By now, we all know that sunscreen helps prevent those pesky signs of aging like wrinkles and sun spots, while also guarding against the most common form of cancer today, skin cancer.
In a 2013 study, researchers confirmed that sun-induced aging was significantly thwarted with sunscreen use, but with one catch: It has to be worn daily to truly make a difference.
And while we’re certainly joining you in slathering on the sunscreen from here on out with diligence, dermatologists caution that even lotion doesn’t offer complete protection. “No sunscreen can prevent every bit of UV light from impacting your skin, so this is why antioxidants are so helpful as a second line of defense—they counteract the free radicals generated by UV light and help spare your skin from damage,” explains Baltimore, Md. dermatologist, Noelle S. Sherber, M.D.
The newest beauty products on shelves aim to up your protection to help your sunscreen work better with the use of ingredients like antioxidants and reflective filters. Just remember that these products are not a substitute for sunscreen, but are rather fortifiers. “By layering antioxidant product underneath sunscreen, or by applying it at bedtime before and after sun exposure, you can reap all the benefits of sun protection without incurring unwanted free radical damage,” says Sherber.
Check out the gallery for some of our favorite picks.
Layering Made Easy: Brush On Block by Susan Posnick Family, $30
Mineral powder sunscreen in a travel-friendly applicator offers a fast and incredibly convenient way to keep skin protected, and using it over your regular lotion sunscreen adds an extra layer of protection. “This is a great way to reapply SPF throughout the day without having to disturb makeup or get your hands super clean before applying,” says Baltimore, Md., dermatologist Noelle S. Sherber, M.D.
Indoor Light Fighter: Bioelements Lutein Indoor Protective Day Creme, $51
The marigold-colored lutein that’s blended with antioxidants filters out potentially aging effects of the blue rays that emanate from artificial light. Beta-glucan, jojoba and sweet almond oils enforce skin’s moisture barrier to protect against re-circulated air and forced heat and cold.
Nourishing Nut Oil: Kate Somerville Dilo Oil Restorative Treatment, $65
According to celebrity esthetician Kate Somerville, the people of Fiji rely on rare dilo tree oil to protect their skin from the sun and other harsh environmental elements. The oil also helps hydrate and firm skin with essential lipids that work with skin’s intrinsic lipid layer to hydrate from within.
Skin Supplement: Ascenta Skin, $80
With six active ingredients that include EPA, DHA, GLA, zeaxanthin, lutein and vitamin D to reduce inflammation and redness by fighting free radicals, just one teaspoon daily of this pomegranate-flavored ingestible oil works to keep skin safe from the inside out by encouraging natural self-healing cell processes.
Eye Defense: Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Morning Eye Rescue, $34
“A study showed that skin biopsies treated with grape seed proanthocyadin extract (GSPE) prior to UV exposure demonstrated increased protective immunity and fewer pre-canceorus cells as compared to skin that wasn’t treated with antioxidants,” shares Sherber. Caudalie’s new eye cream combines grape polyphenol extract with white tea to de-puff as it guards against wrinkles.
Vitamin C Punch: Glo-therapeutics Ultra 15% Vitamin C, $125
An impressive 15 percent concentration of vitamin C combines with zinc sulfate and L-tyrosine to protect against free radical damage and UV radiation. Skin elasticity is improved with regular use, which also decreases the appearance of wrinkles and promotes cell regeneration.
Super SPF: Perricone MD Photo Plasma, $69
Found in red algae, astaxanthin is renowned for its natural anti-radiation benefits and is the key support player in Perricone’s newest SPF 30 moisturizer. The oil-free and antioxidant-rich formula guards against some of the environment’s most aging stressors like sun, dehydration, wind, smoke and pollution.
Souped-Up Serum: Lift Lab Skin Regeneration Lift & Fix High Potency Solution, $95
This silky serum enriched with patented protection proteins stimulates cell renewal to help strengthen skin’s barrier against the elements, while sea water extract and adenosine ease irritation redness caused by sunburn or in-office procedures like peels. Botanical extracts of aloe, licorice and chamomile soothe stressed skin. This serum is particularly good for healing sunburns and minimizing the damage.
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