I’ve never been an avid sunscreen wearer.
I’ve been in fact, pretty bad about it. I’ve got just enough white-girl melanin that I don’t burn easily, and I’ve let it go for 32 years… Now that wrinkles are showing up and I’m noticing a *LOT* more freckles on my shoulders, I’m learning to take sun protection seriously.
Because I don’t want to look like this in another 20 years:
One of the reasons I didn’t wear sunblock on my face was that I generally wear makeup, and even without SPF it did provide some barrier to the suns rays.
But the real, truly vain reason I didn’t was that most sunscreens have a really thick, sticky texture that was not conducive to combination skin and definitely didn’t work underneath makeup. Chalky and gummy. While streaks. No thanks.
Pictures like this illustrate how important it is though:
This is the face of a 69 year old man who drove a truck for 28 years. The side of his face that was exposed to the suns rays is exponentially more damaged than the other side. How’s that for a literal side-by-side of what sun will do to you over the years?!
So I got serious and started hunting for the best sunscreen for face and neck applications that wasn’t gummy, chalky, oily, smelly or otherwise offensive. Christy gave her recommendations for sunscreen for sensitive skin for the body – now it’s face time!
Here’s my find:
Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense wins in my book because:
- SFP 50
- UVA & UVB protection
- Fragrance free
- Oil free
I’ve been using it for about a month and can say it’s lightweight, glides on, provides generous sun protection, doesn’t interfere with makeup (yay!), absorbs very quickly and doesn’t irritate my skin or cause breakouts.
This is, by far, the best face sunscreen I’ve found.
As you can see, I bought the 1.7 fl. oz. size of the Super Fluid, which is $36 from Kiel’s. A month in, I still have at least 3/4 of the bottle left, so a little goes a long way and even though it could be considered pricey, it does last.
It’s the non greasy sunscreen for any skin type that actually makes sunblock work as a step in my morning routine. I apply it after moisturizing and treating skin, and before I apply a primer for foundation. And it’s the best. Not even my nose, typically a spot I get a little rosy (aka roasted) once my makeup melts off in the hot summer sun, has had a burn.
What’s your favorite best face sunscreen recommendation?