According to the canon of skin care, using sunscreen every day is incredibly important. Simple in theory, but in practice, finding the SPF you really want to apply to your face can be a bit like a Goldilocks-style task. (This one is too sticky, this one is too chalky, this one smells like when I chased my ex’s wife on Instagram and accidentally liked a photo from three years ago, etc.) If you are looking for something that will protect your complexion from UV radiation, and also soothes inflammation on the skin, we have found one that just right as Coola Mineral Face SPF30 Cucumber Matte Lotion ($ 41)
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The formula is neither greasy, sticky, nor chalky – instead, it is lightweight and looks more like a lotion than a sunscreen. It absorbs quickly into the skin and helps reduce shine without drying out. It’s a mineral sunscreen, which means it uses ingredients like zinc and titanium dioxide to create a physical barrier on your skin to reflect harmful sun rays. Mineral sunscreens also protect against damage from other light sources, such as the blue light from your computer, which means this cream is a great choice even on days when you don’t go outside. And while many face sunscreens are notorious for washing away whatever makeup you put on them, this one is applied almost like a primer – the foundation blends easily and doesn’t get spotty or sticky in the process.
Aside from its ease of use, what really makes this sunscreen stand out is the fact that it is made from cucumber extract, which gives it both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Antioxidants help fight free radicals (also called skin-damaging molecules that come from harsh environmental factors such as sun and pollution) that can cause discoloration, sun spots and fine lines. By using an antioxidant-rich sunscreen like this one, you can prevent some of these problems even before they start. Plus, because the formula contains an anti-inflammatory element, it can also help soothe irritated skin and fight inflammatory acne. With so many benefits in one bottle, this product will make you remember to wear SPF every day as if it were an easy task.