A Sunscreen That Won't Make You Break Out This Summer
Have a love-hate relationship with sunscreen? You’re not alone. It helps protect our skin from sun damage—read: fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots—when exposed to harmful UVA and UVB rays, but it can also leave our skin looking deadly pale and overly greasy. Pair that with pore-clogging sweat, dirt, and bacteria lingering on skin, and it’s a recipe for disaster—aka breakouts. (We get it—damned if you do, damned if you don’t.) To add insult to injury, some formulas smell anything but beachy.
Still, skipping sunscreen is simply not an option. Just as a reminder: About 90 percent of melanomas, the deadliest form of skin cancer, are caused by overexposure to UV radiation, according to the Melanoma Research Foundation. When used as directed with other sun protection measures, broad-spectrum SPF 15 or higher can help protect from sunburns and reduce the risk of early skin aging and skin cancer (melanomas included!) associated with UV radiation. Needless to say, we have to use sunscreen, even during cloud cover, regardless of whether we’re sitting indoors by a window seat or going for a short stroll. Therefore, it’s crucial to find one that checks off all the right boxes, one that’s formulated for acne-prone skin to help keep zits at bay, and—most importantly—one that we actually don’t dread putting on our skin every. single. day. Behold: the sunscreen that made the cut.
VICHY IDÉAL CAPITAL SOLEIL SPF 50
Don’t you just hate when sunscreen looks (and feels) thickly caked onto your skin? It may work for frosting on a cupcake, but it doesn’t work for SPF on our complexion. Oh, and let’s not forget that notorious white, greasy residue some sunscreens can leave behind making skin look ashen. Not cute. We’re happy to report that this ultralight formula by Vichy does neither of the two; it feels light-as-a-feather on skin, and absorbs immediately with an ultra-sheer, matte finish. It provides the perfect base for everyday makeup—if that’s what you’re after—without the risk of ruining a look. What’s more, it’s water-resistant for up to 40 minutes, oil-free (a must for keeping grease to a minimum), and non-comedogenic, so you don’t have to worry about clogged pores that can lead to pimples. The formula combines UVA and UVB filters for broad-spectrum defense against sun rays, as well as antioxidants white grape polyphenol and vitamin E to help neutralize free radical damage. It’s everything we could ever want in a sunscreen and more. Sunscreen naysayers, you just met your match.