First I must start off with the fact that I am not a medical professional, but a concerned consumer and I like to educate myself on the best products to you for all occasions. In order to rank the best sunscreens of 2019 and all previous years, there are a three factors that I consider, how they rank on the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Sunscreen, then how easily they fit into my lifestyle (do they have a white cast, are they super expensive, etc), then the final and most important part….will my family and I use them.
Everyone who knows me, knows that I am serious about sunscreen. Why am I so serious? Both my great grandmother and mother were advocates for wearing sunscreen regularly. My mother had very fair skin and would burn very easily, while my great grandmother loved the sun, but later had to deal with skin cancer lesions on her legs and face. I learned that you shouldn’t wait for a sunny day to put on sunscreen after I got very burned at a track meet in high school, on a cloudy day. Why would I put on sunscreen on cloudy day? I was wrong.
Some people still don’t get how important it is though. For instance, my dad thinks that he doesn’t need to wear sunscreen unless it’s hot outside, as if the heat has something to do with a sunburn. UGH….It’s a constant battle, met with eye rolls and griping. He will never let me forget the day that he went into “Sam Fora” (how he pronounces Sephora….not sure why, but it makes us laugh) to get sunscreen at my urging. He was so “embarrassed” because I made him go into a “chick store” (wait… you’re telling me he never picked up feminine products for my mom at the drug store??). To this day if I ask to pop into the closest Sephora he waits outside or goes for a walk, just so he doesn’t have to go in. Men! What are you going to do?
Today sunscreen is one of the things that I never skip because I know that sun causes premature aging and skin damage. I put it on before my morning dog walk, then again after my morning shower. Do I go through a lot of it? You bet, but I think it has made a huge difference in my skin. I get complements on my skin regularly, even from skincare professionals and dermatologists, so I feel I must be doing something right.
Got a picky boyfriend, husband or family member? If they’re super picky like mine, it can be so hard to find the best sunscreens for your family. I have to do a lot of research to find sunscreens that even the most picky of husbands or dads can live with, but that won’t leave a white cast, feel too greasy or burn your eyes.
As I mentioned before, one of my biggest resources is the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Sunscreen, I’ve been using this site as a research tool for many years. It’s the only site I’ve found that gives you the real scoop on sunscreen, not like the sites the skin care lobby groups want you to know about. So without further ado, below is my current list of favorite sunscreens.
Algenist SUBLIME DEFENSE Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50– I have this on my face whenever I’m outside, even if it’s just to walk the dogs. It does have physical sunscreens, zinc and titanium dioxide, but it doesn’t leave a white cast. I also love this under make-up, it doesn’t interfere with the application and it doesn’t ball up.
Supergoop! CC Cream Daily Correct Broad Spectrum SPF 35+ Sunscreen– This is great for vacation or any other time you don’t want to put on full make-up, but you want a little bit of coverage. It contains physical sunscreens, zinc and titanium dioxide, but it’s tinted so it doesn’t leave a white cast….even better, it tends to smooth out any imperfections.
Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50– This is the only sunscreen that my husband will wear. It doesn’t leave you feeling too greasy or too dry, but it does have a bit of moisture. The only drawback is that you will need to reapply often or you might notice a bit of redness.
So there you have a real consumer’s list of the Best Sunscreens of 2019. Did I leave off your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.
Hi! I'm Claire Bahn, a personal branding expert and CEO and Co-Founder of Online Profile Pros and Stratus Branding. I have been helping people strategize and create their best personal brand for over 10 years. Read More
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