The Right Way to Protect Your Skin From the Sun

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Ahh, summer.. the long nights with your best friends.. the white chiffon dresses.. and that bronzed babe glow. A tan just seems to uplift my spirit and lets me embrace my skin sans makeup. Why bother putting on bronzer when I’m already bronzed?>:)

I was often guilty of leaving the house with no sunscreen on or even moisturizer because 1) I’m young and stupid 2) I want to get as tan as possible, right?

It may the best of times for my confidence, but in reality, protecting my skin has become my number one concern. I’M NOT GETTING ANY YOUNGER. After my move to Santa Monica, I am consistently in the sun and my rp

I really don’t want to be one to have premature wrinkles or age spots on my face/body so I have to start protecting my skin while in the sun’s UV rays. What should I do?

Never Rely on SPF From Makeup

Our foundations rarely have enough SPF to protect us from the harsh UV rays. I now opt for the Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ before applying my normal foundation. It’s oil free, fragrant free, paraben free, and color free. I have yet to get a breakout from this sunscreen and it honestly makes my skin feel very smooth & hydrated. I have also started opting for it as my main moisturizer.

Don’t Forget the Sunscreen x 2 

Doubling up on the sunscreen is an efficient way to keep the sun from damaging your skin. What I usually do is lather up before I get dressed and then apply another layer when I arrive at my destination or through out the day. I use the Neutrogena Spectrum+ Advanced Sunblock Lotion SPF 70 for my body.

Don’t Worry About the Breakout

The biggest reason I would usually say “no” to sunblock for my face was because I was terrified of the breakouts the next day. I had this issue with basic sunscreens from the drugstore. The mixture of makeup and the solution clogged my pores. However, I had tested a few sunscreen options and the Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+  and La Mer The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid.

I have found that the La Mer makes me a bit more oily as my skin is more oily prone.*

Hydrate Your Skin 

Hydration is major key. Drinking plenty of water is a great start to healthy skin (and overall health), especially if you’re tippling rosé for most of the summer. But, in addition, moisturizers serve as a great way to repair skin from damage and help heal that raging sunburn after the beach. Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream features niacinamide, which keeps skin cells energized, as well as potent antioxidants and collagen-building pentapeptides. My friend also suggested that the Alguronic Acid in Algenist Concentrated Reconstructing Serum has been clinically proven to prevent DNA changes resulting from UV exposure.

Enjoy being a beach babe with healthy, happy, glowing skin. 🙂


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