On Beauty

Six Sunscreens That Actually Improve Your Skin

The season’s SPF-loaded moisturizers do more than protect against harmful rays.


Like most coveted Korean beauty products, one lightweight moisturizer from newcomer Kicho is packed with skin-brightening antioxidants — ideal for those out to protect a porcelain complexion. (It also has soybean plant placenta, for rejuvenating purposes, of course.)

Aesop’s infused its everyday body lotion with water-resistant sunscreen, for safe swimming — and hints of therapeutic spearmint, lavender and lemon, to get you out of the doldrums caused by heat domes and corn sweats. The effect is immediate.

Dr. Dennis Gross, beloved for his skin-balancing at-home peels, just released a color-correcting sunscreen in two different shades. Billed as skin care, the tinted liquid smooths on more like full-coverage, lightweight makeup.

This SPF from Dr. Jart+ requires strategic application: to the T-Zone, on top of makeup, for a depth-defining glow. But applying liberally as a primer works, too, and optimizes the moisturizing effects of ingredients like calming glacial water and softening deep-sea water.

What La Prairie doesn’t emphasize is the nice, pore-minimizing quality of its new sun-protection product. Considered a treatment, it’s meant to be applied as the last step in your daily skin-care routine — and can either replace a moisturizer in summer months, or be applied on top of one in the winter.

With Sisley’s new water-resistant cream, a little goes a long way to smooth fine lines, cover dark spots and keep skin safe from the sun.