We won’t lie: we’ve gone through dark periods where we’ve shunned the SPF in the name of all things bronzed and brown. But as much as we're total thermophiles in the land where it snows 8.5 months of the year (truth), it’s clear that unless you're Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, it's officially démodé to butter up like a roast chicken in the Texas Heat and call it a day. That’s right, guys: it’s 'bye, bye, bye' Kardashi-tan, hello Marilyn Manson pallor. Okay, so maybe that’s a touch extreme. Let’s say… Lily Collins?
The truth of the matter is that that little bit of tan is just not worth it. We don’t know about you, but we‘d rather not wrinkle like tissue paper and get all sun-spotty before our time just for a little bronze. We mean, how on earth are we to seduce Taylor ‘Dreamboat’ Kitsch (lets just say we’re fan-girling hard vis-à-vis Netflix over at TC HQ) if we look more like George Hamilton’s long lost sister than the #Girlbosses we are? (That said, read our Intro to the Faux Tan 101 if that’s your bag, baby.)
And with that PSA, we introduce the SPF picks of our fave skicons (skin-icons, duh!) So forget what you’ve heard about DIY sunscreen (#notathing), Vitamin D (real, but available in tablet form), and tan lines (real, but not ideal): we’ve got the 4-1-1 on sun care that will have us looking as fresh as North by North West at Kidchella.
"Lancôme Flash Bronzer for Legs self tan, which I use for both face and body. I have tried everything, and nothing even comes close! John Masters Organics SPF40 and Yes To Cucumbers SPF 30. My stepfather died of skin cancer, so I am huge on sunscreen. Natural sunscreen is the only way to go in my opinion. All the Yes To’s sink in easily, smell and feel amazing."
"I’ve been using CHANEL’s UV Essentiel SPF 50 Sunscreen and it definitely makes you feel protected. I also can’t live without Clarins Sunscreen!""
"I use Estée Lauder’s Hydrationist moisturizer, which has some SPF in it."
“In the morning I wash my face with a gentle, exfoliating cleanser, which is important since I have really dry skin. I follow that up with Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair and their eye serum to keep my skin dewy and finish with Kiehl's moisturizer with SPF."
"1) Wear sunscreen. It really will make a difference later on. When I travel I always bring my favorite sunscreen, Skinceuticals tinted fluid and SunBum SPF 50 clear spray."
"RoC SPF sun cream"
"Esthederm sun protection with SPF"
"I use a tinted moisturizer with SPF daily over heavy foundation - Kiehl's moisturizer with SPF."
"Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 45, Institut Esthederm Photo Cellular Care Adaptasun, Institut Esthederm Bronze Repair Body Lotion"
"Crème de la Mer sunblock: a treat, but the best. I also use their Gradual Tan moisturizer in advance for a subtle glow."
"Clarins Sun Control Stick!"
“I am a La Mer junkie and I do all the steps—the face wash, the toner, the serum, the eye cream, the other cream, the sunblock, the mist. And then the sunblock again half way through the day, even when it’s raining. I’m crazy about sunscreen and preventing wrinkles."
"I cleanse in the morning with Dermalogica, apply Crème de La Mer moisturizer, sunscreen (even in winter – being Australian makes you obsessed with sunscreen."
"Pūr~lisse SPF30 sunscreen. You don’t benefit much from anything over SPF30 except more chemicals to clog your pores. I apply this all over my face, neck, chest and hands (never forget the damn hands, they’re always the first giveaway!) every single day and reapply every hour if I’m out doors (even under an umbrella and hat!)."
"Anthelios sunscreen by Laroche-Posay. It’s the only sunscreen there is!"
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