SPF Products to Try
Okay, I’ve gotta say. When I was younger (middle school through high school, heck, even in college) I was not aware of how IMPORTANT sunscreen is. I don’t think I really ever wore sunscreen unless I went on vacation…and I went to school in Los Angeles. So, once I became much more interested in skincare in my mid-twenties, I have been on the hunt for everyday products to protect my skin. This is honestly the first line of defense against aging.
If you aren’t already, you really should follow @dermarkologist on instagram. He gives such great little tidbits and insights on dermatology care…and he’s a dermatologist! Also, he shows you products from affordable stores like Target, CVS, etc that you can use to combat aging, increase tightness, complexion, and battle any skin problems you have. I recently found him and I think he is great. There are tons of other dermatologists on social platforms that give insight but I just really like him 🙂
These products are great for everyday use, whether you are going to work in the office, staying at home with the kids, or going to the beach. I will note, these are all products for the face and neck and do not include body sunscreen. For those, I just typically use a spray SPF because it is just so much more convenient. Neutrogena is a great brand that I typically lean towards but Sun Bum, and Hawaiian Tropic are other go-to’s.
Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense Lotion SPF 60+
I will wear this SPF under my face makeup. It adds extra protection and I have drier skin so I am not afraid of moisture!
Bare Minerals Tinted Moisturizer Complexion Rescue SPF 30
This is a nice tinted moisturizer that adds some nice coverage without being too heavy. I can still see my freckles but it gives an even tone to my complexion and is very buildable.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch SPF 100+
When we are going to be doing yard work, hanging at the lake, going to the beach, hiking…you name it, we are putting this on our faces! If you don’t follow @dermarkologist on instagram, you should. He did a reel debunking the myth that 100+ SPF is no more protective than 85+ (or something like that) and 100+ SPF is better at protecting from burns long term if you are prone to forgetting reapplication (that’s me!). So we go big so we don’t have to go home.
Elta MD Tinted Sunscreen SPF 40
This is a lot lighter than the Bare Minerals tinted moisturizer but it has more SPF and I will put this on if I don’t want to wear anything heavy. If I’m just home with the kids with nothing going on that day or I will use it as my base if I am going to wear a medium coverage foundation. This was recommended to my friend from her dermatologist and I had heard good things about it so I had to try!
Sun Bum Chapstick Mango SPF 30
Again, a @dermarkologist recommendation. I’m a sucker for SPF lip balm and I got the mano (yum!). Great to have in the purse, especially living in a dry climate!
Wet Skins Kids Sunscreen Stick SPF 70+
Honestly….the smoothest, and easiest sunscreen to apply on kids. My brother-in-law introduced me to it and it has been perfect. My kids don’t fight me with the application, it’s clear so no white residue (hence why I also use it) and 70+ SPF! Can not recommend enough!
I will wear this underneath my Bare Minerals tinted moisturizer…did I say I have drier skin? I love ALL the lotions and moisturizers! This one has good coverage, an okay SPF amount when applied with others, and leaves my skin feeling so smooth and hydrated.
The main thing is, this is the only skin we have…let’s take care of it! I will honestly say, I love having a nice tan and don’t want to give up that summer glow. You can still get color without getting burnt, and preventing major damage is a good step. Also, spray tans are really a great alternative if you want more color and you can get those any time of year. Let’s just all be smart and stay away from tanning beds. I know they are relaxing and have pretty quick results, but the risk of skin cancer is just not worth it.
Love you all, let’s stay young!!