For a lot of us, May signals the beginning of the outdoor season when we pull out our sandals, pack away our coats and enjoy daylight savings time. But May is also National Skin Cancer Awareness Month so before you step one foot into the summer heat, be sure to stock up on these sun care essentials.
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Age Shield Hand CreamHands come a close second to your face in terms of daily sun exposure and they reveal your age more than any wrinkle that may pop up around your eyes. Whether you’re working in the yard or running errands, cut those tattletales off at the path using this non-greasy hand cream with SPF 30. $6.79, drugstore.com
Clinique Sun SPF 45 Targeted Protection StickRaise your hand if you’ve ever come home from a day at the beach only to discover that, despite a generous slathering of sunscreen, your ears are burned (ouch!) or your hairline is fried and itching (gross!). Been there, done that! Dab a few strokes of this fast absorbing, oil-free formula on those sensitive areas and avoid that situation for good. $17.50, clinique.com
Lands’ End Adult Performance Sport HatThat fabulous straw hat you’re wearing to lounge by the pool may give the impression of protection but did you know that UVA/UVB rays can penetrate it? Any fabric water can pass through; the sun’s rays can pass through. A cap like this one from Lands’ End has built in mesh fabric with an SPF of 30 to protect your scalp. $6.99, landsend.com.
tarte 24/7 Lip Sheer SPF 15
Toss your old boring, colorless lip balm and pick up one of tarte’s 24/7 Lip Sheers with SPF 15 - who says you have to sacrifice beauty in the name of lip care? No one wants to deal with wearing tacky gloss on a breezy day which is why these tinted balms are perfect when you’re out and about. With a range of shades that will satisfy any beauty junkie and a mango and cocoa butter infused formula to protect and soften lips, just slick it on and go. $14, sephora.com
DERMAdoctor Ain’t Misbehavin’ Skin Clarifying & Mattifying Sunscreen SPF 30 P+++
If there’s one thing we hate about most sunscreens it’s that
heavy, greasy feel, especially on our face.
If you’re prone to breakouts like we are, you’ll love this mattifying
sunscreen from DERMAdoctor that sinks in quickly, leaving a satiny finish. $30, sephora.com
B. Kamins Chemist Sunbar Spray SPF 15
could create our ideal sunscreen, it would be B. Kamins’ Sunbar Spray. Tired of smelling like a pina colada year
after year, we’ve finally discovered a product with a fresh, botanical, slightly
powdery scent. What makes this spray unique is the blend of açai and pomegranate with their exclusive Bio-Maple™ compound. Our skin drinks in the hydration and is left feeling silky with a subtle,
sexy glow. $35, bkamins.com