As much as I love — like, really, really love — a nice tan (why do you think I moved to sunny Los Angeles?) and am not as careful about putting sunscreen on my body as I should be, I always put it on my face. Even if it's completely overcast and I'm not spending more than five minutes outside. This is on the advice of my dermatologist, after persistent acne became even more persistent, deeply frustrating dark spots. I used to just wear SPF 30, but when she said someone as prone to hyperpigmentation as I should be wearing 50 on a daily basis, I listened.
However, when you're somewhat acne-prone and not extremely pale, finding an SPF 50 that isn't greasy or pore-clogging and doesn't leave a white cast on your face is difficult. Thankfully, Clarins has it figured out. I got a travel-size version in a variety pack of sunscreens from Sephora a while back, and it became my favorite by far. It feels sheer yet protective when I put it on and doesn't make me break out. It also feels lightweight enough to layer with the other skin-care products I use. Apparently, it protects against pollution (plenty of that in LA!), too.
At $43 for a relatively small bottle, it doesn't come cheap, so I'm not exactly excited about the fact that I'm almost out of my travel-size version, but I think it's worth it. The only problem is that after several trips to the beach, the skin on my face is significantly lighter than the rest of my body, and it looks kinda crazy. So if I find a solution to that that isn't something absurd like "not sunbathing," I may have my next editor's pick. Stay tuned.
Clarins multi-protection broad spectrum sunscreen SPF 50, $43, available at Sephora.
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