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The 6 Best Physical Sunscreens

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Broadly speaking, any kind of sunscreen is better than no sunscreen at all. Dig a tiny bit deeper, and you’ll find that sunscreens are divided into two categories: Chemical and physical. This choice, like many others, is a personal one — but for today’s purposes, we’re going to be talking about physical (or mineral) sunscreens. The best physical sunscreens will have an SPF of at least 30 and offer broad-spectrum sun protection, which means they’ll protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Aside from that, the best physical sunscreen for you will be the one that you actually end up wearing (every day, of course) — so go with the sunscreen that sounds the most appealing in terms of formula/consistency/et cetera.

But before you get to shopping, some background on how physical sunscreens work. Rather than employing chemicals that absorb UV rays, physical sunscreens are formulated with zinc oxide, titanium oxide, or a combination of the two. I recently spoke to dermatologist Dr. Orit Markowitz about mineral sunscreens (another name for physical sunscreens), and she explained that zinc and titanium oxide “act as microscopic mirrors” that sit on the skin’s surface to “reflect harmful UV rays before they can penetrate your skin.”

In addition to providing broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection in a really cool way, zinc in particular comes with its own list of anti-inflammatory benefits — hence why you’ll find it in some acne treatments — so sunscreens containing this mineral can actually benefit people who experience breakouts or irritation.

If you’ve decided to get physical, scroll on to shop six of the best mineral sunscreens you can get on Amazon.

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1. The Best Moisturizing Sunscreen

A potential drawback of physical sunscreens is that they “don’t always have the smoothest application,” according to Dr. Markowitz, so they can feel overly thick and clumpy. Not so with this sunscreen from PCA Skin, which is formulated specifically for use on dry skin. Jojoba esters, glycerin, and sodium hyaluronate impart hydration and moisture while caffeine helps ward off free radical damage. Note that this isn’t a purely mineral sunscreen — in addition to 5.4% zinc oxide, the formula contains the chemical blockers octisalate and octocrylene, which help improve blendability (and, crucially, provide even more sun protection).

2. The Best Mattifying Sunscreen

This TIZO 2 mineral sunscreen works overtime as a mattifying face primer, thanks to dimethicones that create a velvety, grippable canvas for your base makeup to glide over (or to make your bare complexion look a little smoother). Dimethicones also help absorb excess oil on the surface of your skin and keep unwanted shine at bay for hours. A purely physical sunscreen, this contains 8.3% titanium dioxide and 3.8% zinc oxide to provide broad-spectrum sun protection without clogging your pores. It’s water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, so this a great choice for hot, sweaty days spent at the beach or pool.

3. The Best Premium Sunscreen

11% zinc oxide in this ISDIN sunscreen provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection, but the formula also contains a unique ingredient that actively reverses existing sun damage: Plankton-derived photolyase enzymes, which are clinically proven to repair DNA that’s been damaged by UV light. In this sunscreen, antioxidants help break up excess pigmentation caused by sun exposure, too. Reviewers say the consistency is truly light and fluid, and it doesn’t leave a chalky film in its wake — precious rarities for a mineral sunscreen.

4. The Best Drugstore Sunscreen

Physical sunscreens aren’t the sole domain of luxury brands, as this Neutrogena sunscreen deftly proves. With over 1,000 positive reviews on Amazon, this is actually one of the most popular mineral sunscreens you can get your hands on, in addition to being one of the most reasonably priced. In here, an impressive 21.6% zinc oxide content keeps skin calm, cool, and protected, and once it’s on, it stays on. On the downside, all that zinc can leave a noticeable white cast on darker skin tones, and blending it out can be a little tough. Try mixing it with your foundation or tinted moisturizer to color correct, or with your regular moisturizer for a more comfortable feel.

