Spring Break Series

Best Sunscreens

It should be a no brainer by now of just how crucial sunscreen is in everyone’s skin regime. Apart from beauty related benefits it is key to ensure healthy skin.
I understand how it’s so easy to skip this step. I’ve built sunscreen into my regime back in junior high. I didn’t know much about how it affected my skin, but an article in Seventeen magazine converted me into a believer. If skin cancer alone isn’t scary enough for you, did you know sun damage leads to wrinkles, dark spots and increases hyper pigmentation (hello acne scars anybody?).

There are tons of articles online that enumerate the many benefits of using sunscreen but I’m here to break down some of the products for you.
With all the products out there in the market, it is easy to be overwhelmed.

Make sure it suits your skin type. Some sunscreens are a bit too greasy and oily, which are more suitable for normal to dry skin. If you have oily or acne prone like moi, opt for a lighter formula that is gel based and also meant for sensitive skin.

FACE

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Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 55 $ 10.99
http://www.drugstore.com/neutrogena-clear-face-sunscreen-lotion-spf-55/qxp328501

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La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid Extreme, SPF 60
$ 23.99
http://www.drugstore.com/la-roche-posay-anthelios-60-ultra-light-sunscreen-fluid-extreme-spf-60/qxp255636

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Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream For Sun Defense SPF 50 $ 30
http://www.elizabetharden.com/Eight-Hour®-Cream-Sun-Defense-for-Face-SPF-50-Sunscreen-PA/1001EIGN00018,default,pd.html

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Sun Bum’s Baby Bum SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion $ 18
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/sun-bum-baby-bum-spf-30-sunscreen-lotion/3564142

I usually splurge on sunscreens for my face and never spend more than ten bucks on the one for my body. This is mainly because I have sensitive skin and it is easily irritated. Most sun blocks come with the same ingredients, it’s just the brand and marketing that hikes up the price

BODY

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Sun Bum SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray $ 16
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/sun-bum-spf-50-sunscreen-spray/3502685

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Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunscreen Spray SPF 50 $ 9.79
http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=328492&catid=274389

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Banana Boat Kids Tear Free Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 $ 9.99
http://www.drugstore.com/banana-boat-kids-tear-free-sunblock-lotion-spf-50/qxp87617

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Coppertone Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 $ 9.79
http://www.drugstore.com/coppertone-sensitive-skin-suncreen-lotion-spf-50/qxp249011

Look for one that includes UV protection. Also a higher number in SPF doesn’t guarantee you zero sun burns.

Here’s to healthy and glowy skin!

xox Mandy

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