Come Summer and most beauty conversations veer towards *drumroll* ‘Sunscreen’¬; yep, that elusive magic shield that defends our skin from those harmful UV rays and prevents fine lines, hyperpigmentation and skin cancer. However, given the fact that sunscreens have been around for years now, you would think the space might have got a tad too boring, no? Well thankfully, not just yet!
In a world of anti-pollution skincare and makeup, why should anti-pollution sunscreens be left behind? While sunscreen has always been non-negotiable when you are stepping out, one that contain anti-pollution ingredients can protect your skin from environmental stressors (known to speed up aging and loss of collagen)—perfect for maintaining overall skin health. Our pick: The Innisfree Intensive Anti Pollution Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++ that’s water resistant, non-sticky and prevents fine dust particles from adhering to your skin both indoors and outdoors.
Ingestible pills that offer you sun protection? Yes please! Oral sunscreens are jam packed with antioxidants that provide a double dose of sun protection, thereby reducing the capacity for the sun to damage the skin inside-out. Try the Swisse Beauty Grape Seed Tablets Extract that locks the antioxidant properties of glutathione to prevent cells from free radical changes. PS: These aren't meant to be a complete substitute for the topical version but this type of sunscreen product makes a great addition to your sun-protection routine.
There’s something about glitter that makes us say ‘hellz yea’; and when it comes with the promise of extra sun protection, there’s nothing much stopping us. Welcome to the world of sparkly iridescent sunscreens that will make you unleash your inner mermaid and put those highlighters to shame. Consider brands such as Seastar Sparkle with benefits of skin loving antioxidants, Vitamins and SPF 50 (no less); or try the Mineral Shimmer Sunscreen Sticks from Bare Republic that are packed with sustainably sourced Mica for a stunning prismatic shine.
Attention beach bums! Ever thought of how your sunscreen might affect Nemo? Well, according to recent reports, sunscreen ingredients such as Oxybenzone and Octinoxate have been linked to disruption of aquatic life and increased coral bleaching. The best sunscreen product: Physical or mineral sunscreens that typically feature Zinc or Titanium Oxide which instead of dissolving in the ocean, sink and become a part of the ocean sediment. We recommend the Kiehl'sUltra Light Daily UV Defense Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 PA+++, next time you want to swim with the dolphins.