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Jul 21, 2015

A Ginger's Guide to Summer Sun

Whether or not my strawberry blonde hair qualifies me as a redhead has always been up for debate. When it comes to my skin type however, I am 100% ginger and happy to own up to it. This year I decided I needed to step-up my sunscreen game. I mean I'm 25, and if my dermatologist told me again this year that the wrinkles under my eyes are actually just from allergies I would call bullshit. Wrinkles and skin cancer scare me, so it was time to really start being defensive.

Anyway, I've finally purchased and tested a full array of sun care products and, while only time will tell, I'm super happy with everything I'm using. I have 9 go to sunscreen/sun care products. I use a different products depending on what I'm up to that day.

Here are my go-to products as I try to look the part of a daywalker.

Total Coverage: These are the products I use when I'm planning on extended sun exposure during activates like hiking, outdoor workouts, and water activities. 

CeraVe Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Face Lotion SPF 50: Previously I had always used a Neutrogena sunscreen on my face, but decided to switch to something with zinc. This sunscreen is thick, but it does the job.

Banana Boat Sport  Broad Spectrum SPF 30: As much as a love sprays and sticks, when I mean serious sun business I always use lotion (water proof with high SPF). I try to put my sunscreen on before leaving the house instead of whenever I get to where I'm going, that way I do a more thorough job. If I need to quickly reply and don't want to use lotion then I'll switch to a spray or stick.

Fake Bake Flawless: I can't even begin to tell you what a fan I am of Fake Bake. 1) I love the name, amen for just calling it what it is 2) it's the best at home sunless tanner I've ever tried and arguably better than a spray tan at a salon (and a heck of a lot cheaper and more convenient). You don't need to take my word for it, it has 4.5 stars and over 2.7K reviews on Amazon... so I'm not the only one with this dirty little secret. Fake Bake is a liquid in a spray bottle which you spray on your skin or on a mitt and then rub it in with the mitt, which helps prevent streaks. Before I used it for the first time, I spent some time on You Tube watching how-to videos, which was well worth the 20 min investment. 
Hello Sunshine: These are the products I use when I want to look good in the sun. The sport sunscreen and CeraVe face sunscreen offer great protection, but can be a little greasy. These are my go to  products for a day of wine tasting or a ride on the cycle saloon

Neutrogena Beach Defence Sunscreen Stick SPF 50+...Think a deodorant stick but sunscreen for your body. I find that this is easier to reapply and you can throw it in your purse without having to worry about it exploding.

Eltamd UV Physical SPF 41: My mom's dermatologist recommended this face sunscreen and I borrowed it last time I was home. After liking it and having my dermatologist recommended it as well I decided it was time to put on my big girl panties and shell out $27 for sunscreen...and it was worth it. This sunscreen is tinted but it's really faint. I use it under my foundation most of the time (it feels very light). I first started using it on weekends when I actually see daylight and now have decided also use it on a daily basis. While I rarely see the sun during my M-F cubicle life, I still think it's well worth the investment of using it daily. 
Mineral Fusion SPF 30 Brush On Sun Defense: This sunscreen powder is a fairly new purchase and so far I like it. I don't think this should ever replace liquid face sunscreen, but I carry it in my purse for those - oh shoot happy hour is in the sun this afternoon and it's been 8 hrs since I put on sunscreen moments.
Light Sun: I've really been using higher SPFs on a daily basis, even when I don't have plans to be in direct sunlight, but I still have my favorite lower SPF products.

CLINIQUE Even Better Makeup SPF 15: I've been using this Clinique foundation with SPF lately and just layering it over whatever other sunscreen I have on (usually the Eltamd).

Cetaphil Dermacontrol Moisturizer SPF 30: I was using this every day before I switched to the Eltamd. I love Cetaphil because it's super gentle and the price is right.

Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion SPF 15: If you're not hibernating and you are going to moisturize at all in the AM, why not use something with SPF? I have this Lubriderm lotion with SPF, it smells a bit like sunscreen, but I find that it fades by the time I actually leave the house.
What are your favorite sun care products this summer?

1 comment :

  1. Nice round up! I've tried most of these sunscreens and really love the CeraVe... the Eltamd is lovely, but if I'm going to use something all the time, it needs to be a little more budget-friendly. I am definitely going to have to try that Fake Bake! Glo-white legs in the summer really is not a good look. Thanks for the tip!