5 Sunscreens to Try This Spring

It’s essential to wear sunscreen daily, but when you spend hours soaking up the sunshine during spring and summer it’s particularly important not to skimp on this important step. Just as crucial is finding a formula that is effective. Here are five great choices we’re loving just in time for the start of the season!

  1. La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Body Milk Sunscreen,

As one of the world’s most beloved sunscreens, this product stands tall above anything else you might have in mind. Not only is a broad-spectrum product designed to combat both UVA and UVB rays, this light, non-greasy emulsion absorbs quickly and features an SPF of 60. It’s also formulated with antioxidants to protect your skin from harmful free radicals. The beauty of this product? It leaves skin feeling incredibly soft.

  1. Brush On Block Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30,

When you need something that’s convenient enough to suit your busy, on-the-go schedule, this product is ideal. It slips right into your purse or desk drawer and is sleek enough to slip out and dust on without a second thought. The mineral formula is translucent, so anyone—even guys and kids!—can wear it without worry. Simply brush it on and go!

  1. Skinmedica Total Defense + Repair SPF 34 Tinted,

If you’re in the market for a product that evens your skin tone, perfects your complexion, and protects your skin all at once, you’ll find just the right formula in this sleek bottle. The product features a light tint that helps conceal those minor imperfections. You can absolutely skip the heavy foundation and rely on this heavy-duty, broad-spectrum product to do all of the work for you on the hottest days of the year.


4. NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention UVA/UVB Sunscreen
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A great basic sunscreen is the perfect addition to any warm-weather beauty collection. This formula is perfect for applying to your complexion before you head out. It features SPF 30 and is designed to absorb quickly without leaving skin greasy or sticky. Ideal for those days when you’d rather go makeup-free, this sunscreen may be light, but it’s just hydrating enough to leave skin soft and supple.

 

5.bareMinerals Prime Time BB Primer-Cream Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30,

Available in four natural shades, this is the perfect choice if your primary concern is evening your skin tone without wearing anything too heavy or uncomfortable on those steamy days. It’s formulated with SPF 30 and is perfect for giving your skin a naturally fresh, glowing look without the need for actual foundation.

How to Get Rid of Dull Skin—Just in Time for Spring!

After a long winter, it wouldn’t come as a total shock if your skin seemed a little sallow and lackluster. Whether you spent months cooped up inside or just haven’t soaked up much sunshine lately, we have the solution for you. Here are our suggestions for eliminating that dull skin just in time for spring.

Start with an Exfoliating Product

No question about it: Dull skin needs exfoliation. The problem is that dead skin cells collect on the skin, disturbing the natural appearance of a healthy visage and instead contributing to the slightly washed out look you’re trying to avoid. Unless you get rid of the cells that don’t naturally come off on their own, you won’t be able to truly enjoy that healthy glow. Try La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub ($15.99), a gentle exfoliate that minimizes buildup without causing irritation.

Brighten Up with the Right Cleanser

Don’t make the mistake of using the wrong product when you cleanse your face. Some are so harsh that they can cause dryness, while others just aren’t effective enough to target your specific concerns. Revision Skincare Brightening Facial Wash ($28.99) is formulated to rid your skin of impurities, dirt, debris, and makeup while smoothing rough spots. The result is a more refined complexion that glows.

Treat It with a Targeted Mask

Masks are everywhere these days, of course, and it might be overwhelming to choose the perfect one if your goal is strictly to get rid of dullness. To the rescue comes Peter Thomas Roth Brightening Bubbling Mask ($34.89), a deeply nourishing treatment that provides the kinds of results you’d expect at a spa. Simply smooth it on for a near instantaneous boost. It’s filled with free radical-busting antioxidants that leave skin looking more youthful and healthier.

Don’t Forget Heavy-Duty Moisturizer

While it may seem counter-intuitive to use a heavy-duty facial moisturizer when the weather is finally warmer, it’s actually what many of us need to rescue our skin from a season of complete dullness. The reason is simple: the more moisture your skin needs, the more tired and sallow it looks. Your skin essentially appears thinner and less lively, resulting in that less-than-healthy look you’re sporting. Try PCA Skin Collagen Hydrator ($28.99), which contains soothing almond oil, shea butter, and olive fruit oil. The trio pack a punch and deliver much-needed moisture on contact, giving your skin that healthy glow you’ve been craving.

 
Add Retinol to the Mix

Another reason your skin might be looking a little less than fab lately is because your body is producing less collagen. That’s one of the unfortunately natural downsides of aging, but there are tons of fantastic collagen-boosting products out there that actually work. One we love is PCA Skin Intensive Brightening Treatment ($55.99). It’s enriched with retinol, which helps protect your existing collagen and boost the production of new collagen—in other words, your skin will look a lot healthier if you use it.

Images courtesy Vogue.com

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