Hey there it’s Megan with some super summer skincare tips including everything you need to know to choose the right sunscreen. Living in the Nevada desert sunscreen is a must have beauty product all year long and as summer is approaching quickly pool season is in full swing at our incredible Las Vegas day clubs. For those of you planning weddings during the summer months in Las Vegas you’ll want to keep this post handy and be sure to add sunscreen to your packing list for your destination wedding here in our beautiful city.
We all love a glowing sun bronzed look for the summer but it’s important to note that tanned skin is damaged skin so it is absolutely essential that you take care of the skin your in. Remember our mantra…GOOD SKIN AND GOOD COLOR GO HAND IN HAND. That being said, just what exactly do those spf numbers mean? SPF stands for sun protection factor, but it specifically indicates protection against the ultraviolet B (UVB) rays that cause sunburn, we already know those UVA/UVB rays are going to be changing they way we pretty much do everything.
Let’s talk about those spf numbers. An spf of 30 means you can be in the sun for 30 times longer than you could without sunscreen before you start to burn. So if you tend to start sunburning in 10 minutes an spf of 30 would allow you to be in the sun for approximately 300 minutes before you start to burn. BUT WAIT! There’s more to it than that…. 300 minutes that’s five hours…we should be good to go for the rest of the day right? WRONG!
A general rule of thumb is to reapply every two hours when outdoors especially if you are swimming or perspiring a lot.
While we’re at it here let’s dispel the myth that the higher the number the better… Even if the sunscreen has an spf of 100 it needs to be reapplied to provide the best protection. An spf of 15 blocks over 90% of UVB rays so you don’t need a sunscreen with 80-100…. and adding more only replaces what has worn off it doesn’t extend the protection….reapplication is the secret key!
Your skin is worth protecting and a broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen that provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays with a minimum spf of 30 is a good guidline to choose one that is right for you.
For fun in the sun remember to apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before spending extended time in the sun. Don’t forget those sensitive spots like your ears, the backs of you knees and the tops of your feet. For everyday use as part of your makeup routine start with your sunscreen, then primer followed by your foundation.
Adding a sassy summer cover up or a fabulous hat to your outfit for the day will also give you added protection and don’t forget the umbrella if you’ll be basking in the sunny outdoors for the day.
Here are few of our favorites to get you started…
Shiseido Wetforce Clear Stick UV Protector Broad Spectrum 50+, this clear stick sunscreen works both over and under makeup for sun protection on the go.
“This clear stick sunscreen applies easily to the skin for sun protection on the go. It can be used over and under makeup. WetForce technology, provides the skin a protective veil that becomes stronger as it comes into contact with water or perspiration. “
NARS Smooth & Protect Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen
“Perfecting. Protecting. Oil free. Invisible Defense Technology delivers weightless broad-spectrum sunscreen that imperceptibly protects skin against environmental damage without residue or weight. Skin Smoothing Complex powerfully blurs imperfections. Prolongs & enhances makeup.”
“Neutrogena Sheer ZINC Dry-Touch Sunscreen provides superior Broad Spectrum protection against harmful UV rays. This mineral sunscreen lotion features a naturally sourced 100 percent zinc oxide sunscreen formula that offers powerful protection against burning UVB and aging UVA rays. Formulated with Purescreen Technology to help absorb, reflect, and scatter dangerous sunrays, while Dry-Touch Technology help ensure that the sunscreen dries with a non-greasy, lightweight finish. Free of fragrance, parabens, phthalates, dyes, and irritating chemicals, this sweat- and water-resistant sunscreen lotion is gentle even on sensitive skin.”
MORE Summer Skin Care tips!
Exfoliate Expensive scrubs and salts feel wonderful, but if you’re on a budget, you can do just as good a job using an exfoliation mitt or glove and your regular body wash. Gentle exfoliation is essential if you’ve had any area waxed, particularly in the bikini area, as it can help prevent ingrown hairs.
Hydrate (both your body and your skin) drink plenty of water and apply (and reapply!) that sunscreen and moisturizer. A toner spritz is a great moisture prep and a super pick me up in the car, at the gym or on the run.
Soothe your skin and treat over exposed sun damaged skin with TLC. A cooling balm packed with botanicals or aloe vera gel works wonders to take the sting out.
Eat well! Your skin needs lots of vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. Eating foods high in antioxidants and protein help keep the elastic and prevents wrinkles.
Summer truly is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year, the golden sunshine makes the sky appear more blue, and beautiful flowers bring a burst of color to even the hottest deserts. We hope you fully embrace the season! Be sure to visit us on Instagram for incredible wedding makeup inspiration! We’d love to hear about your day! Please take a moment to visit our contact page and introduce yourself.
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Sources: Style Caster: http://stylecaster.com/beauty/summer-beauty-tips/#ixzz47bsJpEcz Cosmopolitan Magazine: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/advice/g3973/best-new-sunscreens/ Penn State University: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/advice/g3973/best-new-sunscreens/ Everyday Health: https://www.everydayhealth.com/