SPFs We Love
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When it comes to taking proper care of our skin, protection is critical, especially against sun damage. While sunscreen is a staple during summer, many of us neglect to wear an SPF all year round, despite the fact that sun damage can happen throughout all seasons.

If you’re side-eyeing me because you can see and feel the white-greasy cast your previous sunscreens left behind; well, I have good news for you. The next generation of SPFs not only solves these common annoyances, but some formulas even impart additional benefits like luminosity, moisture, and a faux glow.

So whether you choose a formula with bells and whistles or stick to an improvement on the classics, one thing is for certain: there’s no excuse not to give your skin the protection it wants and needs.

Using SPFs Year-Round Is Important

Practicing proper sun protection techniques, like head-to-toe SPF on a year-round basis, prevents UV-related skin issues in the long run. In case you need a refresher, ditching your sunscreen could lead to skin concerns like hyperpigmentation, inflammation, premature fine lines, and — worst-case scenario — skin cancer.

Dr. Azi, an internationally renowned dermatologist from La Jolla, California, told The HBM in a recent interview that SPF is necessary to ensure the health of your skin. “You should always have sun protection (SPF) because it’s key for so many aspects of the skin. SPF can have an effect on your pores, the health of your skin, and wrinkles.”

“Sun damage is no joke, so you should apply an SPF daily, even if you’re not going outdoors,” she told us. “I always recommend an SPF 30, but if you’re not one to apply much SPF, then I’d say you should go to a higher number, such as SPF 50 or SPF 60.”

While you may have a tube of sunscreen sitting in your beach bag, you may not necessarily think to apply SPF while going about errands or sitting next to your office desk window. Luckily, there are many skincare products that have SPF included, making it easy to incorporate it into your daily routine.

Read on for eight of our favorite clean SPFs that you’ll actually look forward to applying every day of the year:

The MicroVenom Face and Body SPF 30 Sunscreen by UltraLuxe Skincare

UltraLuxe Skincare offers high-performance skincare, combining the world’s finest ingredients with the most advanced scientific technologies. The brand is known throughout the industry as the true standard in age-defying, acne, scarring, discoloration, and other skincare issues.

Used by aestheticians, celebrities, media, and influencers alike, the brand’s Tri-Peptide, Synake, and MicroVenom formulas allow consumers to enjoy the benefits of spa treatments in the comfort of their own homes. 

UltraLuxe Skincare’s products are formulated with natural botanicals, essential oils, and Nanoplex Technology and are free from harsh chemicals, artificial dyes, artificial fragrances, sulfates, zinc oxide, and petrochemicals. They’re coral reef safe and always cruelty-free.

Microvenom Face and Body SPF 30 Sunscreen

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The Calm SPF 30 Mineral Moisturizer by Paula’s Choice

Paula’s Choice is all about transparency. Not only are its formulations safe, powerful, and based on independent studies and safety data, but the brand believes that customers should know exactly what’s in each product and why. 

The brand never tests on animals at any stage of product development or testing and it’s Leaping Bunny Certified. In addition, Paula’s Choice is committed to reducing its carbon footprint by actively seeking sustainable ingredients and recyclable packing.

Paula’s Choice has an array of SPF products that have the right textures and finishes for every skin type. Its multifaceted moisturizers combine replenishing, hydrating, and restoring ingredients with mineral and synthetic sunscreen ingredients to give you broad-spectrum protection. 

's Choice Calm SPF 30 Mineral Moisturizer Broad Spectrum Sun Protection

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The Force Shield Superlight Sunscreen SPF 30 by Hero Cosmetics

When Hero Cosmetics Founder Ju Rhyu discovered hydrocolloid pimple patches, it changed her entire perspective on the skincare industry. Deciding that she would take it upon herself to educate others about this product, Rhyu founded Hero Cosmetics in 2017.

The NYC-based brand is focused on creating formulas that are clean, effective, and convenient for people on the go. Since its launch, the company has won a multitude of awards, such as Allure’s 2020 Best of Beauty.

Hero Cosmetics products can be used to treat multiple skincare concerns and needs including acne; however, it also offers SPF products that can be applied daily as a part of your skincare routine. All of its formulas are devoid of parabens, sulfates, and alcohol and are cruelty-free.

Hero Cosmetics Force Sheid Superlight Sunscreen SPF 30

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The Seriously Soothing SPF 30 Day Cream by ACURE

ACURE firmly believes that beauty products should be pure, simple, and effective to help your skin truly perform. Each of the brand’s products is vegan and free from animal testing, parabens, and sulfates. 

