I’m a hopeless sunbather!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the sun. I am a fair skinned blonde, that actually tans well. My skin is pretty good in the summer, and rarely do I ever get a sunburn… anymore. Back in my younger years though, that was the goal; Burn, at least the first time, that’s how to get a good base tan, and get your skin used to the sun for the remainder of the summer. WHAT??? Don’t listen to that!!!
Sun exposure is the number 1, numero uno, top of the list way -to get skin cancer.
Let that sink in for a bit….
Ok, now let’s talk, covering up with a great little product called sunscreen. I still sunbathe, I still love the sun, I can’t wait for the long winters to end so I can get out in the sun! Getting the boat out and going out on the lake for the first time each year– my favorite time of the year. I also love water, and I’ll have to do another post on that because I just can’t address the two subjects all in one post. But here’s absolutely nothing like that first time in the sun! Ahhhh!! I wear sunscreen now though. 30spf every day. Not just when I’m in the sun. Not all over my body, just mostly my face, neck and décolletage. When I sunbathe I wear it all over. I still get a tan, I’m not Nicole Kidman, but I never burn my skin anymore. Unfortunately, the damage is already well on it’s way because of my bad habits earlier in life.
What’s my favorite sunscreen? I am a licensed esthetician and I use professional products on my skin, so I have to say my favorite product is Image skincare’s Prevention+ Daily Matte 32 spf.
This is my favorite for a few different reasons:
- It smells so good. We all know how important a beauty products smell is.
- It applies matte so I can put makeup over the top and it doesn’t ever turn shinny.
- The matte finish makes it so my husband, kids, friends that don’t like sunscreen, and everyone can use this product and like it. I don’t ever have to pack two different products.
- It has no harmful ingredients that would make it more harmful than good to wear a sunscreen.
There are a lot of great sunscreens out there, but this one is my fave.
What should you look for in a good sunscreen??
- Broad-spectrum coverage. This term means the product protects against both types of rays: UVB and UVA. UVB rays burn skin, and UVA rays can cause age-related damage. Both kinds have been linked to skin cancer.
- SPF. This number refers to the relative amount of protection you’re getting from UVB rays—not how much longer you can stay in the sun than you could without protection. To put it in perspective: An SPF 15 product protects skin from about 93 percent of UVB rays; an SPF 45, about 97 percent. There is no sunscreen that blocks 100 percent.
- Water resistance. According to the FDA, a product that’s labeled “water-resistant” maintains its SPF protection for at least 40 minutes of swimming or sweating. (Even if the label says so, experts maintain no sunscreen is 100 percent waterproof.) “Very water-resistant” or “very sweat-resistant” products protect for at least 80 minutes.
- Active ingredients. These are what absorb and/or reflect rays, as opposed to the ingredients that soothe skin or enhance the texture of the product.
- Avobenzone: A common active-chemical ingredient, it penetrates the skin’s surface and helps absorb harmful UVA rays.
- Zinc oxide or titanium dioxide: These “actives” are physical compounds. Rather than absorbing rays, they reflect them away from the skin. They’re a good choice for those with sensitive skin.
Look for harmful ingredients too.