Sun protection is no joke. My stunningly white legs after winter are also no joke. Both are equally problematic in my book, which probably says more about me than you really want to know! According to everyone’s favorite physician, WebMD, exposure to the sun causes most of the wrinkle and age spots on our faces. In fact, sun exposure causes most of the skin changes that we consider a normal part of aging. Yikes! Today I’m sharing my favorite sun protection (and color boosting) products with you.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere (which, in light of all of this doesn’t sound like a bad option!), you are well aware of the fact that sun exposure causes skin cancer, along with wrinkles, freckles, mottled pigmentation, and sallowness. Over time, UV rays cause fibers in our skin, appropriately called elastin, to break down, which then causes our skin to sag, stretch, and, well, lose its elasticity. Bummer, I know. It’s a good idea to make an appointment with your Dermatologist for an all-over body check if you’ve never done that. Then make a commitment to go back every year. That’s what I do.
In the meantime, it’s all about prevention and protection. (And faking the bake a little too.) The good news is that there are so many great options for us out there these days. I’m going to share what I use with you, and I’d love to hear your favorite products too. (Please leave me a comment below!)
For protection, I have tried lots of things, including both chemical and mineral sunscreens. I strongly prefer mineral sunscreens, since generally, they are the first layer against my skin. My favorite brand for the face is EltaMD. Their products derive their sun protection from zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Everything they make is fragrance-free, paraben-free, sensitivity-free and noncomedogenic. As always, I’ve done my best to link to the best prices I could find on these products.
For sun protection on my face, I use EltaMD UV Physical Broad Spectrum SPF 41. (Why it is not SPF40, or even SPF42 is a mystery to me!) I like it because it is tinted and oil free and my skin tends to be oily in the summer. I use it as my foundation, sometimes alone, and sometimes with an additional foundation on top. It is not heavy, and it spreads well without settling into my pores. If your skin tends to be dry, you might try EltaMD UV Facial Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen. It is a lightweight and hydrating sunscreen that is formulated especially for skin that needs a moisture boost. It comes in either a jar or a tube. It is not tinted but has a transparent, lightweight, silky finish that feels amazing and layers great under makeup. I use this in the winter when my skin tends to be drier. For lips, EltaMD also makes a Lip Sunscreen SPF 31 that I love. It goes on creamy, and it’s water-resistant, so it stays put. (Click on the links or images for more info.)
Sometimes (but not always), I add my favorite foundation on top. Next, I use Brush on Block, which is a mineral sunscreen (SPF 30) that comes with a built-in brush. It is tinted and gives an air-brush type finish. It fits right in your purse, making touch-ups a snap. You may remember I raved extensively about it in my post on Double-Duty Beauty Products.
For sun protection on my neck and body, I use Avène Mineral Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ sunscreen. As I said, I’ve tried lots of different ones, but I like this one because it is not sticky and thick. It hydrates, but soaks in and moisturizes.
If you’re a fan of faking the bake, as I am, there are a couple of products I love. For your face, you might want to try Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster. This product is genius! You simply add three drops to your day and/or night moisturizer or serum, and it gives you a subtle, gradual little glow. I usually use it for a few days at a time, and then take a few days off. The product is 99.8% natural, which I love. Clarins also makes a Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster version for the body too, which I add to my Avène Mineral Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ sunscreen. These will not turn you orange and do not smell. Hooray! Bring on summer!
Are you headed somewhere fun for Spring Break in the next few weeks? My husband is taking our law student son on a big, manly golf trip, and I’m staying home with our college sophomore daughter. She and I are going to shop and do all of those lovely girly-maintenance things that girls have to do every once in awhile. (Ya know, highlights, brows, doctor appointments, etc.) I am going to soak up every minute with her!