Cheat Sheet: Sunscreen

For one (and this may come as a surprise), there’s a difference between sunscreen and sunblock. Sunscreen is formulated with chemical components to absorb UV light, while sunblock contains particles that physically block UV rays. Most products on the market are a combination of the two, which is ideal because they offer ‘broad spectrum’ protection to guard you against both UVA rays (that penetrate to the bottom layers of skin and are responsible for aging) and UVB rays (that penetrate just the top layers of skin and cause you to burn).

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Everyday Use: Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+

Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ proves that you don’t need a thick, goopy sunscreen to get maximum protection. This ultra-lightweight, water-resistant SPF 50+ lotion absorbs immediately and, given that it uses five different sun filters to protect against both UVA and UVB rays, you can soak up the sun knowing your skin is as safe as can be.

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Sensitive Skin: MDSolarSciences SPF 40 Lotion

You’ll never find a sunscreen that feels nicer to the touch. This silicone-based lotion glides on like a dream and dries completely matte. It’s formulated with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, two physical blockers that keep UVA and UVB rays at bay. Best of all, it’s great even for those with extremely sensitive skin.

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Easiest Application: Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Body Mist SPF 45+

A favorite among dermatologists, Neutrogena’s Ultra-Sheer formula gets a boost from Helioplex technology, which helps to stabilize UVA blocker Avobenzone (a complex that is highly unstable when exposed to sunlight). We love this broad spectrum and photostable sunscreen especially in its Body Mist easy-to-use continuous-spray formula.

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Under Makeup: Supergoop!® City Sunscreen Serum, Travel Size

Applying makeup over goopy sunscreen is no fun, but this lightweight SPF 30 serum protects you from UV rays without sacrificing your beauty look. Use in place of your regular morning moisturizer and reap the benefits of a formula that hydrates, mattifies, and even heals past damage with vitamins E and B5.

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Super Active: Mission Skincare No Sting Sunscreen Facestick SPF 30+

Renowned scientists team up with world-class athletes like Serena Williams and Mia Hamm to design all of Mission Skincare’s products so you know that these products perform. This SPF 30+ stick is the answer to every athlete’s primary sunscreen setback—stinging in the eyes. Extra sweatproof, the formula applies completely clear and can even be used on the lips (no gross sunblock taste, we swear).

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