As the days get longer and hotter, and we start spending more of our days outside, updating our SPF usage is paramount. This post is not about preaching to you about wearing sunscreen and long sleeves, I’m sure you are already very aware of that. But there are quite a few ways you can keep looking beautiful without ignoring the SPF.
The Lasting Effects of a Sunburn
The effects of all those days tanning in the summer light will last long after that tan has faded away. We all know that Ultra Violet rays, both A and B, cause our skin to darken. But what is really happening is that when those UV rays hit our skin, the rays change our DNA, albeit temporarily. When we repeatedly expose our skin to these UV rays and burn, our DNA slowly changes. It’s this damage to our skin caused by the sunburn that alters our DNA that contributes to prematurely aging skin. Although the sun has positive effects on our bodies like boosting our energy and helping with Vitamin D production, it’s a fine line between getting the necessary amount of sunlight and too much.
The Sunscreen Alternatives
If you’re like me, you probably hate putting on sunscreen. It leave your skin feeling greasy and oily, and can cause acne breakouts like nobody’s business. Plus, we can all agree that everyone looks a little better with a sun-kissed glow. But without taking the proper steps to protect your skin, too much sun over the years can cause uneven skin pigment, increase the definition of wrinkles, and age you beyond your years. Thankfully there is quite a selection of choice products that offer the necessary SPF without compromising their ability to care for your skin.
CoffeeBerry Natureceuticals Perfecting Foundation
This all natural foundation formula is fortified with CoffeeBerry extract. Not only does it conceal blemishes and smooth fine lines and wrinkles, it also boasts an SPF 25 for sun protection. And it’s available in several tones.
Coloresciene Sunforgettables SPF 30 and 50
Sunforgettable sunscreens are easy to apply and reapply throughout the day to keep your skin protected and beautiful. Sunforgettable SPF 30 and 50 highly refined mineral sunscreen provides safe, non-irritating, UVA and UVB sun protection. The self-dispensing powder brush makes it easy to apply and re-apply throughout the day for continued coverage. Achieve the ultimate protection from sun damage and its aging effects with a soft focus finish.
Pro-Derm Daytime Fluid SPF 20
There is no doubt that Pro-Derm has a ton of great sun protection options, but this one has to be one of our favourites. This product is much lighter than a traditional cream. The fluid-like texture is perfect for the summer months, when you don’t want a heavy cream on your skin. Its exclusive formula is enriched with the antioxidants, emblica and pure vitamin E to deliver top moisture protection.
TiZO2 and TiZO3 Facial Mineral Sunscreen
Tizo2 was created for lighter skin tones and those with very fair skin (Fitzpatrick I and II). It gives an elegant, silky, matte finish. TiZO3 is a tinted facial mineral sunscreen that offers superior sun protection in a silky, cosmetically elegant lotion, with a non-greasy matte finish.TiZO3 layers invisibly under makeup and refines the look of the skin. Both of these great products contain SPF 40 and contain the #1 and #2 rated sunscreen filters resulting in excellent, broad spectrum protection to help prevent pre-mature skin aging, sun-induced wrinkles and loss of firmness.
Sun Damage Can Be Helped
Are you already noticing the effects of sun damage on your skin? It’s not too late, there is help available. Photo Rejuvenation uses intense pulse light to safely bring back a youthful glow to your face and body. The BBL technology behind photo facial rejuvenation targets the uneven skin tone with filter light to target only the pigment that causes colour in your skin, called melanin. This treatment will lighten and blend the affected areas to bring a natural, even tone to your skin.
It’s important to take care of your skin, it is your largest organ, and protect it from the sun. There are many ways to go about doing that (Yes, ample sunscreen is one of them). No matter what your morning regimen includes, whether it’s applying makeup or moisturizer or whatever, make sure it has SPF in it. There are tons of great foundations and moisturizers out there that have SPF blended into their formula, so you can stay sun safe without compromising. That way when you’re out there enjoying Vancouver’s sunny patios, sipping tasty mojitos this summer, you won’t need to worry about ducking in the shade and you can keep enjoying the beautiful weather the way it was intended.