By Victoria Moorhouse
Updated Sep 06, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Isdin Sunscreen
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I spent more money on ice cream and braided friendship bracelets than I did on SPF when I was in high school. Sunscreen just didn't seem worth the dough, even if it was cheap — and honestly, it got in the way of my tanning goals. A few years and a handful of sun spots on my jawline later, my prospective and my budget have seriously changed. Now, I'm all about an effective SPF that my sensitive skin actually likes, even if it is a bit pricey. Isdin Eryfotona Actinica Ultralight Emulsion Sunscreen is that formula — and even though it's $50, I can promise you: it's worth it.

The biggest reason I'm willing to shell out so much cash on this 3.4 oz. bottle is because it's made up of ingredients that my eczema-prone skin can tolerate. It's categorized as a physical sun-blocker, which means it uses 100 percent minerals that sit on the surface of the skin and act as a shield to prevent sun damage. As a refresher, chemical sunscreens protect your skin by absorbing and neutralizing the rays after they've entered your skin.

Most mineral sunscreens leave behind a chalky residue or a white cast on your skin, but Isdin's has a milky, lightweight consistency that immediately absorbs.

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Along with the invisible finish, it creates a glowy base that makeup layers over beautifully — i.e. you don't have to worry about your foundation pilling or smearing as the day goes on.

I know what you're thinking — there's plenty of sunscreens that promise the same exact thing, but what really sets this sunscreen apart (and honestly, what makes it worth the splurge) is that it's made with enzymes that actually work to repair DNA damage caused by the ultraviolet rays of the sun, along with antioxidant-rich vitamin E to provide even more protection. And on that note, it goes deeper than surface-level protection.

I wish I could pull a Hermione Granger, use a time-turner, and tell my 17-year-old self that those sun-kissed glow goals were downright stupid, but they say living in the present is a better idea. My best bet now? Applying sunscreen on a daily (and year-round) basis, and actually saving money so I can restock.