Monday, June 1, 2015

10 Great Little Sunscreen Tips You May Not Know

We must protect our skin from damaging UV rays to keep it healthy and beautiful. Look for SPF on your makeup and skin care products. There are a few things that you may not doing but you should be doing with your sunscreen to help your skin look it's very best. Here are 10 great little sunscreen tips:

1. Protect the back of your hands
sunscreen on hands
You really need to wear sunscreen on the back of your hands everyday to help prevent crepey skin and those ugly dark age spots, but we all hate that greasy palm feeling after applying. Here's a trick: put a dollop of sunscreen on the back of one hand then rub the backs of your hands together. Done, with no greasy palms!

2. Protect your knees

dark knees
Knees tend to get really dark when exposed to the sun giving them a dirty look. Always wear a high sunscreen, 40 to 50 SPF, on the knees daily to keep them from getting too dark.

3. Avoid flip flop lines
silver toes
Wear a high sunscreen, 40 to 50 SPF, on the tops of your feet everyday to avoid getting a flip flop tan.

4. Prevent waxing hyper pigmentation

eye brow
Wear a high 50 SPF sunscreen on a freshly waxed area of skin when in the sun, the brows and upper lip especially. Sometimes waxing can cause hyper pigmentation, a dramatic blotchy darkening of he skin, from the UV rays.

5. Apply enough sunscreen

sunscreen in shot glass
You should be applying about 1 ounce of a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or 30 per application.  Let a shot glass be your guide!

6. Sunscreens expire

date sunscreen
 Some sunscreen bottles have expiration dates printed on them, some do not. Sunscreen looses it potency after a year, especially if the bottle was exposed to sunlight in your beach bag, leaving you less protected from damaging UV rays. Toss your old sunscreen and buy new. If there is no date, write the date on the bottom of the bottle with a Sharpie when you buy it. That way when you find a stray bottle, you know if it's old and should be tossed.

7. Protect your lips
lip tint


Look great & protect your lips while you are in the sun with a tinted lip balm with SPF.

8.Don't rely solely on your foundation's SPF
foundation brush
Foundation with SPF is not enough protection for hours of sun exposure. We don't apply foundation thick enough to get the SPF protection listed on the bottle. Plus, we would need to reapply frequently and would end up with caked on foundation. Use a sunscreen under your foundation.

9. Layer your sun protection
 
 

sun protection products
Layering products that contain SPF won't increase the SPF number. For instance, using a SPF 15 sunscreen with a 20 SPF BB cream doesn't add up to a 35. Layering your products gives you more thorough coverage.

Layer 1: Apply a sunscreen to your clean dry face. Allow it to absorb for 10 minutes. 


Layer 2: Apply your foundation or BB cream.

Layer 3: Apply powder mineral foundation. Not only does it give you sun protection with a physical SPF, it is easy to brush on a little more throughout the day for continuing protection without getting cakey.


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10. Here are some good foundations & BBs that contain sunscreen

bb cream
All Bases Covered SPF 25 by Paula's Choice $19

Bare Minerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 by Bare Escentuals $27


Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15 by Tarte, $39


Lift & Luminate Foundation SPF 15 by Boots No 7 $15.99


Studio BB Cream SPF 20 by e.l.f. $6.00


Super BB by Physician's Formula SPF 30, $14.95



Have a Beautiful, Sun Safe Day!

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