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Sunscreens That Are Safe for Your Face


Article by Hayley Hyer

Photography by Stock Images

One of the worst things about summer is the mixture of sweat, heavy sunscreens, and other environmental pollutants constantly making your skin flare up. But you also don't want to go out bare-faced and end up with a sunburn or worse. Protecting your face in the heat is quite a feat!

Here are some face sunscreen products that have been proven to be easy on your skin and feel good when you wear it while giving you the same amount of protection.

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Supergoop! Mattescreen SPF 40

"A 100% mineral sunscreen that helps leave skin looking mattified and poreless. This formula smooths your skin's appearance and minimizes the look of pores, all with broad spectrum SPF 40. Apply generously to your face for a natural look with shine control."

Supergoop! (Re)Setting Mist + Mineral Invincible Setting Powder

Defense Refresh SPF 40: "A better-than-ever makeup setting spray (with a new lighter scent and mist) that lets you easily reapply your SPF. Reintroducing Defense Refresh (Re)Setting Mist SPF 40... We took our customer-favorite sunscreen setting spray and made the texture lighter, the scent gentler and the nozzle better (read: it will deliver a more even mist without clogging––just be sure to shake to activate!)."

Mineral Invincible SPF 45: "Reapply your SPF with a 100% mineral setting powder that mattifies shine and sets makeup. This sweat-resistant, translucent formula smooths skin’s appearance and reduces shine. Brush it on throughout the day for a matte finish and added protection."

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Murad. City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA++++

"This innovative mineral sunscreen features environmental protection technology, which protects skin from five main causes of skin damage: UVA, UVB, pollution, blue light from devices, and infrared radiation. An advanced polymer matrix helps inhibit adhesion and penetration of environmental toxins, vitamin C helps brighten skin, and color correcting tint evens tone and boosts radiance."

Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30

"This all-in-one treatment includes a color-changing capsule to cover blemishes and neutralize redness, restoring fatigued skin for a vibrant appearance. The formula features Tiger Grass (Centella Asiatica) to help heal sensitive skin exhibiting inflammation, irritation or discomfort.

The Cicapair™ Collection is inspired by the true legend of Asian tigers, rolling in centella asiatica to heal their battle wounds. Also known as tiger grass, its medicinal use has been recognized for centuries. For generations, this active ingredient has also been recognized as a recovery system to help support wounded skin exhibiting inflammation, redness, or blemishes."

KIEHL'S Since 1851 Super Fluid Daily UV Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50+

"A lightweight, fast-absorbing facial sunscreen with SPF 50+ that delivers a matte finish and helps protect skin from UVA/UVB rays and pollution. This non-comedogenic sunscreen is formulated with effective UVA/UVB technology to deliver the visible anti-aging benefits that come with sun safety and features pollution protection to help defend against free radicals. It’s made for all skin types, including oily skin and sensitive skin."

dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50 Moisturizer

"A daily SPF moisturizer that is loaded with antioxidants and helps reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. This medium-weight SPF50 helps neutralize free radicals, improves skin's appearance, and as an active sunscreen, it protects against UVA and UVB rays. It blends smoothly over skin to create a perfected finish or canvas for makeup."

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