The Best SPF Formula for Your Skin {+ Where To Buy It In Hoboken}

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Despite fluctuating temperatures, another Hoboken summer is officially upon us. The sun is shining, rosé is flowing, and sidewalk seating is in full swing. Before you head out to enjoy the weather, it’s absolutely essential to armor up with SPF. Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered {literally}. Read on to learn about the best sunscreen + SPF formula for your skin needs and find out where to buy it in Hoboken.

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Physical vs. Chemical Sunscreen

Think of physical sunscreen as a shield — it sits on top of your skin, creating a barrier between you and the sun, reflecting and scattering UVA and UVB rays away from your skin without ever absorbing into your body. People with sensitive skin or those who suffer from skin conditions like rosacea and psoriasis typically opt for physical sun protection for their gentle nature.

Chemical sunscreen is also known as “classic” sunscreen, and it’s likely the type you’ve been using for your whole life. Don’t let the name fool you — the term “chemical” doesn’t mean that these sunscreen formulas are actually packed with harmful chemicals. The name derives from the chemical reaction that occurs after application to prevent UVA and UVB rays from damaging your skin. Once chemical sunscreen absorbs into your body, it dissipates the rays back out into the environment and away from your skin, preventing sun damage, early signs of aging, and skin cancer.

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Where to Buy Physical Sunscreen in Hoboken

Now that we’ve established the difference between chemical and physical sunscreen, we’ve rounded up the best places to snag some for your skin locally.

IM Beauty {327 Washington Street}

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Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen + Primer, Broad Spectrum SPF 50: $45

This downtown beauty supply store sells sunscreen created in the name of a good cause. The founder of Suntegrity Skincare used her mother’s experience with skin cancer as a positive catalyst for change and created a holistic, mineral suncare line. This particular formula acts as a face moisturizer, physical sunscreen and make-up primer all in one.

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Sephora {319 Washington Street}:

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Supergoop! 100% Mineral Smooth + Poreless Matte Screen SPF 40: $38

Supergoop! is known for its ‘clean’ sunscreen formulas and this mineral option is no exception. Physical sunscreen is often associated with zinc oxide, which isn’t exactly known for its absorption power {think: movie lifeguard whose nose is covered in pasty white sunscreen}. This formula, however, easily absorbs into the skin and provides a matte finish for oil control

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IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+: $39

This UVA/UVB broad-spectrum physical sunscreen comes in 12 shades is perfect for all skin types. In addition to shielding your skin from the sun, it also covers skin imperfections like hyperpigmentation, redness, dark spots, large pores, and more.

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Where to Buy Chemical Sunscreen in Hoboken

IM Beauty {327 Washington Street}

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glo Oil Free SPF 40+: $38

This oil-free SPF is great for anyone who typically experiences breakouts from facial sunscreen. The hydrating formula won’t clog your pores and is packed with antioxidants to protect your skin from damaging environmental aggressors in addition to protecting your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays.

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Hand + Stone Massage and Facial Spa {1400 Hudson Street}

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Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF 50: $36

This sheer, lightweight sunscreen is a great option for anyone engaging in physical activity {we’re looking at you, Zog Sports members}. Water-resistant for up to 40 minutes and feather-light against your skin, this cruelty-free, paraben-free, vegan sunscreen will keep your skin protected while you sweat.

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EC Beauty Studio {80 River Street}

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PCA Skin Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45: $43

This quick-absorbing sunscreen formula is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation for daily use and can easily be worn under makeup for all-day sun defense. When receiving any type of facial treatment, such as the facial services offered at EC Beauty Studio, it’s extra-important to protect your skin from the sun, as certain ingredients used to deep clean and invigorate your skin can make it more susceptible to sunburn.

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Have you tried one of these amazing sunscreens yet? Let us know in the comments!  

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