I’ve been writing a lot of sun care articles recently and I’ve realized that I haven’t been properly wearing sunscreen all the time, even though I have the best intentions because I know that sun damage is the number one cause of skin cancer, wrinkles and age spots. Sometimes I cut corners because I’m in a rush or, quite frankly, I get a little lazy. But thanks to all the recent research I’ve done on sunscreen, I’ve picked up some great tips on how to effectively wear it, no matter how crazy busy (or lazy) I am. Just remember, that no matter what sunscreen you use, it takes about 15 minutes for it to start working, so be sure it apply it at least that long before you go outside—whether you’re headed to work or the beach. And no matter what, don’t forget to wear the biggest sunglasses you can handle to keep your eyes protected! Ok, here they are:
1. I definitely put sunscreen on every morning, but rarely do I remember to reapply it every two hours, especially when I’m running around town all day. And, who wants to smear sunscreen on top of makeup after lunch? The solution: Now I use a mineral based compact powder that contains sunscreen. Not only does it sufficiently cover your face with sun protection, but it also nixes shine. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup With Helioplex, $11, is a great option.
2. Do you find rubbing sunscreen in too laborious and time consuming? My solution: Orgo Completely Weightless SPF 29 Sunscreen For Face, $32. It’s a physical sunscreen that feels like air. Close your eyes, spritz it over your face, then lightly pat it in. I even spray it on top of makeup.
3. I like to run in the morning, but my sunscreen usually sweats off my face before I’m home. After some thorough road testing, I’ve found that the Avene Eau Thermal High Protection SPF 50, $24, stays put, doesn’t sting my eyes or irritate my skin when it gets very hot.
4. Who doesn’t love a good multi-tasker that helps you get out the door faster in the morning? The new Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $35, moisturizes, protects and evens out your skintone. It comes in nine shades, which is great wide range for a BB or CC cream.
5. Another great everyday sunscreen option is Votre Vu En Garde Antioxidant Weightless Sunshield 30 Pour Le Visage, $29. It’s amazingly light, easy to blend in and packed with anti-aging ingredients like vitamins A, B, C, and D, as well as brightening kojic acid and skin-renewing shitake mushroom extract. The sleek tube is easy to stash in your purse.
Ok, now that we have it down on how to apply sunscreen to your face, read How To Apply Sunscreen So It Really Works:Body.
Do you have any great suncare tips or must-have sunscreens? Share, please!