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How To Find Your SPF Soulmate

Even though sunscreen is essential year-round, the warmer months are a good time to reassess your sun-care routine. The good news is that no matter what your skin type or concerns, we’re living in the golden age of SPF. Gone are the days of chalky formulas that leave you looking more like Casper the Ghost than dewy goddess. And they aren’t a one-size-fits-all product — these days you can find a sun protection product to fit not only your skin type, but your skincare routine as well. Read on for our SPF picks for every need.

If you’re new to SPF altogether…


Well, first of all, welcome. Ten, twenty years from now, your skin will be very grateful you hopped on the SPF boat. Allow us to introduce you to one of our all-time favorite SPFs: the Make Pr:em Capsule Sun Gel. The best part of this hero product is its totally transparent, gel texture that is more reminiscent of a serum than anything you think of when you hear “SPF.” Birch sap, sea buckthorn, and sunflower seed extract add hydration and nourish skin. This product is so easy — and even fun — to use, thanks to this revolutionary texture. Like we said, SPF ain’t what it used to be.

If you’re all about that gwang…


The Korean term “gwang” refers to a glow cultivated entirely by skincare — no makeup necessary. Of course, to keep that glow going as you get older, you already know you need SPF. Earth’s Recipe Waterful Sun Gel SPF 50 PA +++ is the obvious go-to for our gwang-lovers. The texture lives up to the name: it melts into water as you rub it in and instantly hydrates the skin (soothing glycerin helps on that front). Another fun fact? Many beauty products feature water high on their ingredient list, but rather than plain old, regular water, this Sun Gel contains Harrogate sparkling water, which is known for its uber-high mineral content. This ultralight formula melts into the skin leaving a slightly luminous finish as it does.

If you’re gonna do a full face beat…

K-beauty: ID.AZ Dermastic Micro Cica+Cushion nourishes and protects skin from sun damage with Centella and Soybean extract.

If SPF is simply your last step before foundation, concealer, highlighter, contour, eyeliner, mascara…etc., you’ll want something lightweight but grippy, to keep skin protected and makeup in tact even on the hottest days. For that, we love ID.AZ’s Dermastic Cica + SPF 30 PA++ Cushion. This adorable cushion compact dries totally matte and lays the groundwork for a seamless makeup application. That’s not all though: centella extract (also known as cica) soothes and calms while soybean extract ups your antioxidant protection. We suggest tossing this compact in your bag — not only is SPF reapplication crucial, but the tint-free formula won’t disrupt your ~lewk~ either.

If you’re a true minimalist…

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For the girl who wants a no-frills suncare regimen, (think: cleanse, moisturize/protect, and go), let us introduce you to Dr. G’s Green Mild Up Sun SPF 50+ PA++++. This gentle formula is sensitive-skin approved. It’s a 100% physical sunblock, which means it creates a barrier atop the skin that works to scatter and deflect UVA and UVB rays. This lightweight lotion also contains some legit skin-nourishing ingredients so you can get your moisturizer and protection done with one product instead of two. Calming centella and hydrating chia seeds leave skin well taken care of. Also, rather than being hit with a strong whiff of that traditional SPF scent, this one smells a little herbal — in a good way!

So the next time you go to grab a sunscreen, check this guide!

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