Without question, misbirth the most trusty tool to have in your summer skincare routine is a sunscreen that will guard your skin against the dangers of potentially damaging UVA and UVB rays. Although it’s crucial to wear SPF every day, regardless of the season or temperature, it’s absolutely imperative to protect your skin from the sun in the summer months, when the sun is especially strong. And yet, many sunscreens get a bad rap for being gloopy, chalky, sticky and irritating to the skin. If you’re going to constantly apply (and re-apply, especially if you’ll be catching rays all day) a product to your face and body, it should at least feel good and, in a perfect world, can even improve the condition of your skin. Conveniently enough, there are several sunscreens out there that can do just that, without leaving an oily or powdery residue; and, as luck would have it, we’ve rounded several of them up for you:

viral fashion 2012 summer 2012 sunscreen beauty makeup skincare sun lotion shiseido ultimate sun protectionShiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 60 PA+++. When it comes to preventing not only sun damage, but the telltale signs of premature aging, this sunscreen lives up to its “Ultimate” title. It’s packed with ingredients, namely rose apple leaf extract, which nourish the skin while actively fighting against those dreaded fine lines. It instantly absorbs into the skin without leaving undesirable buildup, and blends with the greatest of ease. It also boasts sand, sweat and waterproof capabilities, making it a perfect beach bag essential.


viral fashion 2012 summer 2012 sunscreen beauty makeup skincare sun lotion clarins spray oil-freeClarins Sunscreen Spray Oil-Free Lotion Progressive Tanning SPF 15. This particular sunscreen comes in the form of a lightweight mist that you can spritz onto the skin as you see fit. With Senna Plane Tree and Aloe Vera extracts that aim to hydrate and soothe the skin, this spray is also oil-free, meaning that it doesn’t feel greasy and won’t cause your skin to break out (as it is often wont to do in the sticky, humid summer season), making it an excellent option for those of you with sensitive skin.

viral fashion 2012 summer 2012 sunscreen beauty makeup skincare sun lotion hampton sun continuous mistHampton Sun Continuous Mist Sunscreen. Another spray-on formula comes from relative newcomer Hampton Sun. Much like the posh area it’s named after, the brand is an advocate of smart yet chic sunbathing. Available in varying levels of SPF (15, 35, 55 and 75 for kids) depending on how much protection you feel is necessary, Continuous Mist spray is formulated without sulfates, parabens and artificial fragrances for truly safe sunning. Luxurious yet effective, it has a silky-smooth texture that goes right onto the skin and stays there for long-lasting coverage, while keeping the skin hydrated and supple. Who says you have to sacrifice luxury for efficiency?

Philosophy Here Comes The Sun™ Age-Defense Water-Resistant SPF 40 UVA:UVB Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen For Face. Even though this sunscreen isviral fashion 2012 summer 2012 sunscreen beauty makeup skincare sun lotion philosophy age defense water resistant strictly meant for the face, we felt it necessary to include because it’s just that good. Offering the twofold benefit of protecting your visage from the sun’s potential to both burn and age your skin, this lotion isn’t the slightest bit goopy or greasy, goes on weightlessly and absorbs instantly. High-performance with a barely-there consistency thanks to its oil-free formula, it seemingly defies the laws of logic, but we’re not questioning it. It also comes in a spray-on formula for the body…for all those interested.

There you have it — four sunscreen picks that actively work to shield your skin from the detrimental effects of the oppressive summer sun. With a quick spritz or slather, you’ll be more than well-equipped to take on the strongest, most sweltering solar rays. Even better, you’ll do this without suffering from the summer skincare woes of excessive shine, clogged pores and pesky breakouts. No matter which sunscreen you choose, just make sure you reapply throughout the day (at least every two hours) to ensure even and consistent protection. With just a little diligence, you’ll be more than prepared to face everything under the sun.

by Gianna Froccaro