The Summer Product That Can Make or Break Your Complexion

Zara Kenyon

Whether you like it or not - and I know many sit in the latter camp - SPF is a crucial part of your daily regimen, which will pay off if you stick with it. Not only does it shield your skin from the kind of rays that accelerate wrinkles and lead to dark spots, it can also protect you from UV radiation, which is linked to skin cancers.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, because I’ve thought it too: sunscreen is greasy, it makes me break out, it ruins my makeup, my skin doesn’t like it, yadda yadda yadda. But that’s just not true any more. These days, there are myriad SPF formulations which can cater to precisely your skin concerns, and they feel a lot lighter than they once did, too.

Combine that with the fact that summer equals more UV exposure, and I can’t think of a better time to shop for a sunscreen that you actually like putting on. So I spoke to skincare expert Debbie Thomas and board certified dermatologist Dr. Perricone to ask them how to match your SPF to your skin type. 

Keep scrolling for the experts advice and what kind of sunscreen suits you.

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