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SHIELDING THE SUN

By now it’s been drilled into our heads that we should be wearing sunscreen every day yet many of us struggle to turn it into a daily habit and out of the many options available, picking the right one can at times become confusing. Nazifa Tanim shares everything that you need to know about sunscreens and the top picks that won’t let you down.

Physical VS Chemical Sunscreens

Chemical sunscreens are mostly of lightweight consistency that blends easily and camouflages seamlessly underneath your makeup. It works by absorbing the UV rays as it enters your skin which is then converted to heat and passed out of your skin. Physical sunscreens are the ones which contain ingredients that reflect UV rays as it hit our skin. With this type of sunscreens, you can walk out of the house immediately after applying but they also tend to heavier in consistency and can leave a white cast.

Top Picks

DRY SKIN
EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46

 This top seller offers broad spectrum protection, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and beneficial antioxidants that help protect against skin-damaging free radicals, all while a sheer tint evens out the skin tone and blurs out imperfections. Oil and fragrance-free, lightweight formula effortlessly layers on top of other products, making it a great primer for your BB cream or foundation in case you want extra coverage. The product is formulated in a way that it won’t clog your pores but rather fight against breakouts. Although, this sunscreen is great for all skin types, but its hydrating formula work wonders for dry skin.

OILY SKIN
Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen SPF 55

If you have oily, acne-prone skin, this is a budget friendly great pick. It is lightweight, oil-free, non comedogenic, and non-greasy, so you won’t have to worry about clogged pores or excess shine.

MISSHA  All Around Safe Block Sebum Zero Sun SPF 50+/PA+++

This lightweight, water- and sweat-resistant facial sunscreen is another great pick for oily skin. It provides high protection against UVA (PA+++) and UVB rays (SPF 50) without leaving any greasy feeling or unpleasant fragrance behind.

Enriched with green tea and tea tree extracts, it controls sebum production and mattifies your skin without drying it out. Additionally, it helps to soothe the skin and provide protection against damages caused by other environmental stressors, such as pollution.

OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Active, SPF 30+

If the outdoor enthusiast in you don’t want to miss your time out in the sun, then Blue Lizard Active sunscreen is perfect choice. It has active formulation that is water resistant and will still be protective if you get sweaty exercising in the sun.

RE-APPLING

IT Cosmetics-Your Skin But Better CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder SPF 50+

Even if we form the habit of applying sunscreen in the morning, many of us are reluctant to re-apply it during the day time especially when we are wearing makeup. Powder sunscreens are a great option in this situation. IT Cosmetics-your skin but better CC+ airbrush perfecting powder SPF 50+ is a great multitasker.  This do-it-all powder sunscreen offers sun protection while boosting hydration. The buildable pigments in this powder blurs out wrinkles and pores for a perfected complexion.

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