I'm 28, Australian, and Never Wore Face Sunscreen Until I Found This Product

You know that you have something to hide when you purposefully avoid seeing a healthcare professional. I maintain annual checkups with my doctor, and never miss a dentist appointment, but when it comes to skincare, I always shy away from talking to an expert. It's not that I have bad skin—I've always had a relatively clear complexion with the exception of the odd freckle—but I'm well aware that at 28, I should have developed a proper routine.

When I finally met with an esthetician last month, I knew it wouldn't go smoothly. One question, in particular, made me realize how careless I've been about taking care of my skin: What's your sun protection routine? Having grown up under harsh Australian rays, I'm embarrassed to admit that I've never worn face sunscreen. The result: a constellation of freckles and sun spots are scattered across my cheeks and the bridge of my nose. 

After the initial consultation, I reached out to Rachel Nazarian, MD, FAAD, of Mount Sinai Dept of Dermatology and Schweiger Dermatology Group, to find out what I should look for in the perfect face sunscreen. Here's what I learned, the products I tested, and the one that actually made its way into my morning routine.