Sunscreen - My favorites
Sunscreen is essential to protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays that (at a minimum) age your skin, but can also lead to more dangerous medical problems. The hard part about finding a good sunscreen, is that there are so many options out there that it becomes confusing on what is best.
Although I'm not a dermatologist, I wanted to share some tips based on some experts, and break down my personal faves for protecting my skin.
Tip 1: Always wear sunscreen.. EVERYDAY ** Even on cloudy days, up to 80 percent of the sun's harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin
Tip 2: Search for a sunscreen that has "broad-spectrum protection" (UVA & UVB)
Tip 3: Get something water resistant (for water and sweat)
Tip 4: Water and sand reflect damaging rays which increases chance of sunburn
Tip 5: No matter how high the SPF number, it lasts the same time
Tip 6: SPF 30 blocks 97% of the sun's UVB rays. No sunscreen can block 100%
Check out this website for more information: American Academy of Dermatology Inc.
I like to use a sunscreen specifically designed for your face to avoid breakouts because it's designed for your delicate skin on your face. My favorite is from Benefit Cosmetics.
It's a ultra lightweight silky-matte sunscreen so you get the protection you need without clogging your pores or looking super shiny! The best part is it's oil free and fragrance free!
Spray vs. Lotion:
I personally like both. Spray sunscreens are super easy and fast, but sometimes I do feel like I'm getting better coverage from a lotion. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, "...Current FDA regulations on testing and standardization do not pertain to spray sunscreens" so if you want to play it safe, stick with a lotion.
I happen to weirdly like the smell of sunscreen, so if you're sensitive to smell, go for a fragrance free option. For sprays, I tend to gravitate to Neutrogena, and for lotions, Banana Boat to avoid burns.
No matter what, make sure that you are protecting your skin when you are exposed to the sun. At a minimum, make sure that your moisturizer has an SPF in it. If you want skin care recommendations with SPF, you can start with a basic over the counter moisturizer like Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer available at Target!