The nation is slowly re-opening—and just in time for summer. The combination of a long winter and a (seemingly) longer quarantine probably means that we’re all a little sun starved. Without the usual wintertime reprieve where we can get it, what with cancelled tropical vacations and even tanning beds locked up, we’re all emerging from these sequestered months a whole lot paler.
Before you fling open the front door and take to parks or the beaches again—or even your own backyards, balconies, or pools—it’s important to properly prep the skin for a sudden onslaught of sun exposure. We’re guessing it’ll be especially hard to coax yourself back indoors this year, so the epidermis is going to need a little extra love with all those hours spent soaking up some vitamin D.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the most luxurious sunscreens on the market. These definitely aren’t your cheap drugstore variety; the products below come from some of the finest fragrance, skincare, and cosmetic brands in the world. Read on for the right tools to make for a perfectly lavish date under blue, blue skies.
Aēsop is one of those ultra-trendy brands coveted for its instantly recognizable packaging and design-savvy storefronts. For the last number of years, Aēsop hand soap has been a signifier of sophistication in the washrooms of upscale restaurants and the homes of your coolest friends.
This Protective Body Lotion SPF50 is made from a combination of spearmint leaf, panthenol, and tocopherol. Its lightweight formula softens and hydrates while protecting the skin from UV rays. In the mood for a swim? This lotion boasts up to four hours of water resistance. Best of all, of course, is its refreshing fragrance, which will linger on the skin throughout your day in the sun.
People tend to get hooked on La Mer. It’s the sort of cult favourite brand you try once and almost wish you hadn’t; it’s so good that you’ll be dishing out for those steep price tags forevermore. But hey: you get what you pay for.
The key ingredient of La Mer’s Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid is Miracle Broth™, a potent concoction derived from fermented sea kelp. (The founder of La Mer, aerospace physicist Dr. Max Hubber, developed Miracle Broth™ over the course of 12 years and 6,000 experiments, a search prompted when he was accidentally burned in a lab accident.) This SPF fluid, designed to be worn over moisturizer or under makeup, is lightweight and luxurious on the skin.
First founded as a “chic little bazaar” on Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris, parfumeur Diptyque is known for its best-selling fragrances and candles. The brand’s Protective Moisturizing Lotion for the Face protects with an SPF 15 while giving the complexion a healthy glow. As an added bonus, as well as warding off UVA and UVB, it also protects against pollution and smoke.
Formulated from damask rose floral hydrosol and orange blossom and infused with five different floral, leaf, and root extracts, its texture is that of a light emulsion. It is packed full of vitamins to nourish the skin, and best of all, like all Diptyque products, it smells divine. This lotion has a fragrance profile of orange blossom combined with citrusy note of Paraguayan petitgrain.
La Prairie began nearly one hundred years ago, commencing operations in a 16th century refurbished manor on the Swiss Riviera, overlooking Lac Leman and the scenic Alps. Today the brand is known for its ground-breaking and scientific approach to skincare, including the use of caviar extract in the form of tiny beads.
This formula, perfect for daily sun protection, is a lightweight “veil” designed to be used over moisturizer, protecting the skin from sun spots, UV damage, and signs of aging.
Jane Iredale is a major player when it comes to sun protection, boasting a seal of approval from the Skin Cancer Foundation. Many of its cosmetic products don’t require an additional SPF lotion; the PurePressed® Base Mineral Foundation, for instance, already boasts a natural broad-spectrum SPF of 15 or 20, depending on the shade.
For those eager to see what the fuss is about, the Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF® Dry Sunscreen is a great place to start. This sunscreen is unique in that it’s actually a dry sunscreen, formulated as a powder rather than a lotion. This product is SPF 30 and contains no chemical sunscreen additives. Skin already a little burnt? The powder will help to soothe and calm angry skin.