(Photo above taken by me in French Polynesia)
Today’s post is ALL about SUNSCREEN! I’ve been meaning to write a post on sunscreen for a while now and with warmer weather just around the corner, this is the perfect time! I also get quite a few questions about sunscreen…This topic might sound pretty simple but it’s actually not LOL There are so many different types of sunscreens and ingredients out there and it’s important to know what products are actually effective at blocking those damaging UV rays.
Okay so I have a serious confession to make…I used to be a major sun worshipper :-O Being born and raised in the beach cities in sunny Los Angeles, it just felt normal. My grandmother actually TAUGHT me how to tan and lay out at the beach when I was just 7 or 8 years old (crazy and horrible I know). It became a habit. I NEVER wore sunscreen, I used to live in my swim suit and my skin was ALWAYS burned/tan. I actually thought that I had darker skin than I do naturally (I’m actually SUPER white)! I used tanning beds for years and years because being tan made me feel good! Unfortunately all of that sun tanning caught up with me and I developed a cancerous lesion on my leg. I had it removed and luckily it was just at the beginning stages. This was a SERIOUS wake up call for me. I began to study about UV rays and learned just how damaging they are to the skin and to the body. I kick myself thinking about all of the skin damage I brought on to myself…but hey we all make mistakes.
Although I made some not so smart choices in my younger years…the good news is that some sun damage is reversible with light and laser procedures and further damage can be prevented by using sunscreen and taking other precautionary methods.
There are TWO types of sunscreen that you can buy in stores:
Chemical Sunscreen: Products that absorb UV rays and prevent them from penetrating into the skin such as PABA and Oxybenzone
Physical or “Mineral” Sunscreen: Products that use UV filters that reflect, scatter and block the sun’s rays such as Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide
Research has shown that some chemical sunscreens cause allergic reactions, hormonal issues and other skin sensitivities. A good physical or “mineral” sunscreen with UV filters is the recommended choice as it sits on top of the skin and causes the least amount of irritation while protecting from both UVA and UVB rays. This is why you will find that most sunscreen for babies are physical ones as it provides the most protection and is the least irritating. It is still important to check with your dermatologist or skin expert to see which sunscreen is best for your lifestyle.
I have tried maaaaany sunscreens but when I tested the La Roche-Posay Anthelios mineral tinted SPF 50 I never looked back. I know this brand’s price point is a little steep BUT…It is a 100% physical “mineral” sunscreen with antioxidants to protect from environmental damage associated with atmospheric skin aging. It’s filled with good for skin ingredients, is lightly tinted, fast absorbing, non greasy, with ultra-light texture and a matte finish. It is perfect as a first step before makeup. The universal tint matches most skin tones and provides a natural glow. On days I want to go make-up free, I just put this on and it gives my skin such a beautiful, glowy, natural look with just the right amount of coverage. I have tried tinted sunscreens that have turned me orange or the tint was off, but with this sunscreen the color blends into the skin seamlessly. If you aren’t a fan of tint they also have the Anthelios mineral SPF 60 which is basically the same product but colorless….I use this one for my neck and chest so that I don’t transfer color onto my clothes.
If you prefer an easy one step foundation, moisturizing type of sunscreen (think all in one moisturizer, primer, foundation AND sunscreen) then the La Roche-Posay Mineral Sunscreen Tinted Primer is your best bet! This one is also pretty awesome. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to the anthelios, the Neutrogena Sheer SPF 50 is a great option!
On days I want even more coverage, I use the IT cosmetics full coverage CC cream SPF 50 over top to ensure that I am fully protected. This combination is amazing and gives such a beautiful, hydrated, glowy look to the skin which we are all so desperately after…right? 😀 It’s important to know that just because some make-up products have SPF in them does not mean that you should skip your sunscreen. Sunscreen is always number one then the SPF in makeup is just an added bonus. According to directions, you are supposed to re-apply sunscreen every few hours if you are out in the sun…the BEST way I have found to do this without ruining my makeup is dust a translucent sunscreen powder on my face to keep everything looking fresh while protecting at the same time. The brand Colorescience has got this down to a T. I’m obsessed with this product!
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I hope this post has brought you some clarity about sunscreen! What brand/type of sunscreen do you wear currently? Comment below! Wishing you happy, healthy, glowing skin always!