When it comes to stripped-down, fresh summer makeup, I’m always on the hunt for an SPF that won’t leave my skin greasy and smelling like I came straight off the beach. Coconuts are great to drink, but not nearly as enjoyable to smell all over your face.
I don’t need to tell you that the hunt is hard—at this point it feels as though everything I slather on leaves me with that disgusting oil-slick feeling (that somehow takes multiple washes to scrub off), or even worse, broken out. That all changed when I discovered Skinceuticals’ Physical Matte UV Defense ($34).
With an SPF of 50, an ever-so-soft tint and a magical mattifying effect, this has become my ultimate go-to for summer. I can apply it under my makeup to act as a dual SPF and primer, and rest assured that I won’t end up oily an hour later. The tint evens out my skin tone, blurring out my pores and redness in the process.
It has, of course, been in my bag all summer long for every pool day, and instead of being self-conscious during sunscreen touch-ups, this SPF actually makes your skin look better post-application. You’ll want to reapply just to make sure you’re not too shiny during a hot day, which, I know, is practically unheard of.
To fully understand the power of this sunscreen, you should know that I was first introduced to it by a friend, and I then proceeded to steal it from her bag and take it home with me. Who steals a sunscreen? This girl—when it’s that good.