We have all heard over the years that sunscreen is a must. Especially now with our depleted ozone and harsher climate. When I say that sun screen should be an essential part of your morning beauty routine I speak not only for the experts but from personal experience as well.
Having fair skin I have been a stickler for my own protection against the sun. Unfortunately not until I was well into my teens. After having a diagnosis of melanoma I have become a sunscreen advocate. And it’s not just melanoma that can get you; it’s also basil cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, just to name a few. If the thought of having a surgeon cut on your face does not scare you than think of this. For every one hour spent in the sun without sun protection, your skin ages and fast. Of course when you’re young you don’t see the effects right away. After 30, they start popping up in the form of fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin and hyper-pigmentation (dark spots). There are corrective skin care products that can help reverse signs of aging caused by sun damage. We’ll discuss those later. But for now I want to introduce you to some of my favorite sun care products.
First off, you want a sunscreen that has at least an SPF 15. And there are different types of sun screen for the face and the body. I have a tendency to breakout on my face if I use a sunscreen that has a chemical block (octyl methoxycinnamate) so I tend to use products that have a physical block for my face (titanium or zinc oxide). Physical sun blocks can leave a white film on the face, that’s the nature of the mineral, so choose something that has a bit of flesh colored tint to it if the thought of cruising through town with a white nose does not appeal to you.
My personal favorites for the face are:
Clinique Super City Block SPF 40
Natura Bisse sun block and moisturizer SPF 30
B.Kamins sunbar sun screen SPF 30
I don’t have a problem using chemical sunscreens on my body and generally like a high SPF and something that is easy to re-apply. Spray sunscreens are good for this.
Natura Bisse spray sun screen SPF 30
Lancome UV Expert with Mexoryl SPF 20 (mexoryl helps the active sun screen ingredients not break down as quickly when exposed to UVA and UVB so an SPF 20 acts more like a 30)
Clarins for children SPF 30
Clinique spray sun screen SPF 30
For those of you that love a lasting sun glow and also want sunscreen, Clarins has a number of great products that combine self tanner with sunscreen. And they smell good.
Remember – sunscreen is always applied AFTER your moisturizer and BEFORE your make-up.
Even if you are using a make-up or moisturizer with an SPF it is always a good idea to use a separate sunscreen.
Great moisturizers with sun protection:
Cle De Peau Creme Soyuese Protective SPF 15
Sisley All Day All Year SPF 15 (light weight)
Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Day Cream SPF 15 (also comes in a lotion)
Flawless Foundation with Sun Screen:
Chanel Teint Innocence Liquid or Cream SPF 15
YSL Matte Touch Compact Foundation SPF 20
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (regular and oil free) SPF 20
There is so much more to know about sunscreen than I could ever write here so I have included some links I hope you find useful (you’ll notice the highlighted text). In the mean time enjoy the sun safely and make a fashion statement while protecting yourself by wearing a hat. 🙂