Recently, in the Maldives, I had the chance to really put summer skin care products and make up to the test. When you’re in and out of the water, battling humidity and harsh UV rays here are my go to products to keep your skin safe and looking great all day long as well as a refresher in sunscreen application.
Benefit – Best for Staying Power
The recently launched eye brow range comes in a variety of shades from light to deep and with products like a primer, wax pencil, gel and pomade you’ll be able to define your brows and have them looking ‘on fleek’ from sunrise to sunset.
Watch my full interview with Benefits Global Brow Expert, Jared Bailey, here
Clarins – Best for Sensitive Skin
With gorgeous packaging and shades the products aren’t heavy but are ideal for summer with panda proof eye lash coating, lip glosses and bronzers that compliment a sun kissed glow.
Herbal Essentials – Best for Natural Tanning
The SPF50 oil was a product I fell in love with because of it’s easy to apply formula, staying power and protection. I was left with a bronzed glow and luscious moisturised skin by sun down.
Neutrogena – Best for Staying Power
I highly recommend this beauty editors favourite for your face. Using this on a daily basis under my make up is now a go to in harsh climates as well as staying on after a morning or afternoon dip.
Coola – Best for Sensitive Skin
With a variety of products and sizes, including small enough tubes to carry on, theres no way to forget paying attention to your skin. With ingredients specifically for reactive skin it’s a great option if you tend to flare up in the sun.
Hopefully, you’ve heard these before, but let’s reapply.
Depending on your body size, experts recommend using enough lotion to fill a shot glass, or an ounce, when you’re at the beach. Even if people are smart enough to apply sunscreen, they may not use enough, said Dr. Jerry Brewer, a dermatologic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
- Even if the bottle says the lotion is waterproof, beachgoers should reapply after swimming.
- If you’re not swimming, you should reapply every two hours, regardless of the SPF count.
- You should put sunscreen on 15 minutes before exposure.
- Look for products that are labeled “broad spectrum protection” with an SPF of 15 to 50.
Spots You’re Likely to Forget
Dr. Elizabeth Hale, a senior vice president for the Skin Cancer Foundation and a dermatologist in New York City, said that both men and women are likely to miss the tops of their ears and the tops of the feet. (Full disclosure: The nonprofit Skin Cancer Foundation receives some funding from sunscreen manufacturers.)
Men are particularly likely to miss their scalps and the backs of their necks, while women are more likely to miss their chest and neck areas, she said.
Dr. Brewer said beachgoers often miss the bottoms of their feet, which can be exposed if they’re lying on their stomachs reading or napping.
Help From Technology
Because you’re probably taking your phone to the beach, you could rely on it, instead of your faulty memory, to remind you that it’s time to reapply. Android and iOS are rife with free and inexpensive apps that could alert you when you need it.
You could also seek help from wearables. A jewel-like device called JUNE, which can be worn as a bracelet or a brooch, monitors sun exposure and syncs with an iOS app that can tell you how quickly you’re using up your recommended sun allowance for the day. Or you could try a low-tech wristband, like UVSunSense, that changes colors to signal you should reapply sunscreen or head indoors.
Improving Your Looks, Too
Dr. Hale said that when she tries to persuade patients to take sunscreen more seriously, she sometimes targets their vanity more than their health. She tells them that using sunscreen every day — not just when they’re at the beach or the park — can help prevent the brown spots and wrinkles that often lead people to seek out dermatologists, and that sun exposure is a primary driver of the skin’s aging process.
“I truly believe sunscreen is the No. 1 anti-aging ingredient,” she said.
(Article originally appeared in The New York Times)