Up until about a year or so ago, I would say I was off my sunscreen game. I was terrible at remembering to put it on every day. Some weeks, I’d be on a roll and feel good about my good sun-protection habits, and other weeks, I’d forget completely, hoping that whatever bit of SPF was in my makeup would help.
I know, I know. Sunscreen is the most important step of any skincare routine. It’s your best protection against harmful UV rays, skin cancer, and sun damage, and it can even slow down the signs of aging. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you apply sunscreen every day if you will be outside, even on cloudy days. And now, with many people working from home, experts still suggest applying sunscreen daily, especially if you’ll be close to a window.
So yes, for a while there, I was putting my skin and health at risk with my very wishy-washy approach to sunscreen. I think my main excuse was—and it’s not a very good one—that I was lazy and all sunscreens felt greasy, sticky, and heavy to me. Told you it wasn’t a very good reason.
Little did I know it wasn’t a sunscreen problem, it was a “me” problem. I wasn’t doing the right research on the types of sunscreens out there, thinking they were all the same consistency. But there are so many options available. Who knew my cup runneth over when it comes to the number of lightweight, matte sunscreens out there?
So after realizing that, I came across Supergoop!’s Unseen Sunscreen ($34) when some colleagues and friends recommended it to me. It totally changed my sunscreen habits. The SPF 40 formula ticked off all the right boxes for me. Lightweight? Check. Good consistency? It’s gel-like, so it goes on so smoothly. Nongreasy? It has a velvety, matte finish and even works as a makeup primer!
Dare I say it was actually fun to put sunscreen on every day with this product? It was the right complement to my skincare and makeup routines, and it made my face feel so smooth. I was hooked.
Now, I can proudly say that I’m becoming quite the sunscreen connoisseur. Of course, Unseen Sunscreen is in my skincare rotation, but I felt inspired to try new ones for both face and body, too. It sounds a little nerdy to say, but it’s been fun trying out new brands and products knowing that, ultimately, I’m doing my skin a big favor.
If you’re on the hunt for the perfect sunscreen match, I’ve included a list of my favorite lightweight options, plus some other editor favorites that I have on my wish list.