SAVING FACE 101 – SKIN AGAINST THE SUN
It’s all too easy to succumb to the summer sun, lying on the beach or in a park without a worry. But whether you tan or burn, it’s a scientific fact that sun exposure is
It’s all too easy to succumb to the summer sun, lying on the beach or in a park without a worry. But whether you tan or burn, it’s a scientific fact that sun exposure is bad for our skin, and not just because it damages our health – it also contributes to signs of aging such as wrinkles and sun spots. So what can we do about it?
Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese attributes her famous porcelain complexion to her committed use of sunscreen. (Check out her Instagram, @ditavonteese – you would never believe she was in her forties!) If you too want to keep your skin wrinkle-free and protected from UV rays, there are many great sunscreen options on the market.
JAPANESE CULT FAVE
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence is a cult favourite of beauty bloggers like @fiddysnails, who refers to herself as an “Asian cosmetics enthusiast” and is dedicated to trying out the latest and greatest of beauty and skincare products.
Her 10k+ followers suggest that she’s not alone in her love of the Japanese product, which is available in the US through Amazon. Best of all, it’s SPF50, meaning you can relax on the beach for an hour or two without burning.
You don’t have to look overseas for your sunscreen fix! There are plenty of great brands in US drugstores that will keep your skin looking great. Neutrogena is a firm favourite at a low price point, and ranges from SPF30+ to SPF100+ for all needs, HERE.
If you want to layer makeup over sunscreen and don’t want to feel sticky or risk clogged pores, La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid is the perfect option. Allegedly used by actress Anne Hathaway and adored by dermatologists, this tinted sunscreen is ideal for those who want to look good while staying safe.
DARK SKINNED BABES
It’s a complete myth that darker skinned people don’t need sunscreen – the amount of melanin in the darkest skin tones still only provides an SPF of 13, which isn’t enough to prevent skin cancer or signs of aging. Even mega-babe and our imaginary BFF Lupita Nyong’o has warned young black girls not to repeat her mistake of never wearing sunscreen in her youth. But many dark skinned people find that facial sunscreens designed for paler people leave a chalky white cast – which isn’t a good beach look to feel confident in! Loreal’s Invisible Protect Clear Cool Lotion – is a truly transparent product that won’t leave dark skinned girls in the shade.