Sorry to those of you who thought I was about to spill on some secret fountain of youth potion product that no one knows about!
Sunscreen is, hands down, the number one way to protect your skin from pre-mature aging and splotchy pigmentation as well as skin cancer. We all know it is important to wear sunscreen everyday- we have been told it so many times…but how many of us actually do it? I do!! Well…I didn’t always, its an easy thing to forget to do…but I have been religious about it for the past few years and am happy I started the habit early enough in my 20’s to keep my skin looking good for the future.
In fact, UV rays are responsible for 80% of wrinkles on most people. That is a crazy percentage! And a 2% increase in sun damage can age a face 2-3 years!! YIKES!!
Most makeup now does have SPF in it- but is it enough? And what about those days when you aren’t wearing that makeup? And what about your neck and chest area? I started paying attention to where and how I apply sunscreen daily because I know my future self will thank me! And I wear sunscreen, or a moisturizer with sunscreen in it, every single day whether I am wearing makeup or not. Right now, I use Keihl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30.
I have heard that anything over SPF 30 is basically just SPF 30- my dermatologist sort of confirmed this and reconfirmed that when using SPF, 30 should be used, and reapplied throughout the day. So that reapply-through-the-day-thing always gets me…unless I am at the beach enjoying a day in the sun, I rarely reapply! And if I am just out and about on a normal day- where and how should I reapply? I found some good products that make reapplication to your face and neck a total breeze and you won’t have to sacrifice your makeup in the process. Most are in a powder or spray form- which I think are the easiest to reapply.
So I have rounded up my favorite all-over sunscreens good for head to toe application, and with minimal extra ingredients! And they all smell good (super important also!!)
And here are my favorites for your face/neck that pay a little more attention to skin care- because you don’t want to use your fancy sunscreen all over your body! Also in here are some good suncreens that make reapplication a breeze!
Shop my favorites above and treat your skin well.