Even with this cloudy weather we’re having, I take my sun protection seriously. A case of melanoma tends to do that to a person. One could call me neurotic about sunscreen but I prefer to think of myself as enthusiastic. I know that layering a 50 SPF on top of a 30 SPF doesn’t add up to 80 SPF protection but it does help with coverage.
The cancer foundation recommends you apply a shot glass full of sunscreen to cover your body and half a teaspoon just for your face. That may not sound like much but if you measure it you’re likely to find you don’t apply anywhere near that much.
Since I only use physical sunscreens I would look like a pasty mess if I applied 1/2 a teaspoon at one time. Layering allows me to apply smaller amounts and let it dry before adding another layer.
I start with this Josie Maran Moisturizer with 47 SPF. It’s very creamy and usually enough moisture for my skin. That soaks in while I dry my hair. I apply this brightening primer next. I love how it smoothes my complexion. It has an SPF of 20 and dries immediately. Then depending on how my skin feels I apply either this tinted Australian Gold SPF 50 sunscreen or this tinted SPF 41 moisturizer by Elta MD. The Australian gold is quite dry on its own. The Elta MD is quite emollient on its own, so I choose based on the day.
My neck, chest, arms, and back of hands get covered with either this Australian Gold SPF 50 untinted sunscreen or this La Roche Posay Athelios SPF 50 sunscreen.
On days I know I will be out in the sun more than usual I add this Jane Iredale 30 SPF powder to my neck and chest for additional coverage. It is totally transparent.
I keep this stick sunscreen in the ashtray of my car…best use for an ashtray I know of:) I apply a layer to the backs of my hands and fingers whenever I get in the car because they’re in direct sunlight on the steering wheel and I don’t want more spots.
The untinted version felt creamy but left a dry, white film that felt tacky. The tinted version has very little color and left a dry cakey finish. I had to wash everything off and start over with my regular sunscreen.
My face looks surprisingly natural with all these layers on and I haven’t had a sunburn or new damage for many years. So while layering takes a bit more time, all the products work well together and give me solid mineral protection without looking like a mask.
Do you have a favorite sunscreen to share?
I am hoping for sun and fully suited up for it;) Thanks for reading ladies and have a great day!
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