Hi guys, and can you believe it? Another summer is upon us! Last year I reviewed some items I use to protect myself from the harsh San Jose sun. I still use those, but I've also added some other SPF items to my routine. So I thought I would share with you my whole sun protction lineup that I'm using for 2018.
1) Paula's Choice Clear Ultra-light Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 30
As I mentioned in last week's post, I've added this as my first base layer of SPF for my face. It's a super light liquid that absorbs quickly into the skin and it's perfect for those prone to breakouts like I am. Love love love this new addition to my routine.
I mentioned this in a weekend update post once I think, but I'm now on my second tube of this. Like I said before I love the SPF factor of this hand cream as well as the lavender smell (it doesn't smell like sunscreen at all). I keep this in purse at all times and usually apply while driving (I really want to keep sun damage on the tops of my hand at a minimum but since I'm always driving and towing Airstreams, my hands get a lot of sun exposure). And the best thing about this lotion? It's a twist top tube so it makes applying with one hand super easy and you can never lose the cap (it really is genius!).
I reviewed this last year and my love for this BB cream/tinted sunscreen is still going strong. Even though it goes on a tad greasy/shiny, this protects my face from sun damage all day even when I sweat. And again no breakouts. I don't usually wear this at night or for my going-out makeup but it's perfect for my day-time routine.
This is another new item I added this year. I've used Fresh sugar lip treatment SPF lip balms in the past but they always melt and get gooey in my purse (and then when you apply it ends up going on real thick because it's melted). So I decided to give this Ilia lip tint a try this year. It's my first time using this brand, which uses mostly organic and natural ingredients and so far I love this lip tint. It gives a touch of color without being overpowering and it doesn't melt and go soft!
5) Cover-up/Sunscreen for your body
So I rarely wear sunscreen on my body because I'm not a huge fan of the greasy lotion feeling on my arms and legs. And so instead when I'm out in the sun I'll wear a long sleeve shirt and long pants. My current uniform is a tee with my Elizabeth Suzann linen Clydes and I wear an Everlane work shirt button-down to cover my arms. When I went to Hawaii and spent time on the beaches I did wear sunscreen and I made sure my sunscreen was reef safe (Hawaii's going to be banning the unsafe ones this year). That means you want to avoid sunscreens with oxybenzone (I just remember it as avoid the ben-zone), octinoxate (less commonly found), or the words BP-3. Most sunscreens have oxides as their active ingredient and those are reef safe. Of course this doesn't pertain as much if you're not going swimming in the ocean, but I think in general it's probably better to stay away from such chemicals. Mineral sunscreens are the best but they usually go one quite white and chalky.
Anyway hope this post gives you some ideas on how to stay protected under the sun. Sun damage is no joke guys! Plus less wrinkles and sun spots in the future is reason enough for me to make sure I stay protected! Also here are some other tips about SPF that I just learned about.