Get Covered! Spring Sunscreen Choices

Your dermatologist is telling you and we’re telling you — you’ve just got to use sunscreen everyday. Not only will it ward off icky wrinkles but it will also help protect you from skin cancer. Just in time for spring, we just got our hands on three new options!
1. Clarins UV Plus Tint (it’s now available in three tinted shades). The UV Plus Tint formula is 100 percent mineral-based and totally chemical-free with a SPF 40. You see, lots of traditional sunscreens have high levels of chemicals with words we can’t even pronounce like PABA esters and Salicylates. The folks at Clarins say these chemicals have in some studies, been shown to actually increase free radical production on the skin and further damage cellular DNA when exposed to the sun.
Product Name: Clarins UV Plus Tint
Likes: The ultra fine texture doesn’t streak and it’s on the lower-price of high-end sunscreens at about $38 for 1.7 ounces.
 
Gripes: With the tinted formula the idea is that you won’t have to wear layers of heavy makeup — unfortunately, the tinted formula may not be an exact match to your skin tone. Try mixing colors to achieve perfect results.
Star IngredientThe product contains plant polymer ingredients that create an oil-free UVA and UVB shield from the sun.
 
Natural FactorThe sunscreen is also packed with the season’s freshest ingredient, cantaloupe melon extract which contains some of the highest levels of antioxidant protection.
 
Where to BuyAvailable at Clarins.com and Clarins counters nationwide.
2. Believers say La Roche-Posay is the one of the best sunscreens on the market because of the chemical it contains called “Mexoryl,” which is well-known to protect skin from wrinkle-causing UVA rays (many sunscreens only protect against UVB rays).
Product Name: La Roche-Posay 
Likes: More than 25,000 dermatologists recommend the brand.
 
Gripes: At $30 for 1.7 ounces the price is steep, real steep.
Star Ingredient: Mexoryl — which provides complete broad spectrum protection.
 
Natural Factor: Fragrance-free and PABA free.
 
Where to Buy: Available at drugstore.com and the brand’s website.
3. We just can’t get enough of Marie Veronique’s  products but her sunscreen choices are almost unbeatable (think a kid’s formula, moisturizing formula and everyday sheer coverage.
Product Name: Marie Veronique
Likes:  Protects against the complete UVA/UVB spectrum.
 
Gripes: At $50 for two-ounces, you’ve got to really value sun protection (good thing we do).
Star Ingredient: Beta glucans, glucosamine
 
Natural Factor: Powerful anti-oxidants such as coffee fruit extract
 
Where to Buy: Available on the brand’s website.
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