Krave Beauty The Beet Shield Antioxidant Day Fluid

What it is: A facial sunscreen

What it does: Protects against UVA/UVB and environmental aggressors

Star ingredients: Uvinal A Plus, Tinosorb S, Beet Root Extract, EGCG, Vitamin C

Review: I have used this sunscreen for almost two years now and it is one of my all-time favorites. I gravitated toward this product when I pushed myself into the habit of wearing sunscreen every day and found that most of the products that were available to me (in the US) irritated my skin or were cosmetically unattractive. This product originates from Korea where it is approved for sale as a sunscreen. Here in the US, the sunscreen filters used in the formula deter it from being sold as an SPF since they are not officially approved here, and that is why you will not see an SPF label on the product. However, these filters are far superior to the ingredients that are used in most formulations here and they play a huge role in making this product the holy grail that it is. It is very lightweight, sheer, and non-irritating to the skin while providing excellent protection from the sun. It is hydrating while providing a smooth, non-sticky finish to the skin and it reapplies very smoothly and without a residue. The formula is also fortified with several antioxidants including Vitamin C, beet root extract, resveratrol, and EGCG (green tea). Again, one of the best sunscreens I have ever used and I expect it to remain in my daily routine for a very long time.

Price: $20

Purchase at: https://kravebeauty.com/collections/core-series

SkinMedica Essential Defense Everyday Clear SPF 47 / PA++++

What is is: A facial sunscreen

What it does: Protects against UVB/UVA damage

Star ingredients: Zinc Oxide, Octinoxate

Review: This is one of the best sunscreens I have used thus far. It is lightweight yet hydrating, smooth and silky, and reapplies like a dream. Unlike other similar sunscreens (I’m looking at you, Elta MD UV Clear), it does not pill up on my face every time I apply it or reapply it. It is marketed towards oily/combination skin types, but I feel it would work very well for most people. Since zinc oxide is one of the filters in this sunscreen, it leaves a very slight “residue” on my fair-complexion skin (I wouldn’t call it a cast), but it is not overly apparent. I tend to wear this when I am at my home, when I am outdoors, and for informal occasions and general errands. The formula also includes Niacinimide, Hyaluronic Acid, Green Tea Extract, and Vitamin E. Overall, very cosmetically pleasing with excellent UVA/UVB protection.

Price: $38

Purchase at: https://www.dermstore.com/product_Essential+Defense+Everyday+Clear+BroadSpectrum+SPF+47_66726.htm