If you're never quite sure whether the ads for popular beauty products can be believed, relax. Our 4you Beauty Board is made up of veteran testers ready to try the latest when it comes to all things beauty. We'll share what worked and what bombed with the hope of making life a little easier for you.
This week: Sunscreens and moisturizers with sun protection
Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF-30
Available at popular retailers, including Walgreens, CVS, Target, Walmart and Publix, and online at amazon.com, drugstore.com and ulta.com; about $14 for a 2.5 ounce bottle
"Clinically proven total soy complex and natural light diffusers work to naturally even out skin tone and leave skin looking positively radiant."
Cloe says: I slather copious amounts of sunscreen on my body regularly, but I stick to makeup with an SPF when it comes to my face. I just can't find sun protection that doesn't leave my face looking like I've had a bad laser treatment. This Aveeno product is the best moisturizer with sunscreen I've tried. It absorbs quickly and leaves my skin feeling soft and looking radiant. Despite my super-sensitive oily complexion, it didn't cause me to break out. And there's no white film residue. In fact, it makes a great makeup base. Even when I wore it without makeup, my face still looked fabulous. My only complaint was when I applied it too close to my eyes, they got a bit irritated. But this is a sunscreen women of all shades will love.
Cloe Cabrera, 43, covers fashion and beauty for the Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8.
Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunblock SPF 55
Available at most drugstores and Neutrogena.com; about $8 for 3 ounces
"Technology shields skin six layers deep from skin-aging UVA rays."
Michelle says: What glamour I possess can be measured in a teaspoon. And even that little bit disappears on weekends, when I turn in my work attire for cowgirl duds. Outdoor ranch life can be tough on a girl's skin. No way do I want my face to end up looking like my saddle. The first application of Neutrogena's Age Shield Face Sunblock gave me a mime-like appearance - all white and ghostly looking. But within minutes, the lotion soaked into my skin, leaving it smooth and, I presume, protected from the sun. All I know is that I don't burn or freckle with it. This isn't like a lube job for the face; it's oil-free and not greasy at all. Time will tell if that SPF 55 really does the trick.
Michelle Bearden, 55, covers faith and values for the Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8.
ZO Skin Health's Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30
Available at select Nordstorm stores and online at nordstorm.com and zoskinhealth.com; $65 for 1 ounce
"Broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with anti-oxidants to aid in the fight against free radical damage. Silicone-based, it leaves a satin finish. Reduces fine lines, evens skin tone."
Shannon says: Finding a sunscreen that disappears under makeup isn't easy. With my fair skin, many leave me looking ghostly. Not the case with Oclipse. The tint offered just enough color. It felt like silk, and my makeup went on smoothly and stayed on longer. I have combination skin that gets oilier in the summer, but this toned down the shine. It wasn't as hydrating as I had hoped, though, and I needed a moisturizer underneath. One gripe: the packaging. The pump lid doesn't come off, making it difficult to get that last bit of product out. I've tried a lot of sunscreens and think this is a winner for every day protection. But for $65 an ounce, it should be.
Shannon Behnken, 32, covers business for the Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizing Cream with Sunscreen SPF 15
Available locally at some Walgreens stores and online at www.laroche-posay.us; $22.50 for 3.4 ounces
"Breakthrough daily moisturizer containing Mexoryl SX, a unique organic UV filter that is highly protective against short UVA waves, provides comprehensive UVA/UVB protection."
Kim says: There are lots of moisturizers out there that offer sun protection, but this one is probably the best I've used. As a moisturizer, it goes on smoothly, absorbs quickly and doesn't turn greasy later in the day. It won me over even before I went out into the sun. As a sunscreen, it protects against both UVA and UVB rays, and it comes in an easy-to-use tube with a cap that stays shut, so I can tuck it into a beach bag without worrying about it squirting all over the place. It's white, and thick, but it doesn't look pasty at all on my face. And the price isn't out of line for the quality and quantity.
Kim Franke-Folstad, 51, is the editor of 4you.