Finding The Perfect SPF For Your Skin
We always forget sunscreen, it's an observed fact. By the time I've gotten my makeup on, there's no way I'm going to be able to apply my SPF.
In comes the Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 PA+++ ($28). This bad boy is infused with peppermint and rosemary oil, claims to set makeup, control oil, and provide broad spectrum SPF protection. So, take. me. swimming.
You can skip your Mac Fix+, leave your oil blotting sheets at home, and stick this in your bag. Reapply every two hours (does anyone actually do that?) for the best sun protection. Or just spray on whenever you've had enough of the nonsense in your office and need to go out for a walk and another iced coffee at 3pm, while mumbling a prayer for the strength to survive until 5:30pm. Cons: if it gets in your eyes, it will sting. So, keep those peepers closed! Try not to get this in your hair either. It'll leave it feeling sticky in a dry shampoo kind of way.
Fun fact: If you've been with The Beat since our podcast days, we talked about this spray in our first episode. :)
For my peeps who don't care for face mists, rosemary scents or have sensitive skin, check out the Ole Henriksen Protect The Truth SPF 50+ Sunscreen ($35) this is a lightweight, fluffy sunscreen with a citrus scent that also claims to repair any damage already done to your skin.
I find it works wonderfully with a drop of Glossier Priming Moisturizer* ($25) or even the Glossier Skin Tint* ($26) to thin it out just a touch. Not too much or you'll risk diluting the SPF. This sunscreen is also perfect for sensitive, dry skin and gives the skin a dewy, bouncy finish.
Final words: While I love my Supergoop spray, it can sting my skin if I have any sort of irritation or dry spots, so it's important to thoroughly moisturize beforehand. The Ole Henriksen doesn't irritate my skin at all, but I always forget to apply before I put my face on. A cream product will provide a more thorough coverage, but the spray stands to be more convenient and easy to reapply throughout the day, which is just as important as your first application. It's also easy to remember especially on cloudy days and the non-summer months. (Yes, SPF is necessary even in winter!)
Some suncreen factoids:
- UVB rays are responsible for causing those painful sunburns. UVA rays accelerate skin aging and can increase your risks of skin cancer.
- The range of + to +++ denotes the level of protection against UVA rays. Ole's has one + and the Supergoop has three.
- The recommended SPF sweet spot is between 30-50. SPF 15 blocks out 94% of harmful rays, and SPF 30 bumps that up 97%. SPF 50 caps out at blocking 98% of harmful rays. No SPF offers 100% protection, so don't leave your straw hats at home just yet!
- Suncreen has an expiration of about 3 years so check your bottles to make sure they're still good.
Final words: It's better to act preventatively when it comes to your skin! Most products out there don't do much in repairing damage already done (wrinkles, sun spots, etc) regardless of their claims. So rub/spray/slap on that SPF, go live your beautiful life, and get carded well into your 40's. One can dream.
* shop glossier here to get 20% off your first order!