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This year, summer or beyond, most beauty conversations veer towards the magic word *drumroll* ‘Sunscreen’. Yes, that elusive magic shield that defends our skin from those harmful UV rays and prevents fine lines, hyperpigmentation and skin cancer. However, given the fact that sunscreens have been around for years now, you would think the space might have gotten a tad too boring? Well thankfully, not just yet!

The past few years have seen an influx of innovative sunscreen protection formulations and many different types of sunscreen trends—the likes of travel-friendly sprays, non-greasy potions and au natural SPFs etc. in the beauty space. 

The 2019 versions dare we say are way cooler; think sunscreens which can be ingested (Yes, they went there!), SPF protection for your tresses, plus some next-level formulas that even impart additional benefits—luminosity, hydration and even a faux glow (Hello glitter sunscreens) rivalling that of a highlighter.

Trust us when we say this: these babies will actually make you look forward to applying sunscreens and will make sun protection feel super luxe!

Ingestible Sunscreen

Ingestible pills that offer you sun protection? Yes please! Oral sunscreens are jam packed with antioxidants that provide a double dose of sun protection, thereby reducing the capacity for the sun to damage the skin inside-out. Try the The Simply Nutra Glutathione With Vitamin C And Grapeseed Extract that locks the antioxidant properties of glutathione to prevent cells from free radical changes. PS: These aren’t meant to be a complete substitute for the topical version but make a great addition to your sun-protection routine.

Glitter Sunscreen

Mineral Shimmer Sunscreen Sticks from Bare Republic

There’s something about glitter that makes us go all weak in the knees and when it comes with the promise of extra sun protection, there’s nothing much stopping us. Welcome to the world of sparkly iridescent sunscreens that will make you unleash your inner mermaid and put those highlighters to shame. Consider brands such as Seastar Sparkle with benefits of skin loving antioxidants, Vitamins and SPF 50 (no less); or try the Mineral Shimmer Sunscreen Sticks from Bare Republic that are packed with sustainably sourced Mica for a stunning prismatic shine. 

Ocean-Safe Sunscreen

Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 PA+++

Ever thought of how your sunscreen might affect Nemo? Well, according to recent reports, sunscreen ingredients such as Oxybenzone and Octinoxate have been linked to disruption of aquatic life and increased coral bleaching. The solution: Physical or mineral sunscreens that typically feature Zinc or Titanium Oxide which instead of dissolving in the ocean, sink and become a part of the ocean sediment. We recommend the Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 PA+++, next time you want to swim with the dolphins.

SPF For Your Tresses

Dot & Key Hair Sunscreen + Softening Serum SPF 15

What if tell you that sunscreen application shouldn’t stop at the hairline? Breaking news: UV rays can make hair brittle and frayed, not to mention make your scalp susceptible to skin cancer (yikes). What you need is a product like the Dot & Key Hair Sunscreen + Softening Serum SPF 15 that offers an SPF 15 shield against UV damage, pollution and colour fading from sun exposure; plus, a no-mineral oil formula smoothes hair cuticles, fights split ends and breakage.

Powdered Sunscreen

Elizabeth Arden Finish Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation with Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 20

Don’t dig sunscreens in a liquid form or have really oily skin? We give your powdered SPFs that are made from highly refined minerals such as Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, and Iron Oxide (the very same particles that you find in your regular mineral sunscreens)—offering a high level of broad-spectrum protection; oh and they basically feel as if you have got nothing on your face, honey. We recommend the Elizabeth Arden Finish Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation with Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 20 that spreads effortlessly on your skin and gives it an ultra-matte finish.

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