11 Powder Sun Protectors to Make Sun Protection Easy01.04.2022
Let’s face the facts: Skin cancer would not be the most common type of cancer in America if applying sunscreen was easy and fun. The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that one in five Americans will develop the condition during their lifetime. It’s quite remarkable considering that applying sunscreen daily is almost the only thing that can prevent the problem. Don’t forget that UV damage is the main cause of skin aging. This includes issues such as lines, wrinkles and dark spots.
We hear from those who have had an inconsistent relationship with sunscreen. Although you know that the sun is harmful, it can be so difficult to do the right thing. It makes sense considering that many sunscreens, especially those from our childhood, are oily, gunky, and stale. It is best to use a sunscreen formula that comes in a different form. Powder sunscreens are the answer.
What is a powder sunscreen?
It sounds exactly like it is! Dr. Hysem Edik, a board-certified dermatologist at Marmur Medical, NYC, says that powder is just one of many sunscreen formulations. “Powder sunscreens have active ingredients that block UVA and UVB rays. The powder sunscreen should work if applied correctly and in the right amount. It acts as a shield against harmful rays,” he said.
This filter is called your sun protection factor (or SPF). The higher the number, you will get more protection. But, Dr. Eldik says that there are only marginal differences between levels above 50. We recommend SPF 15 to 50, at the most.
Fun fact: Stickier formulas are often found in liquid sunscreens with higher SPFs. Keep this in mind when planning your next beach vacation.
What are the benefits of powder sunscreens?
You’ll be able to see the difference when you apply one yourself. It can be difficult to apply sunscreen fluids evenly. You need to wait for the product to dry before you apply makeup. In some cases, however, they may not dry completely, leaving a tacky feel on your skin. Powders can be applied by simply sweeping them on. Powders won’t make you look like an oil slick.
Dr. Eldik says that powder has the advantage of a matte look because it doesn’t contain any ingredients in creams or lotions that can make you feel shiny and greasy. Because it isn’t as irritating or occlusive as creams or lotions, it can be less likely that it will cause or flare acne.
Powder sunscreens can be tinted. If you prefer light coverage and a quick beauty routine, you may be able to trim a few steps off your morning routine with the right one. We love the fact that powder sunscreens are liquid-free. This makes them great for traveling, whether in your bag or in your TSA-friendly carry on bag.
How do I use powder sunscreen?
Dr. Eldik says that there are three key principles to choosing and applying sunscreen effectively: the SPF, how much you apply and how often you reapply. You are already familiar with how to select the right level of SPF. The next step is to learn how to apply the correct amount. Most powder SPFs come in a brush, which houses the canister. The SPF is released by taping the brush or clicking a switch.
Dr. Eldik says that you can tap the applicator on a flat surface or your hand to evenly apply the powder. Then, he suggests rubbing the powder onto the forehead, nose and cheeks. He says, “Then you can return and gently rub it into your entire face in a circular motion.” You can do the same for your neck and chest.
People forget to apply sunscreen in a few areas. Powder makes it easy to include these areas in your routine. Dr. Eldik says that powder can be used on the tips and ears, which are the most vulnerable areas to sun damage. Powder SPF is also a good option to protect our scalps, backs, and hands.
Reapplication is important. A dermatologist recommends that you reapply every two hours. This is why powder SPF is so popular. Dr. Eldik says that the powder brush makes it easy to reapply. It can be carried in a purse or pocket and does not require you to get your hands involved. You’ll want to reapply, he says.
Last but not least, powder SPF’s aren’t harmful to the environment. These formulas are mineral-based. They use minerals such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to create a physical sunscreen against the sun.
Are you still unsure about powder SPF? Continue reading to find out our top picks for powder SPF.
The best powder sunscreens
Colorescience Sunforgettable Sunforgettable Total Protection Sunscreen Brush SPF30
Colorescience was the first brand to offer powder sunscreen, in multiple shades, with its Brush-On Shield 50. We’ve already mentioned that powder sunscreen is excellent for protecting oily and acne-prone skin types. This one, Brush-On Shield SPF 50, is especially great because it absorbs excess shine and minimizes pores. For complete protection, it also protects skin against blue light, free radicals and infrared radiation.
Tarte Cosmetics SEA Set &. Protect Mineral Sunscreen Powder Broad-Spectrum SPF 30
This cute makeup option by Tarte protects skin with a translucent powder formulation. It also sets makeup for up to twelve hours. The formula contains real vanilla extract, which is a bonus.
We love using powder sunscreen to protect our scalps. Unlike creams that make hair look greasy and leave it looking greasy, powder blends in with our hair and absorbs any excess oil. Supergoop! Win, win. Apply the oil at the root, and massage in before you go.
Eminence Organics Sun Defense Minerals SPF30
Jane Ruffo, NYC celebrity esthetician, told us that she loves this powder SPF formula because of the wide range of colors. The brand also offers a translucent option and five shades for all skin types, from light to dark. It is water-resistant making it ideal for those who sweat more.
ISDIN Isdinceutics Mineral Brush, SPF 50
ISDIN, a Spanish brand, is well-known for its range of skin-protecting formulas. This powder SPF provides a natural, matte finish that protects your skin from UVA/UVB rays and environmental damage. It also contains a mix of minerals such as iron, zinc oxides, titanium dioxides and mica.
Glo Minerals Protecting Powder SPF20
Given the effects of sun exposure on skin, this powder SPF contains green tea extract. This powerful antioxidant is known for its soothing properties. The makeup-setting formula comes in two shades and also includes vitamins A, C, and E, which are all free radical fighters.
Ilia Beauty Radiant Translucent powder SPF 20
The SPF powder from this clean beauty brand comes in three shades. It protects skin from sun damage and gives it a subtle, healthy glow. It’s also formulated with plant extracts such as aloe, rosemary and thyme, which help to soothe skin while controlling oil production. The brand also offers a portable brush option for those who prefer their SPF powders in a convenient format. You can find the translucent shade Moondance in Ilia Beauty’s Flow-Thru Radiant Powder.
iS Clinical Eclipse SPF50 Plus
Powder sunscreen can be a daunting idea for those with extremely dry skin. However, this formula by iSClinical will help quench your thirst. The SPF40 powder contains plant extracts imperata Cylindrica root and lycopodiumclavatum to rejuvenate your skin’s moisture barrier and improve hydration. You can choose from five different colors to suit your skin’s needs.
ZO Skin Health Sunscreen + Powder SPF45
This doctor-developed formula, available in three shades, contains fractionated melanin, a unique ingredient. It also includes titanium dioxide and iron oxide. Your skin’s natural defense against light damage is melanin. The formula’s fractionated MELANIN is not derived from animals. It is made from corn and protects the skin from sun damage as well as HEV.
Jane Iredale Powder Me SPF 30 Dry Sunscreen
Jane Iredale’s mineral-based products have been a trusted choice for clean beauty enthusiasts since long. This SPF is a top choice from the brand. This SPF is infused with titanium dioxide and clay minerals. It can protect and nourish the skin and even soothe sunburns. The brush head can be removed for cleaning–genius–and the powder canister is refillable, so you can cut down on waste when re-upping on your choice of four shades. You can also use it as a beach towel.
Supergoop’s powder sunscreen was recommended by Dr. Eldik. It is easy to use, comes in multiple shades, and helps mattify the skin while you touch up throughout the day. The cult-favorite formula protects skin from oil absorption and helps maintain skin moisture with ceramides.