Summer Skin Care (Part 1)

May is Melanoma Awareness month and with summer quickly approaching, it is extremely important to protect yourself from the sun.

Summer is all about no school, the beach, tanning, barbecues, pool parties, and vacationing. And while most people spend more time outdoors than they do indoors, they still forget to take care of their bodies.

Before I continue I just wanted to throw out some facts regarding melanoma incase any of you don’t know what it is or what to know more:

  1. In the US, someone dies from skin cancer every hour making this form of cancer the most common in the United States
  2.  It is the most common cancer found in young adults and is the deadliest form of skin cancer
  3. It is totally preventable!

How can you avoid it?

  1. Wear sunscreen with SPF 30+
  2. Avoid the sun at it’s highest points
    1. Instead opt to go out in the morning or late afternoon when the sun isn’t directly above you
  3. Wear protective clothing
    1. Hats, shirts, shorts, and pants are the best ways to cover your skin from direct sunlight
  4. Find shade — or make it!
    1. Sit under a tree, umbrella, or tent to avoid direct sunlight
  5. Avoid getting burnt
    1. All of the above are ways to avoid a sunburn

Now, let’s talk about skin care shall we?

One of the most painful things about the changes seasons is skin care. What you do for your winter routine might not work for summer and vice versa. That means switching out the old with the new and finding what works best all over again. You might be able to use the same products as the year before, but products expire and your skin is constantly changing. So how are you supposed to take care of your skin and pick your poison with hundreds of different products on the market all claiming to be “the best”? Its a lot of trial and error and a lot of money down the drain.

I decided to share my favorite summer skin care products that have been tried and tested so you don’t have to go through the pain of doing it yourself. Of course, what works for me might not work for you, so I have done my research and have found different products that work for different skin types based on reviews and surveys. Let me know what you think in the comments below and if you have any skin care suggestions of your own!

Sunscreen

This is arguably the most important product you need to keep your skin healthy in the summer (and all seasons for that matter). I must admit that I’ve had my doubts about sunscreen. I believed it to be a hoax after wearing 3 layers of it and still being burned alive. But it turns out I was just wearing the wrong kind of sunscreen and I would have survived if I had worn the right stuff. For more information on how sunscreen works, go ahead and click the link for a scientific breakdown.

So how do you pick the right sunscreen? There are hundreds of them ranging from $3-70 with different SPF (Sun Protection Factor) and claims. Does more expensive sunscreen mean its better? Not necessarily. Is higher SPF better? Again, not necessarily. SPF measures sunscreen protection from UVB rays (causes skin cancer) but does not measure how well a sunscreen will protect you from UVA rays, which are just as dangerous as UVB rays. It is very important to apply sunscreen before you go out into the sun and not wait. The first 15 minutes are considered to be the most sun damaging, so try to apply about 15-30 minutes before exposing yourself.

My favorite sunscreens are the Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 50), Sun Bum Water Resistant Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 30), Shiseido Extra Smooth Sun Protection Lotion (SPF 38), and the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen (SPF 100)

Notice how all my favorites (and therefore most successful experiences) have an SPF of 30 or higher. Makes sense, because dermatologists recommend using a SPF 15 or SPF 30 sunscreen, but nothing lower than that. Anything higher than these won’t offer much more protection if any. But I can back this up: I haven’t had any bad experiences with these!

Top Sunscreens Based on Customer Reviews (combination of all skin types):

Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen Board Spectrum (SPF 50) – 122 Reviews, 4.2/5 — everyday wear

Tarte Tartegaurd 30 Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum (SPF 30) – 447 Reviews, 3.8/5 — best for using under a foundation

Coola Classic Face Sport (SPF 50) – 39 Reviews (newer product), 4.4/5 — sun protectant

Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum for Face (SPF 42) – 655 Reviews, 4.5/5 — everyday wear

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunscreen Broad Spectrum (SPF 70) – 64 Reviews, 4.3/5