5. The Best Sunscreen For Sensitive Skin

Another budget-friendly choice, this Aveeno sunscreen is especially ideal for sensitive or already irritated skin, as all Aveeno products are. The zinc-only formula is infused with soothing oat kernel flour and feverfew extract, which can help reduce redness and inflammation. (Don’t forget that zinc is a calming ingredient, too.) And it’s free of some common irritants that people with sensitive skin would do well to avoid, like parabens, fragrances, and phthalates. This one also gets mixed reviews on the blendability front, so you may want to thin it out with a lightweight moisturizer or face oil.

6. The Best Sunscreen Spray

Mineral-only sunscreen sprays are notoriously tough to track down on Amazon, but this All Good Sport Mineral Sunscreen is among the most highly rated. The mister makes for easier application all over your body, though the formula is spiked with tons of antioxidant-rich plant extracts (many of which are organic) that are gentle enough for your face, too — think calming aloe, calendula, and camellia extracts, plus nourishing sunflower and buriti fruit oils. Be sure to apply and reapply liberally if you’ll be in direct sunlight for several hours, since some reviewers say the sun protection isn’t quite as hearty as what you’d get from this spray’s chemical counterparts.

Expert:

Dr. Orit Markowitz, a board-certified dermatologist and Director of Pigmented Lesions and Skin Cancer at Mount Sinai Hospital.

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The Best Sneakers at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is back, and we have never been more ready. The sale officially starts on Aug. 19 and lasts to Aug. 30, but Nordstrom cardholders can start shopping before everyone else, starting right now. Until you’re able to shop, you can still preview the deals ahead, and if you’re as big of a sneaker fan as we are, you’re going to be very excited.

These seven pairs are perfect for all the movement you engage in throughout the day. Whether you need a supportive selection for long runs or want something super cute for a low-impact toning session, these are the styles you’ll reach for over and over again. Keep reading to shop our picks.

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Husband Pranks His Wife Flawlessly And The Video Of Her Hilarious Reaction Got 62M Views In 4 Days On Facebook

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There’s nothing quite like that bittersweet feeling of pranking your loved one. Whether you’ve tried a water bottle prank or not, if you’re still with your significant other, that means you’ve passed it.

But some pranks are definitely more creative than others, and this guy named Justin Flom is taking it to a whole new level. No, there’s nothing seemingly out of the ordinary in his prank.

Just like it takes two to tango, Justin staged a very practical stunt on his unsuspecting wife. The simple, yet genius prank worked so well, he managed to put his wife’s logic on hold. Justin uploaded the video on TikTok and it blew up with 49.4M views and 79.4K comments. So let’s see it to believe it, and kudos to the woman who puts up with him after this leg-pull!

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Justin’s badass prank on his wife has gone viral with people scratching their heads over how it unfolded

It turns out, this prankster is no rookie when it comes to staging stunts. It turns out, since graduating high school, Justin has been posting videos on social media and was recognized by Las Vegas Weekly as “Best Up-And-Coming Entertainer” in 2013.

Fast forward to today: Justin has now appeared on the big screen showing his magic tricks on Ellen, The Today Show, and various network late night shows.

Justin told Digital Journal that one of his favorite tricks is his “Oreo” magic trick. “Last night on Snapchat, I was showing my followers a new thing I am working on with an Oreo, where I can actually snap through it in mid-air with my finger,” he said.

Just like in this prank, Justin’s wife Jocelynn Flom often is a participant in his videos. She also films the videos, while Justin edits the footage.

And people couldn’t miss a chance to comment on what they just saw

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The Broken Hearts Club said gay love stories aren’t tragedies anymore

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Dean Cain in Broken Hearts

Dean Cain in Broken Hearts
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Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases, premieres, current events, or occasionally just our own inscrutable whims. As part of Y2k week here at The A.V. Club, we’ve listed the 25 best films of the year 2000. These are some of our favorites that didn’t make the countdown.


