Although everyone on the PurseBlog team is obviously a big fan of leather, we're not such big fans of turning into leather. With that in mind, we thought the Friday before summer's unofficial kickoff might be the right time to share some of our favorite sunscreen picks for all occasions. At the very least, we're hoping you'll remember to pick up a bottle or two on the way home today. Also, I'd like to share a cautionary tale.
Last summer, I went to the beach for the first time in years, and apparently in that time, I had forgotten that I am among the palest people on Earth who is not an actual hermit, and I decided that a cursory spritz of SPF 15 would be fine. It was not! I had to work from home for a day and a half because I fell asleep on my stomach at the beach, burning my back so badly that I had to go home and lay face-down on my bed, covered in aloe, with my laptop in front of me in order to be a productive human being. Don't be me.
On the same trip, a friend forgot to put sunscreen on the tops of her feet. Don't be her, either. You'll want to wear shoes in the near future.
If You Want to Keep the Oil at Bay...
Sephora 8 Hour Mattifying Moisturizer Sunscreen SPF 20
$23 via Sephora
If you're going to an outdoor party, chances are you're going to be a little sweaty at some point. This moisturizer plays triple duty - it moisturizes, mattifies and, most importantly, ensures you won't get burned.
If You are Very Prone to Sunburns...
Hampton Sun Continuous Mist Sunscreen
$32 via Sephora
Don't let the "for kids" label fool you - I'm super pale and burn very easily, and this stuff is my personal favorite sunscreen. It's particularly great for the beach because not only does it make your bare skin look almost shimmery, but it can be reapplied to wet skin for all-day protection no matter how much you swim.
If You Want to Nourish Your Skin While You Protect It...
Supergoop! Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist SPF 50
$13 via Sephora
Even if sunscreen protects you from damage, it can still make your skin feel super gross and your pores feel super clogged in the process. This stuff aims to fix that with a skin-friendly lineup of vitamins and antioxidants, as well as a formula with significantly less alcohol than similar products.
If You Want Some Color...
Dr. Jart Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45
$39 via Sephora
Most color cosmetics offer only cursory sun protection, but the hefty SPF 45 in this cult favorite BB cream offers skin-evening color and serious sun damage protection.
If You Want Something That Won't Spill in Your Purse...
Murad Essential C Sun Balm SPF 35
$25 via Sephora
Summer's kick-off always features its share of opportunities to make a mess, so keeping a handle on whatever you can is important. Throw this vaguely deodorant-looking stick in your purse to make sure you and your friends are prepared to head off a sunburn at the pass.
Don't Forget Your Lips...
Shiseido Sun Protection Lip Treatment SPF 36
$22 via Sephora
Seriously. They're made of skin too.