Lexi Mainland

Last summer, when I went to my dermatologist, he did something shocking.

He took an ultraviolet picture of my face that showed dozens and dozens of sun spots hiding underneath the surface of my skin. They might eventually become visible, he warned me, if I’m not more careful about staying in the shade.

It’s not just the spots I’m worried about. My dad had skin cancer, which he luckily overcame. I’ve promised myself to try harder to use sunscreen.

My main problem — or excuse — with sunscreen has always been the fact that you need to reapply it at least every couple of hours. Maybe this is feasible on the beach, but who can bear to slather a new coat of white lotion all over their face multiple times a day, at work and otherwise? Especially when you’re wearing makeup, it’s just a mess.

Then, I discovered… powder sunscreen. To me, it’s miraculous. My favorite is the Colorscience Sunforgettable Mineral Powder Brush. It has everything you need in a sunscreen — high SPF (50!), water-resistant, no scary chemicals, broad spectrum, tons of ingredients that make your skin look better — and yet it takes two seconds to apply and blends in invisibly. You just pick a powder shade that matches your skin tone and then you can put it on right over your makeup all day long and look great.

Another brand, Peter Thomas Roth, makes a colorless version, with options for different skin types — oily, etc. — that I’ve also tried and liked.

My dermatologist gave powder sunscreen a thumbs up, not only because it works, but because I’m able (so far) to stick with it.

What do you think? Would you try powder SPF?

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P.S. Another summer essential.

(Photo of Lexi on vacation in Miami.)