The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (2000)

After decades of slow progress in LGBTQ representation on screen, the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the late 1980s and early ’90s set things back. Almost all gay stories became tragedies centered around the devastating effects of the virus. (Even Broadway’s celebration of the sexually liberated, Rent, revolved around AZT breaks.) Drag became the first way to reintroduce gay men to audiences through stories that weren’t as sad as 1993’s Philadelphia. Over-the-top offerings such as 1994’s Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert, 1995’s To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar, and 1996’s The Birdcage provided representation, but they mainly avoided anything involving romance—or, God forbid, sex. It wouldn’t be until 2000’s Broken Hearts Club that American audiences were given a film that treated young gay men the same as their straight counterparts. It was such an oddity that they had to put the genre in the full title, affixing A Romantic Comedy on the end of it.

He’s never admitted as much, but it seems fair to assume that Broken Hearts Club writer-director Greg Berlanti saw Sex And The City’s first season in 1998 and thought, “What’s the gay version of that?” Even the opening sequence of a quartet of friends at a café gossiping about men seems like a gender-swapped version of something from the pages of a Darren Star script. At this West Hollywood coffee shop, the central figures are Dennis (Timothy Olyphant), the aspiring photographer; Howie (Matt McGrath), the grad student stuck in an unhealthy relationship with his ex (Justin Theroux); Patrick (Ben Weber), the self-proclaimed ugly duckling; and Benji (Zach Braff), the bleach-blonde party kid. But these are just a few members of the film’s large ensemble, which also includes Cole (Dean Cain), the heartthrob actor; Taylor (Billy Porter), the flamboyant diva-worshiper; Jack (John Mahoney), the elder statesman and owner of the restaurant that employs half the group; Kevin (Andrew Keegan), the “newbie”; and Anne (Mary McCormack), Patrick’s lesbian sister who asks him to donate his sperm so she can have a child with Leslie (Nia Long).

If this sounds like a ridiculous amount of characters, it is. Broken Hearts Club is a true ensemble piece that probably would have made for a better TV series than movie, which tracks given that this was the first feature from Berlanti, who started as a writer on Dawson’s Creek in 1998 and was just 28 when he was promoted to showrunner two years later. The future Arrowverse mastermind juggles myriad storylines with ease, providing a slice-of-life story of a group not much different from his own friends. In fact, most gay men living in West Hollywood in the late ’90s would probably find Broken Hearts Club more of a reflection than fiction—and that’s what makes the film so important.

“There is not a single film in the cinematic canon that paints the portrait of a gay man that any of us would aspire to be,” Howie complains during another café conversation. “What are our options? Noble, suffering AIDS victims; the friends of noble suffering AIDS victims; compulsive sex addicts; common street hustlers; and the most recent addition to the lot, stylish confidantes to lovelorn women. Just once I would like to see a gay character that is not sick, has not been laid in about three months, and is behind on his student loans.” While most wouldn’t aspire to be any of the lost and lovelorn characters of Broken Hearts Club either, it was still refreshing to see gay men on screen who enjoy sex and only deal with death due to heart disease.

When Broken Hearts Club premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in early 2000, it drew a lot of comparisons to 1970’s The Boys In The Band. It’s a fair assessment, given that both are ensemble pieces centered on a group of gay friends; the parallels between them served as a sad example of how far the HIV/AIDS epidemic threw gay cinema off its course in the three decades that separate the two films. A generation of gay men were raised to fear their sexual desires and avoid relationships that could only end in tragedy. But just as the characters of Broken Hearts Club find solace in each other, gay viewers could watch the film and see themselves—or at least a possible future for themselves. “A lot of people ask me when I first knew I was gay,” Dennis says in voiceover at the top of the film. “The fact is, I don’t know. I can’t remember. But what I do remember, what I can recall, is the moment I first realized it was okay. It was when I met these guys, my friends.”

Availability: The Broken Hearts Club is available to rent or purchase from Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, Microsoft, Fandango, DirectTV, and VUDU.

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