Now that you are on your own (and Mom won’t be chasing you around with a bottle), you’re responsible for protecting yourself from the sun’s relentless rays. Although sun protection might not be top of mind, it’s crucial for protecting your face from brown spots, lines, wrinkles, and, most importantly, skin cancer (your older self will thank you). Applying a daily facial moisturizer with SPF 30 or higher makes it easy to get the job done in one simple step. The number 30 is important because, although it may seem high, you are most likely not putting on as much as you should be or reapplying it properly (this will help to make up for the occasional SPF laziness). Try CeraVÃ© Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM with SPF 30 ($16, amazon.com), which protects without feeling greasy or thick.
If you have oily or acne-prone skin, look for a primer with sunscreen to use as your base. A good one: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Protect Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen ($34, sephora.com), which is a lightweight, gel-cream formula that offers SPF protection, plus helps set makeup in place for hours.
For touch-ups throughout the day, try a setting spray with sunscreen, like Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 ($28, sephora.com), which helps tamp down shine and add sun protection without messing up your makeup. If you’re showing a little skin (chest, arms, legs, etc.), mist on a sunscreen spray—SPF 30 or higher (you know the spiel).