May 212012

So now that you know how to decipher the puzzling label on the sunscreen bottle, how do you know which brand  will work for you?

Thankfully, sunscreen makers have gotten really good at refining their formulas, so the days of thick white goop are over.

I am extremely picky about the sunscreen formulas I use on my face, since my skin is sensitive and prone to redness.

Here are some of my top picks for facial sunscreen.


Solar Sense Clear Zinc

This convenient stick is genius for the lips, backs of ears, cheekbones, nose or anywhere else you want to use it.  It is mild and non-irritating.


 Oil of Olay Complete Daily Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin SPF 30

This moisturizer is great as an everyday treatment.  It is light and provides non-greasy moisture to the skin.  It does not sting or burn my sensitive skin.

I do not use this at the beach or while swimming, due to the fact that it is not waterproof.  I also prefer a higher SPF if I plan to be outdoors most of the day.


La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Fluid Extreme, SPF 50

This is one of my absolute favorite facial sunscreens for the beach or outdoor sports.  The new formula is SPF 60 (this is an older bottle) and water resistant.  It has a light, almost milky texture and absorbs nicely into the skin with no greasy feel.


Elta UV Physical SPF 41, tinted formula

I just discovered this amazing product, and I find myself reaching for it almost daily.  This sunscreen contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for great broad spectrum protection.  It is a water resistant formula that has a sheer tint to even the skin tone.  It has been really soothing for my sensitive skin, and is a great replacement for makeup.

Elta UV Shield SPF 45

This is a great all-around daily sunscreen with a light yet hydrating feel.  It is quite sheer and undetectable on the skin.

Here are some other tips:

-If I am doing a morning dive, I avoid facial sunscreen and keep my skin shielded with a hat until the dives are over.  I find facial sunscreen and a dive mask to be a poor mix.  There is nothing worse that an underwater eye sting from running sunscreen.

-I always wear a hat in addition to sunscreen.

-Don’t forget the tips of your ears.  I can’t tell you how many times I have burned this neglected area (now I know better).

-While those spray mist sunscreens are nice for the body, do not spray them on your face.

-I use a sunscreen daily, even in the winter or when I will be indoors.

-Reapply your facial sunscreen often, especially after swimming.

What are your favorite sunscreens?  Do you have any tips or tricks?

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