No matter if you live an area where gray skies are the norm or sunny and 75 degrees is the status quo, you should be protecting your skin from the harsh effects of the sun all-year round.
If your mother was anything like mine growing up, then you, too, were slathered in a greasy white substance (also known as sunscreen) on hot summer days before you went outside.
Stocking up on sunscreen and skincare products containing SPF (or Sun Protection Factor), especially during the warmer months is a must. Luckily, these types of products now take on many forms making it easier to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays and slow the signs of aging.
Take a look at these must-have products to try this summer:
1. Peter Thomas Roth Oily Problem Skin Instant Mineral SPF 30, $16.99, overstock.com
If your skin is more on the oily side, this is the perfect way to protect it without all of the buildup. This finishing powder is laced with SPF 30. Use round strokes to create an even layer to protect skin and banish shine.
2. Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer for All Skin Types, SPF 50, $11.89, drugstore.com
This fragrance-free moisturizer is ideal for those with sensitive skin. It’s lightweight, non-greasy and protects from UVA and UVB rays. Use a pea sized amount and apply to the face and neck before applying makeup.
3. Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector, $32.00, shiseido.com
If you are already showing signs of redness and sun damage, this protector will be your savior. It’s loaded with extracts that halt the over production of sebum and it also has herbal ingredients that calm irritated skin.
4. Carmex Everyday Soothing Lip Balm with SPF 15, $1.99, drugstore.com
When protecting your skin, you can’t forget your lips! Lips can easily get sunburned and often don’t hold product for very long due to talking, eating, etc. Be sure to carry an SPF loaded balm and smooth it on your lips often.
5. The Honest Company Sunscreen SPF 30, $13.95, honest.com
For those of you who like to use products that are as chemical free as possible try this one. It’s hypo allergenic, biodegradable and gluten free! Not only is it super safe,but it’s also chock full of essential oils such as coconut, vegetable and olive to penetrate skin with moisture.
6. Ambi Skin Care Even and Clear Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30, $10.70, amazon.com
If your skin is tan to deep you’re lucky! You have natural melanin that protects your skin from harsh rays, but it’s still very important to shield your skin further for peace of mind. This product not only protects but also uses Vitamins C and E to fade dark spots for even, smooth skin.
Love, peace and beauty,