6 Surprising Ways to Use Sunscreen

Sunscreen seems pretty straightforward—you put it on your face and bod to avoid getting burned.

If you're anything like us, sunscreen can be a chore in the mornings (and sometimes even forgotten), but what if you could incorporate SPF into your routine a bit more seamlessly? Here are six surprising ways to use sunscreen.

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Use It As a moisturizer

If you find yourself without your favorite body moisturizer or hand cream, sunscreen can come to the rescue. Brands, including C'est Moi ($14.99), are full of super hydrating ingredients like aloe and shea butter, which will soothe your dry skin in a pinch. Plus, a little extra sunscreen all over your body is never a bad thing! You can also get one for your face that's meant to moisturize and protect from the sun so you hit two birds with one stone.

C'Est Moi Sunscreen

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Combine It With makeup

If you're someone who always tends to forget SPF, choose a tinted moisturizer or BB Cream that has sunscreen already in it so you don't have to worry. Laura Mercier ($45) makes one of our absolute favorites.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

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Use It as a Primer

Believe it or not, sunscreen can make an excellent primer before applying makeup—it's all about choosing the right product. Unseen by  Supergoop ($32) glides on your face like velvet and makes the perfect base to grip onto makeup. Meadowfoam keeps your skin hydrated while controlling excess oil, so you won't look like a greasy mess.

Unseen by Supergoop

(via Dermstore)


Use It as Shaving Lotion

Ran out of shaving cream? Your SPF has got you! Because lots of sunscreens tend to have wonderful hydrating properties like this ultra-hydrating one from Avène ($28), they double nicely as lotion and shaving lotion. We wouldn't suggest this for longterm use, but it will definitely hold you over until your next CVS trip.

Avene Sunscreen

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To Fight Hair Frizz and Tame Flyaways

This is probably the most surprising tip of them all: If you find yourself with major frizz or flyaways, sunscreen can come to the rescue! A few dabs of the Shiseido clear stick sunscreen ($28)  on your pesky flyaways will keep them at bay. If you don't have a sports stick on hand, dab a very small amount of liquid SPF into your hands and apply to your strands that way.

Shiseido sports stick spf

(via Shiseido)


As a Body Oil

This might sound crazy, but we recently discovered a sunscreen oil and we're totally obsessed. Supergoop created Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil ($34), which is uber-hydrating and works just like a regular body oil with no sticky finish.

Supergoop Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil

(via Supergoop)


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