Sunscreen & Self-Tanners
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Whether you're a full-on sun seeker, a deep-shade dweller or somewhere in between, Nordstrom has you covered with sunscreens, sunblocks and self-tanners from dozens of top brands. How do you take your SPF? We've got it from 15 to 50+ in lotion, spray, stick and powder forms. Our protection selection includes mineral and natural sunscreens for face and body, sensitive-skin formulas and long-lasting waterproof solutions. Whether you love a fragranced suntan lotion (that beachy, coconutty smell!) or prefer something unscented, you'll find plenty of options. For fans of sunless tanning, Nordstrom carries the latest in self-tanning from St. Tropez, VITA LIBERATA and more best-selling brands whose ingenious, easy-to-use formulas provide an even, natural-looking tan year-round. Learn more about which sunscreen is best for you in our sunscreen guide including tips and application.
How does sunscreen work?
When choosing the best sunscreen for your face, it's important to know how sunscreen works. Chemical based sunscreens absorb ultraviolet (UV) rays, altering them in the process, to protect you. Mineral sunscreen, such as zinc oxide sunscreen, reflects UV rays away from your skin to protect you.
What is mineral sunscreen?
Mineral sunscreen is a popular choice for natural sunscreen. Mineral sunscreen uses mineral as its active ingredients to shield you from sun. Mineral sunscreen are often called “physical sunscreens" and are most often made of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. They provide a physical barrier between you and the sun.
Does sunscreen expire?
Sunscreen does expire. You should always check the packaging for an expiration date. Most products designed to last about three years. Some factors, such as exposure to extreme heat, can cause your sunscreen to expire sooner. If you see clumping, pilling or changes in texture or smell, it's a good sign that your sunscreen needs to be replaced. That goes for mineral sunscreen, tinted sunscreen, zinc oxide sunscreen, natural sunscreen and chemical sunscreen.
Does sunscreen prevent tanning?
Sunscreen can prevent tanning to a degree that helps shield against harmful rays that cause photoaging and skin cancer. Sunscreen acts as a filter, so it doesn't protect your skin from all sun exposure. It all depends on how often and how evenly you apply your sunscreen.
How much sunscreen should I use on my face?
Experts recommend applying about the amount of a dessert spoon, or two fingers lengths of sunscreen for your face and surrounding area, including your lips, eyelids, ears, neck and chest. Reapply at least every two hours, and use a SPF 30 for daily use and a SPF 50 or higher when you're out in the sunshine.
How long does sunscreen last?
As a rule of thumb, sunscreen is the best way to protect against premature aging. It's recommended you wear sunscreen each day, even if you're indoors, and it's also recommended that you reapply every few hours if you're outdoors.. You can make it easy to reapply with a sunscreen mist.
What is the best sunscreen?
Choosing the best sunscreen for your face and body is a personal decision. First, you should consider whether you want a mineral sunscreen such as a zinc oxide sunscreen, or a tinted sunscreen, natural sunscreen, or chemical sunscreen. If you have sensitive skin, consider a fragrance free product for UV protection. Some popular choices for summer include Supergoop including Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen, Coola and Shiseido.