I can’t even begin to express how important sunscreen is. We are all alike in that our parents were overly diligent about us applying sunscreen as children. We all hated being lathered and called back home to reapply. Now, I couldn’t be more thankful my mother engraved sunscreen into my everyday routine.
The generation before us wasn’t as educated about sun damage as we are in 2015. Our parent’s didn’t understand the full effect that not wearing sunscreen would have on them in the future. And no body wants that coming back to haunt them in their 40s.
My mom told me stories of how she would lie out in 100 degree weather with direct sunlight and oil on her face to make her tan faster. In the moment, she would look like a beach goddess.
Now, she is paying the price with sun damage. She begged me not to make the same mistake.
You would think that today, between laser, chemical peels, and bleaching cream they would have found a way to remove sun damage. The truth is, you never get your baby skin back.
Of course we all want that post-vacation glow at all times, but there is a safe way to get it. We all know to wear sunscreen when we are going to spend all day at the beach or at the pool. Yet, we often forget that wearing sunscreen on a day to day basis is MORE important than that one day at the beach. Driving in your car, sitting outside for lunch, going for a run. All of this daily exposure to the sun accumulates.
My favorite way to tan is to do it gradually. A few hours a day with SPF 30 on my face and body. That way, you won’t burn, you’re protecting your skin, and you will get a nice shade darker.
I don’t expect you to wake up in the morning and remember to put SPF on your face, because the reality is that I never do that.
My best advice would be to find a facial moisturizer that you like, that has SPF. Even if its as low as 15 or 20 SPF, it will protect your skin. Plus, you will definitely love the feeling of knowing you won’t be waking up with terrible skin in 20 years.
Also, don’t think that just because you have darker, “olive” skin you’re in the clear. The sun has no mercy.
Not to freak you out, but melasma is a very common skin discoloration that comes from exposure to sun. You will most likely not notice dark spots until after many years of sun exposure. Skin discoloration, wrinkles, and freckles can be helped if you are diligent about protecting your skin everyday from a young age.
If you think that you’re 20 years old and it’s already too late to start protecting your skin, not true!
If you have acne prone skin, ask your dermatologist which brand is best for you.