The brand accepts that people and our planet are just as important as profits, so it supports organizations that also push these values, such as Unite for Her, a breast cancer non-profit, and Turning Green, a movement devoted to the education on environmental sustainability. 

ACURE is fully committed to diversity and inclusion and is making ongoing improvements to the brand’s website to ensure that it complies with the practices and standards as identified in Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines of the Word Wide Web Consortium.

Acure Seriously Soothing SPF 30 Day Cream

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The Sensitive Solutions SPF 30 Calming Day Lotion by Burt’s Bees

Burt’s Bees products are consciously crafted with ingredients from nature to nourish and revitalize your skin. All of the brand’s products are over 95% natural origin and are formulated with nutrient-rich ingredients to help support a strong and healthy skin barrier.

Burt’s Bees products are without phthalates, parabens, petrolatum, and other chemicals of concern. In addition, the brand is Leaping Bunny Certified and committed to supporting the communities and environments where it sources its ingredients. 

Burt’s Bees avoids over-packaging, limits mixed materials, and uses innovative recycled materials whenever possible. It chooses high-integrity materials available in high post-consumer recycled material content like aluminum, steel, paper, and glass.

Burts Bees Senstiive Solutions Calming Day Lotion

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The Squalane and Zinc Sheer Mineral SPF 30 Sunscreen by Biossance

In 2003, Biossance’s scientists developed patented technology that allowed them to create an accessible cure for malaria. Inspired to continue using innovative biotechnology to make a positive impact on the world, the brand turned to skincare.

Biossance creates skincare that is effective and safe without harming the environment. All Biossance formulations are developed in a facility certified by My Green Lab — the gold standard for laboratory sustainability practices and responsible usage of energy, waste, and water.

The brand only uses tubes that are completely recyclable, and outer cartons made from renewable sugarcane paper. Plus, in partnership with CarbonFund.org, Biossance plants trees and funds reforestation efforts, saving 22 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year.

Biossance Squalane and Zinc Mineral SPF 30 Sunscreen

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The Oil-Free Hydrating Face Sunscreen SPF 50+ by REPLENIX

Born in 1981, REPLENIX was originally created exclusively for Dermatologist use — offering physicians the most potent medical-grade ingredients in formulations to maximize visible results with minimal irritation. Today, REPLENIX is available to consumers with no prescription needed. 

REPLENIX revolutionized skincare with the introduction of its proprietary Green Tea Polyphenol Technology, which incorporated a first-of-its-kind green tea purified to an unprecedented 90%, making it the world’s most powerful antioxidant technology available on the market.

The brand also understands its role in creating a better tomorrow. That’s why it’s committed to a multi-faceted approach to progressive carbon footprint reduction, including responsibly sourced raw materials, reduced secondary packaging, and recyclable products. 

Replenix Oil-Free Hydrating Face Sunscreen SPF 50+

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The Facial Sunscreen Lotion SPF 45 by Alba Botanica

Alba Botanica specializes in high-quality, eco-friendly products to help you look and feel beautiful, both inside and out. It’s 100% vegetarian products align with the company’s love of the natural world, which is why its formulations contain only botanical ingredients.

The brand’s products are packaged sensibly and minimally and use post-consumer materials whenever possible. Alba Botanica is also a founding member of the Leaping Bunny Program, meaning that its products, and the ingredients in them, are not tested on animals.

All of Alba Botanica’s sunscreens are biodegradable and have been tested according to industry standards and shown to break down in nature to minimize their impact on the Earth. Plus, the brand’s mineral sunscreens are free of oxybenzone and octinoxate.

Alba Botanica Facial Sunscreen Lotion SPF 45

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Come Chat All Things Skincare With The HBM

What’s your favorite SPF? 

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and every day, it helps to protect you from the sun, dirt, and other environmental factors. One way for you to thank your body and your skin is by adding SPF to your daily skincare routine.

Do you ever find yourself wanting to discuss or chat about new skincare products? Maybe you want to expand or update your regime with clean products? The HBM community is a safe place where individuals from all walks of life can come together to discuss everything skin and more.

Think of it as a positive tribe of individuals where discovering and learning is a breath of fresh air; there is no competition, just positive tips and ideas. Take this opportunity to join now. We look forward to welcoming you to The Human Beauty Movement!

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