I love summer (except maybe this 90+ degree heat with a broken A/C system), and I love to be outdoors. Our summers are so short in New England, I want to spend as much time outside as I can, at the beach, jogging, gardening, walking in the woods. But when I was young, I loved how my face looked with a tan, and I foolishly tried to tan with baby oil. Now I have lots and lots of sun damage. Ugh.
Today, I do as much as I can to try to fade my dark spots, but more important, I try protect my face going forward.
Everyone has their favorite skincare products and sunscreens, so this is my routine to protect my face from the sun and its damaging rays. As I’ve mentioned a few times, during the day I use Reviva Labs Vitamin C+ Serum with EMBLICA to protect my skin from pollution and free radicals while reducing my dark spots and with Reviva Labs Sun Protective Moisturizer with SPF 25, a lightweight moisturizer that’s great on its own and perfect under foundation. (Check out my reviews here and here for details.)
When I know I’m going to be outdoors, I usually apply CC Cream, in particular, one of my all-time favorites, IT Cosmetics CC Cream SPF 50+++ because of its high sun protection factor (reviewed here).
But even with several layers of sun protection, its effectiveness lessens as the hours tick by.
If I’m on the go, I’ve become a big fan of powder sunscreen. I recently received Mineral Fusion SPF 30 Brush-On Sun Defense, and it was love at first try.
It fits easily in my purse, or my beach bag or even in a small ipsy makeup bag if I’m traveling light. And it’s so quick and easy to apply. Just take off the cap, push down the clear plastic brush protector and brush on the sunscreen.
I love that it’s transparent, it has antioxidant protection from sea kelp, and importantly, it keeps my makeup intact. If I’m hot and sweaty, Mineral Fusion Brush-On Sun Defense freshens up my makeup. In fact, I reapply it several times throughout the day, and it’s never too much. Plus, it’s from Mineral Fusion, a cruelty-free brand with mineral-based makeup and skincare. $24.99 and widely available on the Mineral Fusion website (with 15% off your purchase if you signup for emails) or at Whole Foods and other health food/healthy product retailers.
Another tool in my sunscreen arsenal is Coola Mineral Liplux SPF 30 Tan Line,
a comforting lip balm in translucent Rich Coral that’s kind of a coral-nude shade. (It comes in other shades too.)
It feels so good on my lips as it hydrates with Cupuacu Butter and Mongongo Oil while it protects with minerals, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Because it’s on my lips particularly when I’m drinking water or beverages at the beach, I’m glad it’s made with 70% organic ingredients. Love love love this stuff! $18 and available on the Coola website, at Ulta Beauty and other retailers.
So this is my outdoor sun protection routine for my face. What are your face protection favorites?