Sun Savvy Skin Care

sunscreenSPF50With summer just around the corner, I thought this might be a good time to remind everyone about the importance of wearing sunscreen and incorporating it into your daily regime. A well formulated sunscreen, is by far the most important product in your skin-care arsenal because it prevents prematurely aged skin… you know, that leathery-looking pigmented skin!

When choosing a daytime moisturizer or lotion, always buy one with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15, packed with skin repairing antioxidants, and one that you feel comfortable applying daily. Follow with a foundation/BB cream or powder mineral makeup , all containing SPF! This layering technique is what I do to ensure more complete sun protection. Daily application of sunscreen is the key, the sun’s damaging rays still penetrate, even on hazy cloudy days. Practice good sun sense everyday, rain or shine!
A good sun protection product should not only protect you from UVB (the sun’s BURNING rays), but also from UVA (the sun’s silent killer rays that cause AGING and wrinkles, as well as skin cancer). Here are the active ingredients to look for in a sun protection product that will give you that broad-spectrum UVA&UVB protection:
1) Zinc Oxide 10% or Titanium Dioxide in combination with zinc oxide….I prefer this natural mineral physical sunblock to the chemical ones because it is non-irritating for sensitive skin.
2) Avobenzone/Parsol
3) Mexoryl SX (ecamsule)
4) Tinosorb

The following are some good choices for daily use:
1) PAULA’S CHOICE MOISTURE BOOST DAILY RESTORING COMPLEX WITH SPF30
2)SKINCEUTICALS PHYSICAL FUSION UV DEFENSE SPF50
3)VANICREAM SUNSREEN SENSITIVE SKIN SPF30
4) COLORSCIENCE SUNFORGETTABLE POWER SPF50 (keep this in my purse for touchups)
5) OLAY REGENERIST DNA SUPERSTRUCTURE UV CREAM SPF30

Makeup choices:
1) PAULA’S CHOICE BARELY THERE SHEER MATTE TINT SPF30
2) LAURA MERCIER ILLUMINATING TINTED MOISTURIZER SPF20
3) JANE IREDALE MINERAL POWDER MAKEUP SPF20
4) TARTE AMAZONIAN CLAY 12 hour FOUNDATION SPF15

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