We should all wear sunscreen when sunbathing, and the more we sweat, the more and we need reapplications.
And reapplying SPF requires a special kind of formula: one that you can rub in easily and doesn’t leave a white cast behind. Thankfully, Gwyneth Paltrow recently shared the sunscreen she’s using daily that checks both of those boxes.
In sharing her morning skincare routine, Paltrow talked about UnSun’s Mineral Tinted SPF 30. She said it’s “moisturizing” and “sinks in like a dream,” adding that it comes from a Black-owned brand whose creator ensured it blends seamlessly into any skin tone.
The formula’s natural tint is great, and it’s available in two shades, Light/Medium and Medium/Dark, making it super customizable to all and ideal for layering. Plus, it’s 100% mineral-based, which is dermatologist-preferred because mineral sunscreens physically block UV rays as opposed to reflecting them, like chemical sunscreens do. Mineral sunscreens also tend to cause less irritation for those with sensitive skin.
Reviewers love both shades of the UnSun SPF, and some even say it doubles as a tinted moisturizer. “You do not have to apply makeup when you use this product. Protection and a glow all in one is unheard of!” one Amazon shopper writes. “It’s so moisturizing, yet lightweight, easily blendable, doesn’t re-apply cakey, and it’s reef safe/clean/cruelty-free! Let’s just say I’m obsessed,” another adds. “It works great alone, or as a base for foundation. Marvelous product,” someone else raves.
The Skin Cancer Foundation’s guidelines for applying sunscreen are to use “approximately two milligrams of sunscreen per square centimeter of skin.” That’s equivalent to an entire shot glass full of product to cover the entire exposed area, and a solid “nickel-sized dollop” or two finger lengths for the face alone. After that, reapply every two hours—or every 40 to 90 minutes if you’re swimming or sweating a lot.
“Reapplying sunscreen is like putting out a fresh cup to absorb the sun’s rays, rather than letting it get into your skin,” said Heather Woolery-Lloyd, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and director of Ethnic Skin Care at the University of Miami Department of Dermatology. Remember: sun protection is important!