At this point we all know just how important it is to wear SPF every day – I’m talking rain or shine, tan or not because no matter the weather or the skin tone we’re all vulnerable to those pesky UVA and UVB rays.
If you know me then you probably know I could go on and on about the health concerns associated with soaking up the sun sans SPF. Having watched a dear friend battle (and very fortunately beat) skin cancer the subject is one I simply can’t help but feel passionate about. In fact, this is one of the main reasons why I’m so eager to discuss the importance of incorporating SPF into your daily skin care routine from an entirely different perspective today – the beauty perspective.
Like I said, most of us are well aware of the many different risks associated with sun exposure but that’s not always a good thing. It seems we’ve heard about said risks so often that we’re almost completely unaffected by them at this stage – in other words, we become so accustomed to terms like cancer being thrown around that they eventually begin to seem much less scary and much more run-of-the-mill. If you ask me, this coupled with the fact that suncreams have traditionally worked in opposition to our daily skin care routines (and aspirations) is why a recent study carried out by the team at Olay found that just 43% of us gals regularly wear sunscreen.
Certainly, I can recall skipping SPF on multiple occasions and for reasons that could very easily be deemed silly or superficial. What can I say? When you spend years doing everything you can to banish breakouts (or at least conceal ‘em) you really don’t want to make things worse by slathering a greasy, pore clogging sun cream all over your face. Thankfully however, the guys at Olay have developed multiple formulas that not only protect against harmful rays but seamlessly fit into and even contribute to your daily beauty routine.
My personal faves? The brand’s Complete All Day Moisturizer with SPF 15 and, of course, their Micro Sculpting Cream with SPF 30. A sun protection factor of 15 or higher not only allows us to reduce skin aging by up to 24% when applied daily but these two products go above and beyond that. Lightweight, oil-free and fast absorbing, the former provides long-lasting hydration for a variety of skin types. Even better yet? A bottle will set you back less than $10 which makes this the ultimate take-anywhere, reapply-as-often-as-you-like product – um, no wonder it’s America’s best selling UV moisturizer! Meanwhile, offering the same anti-aging benefits as the original and best selling Micro-Sculpting Cream (remember this post? It clearly explains the obsession) the latter is my daily go-to in the A.M.
If there’s one thing you take away from today’s post then I hope it’s this; SPF is an essential, full-stop. if you’re not willing to incorporate it into your routine for the good of your health then do it for your face – trust me, your future self will thank you and believe it or not, this girl has experienced less breakouts (genuinely shocked by that!) since discovering her new favorite creams.
PSSST! A Few More Tips ’n’ Tricks For Maintaining That Happy, Healthy, Youthful Glow
** Beach day? It may sound crazy but opt for additional coverage (think long sleeves) and/or protective fabrics wherever possible. Two of my favorite brands for pretty meets practical swimwear? Mott 50 and Cover.
** Those mirrored sunnies you love so much? Well, I hate to tell you this but since sunlight reflects off of the lenses and onto your face they can actually increase the risk of sunburn. I know, I know…
** One and done? Think again! SPF must be reapplied approximately every 40 mins to ensure maximum protection – particularly if you’ve been swimming and/or sweating.
** Sprays? Yeah, you still need to rub those in peeps!
** Been eying a cute beach hat? Buy it! Hats not only protect your scalp from harmful rays and burns but also keep your hair color from fading.
** Not sure how much is too much? 1. there’s no such thing when it comes to SPF and 2. you’ll need about 2tbsp to effectively cover your bod.
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