{06.10.09} Skin Care

 
Complaint:

Sunblock's always too thick and sticky.

Solution:

A lightweight moisturizer like ClarinsMen SPF 40, $42, dries instantly and blocks both UV rays and air pollutants.

Complaint:

I don't want to lug around a bottle.

Solution:

Stash MD Skincare wipes, $18, in your glovebox, pocket or bag. The SPF 30 towlettes block the full spectrum of UVA/UVB rays with Avobenzone.

Complaint:

It's gloppy and applying it takes too long.

Solution:

A quick-drying spray like Jack Black Ultra-Light, $18, offers a broad spectrum SPF 25 and the natural citronella and mint act as a bug repellent.

Use Protection

We know, sunscreen's a drag. There's nothing cool about asking your buddy to get your back for the third time in a day. But there's nothing cool about raw, peeling shoulders either. "All skin types need an SPF of at least 15, but the lighter your skin, the higher your SPF should be," says New York dermatologist Dr. Craig Austin. But what does SPF even mean? Austin describes it like this: Let's say you normally turn red after ten minutes in the sun. If a sunscreen's rated SPF 15, it would take 15 times that exposure for the skin to turn red. Which means it would take about 150 minutes before you'd start to burn. The higher the SPF, the longer you can go before reapplying. But unfortunately, you will have to do it eventually. Here are a few suggestions for common complaints.

  • "Broad spectrum protection": A term used to describe products that shield skin from both UVB and UVA rays.