Sunscreen is important year round, not just during the summer months. I have personally suffered with pigmentation and more severe skin sensitivities, especially to the sun, so I am very particular with how much exposure I have to it. The sensitivities that I have had to the sun (my skin gets dry and white patches, disgusting I know) is what caused my obsession with skincare. I actually feel so blessed because I have learned a lot about it now and want to share some of the information that I know.
Not wearing sunscreen does not just affect your beauty but it affects your health as well. The more traditional opinion is that its the exposure to UVB rays that causes damage, but now, it’s known that exposure to UVA is also just as damaging if not more severe. UVB rays makes your skin immediately red and you see an instant change, but its UVA that is the main culprit behind causing more long term skin defects. Some of the consequences of not wearing sunscreen include: making skin red, DNA damage, breakdown of collagen and elastin, skin cancer, lines and wrinkles, photo-aging etc. etc. Because of the degree of harm it can do to you, its very important to wear sunscreen on a daily basis. I can make another post in the future talking about skincare and sunscreen in more depth but for now, here are a few of my favourites.
Garnier Ombrelle Sport Clear Continuous Spray SPF 60 – I picked this up because I didn’t have a Spray-and-Go sunscreen and needed it for a long weekend. Apart from its convenience, it’s high Sun Protection Factor, and the fact that is does go on clear, I picked it because it had an ingredient that I was specifically looking for: Mexoryl. Mexoryl is a patented (by L’Oreal) formula that is considered amongst many dermatologists to be one of the best agents in preventing ageing caused by the sun as well as allowing for a large UV protection range.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Melt-In Cream SPF 60 – This is my holy grail sunscreen product, and in my Top 5 of all time favourites. The thing I adore about the company La Roche-Posay is that they view sun protection the same way they view skincare. They cater their sunscreen products to different skin types – acne/oily, dry, sensitive etc. etc. They are also a French company meaning that their products are reviewed under much more severe health restrictions than American companies. They are also affordable, if you are comparing them to some other brands on the market. This particular one is targeted for Sensitive Skin. I think it’ll work well on all skin because in my opinion, everyones skin should be treated like sensitive skin. I will be repurchasing this until the day I die, or until they stop making it. The actual consistency is a bit thicker and white, but it blends beautifully into the skin. Perfect for skin around the face. Highly Recommended. I’ll stop rambling about that now.
FRESH Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 – People often forget how important it is to protect their lips from sun damage. It’s one of the most sensitive parts of the body and any discolouration around that area is probably due to exposure to the sun. I get being neglectful about this, seems like a chore, but maybe buying a lip balm that already has SPF in it might help?
Neutrogena Healthy Skin CC Cream SPF 30 – Neutrogena is a great company because they do skincare and sun care much like La Roche-Posay. I’m surprised I haven’t tried anything from their range before this. I don’t particularly buy into the hype of BB Creams and CC Creams but I was looking for a skin base lighter in consistency than a foundation but with SPF in it. It claims to even out and brighten skin tone and for once, it does exactly that! It does not give as much coverage as a tinted moisturiser and definitely not as much as a foundation. The only downside is that there isn’t a big enough colour range and although the one I bought is light-medium, its still a bit too dark for me. Oh well, can’t win every battle right? A great product nonetheless.
I know I may have made the sun out to be like the big bad wolf in this post but I wanted to emphasise the importance of protection from the sun. Do you know of any good products that I should try? Let me know by leaving a comment below!