Welcome to Sun Blocked, Refinery29’s global call-to-action to wake up to the serious dangers of tanning. No lectures or shaming, we promise. Instead, our goal is to arm you with the facts you need to protect your skin to the best of your ability, because there’s no such thing as safe sun.
As unsexy as protecting our skin from the sun used to seem, the skin-care routine staple has finally pushed its way to the front of beauty conversations. Sunscreen is sexy because it keeps our skin safe (all while slowing down our skin’s aging process). While some may retort that SPF can be unflattering, uncomfortable, or just another beauty chore, it’s ultimately critical for protecting skin from sun damage. It’s also the one product experts say we absolutely need. Gone are the days of intentionally not wearing sunscreen to the beach or accidentally neglecting our faces on the daily. Increased awareness of the importance of sunscreen, as well as more recent innovations in formulation, has meant the skin-care essential has legions of fans normalizing (and glorifying) adding SPF into their daily routines.
Also gone are the days of stressful SPF shopping. There is no shortage of great options out there, and many have lifelong fans on the R29 staff. When you find a good sunscreen — one that brings you genuine joy without a white cast — you hold on to it forever. So as sunny days inch closer and new products continue to drop, the Refinery29 beauty and shopping teams wanted to help you sift through the noise. Ahead, find the SPF formulas — from mineral sunscreens to SPF skin tints and more sun care products that won’t break you out — that never fail us.
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