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

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