New Not Annoying-to-Apply Sunscreens Hit Shelves

At this point you've no doubt read countless articles about how you should douse yourself with sunscreen--not only will it help prevent skin cancer but it will also prevent you from looking like a chewed up piece of leather in 20 years. The problem is that it's a big hassle--it takes a long time to apply correctly and a lot of the formulations out there are thick, chalky and difficult to blend in. Thanks to two new innovative launches, sunscreen is way less annoying. We tried 'em out.
Avatar:
Author:
Publish date:
Social count:
50
At this point you've no doubt read countless articles about how you should douse yourself with sunscreen--not only will it help prevent skin cancer but it will also prevent you from looking like a chewed up piece of leather in 20 years. The problem is that it's a big hassle--it takes a long time to apply correctly and a lot of the formulations out there are thick, chalky and difficult to blend in. Thanks to two new innovative launches, sunscreen is way less annoying. We tried 'em out.
Photo: iStock

Photo: iStock

It's May, and that means that we are now in the midst of the ominously named "Melanoma Awareness Month." (May is also "National Hamburger Month" and "National Masturbation Month," so...)

All kidding aside, at this point you've no doubt read countless articles about how you should douse yourself with sunscreen--not only will it help prevent skin cancer but it will also prevent you from looking like a chewed up piece of leather in 20 years.

The problem is that it's a big hassle--it takes a long time to apply correctly and a lot of the formulations out there are thick, chalky and difficult to blend in. Sunscreen sprays seemed promising, but dermatologists have told me that it's difficult to get thorough coverage with them--I generally use them to touch up after I've slathered lotion on.

Then there were sunscreen wipes, which had a bit of a moment (Tocca's were nice), but now the FDA is concerned about their effectiveness--they could soon be yanked from shelves, according to Allure.

But now there are some new innovative options in sunscreen. For the first time in many seasons, there are a couple of sunscreen launches that are making me excited (or at least less annoyed) about wearing sunscreen.

First up, meet the new high SPF sunscreen oils. Yes, sunscreen oils have been around for a long time, but generally only containing up to SPF 15; dermatologists recommend an SPF of 30 or higher.

Image Title2

For summer 2013, L'Oreal Paris just launched its popular Sublime Sun in a spray oil version which comes in SPF 15, 30, and 50. Why is this a good thing? Oil is so much easier to apply than creams and lotions because it's slippery--you can spritz it on quickly and smooth it all over without the gunkiness that typical sunscreen lotions have. Vichy also makes an SPF 30 oil, which it released last summer. Both brands' oils contain the exact same active ingredients as their lotion counterparts, meaning they should work just as well.

And then there's sunscreen mousse. Yes, like for your hair, but not. Vichy has come out with a SPF 50 Capital Soleil Lightweight Foaming Lotion which is delivered like whipped cream via a spray can mechanism. You squirt some foam into your hand and it expands into an airy formula (think hair mousse) which is ridiculously easy to spread and has a really lightweight-feeling finish.

I tried both the Vichy mousse and the L'Oreal SPF 50 oil on a recent trip to Miami and am happy to report that I am nearly as pale as when I left, with the exception of one pink area right by a strap, which was obviously the result of user error. Both of the formulas smell great and didn't make me feel like I was covered in a coating of motor oil.

Time to stop making excuses. Just wear your sunscreen, OK?