As we age our skin tends to face new and sometimes very different challenges. You may find that the products you once used and swore by just aren’t cutting it anymore. Aging skin is often drier and more sensitive than its previous incarnation — even for women who previously had oilier, more resilient skin. No doubt, once you’ve noticed this you’ll be on the hunt for products that meet your skin’s new needs. This is particularly so with sunscreen.
Sunscreen is important for people of all ages, but it can be even more crucial as you get older and your skin becomes thinner and is more easily penetrated by the sun’s rays. Not only is there an increased risk of skin cancer among older adults, but you may also be trying to control the appearance of sunspots, discoloration and wrinkles, which can all be exacerbated by sun exposure. Some sunscreens do a better job of meeting these needs than others.
Here are some sunscreen suggestions for midlife skin:
La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Sunscreen, $33.50
Though a pricier option, La Roche Posay Anthelios sunscreens cover pretty much everything you’ll need from a sunscreen. It uses zinc oxide and an antioxidant complex to protect skin from damaging rays while at the same time being ultra-nourishing. It is lightweight, absorbs quickly and is free of harmful parabens. It’s also water-resistant for up to 40 minutes.
CeraVe Skin Renew Day Cream SPF 30, $23.99
CeraVe is a well-known and widely trusted skin care brand, and they offer a range of products, including a number of sunscreen-inclusive varieties. The Skin Renew Day Cream, is exactly that — a daily moisturizer — but, it’s also an effective and powerful sunscreen for day-to-day use. It’s not necessarily what you would grab for a day at the beach, but rather a walk in the park. It’s hydrating and full of ceramides which help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and won’t clog pores.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen, $9.97
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen is your sun protection work horse. It’s a broad-spectrum formula that is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, which makes it perfect for long days in the sun or vacations in warm-weather destinations. It’s affordable, lightweight and absorbs quickly, but is still powerful enough to prevent sunburns.