Outdoor activities are in full swing in Hudson County — it is the summer after all. With these excruciatingly hot temperatures, the sun is shining intensely, making skincare and skin protection more important than ever. With certain sunscreens getting recalled recently, we’ve dug a little deeper into where to buy healthy + safe sunscreen and SPF products in the area. Read on to learn about the best sunscreen + SPF formula for your skin needs and find out where to buy it in Hoboken.
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 them 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 approach.
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 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.
Bluemercury | 230 Washington Street
Bluemercury specializes in cosmetics, skincare, and all things wellness. Its UV Clear Broad-Spectrum face sunscreen has an SPF of 46 and is oil-free. It caters to sensitive skin and best of all, it won’t contribute to breakouts and is fit for anyone who is prone to acne, rosacea, or hyperpigmentation. It’s zinc-based, so it’s a mineral sunscreen. This is just one product from a big sun-protection skincare line, with different items designed for different skin types and parts of the body. You can browse the collection here.
EC Beauty Studio | 80 River Street, Suite 2A
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This quick-absorbing PCA Skin sunscreen formula is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation for daily use and can easily be worn under makeup for all-day sun defense.
Evolve MedSpa | 706 Grand Street
Evolve MedSpa carries SkinMedica skincare products which include a strong-acting SPF.
Hand + Stone Massage + Facial Spa | 1400 Hudson Street
The sheer, lightweight Dermologica sunscreen sold here is a great option for anyone engaging in physical activity (we’re looking at you, ZogSports 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.
Sephora | 319 Washington Street
Sephora carries a plethora of sunscreens within its skincare collection. Among them are the popular brands Supergoop! – known for its ‘clean’ sunscreen formulas and this mineral option is no exception, and IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50 which comes in 12 shades is great for all skin types.
Studio 17 | 601 9th Street
Studio 17 carries Neocutis, ZO Skin Health, and SkinMedica skincare products and all three lines have variations of sunscreens so there’s an SPF for every type of skin available. The Neocutis Micro Day formula is a powerful day cream that provides four benefits in one: skin revitalization, anti-oxidant care, broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection, and lasting hydration. The ZO Skin Daily Sheer Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 formula is water and perspiration-resistant, non-greasy, and dries quickly with a sheer matte finish to shield against UVA/UVB and IR-A rays, and HEV light.
Trader Joe’s | 1350 Willow Avenue
Trader Joe’s is mostly known as a grocery store, of course, but it also has a line of hair and skincare products — and it typically tries to use all natural, fragrance-free ingredients. It sells a daily facial sunscreen (SPF 40) that is designed to be translucent and oil-free. It’s also oxybenzone- and fragrance-free.
Of course, there are also many drug stores throughout Hoboken that sell sunscreen and SPF products. There are CVS stores at 210 14th Street, 811 Clinton Street, and 59 Washington Street. There are Walgreens stores at 1320 Bernard McFeeley Shipyard Lane Suite 3, 101-105 Washington Street, and 1300 Willow Avenue. Better Life Pharmacy (1000 Washington Street), Hoboken Family Pharmacy (307 1st Street), and Medicine Man Pharmacy (511 Washington Street) are a few other local options.
Many grocery stores also carry everyday sunscreens.
Just be warned when shopping at chains that carry more of the usual bigger sunscreen brands: Banana Boat has just recalled batches of its Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 aerosol sprays.