Ever since the derm had to remove a benign basal cell starting to sprout on our forehead - penance, no doubt, for a few too many college afternoons spent lounging lazily in the mid-afternoon sun slathered in baby oil - we've become certifiably sunblock obsessed. We've tried almost every one on the market, from pricey to drugstore to organic & all natural - and in our (totally non-scientific) guess'timation, at least 9 out of 10 sun protection lotions & creams feel too greasy, render you disco-ball shiny, or worst of all, leave you shiny and broken out! So after one too many broken promises of "comedogenic" and "matte", we approached this Erno Lazlo Total Face & Body Protection SPF 30 with a healthy amount of been-there-done-that skepticism.
Which is why we were more than a little pleasantly surprised at how lightweight and relatively non-shiny this powerful broad-spectrum sunblock is (just follow with a light dusting of powder or a quick touchup with your fave blotting paper). It contains Shea butter to nourish and moisturize, green tea extract to calm your complexion, antioxidant vitamin E to fight premature aging, and mineral-rich sea water to help retain your skin's natural moisture. Because it actually lives up to promise, we've even started using it to moisturize and protect our hands after we wash them.
At $42 it's not exactly cheap, but the tube is generous and because you'll actually use it regularly, what it will save you in future anti-aging procedures: priceless! Available at ErnoLazlo.com.
- Lesley Scott