Which SkinCeuticals Sunscreen Is Right for You?
When it comes to protecting our complexions, we’re serious about our sunscreen application and the products we use. From physical sunscreens to chemical sunscreens, SkinCeuticals has SPF options for every skin concern and formula preference. To find out which of the formulas is best for you, keep reading.
Recommended for: All skin types, especially those with hyperpigmentation.
Created for those with discoloration, the Daily Brightening UV Defense SPF 30 is a dual-action daily hydrating sunscreen that can help protect your skin against the harmful effects of sun exposure — particularly UV-induced pigmentation — while working to even skin tone and brighten. Its formula contains a potent blend of discoloration-correcting and hydrating ingredients (including tranexamic acid, niacinamide and glycerin) to help reduce existing discoloration while protecting against future damage. It feels lightweight on the skin and doesn’t leave behind a white cast.
Why We Love It: If you’re like me and you suffer from sun-induced hyperpigmentation, take my advice and don’t walk— run! — to get your bottle of this daily hydrating sunscreen. Not only does the formula provide me with much-needed protection from the sun, but it also works as a first line of defense against the stubborn sun spots triggered by UV exposure. Rest assured that when using this formula, you’re not only protecting your skin from dark spots, but you’re helping to lighten any existing ones.
How to Use It: 15 minutes before sun exposure, apply to a clean face, making sure to reapply every two hours.
Recommended for: All skin types, including those with very dry or sensitive skin.
Created with very dry, sensitive skin types in mind, Physical UV Defense SPF 30 is a daily physical sunscreen that can help protect your skin from the harmful — read: damaging — effects of sun exposure. Paraben-free, fragrance-free and enriched with 100% mineral filters, zinc oxide, titanium oxide and artemia salina, the broad-spectrum sunscreen can provide the skin with hydration and protection. Just don’t forget to reapply as directed, of course.
Why We Love It: As I’ve probably said a thousand times over, I’m a total sunscreen freak. Seriously, my fellow beauty editors can attest that I even reapply while sitting at my desk throughout the day (hey, better safe than sorry). With that said, I have been using SkinCeuticals Physical UV Defense SPF 30 in my daily routine since I got my hands on it. What I love about this daily sunscreen is that it soaks right into the skin, which is excellent if you are applying makeup right after, like I usually am. In addition, it is a physical sunscreen, meaning that — unlike chemical sunscreens — it starts working as soon as it is applied to the skin. I personally prefer physical sunscreens over chemical sunscreens because I can trust that my skin is getting necessary protection without delay.
How to Use It: Start by giving the bottle a good shake. Then, apply to cleansed and moisturized skin prior to makeup application and/ or sun exposure. Reapply every 40 minutes after sweating, swimming and towel drying, or after two hours.
Recommended for: Dry, normal, oily and combination skin types.
Formulated for active users, this UVA and UVB protection sunscreen can help defend the skin against the sun’s damaging rays. What’s more, the formula is water resistant for up to 80 minutes, paraben- and alcohol-free and non-comedogenic.
Why We Love It: Now, I’m not a marathon runner, but I do sweat like one, so I was curious to see if this sport SPF would live up to its hype. After about a mile and a half of straight running (and buckets of sweat later), I can attest that this formula does indeed work. My skin felt comfortable and hydrated throughout my run, the sunscreen never melted into my eyes, and it didn’t leave a greasy residue across my complexion.
How to Use It: About 15 minutes before sun exposure, apply to a cleansed and moisturized complexion. Reapply after sweating, swimming or towel drying your skin. If you don’t break a sweat, reapply at least every two hours.
Photography: Chaunte Vaughn, Art Direction: Hannah Packer, Associate Creative Producer: Becca Solovay