i never paid enough attention to protecting myself with SPF before moving to the west coast. there is something about living under the year-round california sunshine that made me quickly realize i needed to make sun protection a part of my daily routine. SPF is not just for beach days!
read on to learn more about my absolute favorite SPF-containing products:
- Blistex Five Star Lip Protector (SPF 30) - $2
I love this chapstick the most, and have repurchased many times over the years. The smell and flavor are both light and summery, it stays on my lips longer than anything else in a chapstick form, and its super cheap!
As a second option, I love Sun Bum Sunscreen Lip Balm in Mango (SPF 30) - $4
- Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm (SPF 25) - $7.50
This one is currently MIA, so isn't pictured, but is my favorite non-stick lip balm with SPF. The balm comes in a variety of flavors, I love the mint most. It's nice because unlike the chapstick versions, this lip balm leaves a little bit of shine and feels more like a makeup product for that reason. It stays on my lips, and is nice to have in the car as it isn't a stick that will melt!
- Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12 Hour Primer Broad Spectrum, Light (SPF 30) - $37
THIS IS MY FAVORITE THING EVER. I have repurchased and repurchased this product over the years. I love this product because it provides coverage like a foundation, smoothness like a primer, and sun protection as a bonus. I actually don't own foundation, I just use this product. It feels so silky, and I get compliments on my skin/makeup so often when I'm wearing this. The price is up there, but not awful, and a little goes a long way. I find one tube lasts me quite a while. I use about 2 per year with almost daily use.
- Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer (SPF 30) - $28
Mario Badescu products make up the bulk of my skincare routine right now. I like this moisturizer both in addition to/under my Tarte BB Primer, or alone instead of using the Tarte if I want less coverage, say on a hike. It's great because it's oil-free, so I don't feel too bad when I have it on all day long. It does leave my skin a little shiny regardless, but typically people still compliment my skin saying it looks "glowy" or "dewey". Some days you don't want makeup, but still need the sun-protection, and this is for those days. I also sometimes put it on my hands if I'm going driving.
- Sun Bum Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 50) - $16
For the longest time I have been a huge fan of the yellow spray sunscreen from Neutrogena, but a friend of mine recently told me her dermatologist cautions that spray sunscreens don't give enough coverage and generally aren't as good as a lotion sunscreen. Deep down I probably knew that to be true, but I loved the smell of that yellow-bottle spray. That being said, I've used them up and switched to Sun Bum lotion sunscreen. It comes in a variety of SPF options, I like 50 for a little bump from the average 30. The lotion is also a great value in that a spray person of the same thing would run out much more quickly, and give less effective coverage for a similar price. Bonus, it smells really good!
- Rene Furterer Solaire Leave-In Moisturizing Spray - $26
This is the newest and least explored product in my lineup, but it deserves a shoutout nonetheless. I went in search of something to have in my hair for those long days by the pool, on a hike, on a long drive, etc. I give my skin so much attention, coverage and care, and for 28 years have completely neglected to protect my hair from the sun. All that to say, my hair is healthy and fine, but it never hurts to start adding to your self-care routine where you see a gap. This leave-in conditioner doesn't necessarily boast an SPF, but is said to provide UV protection, as well as hydration and damage repair. It can be sprayed on dry hair, or used on damp, towel-dried hair straight out of the shower or pool.
Last but not least on my list is a good pair of sunglasses. I was never a big sunglasses girl growing up. I would lose or break every pair I had. When I was gifted a really nice, beautiful pair of Raybans, I swore to take good care of them, keep them clean, and actually wear them. I see the benefit of wearing sunnies now more than ever, as I enter into an age of worrying about aging, wrinkles, and taking good care of my skin. It was recently pointed out to me that, duh, wearing sunglasses means less squinting, aka fewer fine lines around the eyes. Find some sunglasses that offer UV protection and put them to use!