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Sofia Kraushaar

You’re probably familiar with probiotics—those “good” bacteria that keep us, you know, regular. Well, turns out those same little cultures that work wonders on your digestive tract can also work wonders on your face, especially if you suffer from acne, eczema or rosacea.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, topical probiotics work via “bacteria interference.” They literally interfere with the ability of bad bacteria to provoke an immune reaction. Dr. Roshini Raj, gastroenterologist, doctor of internal medicine, and founder of the probiotic-based skincare line TULA, further explains: “Due to probiotics’ unique ability to calm and soothe, people with sensitive skin are finally able to use and tolerate ingredients they previously weren’t, like acids and retinols.”

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What does this have to do with sunscreen, you ask? Well, TULA’s Protect + Glow Sunscreen Gel with SPF 30 has amassed a pretty loyal fan base due to its combination of probiotics and suncare. Combining those probiotics with skincare-first ingredients like pineapple and papaya extract for gentle exfoliation, plus wild butterfly ginger root to ward off blue-light damage and pollution, the formula goes above and beyond a typical sunscreen.

According to the 1,500+ positive reviews on Ulta Beauty, users mention the clean, reef-safe gel also adds a natural glow either under or over makeup—without leaving any white cast. Says one user, “I love this for no-makeup days because it avoids the more common pitfalls of other sunscreens (white cast, pore-clogging, bad smell, etc.). I really like how it feels on my skin.” More reviewers go on to say that it’s in competition with their SPF favorites from EltaMD and Supergoop (big praise, in our opinion). It’s even been touted by celebrity fan Jenna Dewan.

Curious? Pick some up for yourself. And while you’re at it, check out our list of other summer must-haves at Ulta Beauty to continue the season with your best face forward.

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