Summer is finally here, and even when things are not 100 percent back to normal just yet, we’re definitely spending more time exposed to UV rays — both inside and outside of our houses. Wearing sunscreen every single day of the year is a must, even when you’re staying indoors! The only question you need to ask yourself if you’re home and wondering if you should apply sunscreen or not is: Do I have windows? If you do, then the answer is yes! Not sure where to start? Here are some of our favorite options to keep handy this summer!
Neogen – Daylight Protection Sunscreen
For many, this godsend turned them into actually wearing sunscreen and enjoying it. Its silicone-free, and the lightweight fluid-like formula offers major protection with broad-spectrum SPF 50 PA +++. Basically, it offers light but nourishing hydration from rose and raspberry extracts, so those with dry skin can get an extra boost of hydration after layering over moisturizer, while those with normal to oily skin can use this as a moisturizer with sun protection. It protects all day and wears well under makeup, leaving zero white cast or greasy feeling on your skin.
Cosrx – Snail Shield Fit Snail Essence Sunscreen
Who doesn’t love a multitasking holy grail? This two-in-one essence and sunscreen are truly what skincare dreams are made of, and it will protect your skin against everyday UVA & UVB exposure with this lightweight yet powerful and ultra-hydrating formula. Its petal-soft formula contains snail secretion filtrate to deeply nourish and revitalize the skin for a healthy glow, while its high percentage of humectants refreshes the skin without leaving any sticky residue behind.
Krave Beauty – The Beet Shield
Since its very launch, this sunscreen has become a staple for many people. Not only is its texture dreamy, but its formula is super gentle and suits even those with the most sensitive skin types. It’s a powerful antioxidant-rich day fluid that protects your skin from harsh environmental stressors without leaving a white cast. Its formula features beet-root extract and antioxidants to fight against the free radicals so you don’t turn beet-red.
Innisfree – Daily UV Defense
This mild daily lotion by Innisfree delivers lightweight hydration and invisible protection with SPF 36 to prevent UV damage. Infused with a blend of green tea and sunflower seed oil and reef-safe sunscreen ingredients, this watery formula blends away seamlessly for a non-white cast finish and fresh glow that everyone can enjoy!
Aveeno – Positively Mineral Sunscreen
Specially designed for sensitive body and facial skin, this hypoallergenic sunscreen is nonirritating and fragrance-, paraben-, phthalate-, and dye-free. The lightweight non-comedogenic formula dries sheer with a matte finish for a clean, oil-free feel. Featuring naturally-sourced 100 percent zinc oxide active ingredient and nourishing oat, the fast-absorbing formula is both sweat-resistant and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, so you spend less time reapplying.
Sunbum – 30 Whipped Sunscreen Lotion
Texture for days! This is next-generation sunscreen magic, people. This mineral-based SPF 30 Whipped Sunscreen Lotion is so easy to apply and feels so good on your skin you’ll think you’re at the spa. It’s a whipped, mineral sunscreen lotion that’s just perfect for those who prefer to go simple while still getting a little bit extra hydration.
Biossance – Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen
Powerfully invisible broad-spectrum, mineral SPF 30 protects even the most sensitive skin like you’ve never seen — literally. This lightweight, deeply hydrating sheer sunscreen lotion blends in for all skin tones fast without leaving a trace. It calms and cools sun-stressed skin and leaves absolutely everyone with a soft, dewy finish. Its main ingredients? Zinc oxide (14 percent), a non-toxic mineral sunscreen agent that protects the skin’s outer barrier, squalane, which weightlessly locks in long-lasting moisture, and water lily, which cools and calms skin after UV exposure and heat stress.
Coola – Full Spectrum 360 Sun Silk Drops
This formula truly feels like heaven on your skin. These organic sun silk drops have revolutionized complexion protection. Formulated with plant-derived Full Spectrum 360° technology, these lightweight drops do it all: provide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and help mitigate the effects of HEV light (aka blue light), IR, and pollution. It’s a reef-friendly, nourishing formula that can be used solo or blended with your favorite moisturizer or foundation, aka, a multitasker!
Versed – Guards Up Sunscreen
This mineral SPF 35 with lightweight moisture provides invisible, three-way protection against environmental pollution, electronic pollution (from screen time), and of course, the sun. Its oil-free formula with a creamy texture has a natural finish — not too dewy, not too matte — and never leaves a white cast on any skin tone. The non-nano zinc oxide (the safest SPF active available for our bodies and our oceans) works at the skin’s surface to physically prevent UVA and UVB rays from penetrating your skin, all while antioxidants fight off environmental and blue light (aka HEV) damage for 360 protection and all the anti-aging benefits that come along with it.
The Ordinary – Mineral UV Filters
At this point, you’ve probably already heard about The Ordinary and their incredibly powerful formulas. Well, their sunscreen is no exception. The brand’s range of Mineral UV Filters formulas offers SPF protection along with antioxidant, hydration, and anti-irritant support, featuring ingredients such as Bio-Active Antioxidant Network, Bio-Sugar Complex, Skin Identical Lipids, and Tasmanian Pepperberry.
Remember to wear sunscreen every day, all year round Soompiers!
Caromalis is a K-pop, K-fashion, and K-beauty obsessed content creator and writer. You can find her interviewing some of your (and her) favorite groups when they visit NYC, trying the latest K-beauty trends or testing idols’ skincare routines. Say hi to Caro on Instagram and Twitter!
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