The Ultimate Comic-Con Guide



At least in my case, the stereotype about nerds spending most of their time indoors does hold some truth. So when you head down to San Diego, prep yourself, lest you want to cosplay as a rock lobster.

Sunscreen is your friend. Get it any way you can. If you’re going to be in line outside, SPF 30 or more is a must. You can get it as a lotion, spray, a powder and or even an oil. There’s an option out there for you.

Don’t forget that when you’re inevitably in line for several hours for Hall H and the tents seem miles away, you should reapply every two hours.


A spray is a quick and easy way to apply your sunscreen. Most bottles are now designed so you can spray them from every angle and get the tricky spots behind your ears and on your neck.

If you like a dose of antioxidants with your sunscreen, try Supergoop’s Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist With Vitamin C Broad Spectrum SPF 50, which is also aerosol and oxybenzone-free. $19.00 – Sephora.com

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer® Body Mist Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70 $10.99 Neutrogena.com

For an alternative to a spray, try sunscreen oil. This gives you all of the same sun protection as a spray, but will also give you a little dose of moisture and gives the skin a nice sheen.

I’ve recently been using Supergoop’s Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil Broad Spectrum SPF 50, which goes on easily and dries quickly, so I don’t have to worry about my clothes getting gross. $26.00 – Sephora.com

There’s also Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 30, which you can use on your body and even in your hair, which if you’ve got blonde or thin hair, is definitely an area that you want to make sure gets covered. $35.00 – Sephora.com

For the most sensitive skin types or for guys who want to spend the least amount of time possible applying anything, a powder will get the job done even faster than a spray and because nothing gets absorbed into the skin, the chances of any irritation are minimal.
Peter Thomas Roth has two powder formulations available, a Instant Mineral Powder SPF 45 ($30.00 – Sephora.com) and Oily Problem Skin Instant Mineral Powder SPF 30 ($30.00 – Sephora.com), which has Salicylic Acid to help fight breakouts and absorb oil.

There’s also Arcona’s Sunsation’s Mineral Makeup, which features an SPF 25 and a light coverage to even out the complexion. $45.00 – Arcona.com

With lotions, you can go for two options: either a dedicated sunscreen, or a moisturizer with sunscreen.

Neutrogena’s Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 55 is designed for acne prone skin, is oil free and has a matte finish. $10.49 – Neutrogena.com

Shiseido has always been an authority on sunscreen, with a host of formulations in a wide range of SPF options. Two standouts are Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42 For Face ($30.00 – Sephora.com), an ultra light oil free formulation and their Extra Smooth Sun Protection Lotion SPF 38 PA++ ($34.00 – Sephora.com), which is sweatproof and has Rose Apple Leaf extract for antioxidant protection.

Clarins’ Sunscreen for Face Wrinkle Control Cream SPF 50+ gives you the best of both worlds, with a high SPF and Phyto-Sunactyl 2 Complex, which promotes a more even tan. $33.00 – Nordstrom.com

If you want some serious anti-aging with your sunscreen, try Algenist Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50, which features which utilizes Alguronic Acid derived from algae and has been proven to provide anti-wrinkle and skin smoothing results more effectively and gently than Retinol. $38.00 – Nordstrom.com

Kiehl’s has a few solid options, from their famous Ultra Facial Moisturizer which is now available with an SPF 30 ($21.00 – Nordstrom.com) as well as a lightweight sunscreen in Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ ($38.00 – Nordstrom.com)

If you’ve got a drier skin type, try Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 ($32.00 – Sephora.com), which features the brand’s signature Argan Oil, which is intensely moisturizing and provides the skin with essential fatty acids.


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