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beauty lessons:

building a
sunscreen
wardrobe

You’ve curated your cosmetic (and fragrance) collections—now protect your skin with an SPF wardrobe that fits your every routine.

Written By ERICA LOPEZ

While researching the subject of safe sunning, The Violet Files learned that the biggest obstacle to protecting one’s skin is simply forgetting to put on your SPF. (Second biggest? Forgetting to reapply.) “Remembering to wear your sunscreen every day is the number-one challenge with sun protection,” reports New York dermatologist Dr. Ellen Marmur. Her solution? Stock up on various formulations and place them strategically (medicine cabinet, desk drawer, golf bag) to accompany your daily activities. 

Below, browse a curated selection of SPF approved by The Violet Code to get you through the summer (and beyond). 

sunscreen
wardrobe

SPF FOR EVERY OCCASION

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Chantecaille’s ingenious primer with SPF glides onto skin delicately to provide protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Consider it your foundation’s best summer companion.

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When pressed for time, get your SPF and foundation fix in one fell swoop with Nars’ Tinted Moisturizer, which has built-in broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection. 

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When the day’s agenda calls for coastline strolls or starboard cocktails, employ a multitasking SPF. La Mer’s Sun Lotion offers 24-hour hydration and sun-damage repair. 

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For life beyond the surf, Révive has invented an ultra-luxe sunscreen for the urbanite. The quick-absorbing, multitasking formula helps repair signs of age, smooth lines and wrinkles, and improve firmness and elasticity. Make applying this sunscreen the last step of your morning skincare routine.

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Avène’s lightweight, water-resistant formula will keep the face protected at all times—in the pool, by the ocean, or on the courts. The compact packaging makes this product easy to stash among your tennis gear for reapplications throughout the day.

the rules
of sun care

Read on for more of Dr. Marmur’s advice on protecting your skin all summer long.