It's no secret that the best thing you can do to maintain a youthful face is to stay out of the sun. The rays of the sun, which feel awesome, especially at the beach, are tricky little suckers. While we think those rays are being all friendly and lovely-feeling, they are actually damaging our skin. Granted, it doesn't happen immediately, but it does happen. You can't deny that sun worshippers look older than vampires. And since it's probably not a great idea to be either of those, let's compromise and all agree to use sunscreen, ok?
If you wear it daily, your skin will look younger in ten years than it will if you don't. I know, we are an instant gratification kind of society. We want it and we want it now. And I am leading the pack of those craving instant gratification. But I also don't want skin cancer, large brown spots or deep wrinkles, which you will get if you don't wear a sunscreen daily. Adding an SPF to your skincare routine is the best thing you can do. And if you spend a penny on anti-aging creams or procedures and aren't wearing a sunscreen every single day, you are basically flushing your cash down the drain.
(Steps down off of soap box, carefully, without breaking an ankle.)
Worried it's already too late? See a dermatologist to find out if you have any damage that needs to be medically addressed. I don't go outside in short-shorts or sun bathe and I always wear an SPF. Still, two years ago, I had to have a spot removed on my upper thigh because it was pre-cancerous. You just never know. It's important to have it checked out. Can't afford it? Get checked for free from Aveeno and The Skin Cancer Foundation, who have hit the streets for their annual Road To Healthy Skin Tour. Check out the dates in your area and make sure your skin is in tip-top shape!
Now that we have that out of the way, here are some great products, and one is sure to work for you. If it doesn't, tell me and I will find you one that does.
Dry Skin - Yes, you can have dry skin, even in the warmer months. I really like Josie Maran's Argan Oil Daily Moisturizer with SPF 40+. Not only does it have Argan Oil, but it helps quench dry skin giving you a luminous complexion.
Oily Skin - Dermalogica's Oil Free Matte Block SPF 20 gives you a matte finish with no extra oils or ingredients that are known for blocking pores.
Sensitive Skin - MDSolarSciences is gentle enough for anyone to use. It has a different texture than most sunscreens and feels fantastic on skin.
Everyone - My favorite sunscreen is Jan Marini's Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant. It doesn't go on white, feels amazing on the skin and gives great protection.
For the Body - Aveeno's Hydrosport is genius. This sprayable SPF doesn't come off with water or sweat and can even be applied to wet skin.
Now you have no excuse! If I missed your favorite sunscreen, tell me what it is in the comments!
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