- Value: 18/20
- Functionality: 19/20
- Ease of Use: 20/20
- Aesthetics: 19/20
- Blendability: 19/20
- TOTAL: 95/100
Just because we're spending more time indoors than we did back when The Sims first came out doesn't mean we're packing the sunscreen away and going bare-faced. It's important to wear SPF at all times, especially if your work-from-home station is by a window or you're frequenting the outdoors for short mental clarity strolls around the block. Not to mention all the blue light damage we're incurring while staring at screens for 12 hours a day.
I typically like to stick to mineral sunscreens, which sit atop the skin to physically block out the sun's rays, instead of sinking into skin and dispersing the sun like chemical SPFs do. Why, you ask? Because mineral sunscreens are often made with one of two FDA-cleared ingredients that are safe for sensitive skin and also classify as reef-safe (aka they won't harm ocean life): zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. I keep my beauty routine as clean as possible, so why spend all that money on non-toxic products just to undo all of it with a potentially toxic sunscreen?
However, if you've ever used a thick zinc oxide product, you know rubbing it completely in can basically classify as your morning workout. That's why I'm so obsessed with Versed skincare's first SPF launch, Guards Up Daily Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 35. And after being out of stock for what feels like the longest time ever, the company finally restocked it, so of course, I'm scooping a few and running to check out.