Text: Adel Miftakhova
It can be tiring to choose a sanskrin suitable for your own needs, and lists with dozens of bottles do not always help. We divided the sunscreens into categories depending on the part of the body and the situation in which they are needed, and found some decent options for any wallet. And if you are not yet sure of the need for sun protection, we recommend reading our fundamental material on tanning, ultraviolet and its effect on the skin.
For body on the beach
On the beach in direct sunlight, you should use resistant tools that contain both chemical and physical filters. It is better to choose products with a “waterproof” mark, but do not rely heavily on it and update the protection every few hours and after bathing. We advise you to choose funds with a factor of 20–30, because SPF 50 and more inspire a false sense of security, in which you want to rely on numbers and not very responsibly to update the protective layer.
Vichy Idéal Soleil Invisible Hydrating Mist SPF 30
Lightweight, low-fat sunscreen spray, which is also available in the SPF 50 version and is particularly suitable for parts of the body to which the hands do not reach. Thanks to the fine spray, it is applied evenly and quickly, but it is important to make sure that you create a really good coating on the skin. Use better in a ventilated room, otherwise there is a risk of protecting your lungs from the sun.
Still: Nivea Sun "Protection and Cool" SPF 30, COOLA Sport Continuous Spray SPF 50
Clarins Sun Care Cream Moisturizes Age-Control SPF 30
A tool with a combination of physical and chemical filters for those who are accustomed to classic textures. When used correctly, it will completely protect against burns and pigmentation, but will allow the skin to acquire a light bronze tint. Available in version SPF 20.
Still: Uriage Bariésun Crème Minerale SPF 50+, Garnier Ambre Solaire Extra-protection SPF 50
Shiseido Sun ProtectionLotion SPF 15
Thanks to the cult of fair skin, Asian brands, like no other, have learned to create effective means of protection from the sun. This non-sticky, light lotion absorbs quickly and leaves no marks on the skin, is easily distributed and smells good. A nice bonus: the lotion is in the recommended list of the American Association for the fight against skin cancer, which is famous for its strict selection criteria.
Still: Biotherm Anti-Drying Melting Milk SPF 30, La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Spray SPF 30
For face on the beach
On the beach it is convenient to use for the face the same means as for the body, especially if it is declared as multifunctional. Here you can (and should) sacrifice the perfect tone in favor of a thick layer of good protection. But often the skin of the face is very different from the skin of the body, and it needs creams or gels with different properties. A sun protection factor above 15 will protect against the main share of radiation, but if your skin is especially sensitive to the sun or there is a tendency to melanoma in your family, then those few percent of the difference in protection between SPF 15 and 50 will matter.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL
Lightweight fluid that is suitable for combination and oily skin and does not provoke an extra shine of the face. Virtually no white residue, despite the presence of zinc oxide in the composition. It contains alcohol, therefore we recommend using moisturizing serums and light creams before and after tanning. The company also produces a thicker cream for sensitive and dry skin.
Still: Bioderma Photoderm AKN Mat SPF 50, Nature Republic No Sebum Sun Block SPF 45
Lancaster Sun Beauty Velvet Touch Cream Radiant Tan SPF 30
Cream with a classic dense texture, designed specifically for being in the open sun. It prevents photo-aging and contains both types of filters, which means it should be used with care if your skin is prone to irritation and acne (the texture is dense, and chemical filters on sensitive skin should be used with caution).
Still: Institut Esthederm No Sun Ultra High Protection Cream, Clinique Face Cream SPF 30
SkinCeuticals Mineral RadianceUV Defense SPF 50
Some chemical filters in the composition of sunscreens can cause irritation on sensitive skin and provoke allergic reactions. We advise you to pay attention to the means marked "mineral", since the physical filters are less aggressive towards the skin, because they are on the surface and not absorbed. This cream also does not contain parabens and is suitable for skin prone to rashes.
Still: Avène Very High Protection Emulsion SPF 50+, Medik8 Physical Sunscreen SPF 30
For the city
In the summer, the city doesn’t want to wear several layers of cosmetics on the face, and for daily use, we advise you to choose light sanskrins in the form of gels or liquid lotions. You need to apply them on top of all the care, but some creams contain so many caring ingredients that they can be considered a complete care product. Do not forget to apply protection in the city not only on the face, but also on the decollete area and on the back of the neck. Remember that sunscreen formulas are designed to hold onto the skin for as long as possible, and therefore you need to wash them off as carefully as lasting makeup.
Sebum Control Moisture SunSPF 40
Light matiruyushchy cream for oily skin, not provoking inflammation and extra fat. A real find for those who fear dense creams that make the pores more noticeable, and the skin texture is more heterogeneous. Perfectly fits under makeup and even prolongs its durability.
Still: Clinique City Block Sheer SPF 25, Avène Hydrance Optimale UV Light SPF 20
Crème de la Mer The Reparative Face Sun Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Perfectly absorbed and makes the skin radiant pleasantly, without overloading it. It is quite possible to use instead of moisturizer as the final stage of care, as the lotion itself gives a very good moisturizing and nutrition. It is not visible on the face and acts as an excellent base for makeup for not too oily skin.
Still: Natura Siberica White SPF 20, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30
COOLA Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30
Sunscreen sprays for the face – undeservedly rare product from popular brands. Updating top-of-the-line protection in the middle of the day raises many questions, and we believe that the easiest way to do this is to use a spray with a fine spray. COOLA is an organic brand specializing in sun protection, and this spray will not only protect your face from UV radiation, but also help to prolong the durability of makeup.
