SAFELY SOAK UP THE SUN WITH THESE SKINCARE TIPS
BY CORRINA MOSCA
With bikinis, shorts, and summer dresses on the way, you’re bound to be showing some skin in the upcoming months. However, this also means that you’ll need a proper sunscreen to protect yourself.
While sunscreens are typically marketed as one-size-fits-all, your sun care routine should target different areas—and include different formulas—depending on your age. Fear not: to make things easy (and keep your skin burn-free), we’ve compiled these age-based sun safety tips.
IN YOUR 20s:
At this stage in your life, it’s extremely important to keep your skin properly protected. By using a broad-spectrum formula and reapplying frequently, you’ll keep your skin from aging prematurely—something your future self will thank you for. Your new best friend is an easy-to-apply spray formula that can be tossed in any beach bag or purse.
TRY: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45
This sheer, light spray gives you broad-spectrum UV protection in an easy grab-and-go formula. ($12.99-15.99)
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IN YOUR 40s:
As your skin loses its natural elasticity and moisture, it is imperative to keep it hydrated and shielded from the sun’s rays. A sunscreen that features soothing ingredients like vitamin E and seabuckthorn is perfect for you: this blend will help to prevent burns and promote cellular regeneration, making your skin look ageless.
TRY: Badger Balm Naturally Unscented Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide
Made with vitamin E, beeswax, seabuckthorn, and sunflower oil, this simple sunscreen packs a strong punch against harmful UVA/UVB rays. ($21)
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IN YOUR 60s:
With wrinkles beginning their onset and dryness taking its toll, your face is in dire need of a good sunscreen/moisturizer combo. Picking a highly emollient formula with a good amount of SPF is key; this will reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and help to restore your face’s natural glow.
TRY: Alba Very Emollient Facial Sunscreen, SPF 30
Water-resistant, hypoallergenic, and fragrance-free, this naturally derived sunscreen protects the skin against cell damage. ($14)