In the summer, sunscreen seems a no-brainer. For more common daily use, however, I’m always puzzled as to what will be efficient, yet not contain the notorious stickiness and scent of a traditional sunscreen. Even when not lying by the pool, florescent lighting, windows, reflections from clouds, etc. still pose a threat to your skin’s health, and proper protection is mandatory, even in the winter months.
At my yearly skin check this past week, I asked my dermatologist to recommend a daily sunscreen without those aforementioned tell-tale sunscreen traits. Neutrogena’s Broad Spectrum with Helioplex line, as well as Aveeno’s Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum line are the most popular among their dermatologists, with both featuring broad spectrum protection (against UVA and UVB rays). UVA rays, a culprit behind wrinkles and skin cancer, pose a risk to the inner layers of skin, yet many sunscreens only offer UVB protection, and while they may help prevent against sunburn and skin cancer, they only provide protection to the skin’s upper layer. For those with sensitive skin, try Josie Maran’s Argan Oil Daily Moisturizer with SPF 40+, which, as with many of her cult products, is infused with Argan oil and boasts broad spectrum protection. Apply lotion to exposed areas, rain or shine.