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Sunscreen (SPF) is the most essential step in your routine.

On one hand, wearing sunscreen daily can keep you looking years younger, and on the other, it can save your life. No matter how much money you’re currently spending on other skincare and beauty products, if you’re not applying sunscreen, you’re missing the most essential step to healthy skin. To help make sure you’re always covered, here's a guide to help you find the perfect sunscreen for you.

Why is sunscreen important?

Sunscreen protects against the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Scientific evidence shows that using sunscreen, keeping out of direct sunlight, and wearing protective clothing can be effective in preventing skin cancer as well as short term and long term damage to the skin. During peak hours, when the sun is at its most powerful (between 10am and 3pm), it’s better to stay inside or in the shade if you can, to make sure your skin is protected from those harmful rays.

Dermatologists recommend that you choose a sunscreen with at least SPF 30, which blocks 97% of UVB rays. Higher SPF sunscreens will block a higher percentage, but no sunscreen will block 100% of these rays. Also keep in mind that even though SPF should in theory correspond to how long before reapplication, the American Academy of Dermatologists, recommends still reapplying sunscreen every two hours.

Our favorite sunscreens for the Spring/Summer season:

THANK YOU FARMER Sun Project Light Sun Essence

If you’re still on the hunt for a lightweight, broad-spectrum sunscreen that doesn’t feel sticky or leave a white cast on skin, consider your search over.

Great for: All skin types

Ingredients we love: Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract

What people are saying: “I've held off on adding the sunscreen to my skincare routine, but was finally convinced while reading The Little Book of Skin Care. I thought my quest to find the sunscreen that worked for me would be much longer, but this one is perfect! I only need about a pea size to cover my face, the scent is slightly perfumey, but very subtle and the sunscreen dries very smoothly without any residual stickyness. It feel fine going on as well and no color residue at all! Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to start using sunscreen!” - Cassidy A. (Skin Type: Oily)

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MISSHA All Around Safe Block Sebum Zero Sun SPF 50+/PA+++

This lightweight, water- and sweat-resistant facial sunscreen provides high protection against UVA (PA+++) and UVB rays (SPF 50) without leaving any greasy feeling or unpleasant fragrance behind. Skin stays smooth and shine-free throughout the day.

Great for: Oily Skin

Ingredients we love: Titanium Dioxide, Green Tea Leaf Water, Tea Free Extract, Rose Bud Extract

What people are saying: “Absorbs really well, makes my skin feel nice and soft with no white cast. I love that it doesn't feel like sun cream and it doesn't leave my skin greasy at all.” - Magali R. (Skin Type: Combination)

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