I’ve come a long way from my teenage years of frying out in the sun with a mixture of baby oil and iodine (the original “self-tanner” that stained my skin a rusty color I thought looked cool), and thankfully, so has the selection of sunscreens available.
Not only do today’s products actually provide Sun Protection Factor (SPF) protection, many of them also do double duty.
For example, Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream is a sheer, moisturizing face tint that works as a moisturizer, gives a light base to even skin tones and also provides SPF 36 protection.
Feel like you’re constantly glowing with sweat on these hot summer days? Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF is a dry sunscreen made of natural clay that can be used on the body, face and scalp with an SPF 30 protection. Not only does it make your skin look great, it’s water resistant for up to 40 minutes, so you can even cool off in the pool and still look good stay protected. Plus, the company also has a very cool refillable loose powder brush called Refill-Me Refillable Loose Powder Brush that is easily portable and bears the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation as an effective UV sunscreen.
Another way to prevent shine is Sephora’s 8 HR Mattifying Moisturizer Sunscreen. An oil-free moisturizer that prevents the skin from shining for up to eight hours, this formula also contains UVA/UVB filters and antioxidants to help combat the signs of aging.
You’ll get all of the antioxidant and ant-inflammatory properties of Ginkgo biloba nut extract, mesima mushroom, rooibos, tormentil root, skull cap and wild thyme botanical plant extracts with Amarte Ultra Veil ultra light sunscreen with broad spectrum SPF 50+.
Of course we don’t want to leave the guys out of the double duty sunscreen equation. Jack Black Double Duty Moisturizer SPF 20 is a lightweight daily moisturizer that acts as a broad-spectrum sunscreen and an advanced facial treatment in one-easy product. Plus it’s fragrance free, a big plus for many men.
For acne-prone skin, Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 is a great solution. It protects your skin while providing up to eight hours of oil control. The lightweight formula effectively reduces breakouts and dramatically reduces oil production, while willow bark extract helps manage breakouts by fighting bacteria and argan extract keeps skin hydrated.
Originally published in Santa Barbara SEASONS on July 30, 2014.