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So it’s the middle of the season and your days are spent mostly on the beach, by the pool or at your summerhouse in the Hamptons. No doubt you’ve gone through several bottles of SPF and have a few you love and some you don’t. While most are greasy, thick and leave unsightly white streaks, there are some amazing sun protectants out there that could be your new favorites all year round. While we’ll start to enter cooler weather in a month or two, that sun isn’t going anywhere and neither should your SPF.
If you have sensitive skin of any kind, a little Coppertone just won’t do. For post-op areas, scars or any time you’ll be exposed to extreme sun, Natura Bissé SPF 50 Luminous shield is going to help on a cellular level. Said to protect with a “triple defense system: physical, organic and biological” the formula can help to stop skin’s melanin production and improve hyperpigmentation. With continuous use the natural ingredients should also lighten dark spots over time. Natrura Bissé SPF Luminous Shield is available at fine department stores and Natura Bissé online. Priced at $125.
Appropriately named for you weekends in the Hamptons, Hampton Sun is combining sun protection with skincare; multi-vitamin complexes and aloe vera help to hydrate and nourish the skin while absorbing quickly. The brand has sunscreens ranging from a SPF 8 bronzing spray to a SPF 70 sports protection for kids. Coming in aerosol-free sprays, their products contain polycrylene to make the formula more water resistant and help block more UVA rays, plus everything is hypoallergenic. Added bonus? Every product is scented with Privet Bloom. Hamptons Sun SPF 55 Continuous Mist is available at Sephora and select hotels worldwide. Priced at $32.
Since sun damage is one of the biggest contributors to aging, it couldn’t hurt to have a little extra boost of anti-aging formula in your sunscreen. Kaplan MD uses “Nobel Prize winning DNA technology” to combat signs of aging while also giving you a full SPF 30 protection. If your skin is a little older and more damaged, or you’ve been worshiping the sun for far too many years, give this SPF a try. As a daily moisturizer, apply this concentrate after your skincare regimen and wear it all year round. Kaplan MD Daily Moisture SPF 30 Concentrate is available at select department stores and Kaplan MD online. Priced at $185.00.
Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation, Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+ has new technology to make sure your sunscreen will stay on your skin. Super Veil 360 "allows sunscreen to fit perfectly on the uneven surface of the skin providing high protection from UV rays at all angles.” Perfect if you plan on doing more that lying perfectly still on a towel somewhere. Surfers take note: this formula is water resistant, perspiration resistant and sand-proof. Shiseido Ultimare Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50 is available at department stores, Sephora, and at Shiseido online. Priced at $39.
Formulated to fight skin aging, dehydration, wrinkles and pigmentation spots, Sisley-Paris Sunleÿa Age Minimizing Sun Care also delivers a comprehensive sunscreen. Blocking both UVA and UVB rays this SPF 50+ gives extra protection with minerals, botanicals and vitamins designed to block free radicals in a delicate, ultra-smooth cream. With skin care in mind the sunscreen is also moisturizing with a non-greasy formula. Not made for sports or water activities, this SPF does need to be reapplied every 2 hours when you’re lounging in the sun. Sisley-Paris Sunleÿa Age Minimizing Sun Care is available at fine department stores. Priced at $295.
For an all-over, everyday, everywhere sunscreen, Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 40 is perfect. The formula is oil free and lightweight; meant to go over your moisturizers and creams, it compliments your favorite skincare regimen. The fragrance free fluid can be used as an everyday sunscreen to block UVA and UVB rays. It prevents against “lines and wrinkles and uneven texture and tone” while still being gentle for sensitive skin. Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 40 is available at department stores and online at Kiehl’s. Priced at $61.
While most sunscreens are greasy and quite honestly, can’t be worn under makeup, Sunday Riley Cashmere SPF 30 Sun Defense is quite the opposite. Made with a cashmere protein, the formula uses a titanium dioxide protectant to keep your skin from whiteness and streaks. Intended to also soften the skin, this sunscreen does double duty protecting from UV rays as well as daily pollution. Sunday Riley Cashmere SPF 30 Sun Defense is available at Sephora, fine department stores and Sunday Riley online. Priced at $125.