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27 May 2016

The Absolutely Best Sunscreen for Fair Skin

Fair skin girls, this post is for you! I've spent my life being the girl in the shade, under the umbrella, and donning the wide-brim hat. It's kind of my thing. Year after year, I am on the great search for the perfect sunscreen, and I've purchased it all. Neutrogena? Yep. Aveeno? Of course. Banana Boat? Obviously. Beauty Counter? Tried that too! 

Today, I am sharing my four favorite sunscreens for fair skinned folk. When I search for a sunscreen that's perfect for me, these are the criteria I consider:

1. SPF 30 or higher. Yes, I know that some people claim that nothing over 15 works. I am here to tell you from experience, if I wore SPF 15, I would look like a lobster. Period. 

2. Thickness. I loathe thick sunscreen. It feels disgusting, and it also feels like I can never get it off of my body. I want full coverage sunscreen that's smooth. My theory on this is if you can make body lotion that' doesn't feel like molasses, you can make sunscreen that doesn't either. 

3. Scent. This is super important. If I have to wear sunscreen all day - and reapply multiple times - it better smell great. I have to say that Beauty Counter has some of the best smelling sunscreen ever. It smells like lemons! 

4. Residue. I wear a lot of dark colored bathing suits. I love how black swimsuits look on the beach and at the pool - so classy! Because I am wearing black and am usually lathered in white sunscreen, it better not leave white residue all over my bathing suit. Ever.

The sunscreens above definitely fit my criteria. I own all of them (with the exception of the SuperGoop lip shine), and they are my tried and true favorites. Each one is listed for a specific use, and yes, all of them are in my beach bag at all times (with the SuperGoop soon to be added...). One thing to note: the Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch SPF 50 is like an urban sunscreen myth. I can't find it in stores, but I did find it online!

I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend, and if you're headed outside - pick up one of my favorite sunscreens, so you can relax and stay safe from the sun! 

What are your favorite sunscreens? I'm always on the hunt for a new favorite!


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