by Michelle

Find Your Fall Sunscreen

September 7, 2016

Sunscreen is a staple, not a summer supplement. Here’s all the reasons you still need one, and the light-as-air products you’ll love.

Seasons Don’t Affect UVA Rays

“One of the biggest mistakes my patients make is skimping on sunscreen once it gets cold out,” says Marnie Nussbaum, MD, a derm in NYC. While UVB (burning) rays weaken come fall, UVA rays – largely responsible for fine lines & skin aging – are as strong in January as they are in July, explains Dr. Nussbaum. (One A+ multitasker: OLAY Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream With SPF 30, drugstores.)

Fall’s Key Ingredients

The perfect fall SPF should contain hydrators (glycerin & hyaluronic acid are best). Other things to look for on the label: SPF 30 (at minimum), broad-spectrum, and antioxidants like vitamins C or E, says Dr. Nussbaum.

SPF Makeup? Not Enough

SPF in makeup “sits on top of your moisturizer or primer rather than fully penetrating skin, so it may not be as effective,” says Dr. Nussbaum. On the upside, layering makeup over your SPF creates a barrier that makes it harder for light to get through.

When layering, use formulas with similar bases. If your makeup is water-based, use a water-based SPF (like ELTA MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46). Same goes with oil-based products. SPF powders, like Colorescience Unforgettable Brush On Sunscreen SPF 50, make reapplying midday a cinch.

Article originally published in the September 2016 issue of Cosmopolitan