The best way to treat a sunburn: don't get one.
By Brennan Kilbane
Nobody wants to layer in the summer. I always look forward to the cozy knits-on-knits of autumn, but come July, anything heavier than a tank top puts me at risk for heat stroke. The same is true for my face: while a cocktail of beauty products is often necessary to maintain a healthy glow in the winter (and the occasional mask is oh-so-comfortable within your air-conditioned apartment), I'd rather not coat my face in cream before heading out into temperatures of 80 plus.
However we must not forget the Golden Rule of Beauty, which becomes even more important during these next few months: never forget to apply sunscreen. Everybody knows that the best remedy for a sunburn is to avoid getting one in the first place—so, in the spirit of a lower-maintenance summer (you're welcome!) we've rounded up our favorite moisturizers with SPF, to minimize your product buildup and maximize your beautiful complexion.
I envy those who can get away with wearing an SPF fewer than 20, and this moisturizer is one of the reasons why. Shiseido's IBUKI Protective formula goes on so easy, you might forget you're wearing any protection at all—it absorbs quickly, soothes instantly and leaves a light-yet-luxe scent that may trick you into believing you just spent an hour at the spa.
Impossibly chic packaging notwithstanding, the Somme Institute takes a decidedly clinical approach to skincare with their Double Defense—a lotion replete with MDT5 (the Institute's secret ingredient) that nourishes skin while protecting it from blemishes, lines, and, most importantly, the harmful sun. On my desk, it looks amazing. On my face, it feels like the older, wiser sibling of Coppertone: protective but not overbearing, and the most fashionable SPF on the market.
Extra points for not being a cream, Coola's Makeup Setting Spray should be the last thing you do before heading out into the sun. A single spritz keeps your look in tact even under the oppressive heat. While not technically a moisturizer, think of it as a barrier that locks in moisture and blocks out the sun. A word of warning: at first spray, the mist smells a bit alcoholic (perhaps making it not ideal after a long night out) but soon gives way to a soothing viridian aroma.
Your mom’s favorite hydrating sunscreen. Sure, the packaging isn’t Somme-level stylish, but Eucerin’s classic drugstore buy isn’t a classic for nothing—the weightless cream smells like a day at the beach (though not too strongly) and leaves your face instantly soft to the touch… plus, an endorsement from the Skin Cancer Foundation makes it all the more attractive.
The definitive all-in-one, Dr. Jart’s Balm is the first and last thing you need before heading out the door. There is nothing this product doesn’t do: it conceals and brightens, protects and firms, and, in its spare time, it also saves the world. The light-medium shade can be a bit dark for fairer skin (like mine), but that’s what tanning is for, right?
We love a good French find, and Avene's Hydrating Sunscreen is no exception. It's a light, no-frills approach to SPF, and my personal pick for porcelain-tone skin. I might layer it with a skin tint (Glossier makes a good one) or wear it on its own. In any situation, it's comforting to know that looking Parisian can cost you less than thirty bucks.