Saturday, July 27, 2013

Sun Protection at the Beach

I used to be pretty nonchalant about sunscreen but as I'm approaching 30 I'm finally realizing its importance. Here is my routine when I'm at the beach and know I'm going to be exposed to a good amount of sun.

After showering, I rub in a waterproof sunscreen all over. Lately I've been using Kiss My Face Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40* ($16.99). I like that it's natural, waterproof, and SPF 40. It's very white when you first apply it but it doesn't give your skin that white tint. I will say you should exfoliate before using because it will accentuate any dry flaky skin.

*Disclosure: Sample provided free of charge from a PR Company or brand for consideration. That did not change my opinion of those products. See disclosure for more info.

I then apply some Make Up For Ever UV Prime Daily Protective Make-Up Primer. I can't find this product on Sephora, so I'm not sure if they still make it. I bought it a long time ago. It doesn't give skin a gray tint, has SPF 50 and helps my makeup stay on longer.

If you're looking for something similar, Laura Mercier just came out with a Protect Broad Spectrum SPF 30/pa+++ Foundation Primer ($32). If you aren't familiar, she has many versions: Mineral, Radiance, Oil-Free, Hydrating and Regular. This one is an oil-free gel that protects with UVB/UVA SPF 30.

On top of that I smooth on some Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream for Combination to Oily Skin. Read my review here. It's waterproof and evens skin tone nicely.
While I'm still naked I spray my entire body with Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70 ($10.99). I love the mist, it makes it so easy to spray your back. I also read somewhere that it's what Victoria's Secret models get sprayed down with for the swimwear catalog to get their skin glowing. It's so easy to use, I love it.

In my bag, I pack Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 30 ($50). The light-weight mineral powder is sheer and provides instant broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection. It comes in 6 shades and if you run out of powder, you can buy a refill or you can purchase it in a jar and use your own brush. This is available in SPF 30 and SPF 50.

You'd think with all this stuff on I'd never get sunburned, but it still happens. 

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