In the last few years, we have witnessed sun care get a serious upgrade. Not only are there far more formulas and types to choose from now — we are talking everything from sticks and serums to featherlight lotions and gels — but brands are also bringing us out-of-the-box innovations we can get on board with. For instance: There are skin-perfecting treatments boasting broad-spectrum SPF, setting sprays and powders that provide protection, and even hair mists that act as a shield from sun damage.
Of course, this is not to say you shouldn’t always start with a base layer of SPF 30 or higher in your skincare routine. Any dermatologist in the game will tell you that purely using products with sunscreen in them is not enough, as they simply do not offer enough coverage to properly protect your skin. As a rule, experts recommend using a shot glass-sized amount of sunscreen every day. Still, it can never hurt to have an extra veil of protection — plus, what makes the aforementioned non-sunscreen sunscreens worth the money is the fact that all serve a purpose aside from just sun protection.
To help you determine which type will best suit you and your skin’s needs, we tapped a board-certified dermatologist to break down exactly how each one works — including how to use them most effectively.
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