Best Sunscreen for Oily Skin Based on Customer Reviews (identified as having oily-type skin):

Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer Broad Spectrum (SPF 20)11/298 Reviews, 4.5/5

Murad Oil-Control Mattifier (SPF 15 PA++) – 706/1771 Reviews, 4.2/5

Shisedio Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum (SPF 42) – 99/657 Reviews, 4.7/5

Best Sunscreen for Dry Skin Based on Customer Reviews (identified as having dry-type skin):

Lancome BIENFAIT MULTI-VITAL Cream (SPF 30)29/164 Reviews, 4.7/5

Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer Broad Spectrum (SPF 20)11/298 Reviews, 4.5/5

CLINIQUE Pep-Start Daily UV Protector Broad Spectrum (SPF 50)2/28 Reviews, 5/5

Best Sunscreen for Combination Skin Based on Customer Reviews (identified as having combination-type skin):

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance Sunscreen (SPF 50) – 47 Reviews, 4.8/5

Sun Bum Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 15) – 255 Reviews, 4.8/5

Shisedio Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum (SPF 42) – 253/657 Reviews, 4.6/5

Best Sunscreen for Normal Skin Based on Customer Reviews (identified as having normal-type skin):

Sun Bum Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 15) – 255 Reviews, 4.8/5

Shisedio Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum (SPF 42) – 38/657 Reviews, 4.3/5

Blue Lizard Sensitive Sunscreen (SPF 30+) – 586 Reviews, 4.6/5

Worst Sunscreens on the Market:

Banana Boat Kids Max Protect & Play Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 100)**

CVS Baby Sunstick Sunscreen and Spray (SPF 55)

Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray and Stick products (SPF 70)

Up & Up Kids Sunscreen Stick (SPF 55)

Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 70+)

After Sun Skin Care

What you do once you’re out of the sun is just as important as what you when you’re in it. The sun will dehydrate you and your skin that can be just as damaging as the actual UV rays. If you want to keep your skin looking healthy and youthful, this is extremely important. Its important to drink plenty of fluids (especially water) to help replenish your skin and keep you feeling good.

Applying aloe vera is also a great idea, even if you haven’t been burned. Aloe vera gel contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins which provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. It also moisturizes and soothes irritated skin after a long day at the beach. But there are other products available if you want added benefits or simply don’t like the feel of aloe vera on your skin.

High Rated After Sun Skin Care:

KORRES After Sun Greek Yoghurt Cooling Gel for Face and Body – 285 Reviews, 4.6/5

Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil – 530 Reviews, 4.2/5

Moroccanoil After Sun Milk

CLINIQUE After Sun Rescue Balm

Sun Bum Premium Moisturizing After Sun Gel – 4.6/5

Its also really important to wash your face throughly after wearing sunscreen so your pores won’t get clogged. Using a facial wash containing exfoliants is always a good idea and will make your skin soft as well. Micellar water is also very popular right now because it is a gentle and easy way to wash your face with several different types available. My favorite face wash right now is the Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Soap. I mentioned this is my April Favorites and it is for all skin types.

Makeup

I am loving that so many beauty brands are now making products with SPF. Wearing some sort of sun protectant at all times is very important but if you don’t want to cake it on under your makeup, no worries! There’s so many products with SPF already in them. This shouldn’t take the place of sunscreen, though; SPF in makeup will usually be very low. This is a great option for everyday makeup when it’s not too sunny or you are going out to run errands. But if you’re going to be in direct sunlight at the beach, pool, sporting event, etc. it is very important to wear sunscreen.

Primer Containing SPF:

NARS Radiance Primer (SPF 35)

NARS Smooth and Protect Primer (SPF 50)

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (SPF 20)

Foundation Containing SPF:

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum (SPF 30)

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (SPF 30)

Benefit Big Easy BB Cream (SPF 35)

MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation (SPF 15)

Hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know what you guys think in the comments below and if you’d like more pieces like this one!

Stay safe,

Micaela

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