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What did you do this week? It’s approaching the middle of June and I had family in town, which is why I was quiet around these parts this week. Family time is the best! My fam lives 23 hours away so it was a really special week and we spent tons of time exploring my city outside, shopping, and doing super fun things.
Everyone in my family is very careful with SPF and keeping safe in the sun. I wore a high SPF sunscreen every single day I was with them, and I’m going to keep the habit up all summer in my quest to stay sun safe and healthy. Keep reading to learn about my two favorite picks that have been on rotation for the past couple weeks.

Sheer, universal tint adaptable to all skin tones boosts radiance for a more even, luminous complexion
Water-resistant for 40 minutes
All-physical, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
Increases skin defenses and resistance to UV and heat stress based on in-vitro testing
Paraben-free and non-comedogenic

I apply this on over my moisturizer every morning, although I could probably use this as my moisturizer AND my SPF if I wanted to! It’s very white so I have to rub it in to blend it into my skin. Wearing this on my face, neck and shoulders has kept my skin fair and not tanned. Tan skin (not from a bottle) is unhealthy skin! My favorite part about this is the high SPF of 50. I feel like that’s a a suitable amount of protection for the day time for me. Any lower and I feel like I should be doing a better job protecting my skin. Unwittingly, my aunts had packed this exact same facial sunscreen for their trip to see us! They special order it online as it’s recommended by both of their doctors.

Daily Deflector Waterlight Broad Spectrum 50+  

Ultra-fluid, waterlight sunscreen blends effortlessly into skin
Provides hydration, SPF50+ broad spectrum protection, and anti-aging benefits
Unconventional, ultra-lightweight texture absorbs easily
Contains physical, mineral sun blocking ingredients, without any chemical sunscreens
Utilizes a unique reservoir technology that keeps sunscreen on the surface of the skin

This is another great sunscreen that once again offers SPF 50. I’m concerned with anti aging everywhere, but especially my face and chest. So many SPF creams are only 15 or so, and that’s just not enough if you really want to make a difference. I aim for 50 and above, and this is the ticket. Just like the Skinceuticals, this has really helped me maintain a fair complexion despite spending a lot of time outside lately. I wear this with moisturizer, but I probably wouldn’t need it!

I’ve been really interested in sun safety lately so when dermatologist Dr. Richie Lin’s tips showed up in my inbox, I knew I wanted to share! Tell me if YOU are following each tip in the comments below. My comments will be in italics.

To read more about Dr. Richie Lin:  http://www.shorthillsderm.com/

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We all need to adapt our skin care routines during the hot, humid summers.

1. We all sweat more during a sticky July day. To keep your face looking fresh, your summer cleanser and moisturizer should be a touch more drying to control oil production. Look for cleansers that contain drying and acne fighting ingredients such as salicylic acid, and moisturizers that are lightweight. For acne prone individuals, oil control for the rest of your skin is also important so be sure to use a body cleanser with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.

I just switched to a lightweight cleanser for the summer! Some of my favorites are by Mama Mio and Clinique’s Mild Facial Soap.

2. No sunscreen is truly “waterproof” or “sweatproof,” since all sunblocks will dissolve in water eventually. In fact, these labels will soon be a thing of the past since the FDA has ruled that only the term “water resistant,” with a time limit, can be used on a label. If you are swimming, exercising, or even just sweating from a day of walking around, you should reapply your sunscreen every 1-2 hours for continued protection.

I don’t usually go swimming outdoors because it’s a pain to reapply sunscreen. When I’m going to be outdoors for long periods of time, I love to pack little travel size bottles of sunscreen with me. For face, I love that the Skinceuticals and Kate Somerville products listed above are both purse friendly and small. 

3. Sunscreens with an SPF below 15 do not protect against skin cancer or premature aging. The FDA will now require these products to state that they only protect against sunburns, but not against the carcinogenic effects of the sun. Make sure you pick a sunscreen with enough SPF.

I personally only wear SPFs of 30 and over, and the higher the better on my face. 

4. Swim shirts and brimmed hats with UV protection are very popular right now. You see every toddler and young child at the pool or beach wearing them. If adults are mindful enough to protect their children from large doses of sun exposure, shouldn’t the same rules apply to big people? Protecting yourself with a swim coverup that contains SPF and a wide brimmed hat means you will be stylish and safe at the beach!

I can’t stand the thought of wearing long sleeves in the sun and I look stupid in hats so I prefer to make my time outdoors limited or in spurts during the day. If I’ll be out in the sun, I’d like to go out for an hour or two at a time, so my exposure to the UV rays is limited. Same with my kiddo!

5. During the summertime, sun spots can darken with sun exposure. Being vigilant about sun protection and using a prescription strength lightening cream containing hydroquinone at night can help keep those sunspots light and your skin tone even.

I always end up with dark spots in the summer, no matter how careful I am. I use Clinique’s Even Better foundation in the fall to help lighten up my sun spots.

I hope this was an informative post. Have any more tips? I’d love for you to comment and let me know!

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