Now that the weather has finally taken a turn for the better I thought it was a good time to talk sunscreen.
It’s fair to say that I’m not a newbie to sun care – having a Dad who died of Melanoma tends to change your relationship with the sun somewhat and my Mum has always been an advocate of staying out of the sun to prevent its ageing effects. She’s a pretty good advert for the benefits of sunscreen 😉
One of the things I always think gets missed, is your face. Yes, we all put sunscreen on (I hope!) on the beach or on holiday, but what about every single day? What about that hour you might spend in the sun on a nice day in your lunch hour, or 5 O’clock drinks after work? Just the commute into work?! Everybody underestimates the strength of the sun and if you imagine the way lights bounces off every surface, the sun’s rays included, there’s really no escaping it.
So today I’m sharing my 2 favourite facial sunscreens and hope you guys might do the same, or perhaps share your thoughts on daily sunscreen.
First up, a Clinique sunscreen, their Factor 30 Face Cream. This one gets my vote because it’s oil free. Most suncreams are oily but this one goes on nicely and stays put without making your face look like a sticky mess. It’s my go-to holiday sunscreen of choice.
Secondly, my secret weapon. Co-incidentally also Clinique, Super City Block. It’s also available as a Factor 25 cream but I go for the Factor 40. From a medical point of view, you should never, regardless of how well you think your skin copes with the sun (unless you have for example asian or black skin, although you’d still benefit from sunscreen to prevent pigmentation and ageing if so…) wear less than a factor 25. I wear the super city block everywhere – from ski-ing to on the allotment. Although marketed as sheer, I find it evens skin texture and means I don’t need a tinted moisturiser or foundation.
Of course, day to day I don’t wear a pure sunscreen, instead opting for sun protection in my tinted moisturiser, which offers a decent SPF 20 built in.
I don’t know if it’s age or vanity but I’ve certainly noticed my skin seems to be a bit more susceptible to pigmentation in the sun these days and in an effort to stave off impending wrinkles, I’m vowing to make a bigger effort with my facial sunscreen on a daily basis.
So tell me what your sunscreen regime is day to day or on the beach. I’d love to hear if you’re already a sunscreen devotee, if you’ve started to worry about sun damage or if I’ve made you think about saving yourself from wrinkle-dom!