It’s that time of year again: sunscreen becomes our best friend! I’m pleased to report that some formulas are so advanced that they can take the place of moisturizer and primer under your foundation. This is good news for the reluctant user, for oily skinned individuals who found previous products too heavy and greasy, and for consumers who believe that all sunscreens will leave a white cast on their skin.
Sun damage is the number one cause of wrinkles, brown spots, and melanoma--a dangerous form of cancer.
I believe that facing the sun without protection is the express lane to dull and old-looking skin. Research proves that using sunscreen daily will slow down the aging process and beat out any magical cream or elite elixir. In fact, using a broad spectrum sunscreen is the best thing you can do to heal previously compromised skin. And it’s the best thing you can do to minimize future damage.
Broad spectrum sunscreen protects the skin by forming a barrier against the full range of the sun’s rays, both UVA (Ultra Violet Aging) and UVB (Ultra Violet Burning). Take care, however, not to be deceived by products advertising a high sun protection factor. The difference between SPF 60 and SPF 100 is minimal--so minimal, that many labels now read simply 50+. Most people don’t apply their sunscreen adequately; they’re barely protecting their skin. To remedy this, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declared the daily recommended SPF be increased from 15 to 30. As well, it’s now mandatory that “water resistant” sunscreens display the length of time they remain effective while skin is in direct contact with water. (Most need reapplying after about 40 minutes.)
Choosing the right sunscreen comes down to your personal preference of texture and application--be it spray, gel, lotion, cream, or stick. Whichever you choose, your sunscreen should compliment your skin type and meet the demands of your daily activities. For example, spray-on sunscreens are ideal for athletes because they’re sweat-proof and won’t run into the eyes and cause stinging. Gels and lotions are ideal for combination and oily skin types because these formulations evaporate after application, yet retain their SPF effectiveness. Creamier sunscreens can be hydrating and act as a moisturizer for drier skins. Sticks are convenient to apply in an instant to nose, tops of ears, and lips.
Once you’ve determined which sunscreen suits you best, apply and wait ten minutes before dressing your face with makeup. Virtually all makeup is available with SPF. A quality foundation or BB Cream and lipstick are the place to start.
When you’re in direct sun, pay extra attention to commonly forgotten ”blind spots”: the part in your hair, scalps for individuals who are balding, tops of ears, nose, lips, the front and back of the neck, and the chest. Do remember the backs of your hands—and your feet! Wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats will help keep your skin healthy, too.
Depending on where you live, the sun’s rays are usually strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Apply sunscreen rain-or-shine, and at least 20 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply as directed, usually every two hours, and more often when exercising and swimming.
Want an application reminder?
Set your phone to beep. Be sure to use the right amount: ½ teaspoon is recommended for the face and a shot glass or more for your body. Ask someone to help you with hard-to-reach areas. It might be a nice way of getting to know someone new. Wink, wink.
Check your skin regularly for any abnormalities and report them to your doctor or dermatologist. According to the Canadian Dermatology Association, individuals with skin cancers have a high survival rate if the cancer is detected early. Look for lesions that are new and that stand out from the rest of your body. As well, watch for any familiar lesions that are changing appearance. www.myskincheck.ca is a good resource for checking any moles or sunspots until your doctor gives the definitive word.
Please, protect and/or take cover in the name of beauty!
Nothing beats one-on-one personalized attention. Dino will take the time to evaluate, educate, and update a new client’s current makeup. He’ll define, or refine, their beauty with a fresh, fabulous new look. Engaging, enlightening, and empowering, Dino’s hands-on instruction and “secret” professional techniques can help anyone become their own makeup artist. This beauty gift keeps giving back in confidence--and attention.
When winter hits, lip balm is an unsung hero. After all, it’s the best companion to combat the ever-looming chapped lips syndrome—and much more. A quality lip balm will include emollients like Jojoba and Shea oils to moisturize and soften, plus waxes to lock in moisture; its price shouldn’t exceed the cost of 2 cheap cocktails or 2 fancy coffees. While applying balm to clean lips makes an ideal base for lipstick and gloss, this inexpensive beauty basic goes places way beyond just our lips!
Massage into dry cuticles to soften and condition after washing and drying hands.
Swipe balm lightly through eyebrows to add sheen, then use fingertip to groom hairs into place.
Paint generously over palms of hands. Massage together, and then smooth over flyaway hairs to tame. Great trick for hat head.
After a bath, massage olive oil onto dry elbows and heels and then lock in with a layer of lip balm.
Swipe across exposed parts of the face in frigid weather for even more protection.
Apply potted lip balms with clean lip brush, new cotton swab or freshly cleansed finger. (For maximum hygiene, carry a stick version of balm to use throughout the day.)
Pick up balm with thumb and index finger and work into unruly moustache and sideburns to groom.
It’s Da Balm!
Paula’s Choice Lip & Body Treatment Balm - This astoundingly concentrated formula offers on-the-spot relief upon application to dry, chapped lips as well as on elbows, cuticles, and nails. Tames unruly eye brows and fly away hairs.
Wear sunscreen! Otherwise it’s “Rays today, raisins tomorrow.” – Loretta Young
Because lip gloss behaves like a mirror, wear a sunscreen-infused lip balm underneath to prevent burning.
Check the expiry dates on last season’s sunscreens.
Buy sunscreen in multiples and bulk so you can distribute them to family members and loved ones. Tuck extras wherever you’ll need to reach for it: your purse, car, boat, by front and back doors.
E-mail me directly from the pool, the beach, or your local patio. I’ll answer your beauty questions and concerns from the air-conditioned DDB Studio—our version of summer school!
May your lazy, hazy days include sun-safe fun and memorable, magical moments.