It is a week away from summer and this is the best time to discuss skin care for those sunny, hot, summer days. The most important step for your skin this summer? APPLYING SUNSCREEN. I’m not only talking about putting sunscreen on your shoulders and arms, but on your entire body (face, neck, hands, etc.). Everyone should put sunscreen on any area of skin that is exposed. Sunscreen is so important. It protects your skin from the sun! The sun can cause so much damage to our skin, which happens to be the largest external organ, and we need to protect it. The sun can cause our skin to burn, which can lead to skin cancer, and can cause our skin to age prematurely. We do not want any of these things, so it is extremely important to apply sunscreen. (Wow, this really reminds me of all the skin cancer videos my grandma had me watch as a child!) According to WebMD, “an SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays; an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays; and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays.” Apparently anything after that “is silly” and “sunscreens with higher SPF ratings block slightly more UVB rays, but none [offer] 100% protection.” Definitely go for the SPF 75, if you choose! What am I using this summer to protect my skin? I’m using…
I use this product everyday as a daily moisturizer. It happens to have SPF 15, which is great! I use this on my arms, shoulders, neck, hands, and legs (if I’m wearing a dress). This product does not smell like sunscreen. It applies and feels just like a regular lotion. This product is great for me because I am usually inside for most of the day. When I’m outside doing yard work, relaxing, swimming, or barbecuing, I always wear regular sunscreen with higher SPF.
This product is my favorite sunscreen and has been my favorite sunscreen for my face for years. All Missha Sun Milk Sunscreens are amazing. I choose to wear the Waterproof Sun Milk because I live in Texas and it gets HOT, which means I will most likely sweat and get oily! If I’m outside doing yard work, playing in the water, or relaxing in the sun, I do not want my sunscreen melting off. To better ensure that my face is protected, since my face is always exposed to the sun, I wear this product everyday. What’s great about this product is that it helps with oil control too. I do not get as oily as I normally would in the hot Texas summer thanks to this amazing product. The Waterproof Sun Milk isn’t sticky, greasy, and does not smell like sunscreen, which are main factors for me when choosing a sunscreen. The Waterproof Sun Milk is refreshing, has a soft finish, and strong water and sweat resistance. What’s not to love?!
3 main features of the Missha Waterproof Sun Milk:
1. Sweat, Water, Sebum Proof
Doesn’t rub off on contact with water, provides long-lasting sun protection, and is suitable for all types of outdoor activities.
2. Eucalyptus Extract for Oil Control
Eucalyptus extract helps to control oil production, keeping the skin feeling soft and refreshed.
3. Keeps Skin Refreshed in 3 Ways
Lightweight, non-sticky, non-greasy formula allows for comfortable wear even for extended periods of time.
Sunscreen for Outdoor Activities
I usually use Hawaiian Tropic, Coppertone, or Banana Boat sunscreens. These are the brands I’ve always used. I like these brands because they are reasonably priced and work well. I currently have the Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Lotion Sunscreen with SPF 30, Banana Boat Sport Sunblock Lotion with SPF 50, Coppertone Ultraguard Sunscreen Lotion with SPF 70 (my husband’s sunscreen), and Babyganics Mineral-based Sunscreen with SPF 50 (my daughter’s sunscreen). None of us get burned in the sun while wearing any of these products. I definitely recommend these brands for protection from the summer sun.
After-Sun Skin Care
Besides hydrating and drinking lots of water after a fun day in the sun, moisturizing and exfoliating are some of the best things for after-sun skin care. After a nice shower and exfoliating my face with Burt’s Bees Peach & Willow Bark deep pore scrub, I use Thayer’s Witch Hazel Aloe Vera Formula Alcohol-Free Toner with Rosewater. I then apply a bit of Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner. The Benton Toner is moisturizing and has a cooling effect that helps calm skin damages caused by stress and pollution. I follow with my favorite moisturizer, like the Énergie de Vie Moisturizing Cream. Lastly, I spritz my face with the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea as a nice pick-me-up for my skin and voilà! My skin is refreshed from the sun!
If you happen to burn, use anything with aloe! Most of my skin care products already contain aloe, but a nice aloe vera moisturizer that is meant for sunburns can help due to aloe’s powerful healing activity at the epithelial level of the skin. Aloe also acts as a protective layer on the skin and helps replenish the skin’s moisture. The skin heals quicker because of the nutritional qualities and antioxidant properties.
Let me know in the comments below what your favorite sunscreen products are and how you protect your skin from the sun! Enjoy!