I’m sure you’re already aware of the importance of protecting your skin from the sun in Summertime. But there’s a bit more to it than just buying any old sun lotion and putting it on your face and body. Just as you’d take care what products you use in your usual skincare routine, it’s also important to do the same when it comes to choosing your sun protection products. However, it can be quite overwhelming trying to figure out which products to choose that will protect your skin, but won’t cause breakouts. But this guide will make it a whole lot easier for you. Let’s begin with a few simple things you need to think about first before you go and spend your hard earned cash on products.
Choosing Your Sun Protection Products for Face & Body
One of the first things you need to consider is that you need a separate sun lotion for your face and your body. Think about like this. You wouldn’t apply your body lotion on your face. So the same applies to sun lotion.
Many people complain that sun protection products cause breakouts on their face. This can be for a number of reasons, but one of the reasons could be that they’re applying the same sun protection product for their body on their face too. The skin on your face is a lot thinner than on your body. Therefore it requires a cream or lotion with a lighter consistency.
How do I tell the difference?
Sun protection products that are specifically for the face will be labelled as such. They’re also generally smaller in size too and come in tubes or bottles between 30 ml to 50 ml. If a sun protection product says, eg: SPF 50 for face, then it’s specifically for the face. If it’s labelled, for example, SPF 50 but doesn’t say if it’s for face or body, it’s most likely best suited for the body only. And it will most likely be in larger size of 100 ml and even larger.
Of course, if you have sensitive skin or allergies, you also need to take a look at the ingredients that are in the products, as they may contain one or several of the ingredients that you’re allergic too or that cause breakouts.
Most sun protection products will come in a lotion, cream or milk form. But there is also another option available that works just as well – powder. In fact, a sunscreen powder is a great solution for protecting your face from the sun and it’s perfect to use over makeup. These are also ideal if you have oily skin as it will mattify your skin. And these are perfect for popping in your bag when you’re on the go, as they’re so small and lightweight. They’re also great for kids and men too, as they’re so easy and quick to apply. And, they don’t leave a greasy feeling on the skin either. My favourites are the Mineral Fusion Brush-on Sun Defense Mineral SPF 30. This product is gorgeous and feels really lightweight on the skin, yet it protects well. It’s also a natural product that’s also cruelty-free. Another powder sunscreen that I like is the SPF30 Natural Sunscreen by Bare Minerals.
Which SPF Should I Choose?
Once you’ve chosen your sun lotion, now it’s time to look at how much protection the sun lotion is going to give you. This is known as SPF in English (Sun Protection Factor) or LSF in German (Licht Schutz Faktor). My advice is to always choose sun protection products that have an SPF/LSF of at least 30, regardless of whether your skin tans easily or burns easily.
Why do I need a high SPF & how often should I reapply?
There is a common misconception that using a sun lotion with a higher SPF will stop you from getting a tan. But this is not the case at all. In fact, you can still get a tan using a sun lotion with a high SPF. The SPF is not only protecting your skin from UVB rays which cause burning. It also protects from the sun’s UVA rays which cause premature ageing of the skin. This will be visible in the form of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.
To keep things simple, make sure to reapply sun lotion approximately every 2 hours. And always reapply it after swimming and bathing in water. That way you can be sure that your skin is always safe and protected.
The Absolute Safest Way to Tan
If you really want to be extra safe in the sun but still want a lovely Summer glow to your skin, you can always apply a self-tanner. Now don’t be put off by using a self-tanner. Gone are the days of orange looking self-tanning products. And there are some really excellent products available nowadays.
My absolute favourite self-tanning product is this one by Lavera. It gives a really beautiful looking glow to the skin and does not look in any way orange. Plus it’s super easy to apply and is great if you’re a beginner at applying self-tanning products. You literally can’t go wrong applying this product. It’s also perfect for fair skin as it gives just a hint of colour. However, if you’re looking for a more intense colour, it’s very buildable, so you could apply it over a couple of nights.
Or you may want to try this Faux Tan self-tanner by Bare Minerals. This gives a lovely, natural glow too. But it’s best for if you want a deeper looking colour or if you’re used to applying self-tanning products.
How to apply self-tanning products
The key to applying self-tanner is in the preparation. Always exfoliate your skin first with either an exfoliating product or with an exfoliating mitt or gloves. I prefer to use a body scrub that contains natural ingredients like the Morning Mojito Body Scrub by Potentia (isn’t the name so cool 🙂 ), as it’s also very hydrating for my skin. You can find out here how to exfoliate your skin.
Always follow up with a body lotion and then begin to apply your self-tanning product evenly onto your skin. I find the best way is to apply it just like you would your body moisturiser, by gently massaging it all over your skin. To avoid the product staining your hands, apply your self-tanner with latex gloves or a tanning mitt.
It’s not only in Summertime that you need to wear a sun protection lotion. The sun’s rays can be just as strong in colder temperatures. So my advice is to wear an SPF of at least 30 on your face all year round, even in Winter.
Did you find these tips helpful? What are your biggest issues when it comes to choosing sun protection products? Ask any questions you have in the comments below. Or if you prefer you can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the contact form here.