10 tips to stay safe in the sun while looking stylish
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3. Choose the sunscreen you will actually use
Sorry, but skimping on applying sunscreen for one reason or another is where we miss the safety boat. We say it’s too greasy or sticky, ruins our makeup, leaves a weird film or makes us break out (yes, even at 50!). Start over and focus on “wellness” words like clear, sheer, glowing, or hydrating on the packaging, then look for additional ingredients like hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, ceramides, and antioxidant vitamins that benefit mature skin. When choosing between mineral and chemical formulas, be aware that mineral sunscreens – like Elta MD UV Clear Broad Spectrum Cream SPF 46 ($39, dermstore.com) or Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Liquid Face Drops SPF 50 ($14, target.com) – sits on the skin as a barrier and deflects UV rays. They are lightweight, transparent and a good choice for people with sensitive skin, rosacea or eczema. Chemical formulas, such as Eucerin Age Defense Face Sun Lotion SPF 50 ($18, cvs.com) or Sun Bum Glow Sun Cream SPF 30 ($16, target.com), absorb UV rays and are a good choice for dry or combination skin. Mineral and chemical sunscreens work like a charm. The important thing is to find an SPF 30+ that you will really use without fail.