With spring in full bloom and summer just around the corner, we're looking forward to beach trips and barbecues, but we'll skip the sun damage, thank you very much. Sun exposure can wreak havoc on the skin causing dryness, excess oil production, fine lines, and wrinkles. We know you've heard the warnings before, but have you heeded them? Any dermatologist will tell you the sun is your skin's worst enemy, and while avoiding UV rays entirely is unrealistic, we recommend a three-part regimen for before, during, and after sun exposure. Here, we break it down in a way that's easy to follow, with product recommendations that will leave your skin healthy and glowing all summer long.
1. Load up on antioxidants and vitamins.
Antioxidants are warriors against skin damage, so a daily dose of good-for-you ingredients prior to sun exposure can actually help protect your skin well in advance of UV exposure. Load up on antioxidant-rich berries and use a daily face moisturizer like Miracle Skin Transformer Men SPF 20 that contains vitamins A-E-K and natural antioxidant extracts of saw palmetto and passion fruit that leaves skin looking matte and more even.
2. Sunblock vs. sunscreen: What should you use?
What's the difference between sunblock and sunscreen? Sunblock is literally a physical layer of zinc oxide or titanium oxide that blocks sun rays from penetrating the skin. Think of the thick white layer of goop on a lifeguard's nose. It's highly effective and blocks radiation, but it's thick and can clog pores. Most of us use sunscreen because it absorbs into the skin and is much less visible.
When choosing a sunscreen, make sure it's broad spectrum, meaning it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. We recommend Jan Marini Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 33 for a weightless and hydrating daily sunscreen for the face that also helps with oil control.
For full body sun protection try Beyond Coastal Active SPF 34 Sunscreen. It's free of parabens and oxybenzone and absorbs quickly without a sticky feel. It's also water and sweat resistant, making it perfect for outdoor activities.
No matter sunscreen what you use, it needs to be reapplied every 2-3 hours. If you're on the go, we recommend Adventuress Sunscreen Wipes SPF 30, individually packaged broad-spectrum sun protection that come in an easy-to-use wipe.
3. Hydrate and nourish skin after sun exposure.
The sun zaps skin of its moisture, which can cause excess oil production and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Give your skin some TLC after a day outdoors with Urth Skincare Hydratherapy, a moisturizing overnight gel treatment with red seaweed, white tea, and vitamins A, B5, C, D, and E to combat environmental damage.
And don't forget that the sun chaps the lips. Give them a coat of Supersmile Ultimate Lip Treatment, which smells like almonds and contains amino acids and boswelilia oil to nourish and restore much needed moisture.
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