As much as I LOVE the sun, it breaks down collagen which we already lose enough of naturally as we age.
My entire list of summer skin tips are featured in this Austin Woman Magazine interview, but as you may know by now the #1 skin care secret of all time is sunscreen.
A good standard when hunting for sunscreen is SPF 30, which blocks 97 percent of the sun's UVB rays.
When going to the lake or beach, I recommend opting for SPF 40-50.
Your sunscreen should always be the last step in your skincare routine, and I recommend waiting about 10 minutes before applying any makeup to ensure that you don't move your sunscreen off your face.
Also, avoid wearing any facial oils on top of your sunscreen because this can also move around your SPF and decrease the efficacy.
In order to protect your skin you MUST apply sunscreen completely/properly, and ideally wait 15 minutes before heading outside to make sure it has enough time to spread out and coat your skin cells evenly.
Applying sunscreen to your neck and chest area is a great way to prevent pre-mature aging in those areas, too!
Putting on makeup with SPF should serve as added protection, not your only protection when having a sun day!
And hey, if you feel you need more protection, grab a fun big hat and some big sun glasses!
Zinc Oxide is one of my favorites, which is why I chose to use it in my 2-in-1 luxury formulation, The Good Sunscreen!
Unlike many other chemical sunscreens, zinc oxide protects against UVA and UVB light rays and is used in cosmetics to prevent burns, and signs of aging.
UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and can lead to premature skin damage/aging.
UVB rays will usually burn the superficial layers of your skin and play a key role in the development of Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.
When you're exposed to sun, SPF must be re-applied throughout the day (every 2 hours is a good practice).
And yes, you can still get sun damage if there's cloud coverage because clouds don't block the harmful rays from coming in contact with your skin.
Pro-tip! When you're not going to be outside there's no need to slather sunscreen all over your face unless you're sitting by a window all day and want to be extra careful!
I like to wear SPF in my makeup (Priming Duo) everyday too to ensure that I have some level of sunscreen on for those unexpected, quick trips outside!
Remember, the more you know the more you glow!