Friday, December 18, 2009

Don't Forget the Sunscreen, Folks!

Every beauty expert or dermatologist you ever meet will tell you that you need to apply sun protection everyday of your life, no matter what the season and no matter what your skin tone is. I preach this to everyone I know, but a lot of my friends complain that they hate the greasiness of sunscreen. I try to also use products with sunscreen in them, i.e. moisturizer, lip balm, foundation, etc. But, the best thing really is to use SPF separately from your daily moisturizer.

If you have the same predicament, here's a few non-greasy and moisturizing sun protection products that I recommend for using year-round.

Tip: In a warmer climate, you should really be using SPF 30 and higher!

Lancome Bienfait Multi-Vital SPF 30 Lotion

This is my personal favorite. The lotion is very light and there's 100% no-grease factor! In the summer, I use this on its own without moisturizer (since my skin gets super oily in the summer) and in the winter I pair it with a light moisturizer and eye cream. It also contains eight different vitamins and has no fragrance so it's great for sensitive skin.

Kiehl's UV Protective Everyday Facial Moisturizing Cream SPF 15

This is another non-greasy option that's awesome. The only drawback is that it's only SPF 15, but it's still really great for winter-time coverage and if you have SPF in your other products such as moisturizer, foundation, etc. then this is a great addition. Completely fragrance-free with a very light formula, this is a great option for SPF-shy gals.

Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25

This was my best friend until I found Lancome Bienfait. Again, it's super light and non-greasy so it won't clog your pores. It's less pricier than the other two as well ($17.50) and the tube packaging is easy to carry around. And it really does make your makeup stay on longer!

Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock Lotion, SPF 60+
Neutrogena has such a wide rang of sun protection products that it's really hard to pick out the right one. But, since we're talking about non-greasy, lighter options, this one is your best bet. It's oil-free and won't weigh your face down. The SPF 60+ is a definite plus point as well as it's formula for sensitive skin. I've found this one hard to find in local drugstores--it either sells out fast or they keep a minimum stock, so shop around or order from sites such as or

Philosophy Shelter Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Philosophy products are usually a God-send and this one is no different. It creates a matte finish while giving you great sun protection at SPF 30. I've also discovered that a little bit goes a long way with this product!

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