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5 Facial Products to Protect Your Skin for a Day in the Sun

Updated Feb. 12, 2024 7:24 p.m. PT

Written by Charlotte Maracina

Arielle Burton

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Charlotte Maracina is an associate writer for CNET based in Long Island, New York. When not writing about top products on the market, she's traveling, binging Love Island or following Harry Styles on tour.

Expertise Charlotte has two years of experience tracking different travel, fashion and lifestyle trends among 18-24 year olds. She studied Communications and Sociology at Belmont University.

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Summer is still months away, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn't think about sunscreen. During colder seasons, the sun’s rays may not feel as warm or strong, but those ultraviolet rays are still very much active. Even in winter, UV rays continue to affect your skin cells -- which is why it’s important to protect your skin throughout the year. To help you do that, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite sun-shielding products.

Read more: The Ideal SPF Sunscreen, According to Experts

5 facial skin care products to protect your skin from the sun

I've written about my love for the Supergoop GlowScreen before, but it truly is one of my favorite sunscreen products. I love how the sunscreen acts as a two-in-one by being both a primer and a sunscreen with an SPF of 40. 

Searching for a Supergoop dupe? Although not a primer, Trader Joe's Daily Sunscreen is of comparable quality to Supergoop. 

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If you've never experienced a sunburn on your lips, consider yourself lucky. I'm prone to awful sunburns, so every time I step out of the house, I apply sunscreen. I never thought of applying it to my lips until I got a wicked burn there. For weeks afterward, my lips were chapped and peeling. Now I make sure to have my Sun Bum Sunscreen Lip Balm on hand. It's SPF 30, helping not just to hydrate your lips, but also to protect them from harmful sun rays. 

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After a long day outside, it's important to rehydrate your skin. That's where E.L.F's SuperHydrate Facial Moisturizer saves the day. One of my biggest gripes with some moisturizers is how greasy and heavy they can feel on your skin, but E.L.F's moisturizer leaves your face feeling refreshed rather than oily. 

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No packing list is complete without a solid facial cleanser. While I don't recommend this one for those with acne who need skin treatment, the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser works well for those looking to give their face a simple wash. I've always been a huge fan of Glossier's products, and I recently began using the Jelly Cleanser to wash my face every evening. The cleanser is more expensive than other facial cleansers, but a little goes a long way. 

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No matter how much sunscreen you apply, sometimes it's hard to beat the sun. An after-sun gel with aloe vera soothes the worst of burns and is a must-pack for all sunny vacations. 

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