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 and even sunscreens that can protect your delicate eye contour, SkinCeuticals has SPF options for every skin concern and formula preference. Fortunately for us, the skin-care brand recently sent our editors some complimentary samples of their entire sunscreen collection to review. To find out what we thought of three top-rated formulas, keep reading.
Recommended for: All skin types, including those with very dry or sensitive skin.
Formulated 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.
Recommended for: All skin types, including those with sensitive skin.
Not only can this product help protect the skin around the eyes, but it's even formulated with ceramides to leave the skin looking — and feeling — well-nourished. This eye SPF is even tinted, so it can enhance the appearance of your skin’s tone, too.
Why We Love It: As someone who is particular about her delicate eye contour area, I can get behind a sunscreen that is specifically made for use on the eyes, so I was pumped to try this. What I also really loved about this product is its built-in tint. After applying SPF all over my complexion, I followed up with Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50 and then applied my makeup. The tint acted as a pre-concealer, creating the perfect base for my subsequent makeup application.
How to Use It: After cleansing and moisturizing your complexion— and applying SPF all over— dab a small amount of SkinCeuticals Physical Eye UV Defence SPF 50 on your eye contour (think: under-eyes, eyelids and crow’s feet). Follow up with your daily eye makeup
Photo: Chaunte Vaughn