June 27, 2009
Hey, LilSis, thanks for bringing up the most important subject of sunscreen! That was great information. My philosophy concerning the sun is to always use a sunscreen, and wear a hat or visor and sunglasses, but still enjoy the fresh air and get a little Vitamin D from the sun.
I try to use a sunscreen on my face every day under my foundation, even if I don’t think I’ll get any sun exposure beyond what comes through my car windows. I rotate between these two, and really like them both. They aren’t sticky or greasy, and don’t clog my pores.
- SkinCeuticals Ultimate UV Defense SPF 30 with transparent zinc oxide ($37). This one was recommended by my dermatologist, and contains 7% transparent zinc oxide.
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 55 with helioplex ($16.99 for a 2-pack)
I really enjoy walking outdoors – when it isn’t 105 degrees – and occasionally sitting by the pool for a little while. When I do, I always use a sunscreen. I use SPF 15 on my arms and legs, and SPF 55 on my chest and any other delicate areas, reapplying often. Like LilSis, I LOVE the Hawaiian tropic scent, so that’s why I choose this brand. It’s a great bonus that they now have a high SPF in a spray.
- Hawaiian Tropic 15 SPF Plus All Day Waterproof Sunblock with UVB/UVA Protection (also in 45 SPF for chest)
- Hawaiian Tropic SPF 55 Ultimate Ozone Sunscreen Spray with UVB/UVA Protection
Whatever your preference, make sure to use a sunscreen – use it often – and choose one with UVA and UVB protection. UVA rays are the ones that cause aging, and UVB rays cause burning. You need protection from both! So cover yourself in sunscreen, and then go out and enjoy your summer!