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Discover Kiehl's Best Sunscreen For Your Skin Type

No matter your skin type, sunscreen is a can’t-skip step in your skincare routine. Here, find the best Kiehl's sunscreen formula for your needs.

Sunscreen is one of the most—if not the most—important components of an effective skincare routine. Aside from helping protect your skin against sunburns and skin cancer, shielding your skin from ultraviolet radiation can help keep visible sun damage at bay. Of course, it’s important to use the right sunscreen for your skin’s unique needs. Here, we’ll introduce you to Kiehl’s best sunscreen, as well as three SPF moisturizers that you can incorporate into your routine for added sun protection. Plus, we’ll clue you in on some sun safety tips, so you can keep your skin healthy-looking (and -feeling). Read on for the ultimate Kiehl’s sunscreen guide.

What Is The Difference Between Sunscreen and Sunblock?

While the term “sunblock” is sometimes used as a synonym for “sunscreen,” it’s a bit of a misnomer—no product can completely block the sun’s rays. You may hear sunblock used in casual conversation, but it isn’t an official term; the U.S. Food & Drug Administration actually restricts manufacturers from labeling products as sunblock.

Rather than distinguish sunblock from sunscreen, let’s talk about the different types of sunscreen, which work in distinct ways. Chemical sunscreens—like those containing oxybenzone or homosalate—contain ingredients that absorb ultraviolet rays before they can hit your skin, thereby protecting your skin from those damaging rays. There’s also mineral sunscreen, which utilizes mineral particles (usually titanium dioxide or zinc dioxide) to physically shield your skin from the sun. Chemical sunscreens tend to absorb quickly and are sheerer, while mineral formulas may take a bit longer to sink in.

That said, both chemical and mineral sunscreen are effective; the best sun protection for you is mostly a matter of personal preference. Whichever you choose, make sure the label says that it’s broad-spectrum—this means it’ll shield your skin from both UVA and UVB rays.

Discover Kiehl’s Best Sunscreen For All Skin Types

Whether you’re looking for a sunscreen for oily skin, sensitive skin, or a different skin type entirely, Super Fluid Daily UV Defense SPF 50+ deserves a spot in your daily skincare routine. This ultra-lightweight, non-comedogenic sunscreen provides broad-spectrum SPF 50+ protection against UVA and UVB rays to help shield your skin from the sun. Additionally, the antioxidant-infused formula helps protect the skin from damaging free radicals that can contribute to the early signs of skin aging. It’s suitable for all skin types and absorbs quickly without leaving behind any residue and can be worn alone or layered underneath makeup for a natural-looking matte finish.

We recommend applying a generous layer to all exposed skin on your face, neck, and chest at least 15 minutes before heading outside. You’ll also want to reapply it throughout the day, roughly every two hours or after sweating or swimming.

How To Boost Your Sun Protection With an SPF Moisturizer

While it doesn’t replace daily sunscreen, you can get added protection by also reaching for a moisturizer with SPF. At Kiehl’s, we have a few different SPF moisturizers for you to choose from. Find the best one for your skin’s needs, below.

Best Hydrating SPF Moisturizer:

Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30

A variation on our cult-classic Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane, Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30 is a great pick for skin in need of hydration. This moisturizer and sunscreen for dry skin absorbs quickly and offers broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. It also provides intense hydration and leaves the skin feeling moisturized for up to 24 hours. You can use it daily or as needed to help reveal softer, smoother, healthier-looking skin over time.

Best Anti-Aging SPF Moisturizer:

Super Multi-Corrective Cream SPF 30

Repeated sun exposure can result in photoaging, a type of skin aging characterized by visible changes to skin texture and tone. To help address these signs of aging while protecting your skin from the sun’s damaging rays, we recommend using our Super Multi-Corrective Cream SPF 30. This five-in-one moisturizer helps lift, firm, smooth, hydrate, and protect the skin with long-lasting broad-spectrum protection against ultraviolet radiation. With consistent use, it visibly diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, leaving the skin soft and supple-looking. Use it each morning as your daily moisturizer—at night, you can reach for the SPF-free version, Super Multi-Corrective Anti-Aging Cream for Face and Neck.

Best Men’s SPF Moisturizer:

Facial Fuel Men’s SPF 20 Moisturizer

If you’re looking for an SPF moisturizer made specifically for men’s skin, try Facial Fuel Men’s SPF 20 Moisturizer. Formulated with caffeine and vitamin C, as well as broad-spectrum SPF 20 sunscreen, this lightweight, non-greasy moisturizer energizes and reinvigorates men’s skin while helping to protect against sun damage. It also boasts anti-pollution protection to help keep your skin looking and feeling its best. Use it as your everyday moisturizer for healthy-looking, hydrated, and well-protected skin all year long.

4 Sun Safety Tips To Follow All Year Long

When it comes to sun protection, sunscreen is only part of the equation—you also have to practice sun safety in other ways. Here, find four tips for keeping yourself protected from the sun’s damaging rays.

Tip #1:

Check Expiration Dates

Like moisturizers and eye creams, sunscreen has an expiration date—usually about three years after purchase. If you can’t see an expiration date printed on the bottle, use a permanent marker to write the date on your sunscreen when you first open it; that way, you’ll know when it’s time to replace the bottle.

Tip #2:

Consider The Sun’s Peak Hours

The sun tends to be the strongest during the middle of the day. When possible, avoid spending time in direct sunlight between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to help limit your exposure to ultraviolet radiation.

Tip #3:

Wear Protective Clothes and Accessories

Don’t underestimate the power of physical protection. Hats, long-sleeved shirts, and UV-filtering sunglasses are your friend, especially if you plan to spend a lot of time in the sun.

Tip #4:

Get Your Skin Checked By an Expert

Where sun safety is concerned, you can never be too careful. Visit your dermatologist annually for a skin cancer screening and schedule an appointment if you notice any new or sudden changes in your skin.

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