This blog is going to help you in choosing your perfect year-round sunscreen. Yup I said it, year round! Whether you live in a sunny hot climate or have winter 6 months of the year (I’m looking at you Canada) you should still be applying sunscreen daily! Yes, even if you work in the office. It’s incredibly easy for the UVB rays to damage our skin underneath the surface layer. That damage results in dark spots which appear as we age.
You probably don’t need me to tell you how important it is to lather yourself in SPF, it is 2019 and I think most people have picked up on that fact that tanning beds are out and sunscreen is in. But if you still need a quick reminder, listen up: wear your sunscreen. Please. At least SPF 30. Without SPF, you’re exposing your skin to an array of preventable and potentially dangerous effects, including fine lines & wrinkles, dark spots, and, most importantly, skin cancer.
A few years ago after I had my son Enzo, I went through a period of terrible post pregnancy pigmentation. I was at the point where I didn’t even want to leave my house without makeup on. I made it my mission to correct my skin with sun avoidance (hats & SUNSCREEN!), medical grade products to lighten sun damage & hormonal pigment, and in-office laser treatment and chemical peels to even my skin tone. It didn’t happen overnight, but with lots of patience and hard work on my skin I was able to get it to the point where I feel 100% confident and comfortable leaving my house completely bare-faced. Okay, not totally bare-faced because of course I still have my sunscreen.
My Top Recommended Sunscreen
Now that that’s out of the way, I’ll go ahead and hop off my soapbox to tell you about my personal favorite which is also the top recommended sunscreen in my practice, Elta MD. There are two versions of the every-day use sunscreen, one for dry skin and one for more oily skin. EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 is for oily (sensitive/acne prone skin), and Elta UV Daily 40 is for normal-to-dry skin. This sunscreen is lightweight, oil-free, & made with zinc oxide, which protects skin from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. It’s also spiked with good-for-your-skin ingredients including texture-and tone-smoothing niacinamide, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and gentle exfoliating lactic acid.
I love that this sunscreen comes in both tinted and non-tinted. The tint is a universal tint that literally looks good on EVERY skin type – yes, even the palest of the pale! I personally love the tint and love that I can throw it on so effortlessly and leave the house with a radiant glow.
Glow aside, for my patients with sensitive skin finding an SPF formula that won’t mess with their complexion or cause a breakout is super important. This silky white or tinted cream seeps into skin seamlessly, without creating more sensitivity (great for redness-prone skin) and doesn’t have a scent, which is good for people who suffer from eczema or dermatitis. It’s truly a great sunscreen.
When To Apply SPF
First apply it in the morning, after my cleanser and moisturizer, as a last step right before my BB cream. Then I always toss it in my bag for re-application in the afternoon. If you are spending the majority of the day outside you should reapply every 2-3 hours. Also as a bonus feature, I find that this product even holds up during the sweatiest of workouts (hello, EMOMS).
Elta also makes a great waterproof option Elta Sport for beach & pool days & I make sure I lather all 3 of my babies before we leave the house. Also, a really great option for full body coverage is Full Body Sunscreen. Between these 2 products my swim bag always stays fully stocked with my sunscreen arsenal.
Do your skin a favor and protect it from the sun….your older self with thank you later!
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