Summer Sun Defense, Part 2Monday, July 08, 2013
I am a lover of SPF. I take pleasure in finding new ones to try because I'm an avid believer in the mantra "rays today, raisins tomorrow." Well, at least now I am.
During my teenage beach bum years, I wasn't as prudent in protecting my skin. I would slather on the bare minimum and I rarely worried about reapplication. Boy, do I have the brown spots to prove it... most of them are on my body though -- I at least had the good sense to protect my face from the sun's rays.
Sunscreens have come a long way since then. There are so many more formulations and mediums. You have your creams, sprays, lotions.
I'm sure your first thought is: who on earth needs this many sunscreens? Well, did you know that you're supposed to use an ounce (or if you're a visual person, a shot glass) of sunscreen for your body, and a teaspoon of sunscreen for your face. That's each time you reapply, too!
Planning a summer vacation? Stringent skin specialists have said that you should be using up an entire bottle of sunscreen if you're going to be on a beach all day. With that, urbanites should be using up a portion of the bottle for regular outdoor activities. Reapplication is really the most important part of sun protection, though.
So, here are a few more sunscreens I have added to my rotation (and if you haven't read part one, check it out here).
OMBRELLE FACE ULTRA-FLUID LOTION, SPF 60
This is a chemical sunscreen for the face. It has a very fluid consistency. It leaves a satin-like finish on the skin (not too shiny). It absorbs quickly and it doesn't leave a white residue. It also sits will under makeup. It has a light sunscreen scent but it dissipates quickly. Ps, Ombrelle is a product of Garnier, in case you were wondering.
NEUTROGENA ULTRASHEER FACE SUNSCREEN, SPF 45
This is another chemical sunscreen for the face. It has a melt-in cream consistency. It leaves an almost matte finish on the skin, so it works well under makeup, too. It has a faint sunscreen scent which dissipates almost immediately.
The regular version (non-face) is also a chemical sunscreen, but it has a stronger scent, it is a little more fluid, and the main ingredients are slightly different. Both are great sunscreens, though.
Price: $16.99 / ea
NEUTROGENA BEACH DEFENSE, SPF 60
This is a chemical sunscreen for the body. Aside from smelling surprisingly good for a sunscreen, it also feels really moisturizing. It's waterproof and sweat proof, it absorbs quickly into the skin and it doesn't leave a white residue.
The next three sunscreens come in a spray format. Spray sunscreens are really convenient & easy to use -- the downside is that it can be a little more difficult to judge whether you're applying enough for proper sun protection.
KELLETT SUNSCREEN SPRAY, SPF 30
This chemical spray sunscreen was specially formulated for acne-prone skin. This is especially great for those prone to a little body acne. The continuous spray works great, it absorbs quickly into the skin, and there's only a faint scent that lingers.
NEUTROGENA WET SKIN SUNSCREEN SPRAY, SPF 60
This is a chemical sunscreen specifically developed to cut through water to form a protective barrier on skin. This is perfect if you're spending the day at the beach or at the pool because it can be applied directly to wet or sweaty skin (as well as dry skin, of course). This also has a fairly good scent once the vapours dissipate.
COPPERTONE SPORT, SPF 30
This is a chemical sunscreen that is great for protecting your skin during vigorous activities. It's a clear spray, so no white residue. It's also supposed to bond to your skin, so you're applying this to your face, you don't have to worry about it migrating into your eyes. It is waterproof, sweat proof, and absorbs quickly into your skin for up to 80 minutes of protection.
* Prices will vary depending on where you purchase it from.
I provided the most inflated price.
What sunscreens are you loving right now? x