So we put them to the test and found the ones that work well and feel great. We might even go as far to say that you'll enjoy wearing some of these each day. Here, six physical sunscreens you should consider adding to your daily beauty routine.
Formulated with 100 percent zinc oxide, you may think this one would be super thick and white. That, our tester was pleased to find out, was not the case. It's a great sunscreen for every day wear since it feels really light on the skin and won't make your face super shiny. Our tester paired it with her daily rose-oil facial serum and the two mixed perfectly together, she says.
Neutrogena "SheerZinc" Facial Sunscreen, $12.99, neutrogena.com.
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It smells good, it's natural, and it makes your skin look so good. In lieu of trying to hide the fact that you're wearing sunscreen, our tester actually received compliments on her "soft matte, but glowing complexion" the day she wore this. (And no, we weren't fishing for compliments.) It can also act as a corrective part of your skincare regimen since it contains active ingredients like resveratrol to prevent aging and sunflower oil to help soften skin.
Juice Beauty "Sport" SPF-30 Sunscreen, ulta.com.
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Remember that free-radical thing we were talking about? This new suncreen from Clarins helps protect your skin not only from damaging UV rays, but also from the aging and dulling effects of pollution. It also works wonderfully under makeup, said our oily-skinned tester, who put it on with serum and moisturizer and noted that it still didn't feel too heavy.
Clarins Anti-Pollution Sunscreen, $43, clarinsusa.com.
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We've loved this one for a while because of it's tried-and-true formula that even helps to blur imperfections (it doesn't say that it does that, but every time we use it, we feel like our skin tone is a bit more even.) It does, however, say that it contains hyaluronic acid, so unless you have really dry skin, you may be able to use this in the summer as both a moisturizer and sunscreen.
Glytone SPF-40 Sunscreen Lotion, $38, dermstore.com.
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Even though dermatologists always tell us we have to reapply sunscreen every few hours, we know that when we're going about our daily lives, we're not taking the time to reapply. Sorry, but we usually don't have time to wash our faces to reapply sunscreen and makeup that often. That's why a setting powder like this is genius for daily use. It can be a bit tricky to put together the brush, but once you've got it, you'll save time in the long run by using it to not only make sure your face is always protected, but to keep oil at bay throughout the work day.
Supergoop! "Invincible" SPF-40 Setting Powder, $30, sephora.com.
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We tested this during a daylong hike at Rocky Mountain National Park, and we didn't get burned. (Full disclosure, we only reapplied once, so that's a testament to the sunscreen.) It also contains lots of omegas that help protect and promote strong, glowing skin, like rose hip oil, evening primrose, and flaxseed oil.
Coola "Matte Finish" Cucumber Sunscreen, $36, coolasuncare.com.