“i don’t wear makeup but feel like i need some barrier between the crap in the air and my skin. can you recommend anything that can do this while being lightweight and not super expensive? all the best.”- Wizbeff
You probably have beautiful skin so I worship you - I love a no-makeup look. But to keep it that way I definitely agree you should probably throw on a layer to protect you - something with SPF + antioxidants to fight the enemies.
I’ve long been fan of Caudalíe’s cult Beauty Elixer mist (try that too if you can), and I just got their Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Fluid. It’s SPF 15 and contains their signature superantioxidant derived from grape vines. It’s oil free and works as a general radiance booster or a primer (if you do wear makeup). My favorite thing is that it immediately feels like you’re wearing nothing, unlike even a day cream or tinted moisturizer - and it smells good.
I co-sign the “investment” price because you don’t need a lot and it’s also an anti-aging regimen - and it’s never too soon to start. A less expensive option would be my favorite primer, Fresh Fresh Face Rose ($36), or my go-to tinted moisturizer from Aveeno (~$14).