By now, you know that wearing sunscreen every day is non-negotiable. But, are you aware that some sun-protection products can do more than shield your skin from harmful rays?
We’ve only reached May, and the heat has already gotten unbearable, don’t you agree? And with the increasing global warming, it doesn’t look like our heat-related problems are going to go anywhere anytime soon. At times like these, it is absolutely imperative that we find some solutions for the scorching sun. Thankfully, our beauty companies have already found some.
Researchers at Yale have developed a non-mineral sunscreen that doesn’t penetrate the skin. Dermatologists, beauty editors, and mothers around the world all recommend wearing sunscreen as their number one beauty tip, but recently, we’ve discovered that not all sunscreens are created equal: In our pursuit to avoid damage, some studies claim that ingredients in chemical sunscreens can seep into our skin and possibly enter our bloodstream. Consequently, frequent and consistent applications of these everyday sunscreens have been linked with hormonal side effects and possibly certain kinds of skin cancer.
Serbian tennis star Ana Ivanovic is entering the US Open today with confidence. “Obviously, there is a little bit of nerves involved, but I really feel like I’ve been playing well the last few weeks,” she tells Yahoo Beauty. Currently ranked No. 7, the 27-year-old already has a French Open win and previous No. 1 ranking under her belt, and is psyched to take on Serena Williams this week. At just five years old Ivanovic already knew she wanted to be a tennis star, but she didn’t anticipate being pushed into the spotlight.
As someone with a genetic predisposition to dark circles, I’ve been using eye cream since my teens. My mom, a makeup minimalist, had a cooling gel eye cream from the Body Shop I stole swipes of in middle school and was hooked ever since, using it morning and night. As a fair-skinned female, I’ve also had an obsession with sunscreen, but I had yet to find a great eye cream with SPF in it — or a designated eye sunscreen for summer. Now in my 30s and noticing the crinkles destined to become crow’s feet, I made this quest a priority and found nine formulas to suit a variety of needs, skintones, and seasons. Here are my top picks.
Who can forget Cameron Diaz’s older sun worshipping roommate, played by actress Lin Shaye in the 1998 Farrelly brothers comedy? Her topless scene serves as a reminder of why to use sunscreen on your décolletage. Source: Yahoo Magazines PYC
While daily SPF is necessary year round, the strong summer rays require a more intense sunscreen protection when spending time outdoors. Many people have the same complaints: Sunscreen clogs pores, feels heavy, rubs off too quickly, stings eyes, or flat our doesn’t work the way it says it will. As someone with skin on the fairest end of the spectrum, I’m constantly on the hunt for face sunscreens that will not only prevent sunburn but also sun damage and wrinkles, with formulas so light I forget I’m wearing them. These nine formulas all pass the test.Related: Product Saviors for Skin Condition Sufferers
For a long time, if you wanted to use mineral sunscreens you were stuck with thick, goopy products that left you looking ghostly. The newest crop of mineral sunscreens is changing all that, offering stellar sun protection without the chalky white finish. There are lots of advantages to going with mineral protection, the biggest of which that it works instantly. The physical blockers go on top of skin, reflecting rays, so you don’t have to wait 15 to 30 minutes for them to activate. Another factor is the environment, a 2008 study found that chemicals in sunscreen can bleach and kill coral, threatening coral worldwide. You also don’t have exposure to some questionable, and popular sunscreen chemicals including oxybenzone, which according to the Environmental Working Group can cause reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruption, allergies, and organ system toxicity. Not necessarily appealing. Ultimately what you want in a sunscreen is one that’s easy to apply, invisible, safe, and will stand up to whatever your day holds. To find the best mineral sunscreens, I tested, slathered, and swam in dozens of formulas. Here are the results, 11 standout sunscreens that will keep you covered. Related:The Top Myths About Sun Protection How to Reapply Sunscreen Without Wrecking Your Makeup The Best Sunscreen For Your Face
Get transported to the tropics even if you’re laying out by a kiddie pool in the backyard with yummy scents like banana, coconut, mango, pomegranate, and key lime. Sun Bum Scented Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ ($4)Source: Yahoo Magazines PYC
Now that you’ve got your face SPF covered, it’s time to tackle the rest of your body. If you’re planning to spend a little extra time outdoors this weekend (and in the coming months) you need a good sunscreen.Source: Yahoo Magazines PYC