Still: Tony Moly UV Sunset Aqua Sun Spray SPF 50+ PA +++
The easiest way to protect your face without overloading your skin is to use your usual care, but change the foundation to the one with sunscreen or mineral powder. Many tonal tools contain SPF 10–15, so here the choice is only behind the textures and shades. We understand that many are not ready even in hot weather to give up good coverage, but we recommend using light creams and masking certain areas with dense concealer.
Chanel CC Cream Complete Correction SPF 30 PA +++
Light corrective cream is almost invisible on the face and is able to adapt to different skin tones. Despite the tenderness and lightness of the texture, it rests on the face all day long, even on combination skin, and just gradually disappears from the face without rolling down. Unfortunately, completely whites in Russia deprived of attention and did not deliver the lightest shade in the lineup.
Still: Estée Lauder Enlighten EE Even Effect Skintone Corrector SPF 30, Lumene CC Color Correcting Cream SPF 20
Bourjois City Radiance Skin Protecting Foundation SPF 30
Foundation with a shine effect, despite a fairly good coverage, almost does not feel on the skin. With its democratic value, it lies on the face not worse, or even better than many luxury essentials. Suitable for those who prefer a denser foundation, but do not want to overload the face in the heat. Holders of combination and oily skin during the day may need matting wipes or powder.
Still: MAC Waterweight Foundation SPF 30, Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Fresh and Hydrating Cream Compact Makeup SPF 15
Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF 30 Dry Sunscreen
Powder is another great way to update mid-day protection on top of makeup. We also advise you to look at the powdery basics of those whose skin with the onset of summer has become fatter and a long-lasting matting agent. Some companies recommend using a moisturizing spray on top of the powder to “glue” particles of minerals and literally create a screen from the sun.
Still: Clinique Sun SPF 30 Mineral Powder Makeup for Face, Revlon PhotoReady Powder SPF 15
Individual sunscreens for lips are not very popular, despite the fact that their thin skin is particularly susceptible to ultraviolet radiation. We advise or pay attention to the decorative means with protection from the sun, or use special balms before applying their usual lipstick and gloss. Lip products usually have a not very high protective factor, and manufacturers can understand: the more chemical and physical filters are in the composition, the more difficult to handle the texture.
Seventeen Matte Lasting Lipstick SPF 15
Even in summer, many of us want bright colors on our lips, but soft creamy lipsticks tend to spread out in the sun without a special substrate, so we advise you to pay attention to particularly persistent options. One of the best formulas of matte lipsticks in the mass market, which almost does not dry lips and will last for a long time even in hot, wet weather.
Still: Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge SPF 12, Clinique High Impact Lip Color SPF 15
Clinique Long Last GlosswearSPF 15
Simple and understandable brilliance, which performs two of its main functions: holding and shining. Despite its durability, it almost does not feel on the lips, which is especially pleasant in summer. The color palette, though small, is pleasant, all shades are translucent, with a fine shimmer. Also, the gloss perfectly cares for lips, but it is worth bearing in mind that the formula is very viscous and long hair will most likely stick at the slightest movement.
Still: YSL Rouge Volupté Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15, Smashbox Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss SPF 15
Shiseido Sun Protection Lip Treatment SPF 20
The special lip balm contains physical filters, so it can slightly whiten the lips when applied densely, and also serves as an excellent basis for glitters and lipsticks. Practically does not shine and does not possess strong caring properties, but at the same time it does not dry lips. We especially recommend that people with very light and sensitive skin pay attention to this tool.
Still: Carmex Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 15, Belweder Stick Solaire Protecteur SPF 20
Under the heading “perhaps you didn’t even realize that you need these funds” we want to remind you that certain parts of the body and face need additional protection, especially if there are injuries and moles on the skin. We also rarely think about protecting hair, but studies have shown that they lose keratin and pigments in the sun. And it is certainly not at all obvious that you need to protect the scalp, which accounts for the most direct radiation. The main part of the scalp is already protected by hair (if any), but there are always unprotected areas, such as parting or growth lines, which are especially painful to burn.
Kiko Milano Solar Protect Stick SPF 50
Sunscreen stick is an extremely convenient tool for body parts that need special attention: lips, ears, nose, damaged and sensitive skin areas. It is applied in a thick layer and perfectly protects the skin from burns and damage. If there are moles, scars and tattoos in the open field, we advise you to separately treat them with a stick before going out in the sun.
Still: Vichy Capital Idéal Soleil SPF 50, Clinique Sun SPF 45 Targeted Protection Stick
Aveda Sun Care ProtectiveHair Veil
The sun paired with sea water creates beautiful curl surfer, but do not forget that this effect is achieved due to damage and bleaching hair. Modern sunscreens for hair are in fact rarely really able to protect them from radiation, but they can prevent color loss and moisturize. Protective filters for the skin do not work on the hair, so the use of Sanskrin for the body on them is hardly justified. We advise either to select special sprays and creams (which are not so easy to find), or – and this is the simplest thing – to wear a hat.
Still: Wella Professionals Sun Protection, Lancaster Sun Beauty Hairline
BareMinerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder Broad Spectrum SPF 25
If on the beach to protect the scalp from the sun is easiest with a headdress or use a light protective cream, then in the city it is not always justified. And while manufacturers have not released dry shampoo with sunscreens, we offer to cope with what we have. Sun mineral powder is not only a universal remedy with physical filters, but also an excellent invisible adsorbent. Choose transparent options and apply on a part before going out in the sun.
Still: Nioxin System 2 Scalp Treatment SPF 15, Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 45