Most conflict is rooted in unmet needs. And this summer 2021, some of those needs can only be met by sunscreen. It doesn’t matter whether you are a beachgoer or not: You will need to make the first move towards protecting your skin from harmful rays of the sun no matter the forecast.
In fact, sunscreen needs to be an important step prior to heading outdoors. I wear sunscreen every each morning and I bring a small size with me to go about my day and reapply four hours later. It is that important. In short, applying (and reapplying!) SPF protects your skin from the sun’s powerful UV rays, minimizing your risk of dark spots, painful burns, wrinkles and skin cancer.
“It’s important to use sunscreen on a daily basis to protect you from the damaging ultraviolet radiation from the sun, on both sunny and cloudy days. The sun’s rays cause skin cancers to develop, such as squamous cell carcinomas, melanomas, and basal cell carcinomas and the daily use of sunblock reduces this risk by half. In addition, the daily use of sunscreen helps prevent premature aging of the skin, causing the degradation of our skin’s collagen, which contributes to formation of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging. Without proper sunscreen protection, one is more likely to develop sun spots, age spots, melasma, hyperpigmentation, discoloration, and uneven skin tone and texture.” says Dr. Michele Green Cosmetic Dermatologist, Upper East Side NYC. Nevertheless, shopping for the best sunscreen can be overwhelming to consumers albeit online or brick and mortar.
Myself and my trusted team consulted with a handful of the best dermatologists and brands to recommend the best sunscreens options for you during 2021 summer season
Here are the sunscreen hybrids that I highly recommend to protect you skin.
AbsoluteJOI Skincare– A lightweight and nutrient-rich 2-1 formula specifically crafted for women of color that combines a moisturizer, and mineral SPF40+ into one nourishing easy to use product that hydrates and protects the skin. Additionally, it works to calms existing acne, while protecting against future breakouts, 98% of harmful UV radiation, blocks up to 59% of hyper pigmentation-causing high energy visible (HEV) blue light, and leaves no white cast on skin like most zinc oxide products do, especially for darker skin tones.$42
Bliss-Bliss Block Star™ Invisible Daily Sunscreen – Perfect for all skin types, this lavender scented, silky 100% sheer mineral sunscreen blends in effortlessly for superior daily mineral protection and an invisible finish. Broad Spectrum SPF 30 protects against both UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays. One unit is sold every 2 minutes at Target! No chemical sunscreens, irritation, clogged pores, white cast, chalkiness or greasy sheen. Infused with an Antioxidant Blend to help protect from free radicals and Rosa Canina Fruit Oil known to help control excess oil while minimizing the appearance of pores. Blissfully free from parabens, phthalates, sulfates, formaldehyde, mineral oil, petrolatum. Cruelty-Free & Vegan. $22
Disco After more than a year of R&D, Disco’s Moisturizing Mineral SPF 30 Sun Block is the latest addition to the brand’s lineup of non-toxic, vegan, cruelty-free skincare products formulated specifically for men. It’s formulated both for active and everyday use, and contains clean ingredients including zinc-oxide (20%) to protect your skin from UV rays, tripeptide to help rebuild the dermal structure, strengthen collagen and fight fine lines and wrinkles, wakame extract to fight skin discoloration, and niacinamide to reduce pore size and strengthen the skin barrier to enable a more youthful appearance. It’s lightweight, blends with ease, doesn’t leave a white cast and is perfect for all skin types – including sensitive and acne-prone skin – as it’s less likely to be irritating or clog pores vs a chemical sunscreen. $28
FarmHouse Fresh—FarmHouse Fresh believes that fresh ingredients are the key to bringing out the best in your complexion. The Elevated Shade® Age-Defending 100% Mineral Sunscreen is made with FarmHouse Fresh-grown micro dwarf gray sugar pea extract. Grown through hydroponics and aquaponics, these microgreens not only provide vitamins and antioxidants, but are sustainable and all-natural. This transparent, reef-safe, cruelty-free sunscreen also provides UVA/UVB protection with broad spectrum SPF 30. What’s even better? FarmHouse Fresh Ranch headquarters is home to a non-profit farm animal sanctuary. When you purchase Elevated Shade®, you help to fund, rescue, and rehabilitate abused animals that FHF employees help care for at the FarmHouse Fresh sanctuary. $38.00
Geologie– “A broad spectrum SPF 30+ that feels great to use has consistently been one of the most requested products by our guys. In addition to our ingredient-rich personalized regimens we’re known for our extraordinary customer experience and this product is the direct result of talking to and listening to our customers about what they want. But it’s also been on our roadmap since day one. SPF is one of the primary areas of study for our founding dermatologist, Dr. Steve Xu. He’s studied and authored a variety of quantitative and qualitative pieces about SPF and, in fact, Steve and our founder Nick Allen met after Nick happened upon an article in The New York Times that covered one of these studies. (Nick literally cold-called Steve to discuss his then nascent idea for Geologie and the company was founded shortly thereafter based on the vision they developed.) Steve has always been very firm on the importance of SPF in every regimen, so we initially launched with a variety of personalized SPF 10 formulas while we developed this SPF 30 solution.
It took 3 years! What took so long? Our guys want it all and we were determined to deliver. We were uncompromising in our desire to create a product that is properly protective, completely nourishing and – most importantly – a product that guys will use because they love it. To wit, we made it properly protective by mixing mineral and chemical sunscreens and making it water-resistant. We’ve made it completely nourishing by adding 1% hyaluronic acid and 1% niacinamide – a potent combination that is nigh on impossible to find in any other SPF 30 right now. And we’ve made it something guys will love by making it lightweight, invisible after application and mattifying. Fun fact: one of Dr. Xu’s most recent studies discovered that the #1 factor for why people wear sunscreen is not effectiveness, but cosmetic elegance – how it feels on the skin. This matched perfectly with what our guys told us too. That’s what we made” $45.00
HABIT–HABIT creates active drug products for timeless skin. Their hero product, the Nº41 Mister, is the first touchless SPF mist, with a minimal, clean formula created for broad spectrum coverage (SPF 41) for all skin tones, quick set application, and most importantly, habitual use. As the mist is completely translucent, it can be used at any point of your skincare routine, even over makeup. With its botanical fresh scent and ease of use, HABIT ensures your SPF routine is elegant and uncomplicated. $30