As children, rules regarding staying protected from the sun were engraved into our minds. Our watchful parents (usually mom) routinely slathered us with sunscreen for those days she knew we would be faced with the sun. Looking back, I couldn’t be more thankful for the institualization of practicing safe sun, because we all want to look young, and if you don’t heed these warnings of un-safe sun, your skin will pay the price.
Instagram star and beach goddess, Charlotte D’alessio even went on to say in a recent question and answer video, alongside her girlfriend, Abby Champion, the secret to being so tanned is “to lather yourself up in baby oil, and sit out in the sun for six hours.”
With the technology that we are faced with in today’s society, there is no logical answer as to why we shouldn’t be educated regarding the detrimental effects of over sun exposure.
So What’s The Deal?
Below we will be exploring the truthful outcomes of over sun exposure, and the not-so-pretty truth to achieving that summertime bronzed effect.
Hello Red Skin : A majority of the world’s population has been faced with the unforgiving mechanism of a sunburn. Yes, you heard that correctly, a sunburn is actually the result of protecting your skin from harsh UV rays, love burns huh? The science behind a sunburn lays within a pigment called melanin, which absorbs UV rays, and dissipates them as heat. This is also what adds color to your hair, skin, and eyes.
Skin Cancer: Most of us have known, or know somebody who has been faced with the never ending, and draining fight with cancer, and regardless if they beat it, cancer sucks! Many people understand that sunbathing can result in this, but choose to ignore it, because they believe a nice summer glow is worth the risk. Skin cancer occurs after there has been over exposure on skin cells, which then morph into cancerous cells.
Premature Aging: I will never forget a story my cosmetology teacher told our class while we were exploring the importance of proper skin care. She told us that while grocery shopping, she bumped into an old friend from high school. She barely recognised this woman, because for someone who was supposed to be in their thirties, she resembled someone in their sixties. Her skin had a leather-like texture to it, which is common to sun worshippers, who do not take the precautions necessary to practice safe sun.
Hello Liver Spots… : Have you ever noticed skin blotches on someone older, that appear to be a darker color in comparison to the rest of their skin? Yup, liver spots, moles and freckles are all a result of over sun exposure. This occurs when the UV rays destroy the collagen and tissue beneath the skin, producing over pigmentation of certain spots.
No Tea No Shade: Are you scared yet? Because I know when I was introduced to the dangers of sunbathing, I never wanted to step into the sun again. However, don’t be afraid, there are ways to safely achieve that beautiful bronzed summer glow without costing your overall health, or the future appearance of your skin.
Below I have found some amazing facial products, and makeup products, that you can wear with confidence, knowing that they will protect your skin while battling UV rays.
Origins- A Perfect World™ SPF 25 Age-Defense Moisturizer with White Tea
We all know that moisturizer is a fundamental step before applying makeup. This moisturizer is targeted to delay the appearance of aging skin. It is targeted towards more combination to dry skin, and is infused with SPF 25 to help protect you from the sun.
Tarte – Tarteguard 30 Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 3
This lotion is great because it does offer a bit more sun protection than the original moisturizer. It also aims to delay the appearance of more mature skin, and its claims are to be vegan, dermatologist-tested, and hypoallergenic.
Estée Lauder – DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme Broad Spectrum SPF 15, Normal/Combination
There truly is no reading inbetween the lines when it comes to this product, due to its rather lengthy title. Like the others on this list, its target is to combat premature aging, and it is formulated to cater to all skin types. Although it does have the most minimal amount of SPF in comparison to the other moisturizers on this list, it does offer many other great benefits with its non – comedogenic claims.
Smashbox – Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35
I always love to use BB Creams in the summer, due to their lightweight, effortless coverage. However, BB Creams that offer SPF support are even better. This BB Cream claims to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles after just one month of usage. It also is infused with pearl pigments and emollients, to help give your skin a more youthful finish.
Bobbi Brown – BB Cream SPF 35
I praise Bobbi Brown for not only her amazing makeup line, but her astonishing line of skincare products, that have been used globally for years. It claims to be a lightweight BB Cream due to its antioxidants, with a natural finish to help combat UVA/UVB rays.
CLINIQUE – Age Defense BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30
This product claims to be a powerful balm to help improve the appearance of skin. It also says it is infused with antioxidants to banish imperfections. The BB Cream is said to prime, hydrate, protect, and camouflage the skin, and is a five-in-one product that is infused with great skin care ingredients.
Anyway, big thanks for reading, and I think that if you use some of these products, you’ll be doing pretty good in that battle with the hot, hot sun beating down on your precious skin!