We can no longer ignore the effects of the sun on our skin, and tanning beds are adding even more danger to our skin.Not only does it cause premature wrinkles and sagging, there is also the more serious factor of skin cancer.
In 2007, the FDA published that
over 10,000 people die of skin cancer every year.
Why do we constantly soak children in sunscreen, but for some reason think "it will never happen to me". Your skin is sensitive regardless of age. If covering children head-to-toe in sunscreen is for the good of their health, shouldn't we then follow our own advice and do the same to ourselves? Or are we just hypocrites and setting a bad example?
I think we always knew deep down that the sun was bad for our skin, but we chose to ignore it. However, these days it is so hard to ignore the big "C" word. And the warnings are endlessly in the media. Adverts are telling us to avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm, to cover up, sit in the shade, apply a high SPF cream...
I mean, if the sun is getting so hot its melting the ice caps, God only knows what it could be doing to our unprotected skin.
Sunscreen comes in an array of forms, and powder sunscreens are becoming popular, so there is no excuse to not be protected. Powder sunscreens often have less chemicals, than it's liquid cousin, and the general rule is that if you can't pronounce the chemical, then it probably should not be on your skin.
Dermatologists outline six skin types:
Type 2 - skin will tan a bit, but is still very sun-sunsitive.
Type 3 - may but slightly, but tans lightly.
Type 4 - tans moderately.
Type 5 - rarely burns.
Type 6 - never burns due to dark tones already present in the skin.
it is advisable for every skin type to wear a sunscreen, the most
sensitive are skin types one to four, and they're the most prone to
Don't be fooled by overcast sky either, some of my worst sunburn has occurred when I thought I was safe as it was cloudy...and naive, and stupid judgment.
There are an increasing number of beauty products (foundations, powders, lipsticks) making their way in to the market, with a SPF of anything between 5 and 20. Beauty essentials with an SPF? Perfect!
If you know you're going to be spending the day in the sun, then sunscreen should be an integral part of your daily skin routine. Sunscreen should be the last product you apply to your skin and it should also be applied at least thirty minutes before you plan on going out in the sun. A water resistant sun screen is best, as you don't have to worry about it sweating off. In my personal opinion, even if the lotion is 'waterproof', I advise reapplying as soon as you get out of the ocean or the pool. An SPF lip balm should be a staple in your handbags during the summer months.
Recently I got to try E.L.F's powder sunscreen.
An powder with an SPF of forty five...that can't work, can it? Surely a powder can't provide the same protection as a liquid sun screen of the same SPF?
Yes, I am a skeptic. And, I was in fact, proven...wrong! I was truly amazed with this powder. We've had a beautiful week or so of hot, sunny, sunscreen worthy weather. So it was a fantastic time to try out this powder. My skin is stupidly fair, and I've got to use an SPF50 on my body, chest and face, and at least an SPF15 on my lips. My skin burns, and never tans, and more often than not, I will blister. My skin does not like the sun. I tested this powder for five days, applying to my face and chest (my main problem areas for sunburn), and applied my liquid sunscreen (SPF45) to my arms and shoulders, for a comparison. I can honestly say, hand on heart, this powder works as well as a liquid sunscreen. My face did not burn, nor did my chest. You may question how I knew it had worked...well, because on the day after I stopped testing this product, and I had not used any SPF protection, my skin burnt. It is truly fantastic, and I really do recommend this product. Especially considering the small price tag.
I continued with my usual three step skincare routine; cleanse, tone, moisturize. I did my makeup as normal. And applied this over my make up, using the powder puff you get in the pot! The powder itself is quite sheer, so its fairly unnoticeable. You could, if you wanted, use this as a face powder, and build up a fuller coverage using a kabuki brush. My chest, I also just moisturized and applied with the powder puff. I can stress enough the importance of moisturizing with this product. Unless you have fairly oily skin, this product will not stay on you skin, without a little help.
I adore ELF products for many reason, they're both reasonably priced,
and they do actually work as well as more expensive products on the
market. And, as a bonus, they're cruelty free and not tested on animals!
I cannot stress how much I love ELF products. I started to use them about two years ago, as they were cheap, and perfect for a small budget. I managed to replace my entire outdated makeup bag essentials for less than $25, and price I would often pay for one product! I recommend you buy this product, and you will not be disappointed.
Available at Eyes, Lips, Face for $6.
(this product was provided by E.L.F for purposes of review)
By Carly Doogan