Facial Sun Protection, Four Ways

I know summer's almost over, but that doesn't mean we can't focus on a product that should really be used year-round: sunscreen. Listen, I'm definitely not perfect and I still don't remember to use sun protection on my face every single day, but I try. Luckily, there are so many different forms of sunscreen on the market right now that there's bound to be at least one that you'll take a liking to, thus increasing the chances you'll incorporate it into your everyday routine.
The Setting Spray ::
I received Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist with Rosemary SPF 50* ($28) in a recent POPSUGAR Must-Have Box*, and it was by far the product I was most excited to try. Online reviews indicate that some have had issues with faulty spray nozzles, but I haven't had any issues. It's a slightly heavier spray than what would be ideal for a setting spray, in my opinion, but it's not so strong where there's product dripping down and disrupting my makeup either. There's quite a strong scent of alcohol upon initial spritz, but it dries down quickly into a soothing rosemary scent, and it has a cooling effect on the skin. In addition to providing sun protection, it actually does set my makeup and mattify as well. I love how it performs, but I question whether a mist truly covers and protects every inch of my face as effectively as a product in which I apply directly onto my skin with my fingers.

The Oil ::
I've had this mini bottle of Supergoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil with Meadowfoam SPF 50 ($34 for full-size) for about a year now and should probably get rid of it, but I still really like it. It can definitely look greasy on the skin if you apply too much, but it has a really lovely dewy, glistening effect if you apply just the right amount. The only problem is, in order for it to truly protect the skin, I think one would have to apply an amount that would likely leave the skin looking greasy. For that reason and because it's water resistant, I prefer using this one on pool or beach days, aka non-makeup wearing days.

The Cream or Lotion ::
I debated on whether to show the Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Sunscreen SPF 50* ($42) or the glo therapeutics Solar Shade SPF 50* ($34) sunscreen for this category, but ultimately, I decided on glo, simply because a lot of people already seem to know about the Clarins one. Although this one by glo therapeutics is thicker than the Clarins (which is basically a runny liquid) and feels a bit heavier on the skin initially, once it sinks in, the effect is the same. It gives the skin a slight sheen but is non-greasy, and it makes my skin feel hydrated and nourished. There is a subtle white cast upon initial application that disappears after a few minutes, once the product is completely absorbed.

The Primer ::
I previously thought I would have preferred primers without SPF, because I normally associate wearing a primer with perhaps a special occasion or night out where flash photography might take place, but assuming you already have a good primer without SPF for those instances, having one on hand with some sun protection, like the Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF 30* ($65), is fantastic for everyday wear. This one is a silicone-based primer that smooths skin's surface, reduces the appearance of pores, helps control oil and increases the longevity of my makeup, all while offering a healthy dose of SPF, too. I love this.

How do you know which formulation is right for you? For me, I like having the oil on hand for pool or beach days. The cream or lotion option, especially one that moisturizes and nourishes the skin like the glo therapeutics one, is great for the cooler months and for generally drier skin types, while the oil-controlling primer variety is a godsend in the warmer months and for oily and combo skin types. The setting spray is a great one to carry around to refresh your makeup while also quickly reapplying sun protection throughout the day. My personal favorite of the bunch is Murad Invisiblur.

Don't forget, if you order from the glo minerals/therapeutics site, you can get 10% off with code WORK4MAKEUP :)

*PR samples

Disclosure: The products denoted with (*) were either sent to me for consideration for a review or given to me as a gift. Besides being a POPSUGAR Select Blogger, I am not affiliated with any of these companies, nor am I getting paid for this post. The opinions expressed in this post are based solely on my own experiences with the products.

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