The Lowdown on Sunscreens

Lowdown on Sunscreens

Summertime is here!  That means plenty of picnics, pool parties, trips to the beach, and outdoor activities!  It’s important to remember that despite all the fun in the sun that you’re having you still need to take care of your skin and be smart by protecting it from the sun by using a sunscreen each and every time you venture outside.

There are countless different sunscreens available to purchase each with different options so if you are wondering which one is right for you it’s best to first know the basics:

Just like we all have our own preferences when it comes to the types of makeup we like and what it does to our skin, sunscreen is no different.  What works on one persons skin may cause breakouts on another person and so on and so on.  Below is a breakdown of the types of sunscreen you should look for depending on your specific skin type as well as examples of sunscreens that are most suitable for you.

 

Dry Skin

  • Creams/lotions with extra hydrating ingredients (aloe and glycerin)
  • Steer clear of spray or gel sunscreens that contain aloe (they’ll just dry out your skin that much more)

Try

Murad Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 15

L’Oreal Dermo-Expertise Futur-E SPF 15

 

Oily Skin

  • Oil-free sunscreen
  • Non-comedogenic sunscreen (won’t clog pores)
  • Water or gel based sunscreens are most commonly oil-free

Try

Ocean Potion Anti-Aging Sunblock SPF 50

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 45

 

Acne Prone Skin

  • Light and/or oil-free lotions
  • Sunscreens that contain the chemicals avobenzone and oxybenzone
  • Non-comedogenic sunscreen (won’t clog pores)
  • Fragrance free sunscreen

Try

Hawaiian Tropic Oil Free Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50

Murad Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30

 

Sensitive Skin

  • Paba free sunscreen (this is very common)
  • Oil-free sunscreen
  • Fragrance free sunscreen
  • Chemical free sunscreen
  • Hypoallergenic sunscreen
  • Mineral based sunscreen

Try

Aveeno Active Naturals Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion for Face

Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock Lotion SPF 60

 

Active/Outdoor Skin (for those that spend a lot of time being active outdoors; sports/swimming)

  • Water-resistant or waterproof sunscreen
  • Highest SPF sunscreen available

Try

Coppertone Sport Sunblock Spray SPF 30

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock with Helioplex SPF 70

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Foundation Types Revealed

There are so many different foundations to pick from that it’s hard knowing just which one is right for you.  Below is a breakdown of some of the most popular/common types of foundation that are available as well as which ones are best suited for your skin type.

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CREAM

Offers more moisture than other foundations

Basics:

  • Contains oil
  • Thick and creamy consistency
  • Available in stick, compact and tube form
  • Heavy coverage
  • Perfect for covering skin imperfections, scars and blemishes
  • Glossy finish
  • Can be used as a  concealer as well
  • BB creams are a cream form
  • Set with powder for longer lasting wear
  • Hydrates skin

Best Suited For These Skin Types:

  • Dry skin
  • Normal skin

bbBobbi Brown Extra Repair Foundation SPF 25
$58.00

GuGuerlain Terracotta Skin Healthy Glow Foundation Second Skin Effect
$51.00

DG

Dolce & Gabbana The Foundation Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation
$59.00

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LIQUID

One of the most popular types of foundation available

Basics:

  • Versatile
  • Applies smoothly and easily
  • Easiest to apply of all foundation types
  • Lightweight
  • Blends well
  • Coverage ranges from light to heavy
  • Can give skin a dewy and healthy appearance
  • Also available in water or oil based formulas
  • Also available in waterproof

Best Suited For These Skin Types:

  • Dry skin
  • Wrinkled or aging skin
  • Oily skin
  • Normal skin
  • Combination skin

LIQUID FOUNDATION TYPES

Oil Based:

  • Thick and greasy consistency
  • Ideal for dry skin
  • Ideal for wrinkled skin
  • Blends easily and well
  • Leaves skin looking moisturized, supple and healthy

Water Based:

  • Contains silicon
  • Adds shine to face
  • Applies smoothly and easily
  • Provides lighter coverage

Oil-Free:

  • Formulated without oil
  • Best for sensitive and/or acne prone skin

UD

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup
$39.00

nars

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation
$44.00

Clin

Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15
$27.00

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CREAM TO POWDER

 Goes on as a liquid-dries as a powder

Basics:

  • Applies as a liquid, dries to a powder finish
  • Minimizes oils
  • Lasts throughout the day
  • Compact form is the most common
  • Easy to apply
  • Dries fast
  • Smooth and flawless finish

Best Suited For These Skin Types:

  • Combination skin
  • Normal skin

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Benefit Cosmetics Some Kind-A-Gorgeous
$30.00

LoracLorac Oil-Free Wet/Dry Powder Makeup
$36.00

diorDior Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Crème-Gel Makeup SPF 20
$49.00

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SPRAY

Growing in popularity….

Basics:

  • Refreshes makeup
  • Easy to apply
  • Not as common as other foundations
  • Smooth, airbrushed finish

Best Suited For These Skin Types:

  • Sensitive Skin

dior2

Dior Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation
$62.00

hourglass

Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil-Free
$55.00

sephora

Sephora Collection Instant Airbrush Foundation
$20.00

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POWDER

Easy to Use and Provides a Natural Look

Basics:

  • Available in loose or pressed powder
  • Very dry-no moisture
  • Easy to use
  • Provides a natural look
  • Very common
  • Light to medium coverage
  • Some can be applied wet
  • Great for retouching makeup

Best Suited For These Skin Types:

  • Normal skin
  • Combination skin
  • Oily skin

mup4eMake Up Forever Duo Mat Powder Foundation
$34.00

sepSephora Microsmooth Foundation Face Powder
$22.00

PowderSmashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder & Brush Set
$59.00

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TINTED MOISTURIZER

Adds a hint of color

Basics:

  • Minimal coverage
  • Evens out skin tones
  • Hydrates dry skin
  • Softens and protects skin
  • Adds a hint of color
  • One-step process
  • Combination of moisturizer and foundation (more moisturizer)
  • Not good for skin with blemishes
  • Natural look

Best Suited For These Skin Types:

  • Dry skin (best)
  • Combination skin
  • Normal skin

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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20
$43.00

Stila

Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF 20
$34.00

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Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free SPF 15
$55.00

Sephora Favorites In The Glow Set

glowI’m a sucker for Sephora’s boxed sets.  They get me every time.  I think I have purchased every box set they’ve had available over the past year that was stocked full of makeup goodies.  They always have a ton of products that I want to try and I just hate shelling out money for a full sized product that I’m not completely sure I will love.  This is by far the best way to test all the latest, greatest and hottest makeup products available without buying them separately.

This 9 piece set includes (for $45.00):

  • Benefit High Beam (0.13 oz.)
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder (0.08 oz.)
  • Tarte Natural Cheek Stain in Flush (0.17 oz.)
  • Stila Convertible Color in Peony (0.07 oz.)
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Splendor (0.11 oz.)
  • Lorac Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder in Spotlight (0.106 oz.)
  • Bare Minerals All Over Face Color in Pure Radiance (0.02 oz.)
  • Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in Golden Mosaic (0.14 oz.)
  • Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna (0.08 oz.)

I like all the items in this set.  I have used a few of them in the past, so I knew I already liked them.  Since it’s spring now, I like to have more of a golden glow and there’s a lot of great products in here that give me that.  Plus, I can use different ones on different days and don’t have to use the same product day in and day out.

I would definitely recommend this set….you can’t beat the price!

 

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Opportunity to try these items at a smaller size before buying the full size versions
  • A great assortment of name brand products

Cons:

  • They are small so they won’t last a very long time (but I knew this buying it)