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The Paula’s Choice Research Team share their favorite SPF picks for face and body.

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in short, using a great sunscreen and more of it equals less wrinkles and sagging over time.

You’re never fully dressed without the SPF. A recent independent study by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia concluded that people who applied broad-spectrum sunscreen liberally on a daily basis over a period of four years were able to preserve their skin and noticeably slow the premature aging caused by unprotected exposure to the sun—in short, using a great sunscreen and more of it equals less wrinkles and sagging over time. The findings of this study may seem like a no-brainer to sunscreen aficionados, but this is the first long-term sunscreen study done on people—rather than animals—that conclusively shows the anti-aging benefits of using sunscreen on a consistent basis.

It can seem like a hassle to slather on full-body sunscreen before heading out into the sun, but a minute of application a day can help keep cancer (and wrinkled, brow-spotted skin) away. To make the commitment to sunscreen even easier, the Paula’s Choice Research Team is here to share their favorite picks of the best ultra-light-weight broad-spectrum SPF options for face and body on the market today.

Makeup tends to slip right off the face during the warmer months, so using a facial sunscreen like Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Daytime Moisturizer with SPF 30 ($20.95 for 2 fl. oz.) that also acts as a primer is a double-win for skin. Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30 ($16.99 for 4 fl. oz.) is a particularly good sunscreen for those with oily skin—or for anyone concerned with the effects of humidity—because it hydrates, protects and controls shine.

Another favorite for the face is Olay Regenerist UV Defense Regenerating Lotion SPF 50 ($31 for 1.7 fl. oz.) for its high SPF rating, impressive blend of cell-communicating ingredients and antioxidants. For an all-in-one sunscreen, Miracle Skin Transformer SPF 20 ($48 for 1.7 fl. oz.) comes in a tinted version that may work as a substitute to makeup, but it is also available in a colorless formula.

When it comes to sunscreen for the body, we know that comfort is the difference between using the product and losing it somewhere in the back of a drawer. Fortunately, these modern formulas are so soft and sheer it’s like wearing nothing at all.

Nu Skin Sunright Body Block SPF 30 ($14.50 for 1.7 fl. oz.) is a very good water-resistant broad-spectrum sunscreen that includes antioxidants. For a higher SPF rating, another excellent water-resistant choice is Paula’s Choice Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50 ($14.95 for 5 fl. oz.) which is ideal for combination, oily, or blemish-prone skin. Those who prefer a spray-on sunscreen should try a product like Topix Replenix Sheer Physical Sunscreen SPF 50+ ($38 for 4 fl. oz.) which is also water-resistant and sets to a very soft hydrating finish.

When it comes to getting the full range of benefits from sunscreen, liberal application is key so remember not to skimp out—especially not on your face, which sees the most sun day after day. Foundations with sunscreen are a great asset, but to ensure the highest level of protection it’s always best to layer foundation over sunscreen simply because sunscreen needs to be applied much more generously than foundation—especially if a more natural look is desired for the summertime.

For more sun care product recommendations, check out our list of Best Products at

Led by best-selling author and beauty expert Paula Begoun, the Paula’s Choice Research Team evaluates and reviews hundreds of skin-care and makeup products, in books such as Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me as well as online at Combining cosmetics industry knowledge and expertise, Paula and her team have developed the Paula’s Choice line of state-of-the-art formulations based on reliable, published skin-care research. Products include skin-care, makeup, body and hair-care products, beauty tools, and accessories. All products are fragrance-free, cruelty free, and environmentally friendly.

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