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THE GREAT DEBATE: "Which SPF should I wear?".

Fact: Sunscreen can seem *extremely* complicated. You want something that'll keep your skin safe...but not make you all chalky. Take a deep breath, read this guide--and prepare to slather with certainty. The most important thing to remember about SPF? Just wear it.
SYNTHETIC SPF                         VS  MINERAL SPF

FIND IT                                   FIND IT
There are over 30 synthetic               Also known as "physical
sunscreen ingredients--so basically       sunscreens," there are only
everything that's not a mineral SPF       two possible key ingredients
is a syntheticSPF. They're most           (both of which are naturally
often referred to as "chemical            occurring): titanium dioxide
sunscreens" and somepopular               and zinc oxide. See those on
ingredients are oxybenzone,               the label and you've got
octinoxate, octisalate and                yourself a mineral SPF
avobenzone
PROS                                      PROS
* Thin and light, they feel silky         * Mineral SPFs don't get
  on the skin                               absorbed into your skin and
* Work well under makeup--yay!              bloodstream--they sit on
* No chalky effect                          top and reflect the light
* Work by absorbing UV rays, which          and heat away
  is highly effective                     * Won't irritate your eyes
* Great UVA/UVB coverage                  * Amazing for sensitive skin
                                            types
                                          * They're naturally broad
                                            spectrum (aka they protect
                                            against UVA/UVB rays)
CONS                                      CONS
* Can sometimes irritate your eyes        * Might feel a little sticky
* Might aggravate sensitive skin or         or greasy
  cause certain conditions (like          * Some formulas can leave
  rosacea and eczema) to flare up           that chalky effect or a
* Some people are concerned with            white residue--but new tech
  harmful effects of the chemicals          is improving this factor
  being absorbed into the body, but       * Minerals require a more
  there's no scientific data to             liberal, careful
  support that belief                       application-so be sure to
                                            slather!
                                          * Can rub off, sweat off and
                                            rinse off more
                                            easily--meaning more
                                            frequent application is
                                            needed
ECO EFFECT                                ECO EFFECT
Some experts claim the chemicals          No known downsides-just
can damage delicate ocean life            be sure to recycle your
(like coral reefs), but there isn't       plastic packaging!
a decisive ruling on this yet-more
research is in the works
OUR PICKS                                 OUR PICKS
* Dermalogica Clear Start Clearing        * C'est Moi Gentle Mineral
Defense SPF 30, $28, dermalogica.com        Sunscreen Lotion Broad
* Neutrogena Hydro Boost Sunscreen          Spectrum SPF 30, $15,
                                            cestmoi.com
Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $11,               * Biossance Squalane +
drugstores                                  Mineral SPF 45, $39,
                                            biossance.com
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Title Annotation:BEAUTY
Publication:Girls' Life
Date:May 24, 2019
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