My skin is so fair, it’s practically translucent. I spent all of my teens (and, okay, early 20’s) lusting after those gorgeous golden tans all of my friends would spend their summers perfecting. I’d spend 5 minutes in the sun, end up bright red, peeling, and then back to lily white…with freckles. Fortunately, I’ve finally come to terms with it – and have become something of a connoisseur of sun-protection products.
Body sunscreen is easy enough. I’m happy with most run-of-the-mill drugstore brands. But the face sunscreen is much trickier. Most make my face really unhappy, and don’t end up actually protecting it all that much. My daily moisturizer is SPF 15, but that just doesn’t cut it on serious sun days. I just got a chance to try out Juice Beauty’s SPF 30 Mineral Sheer Moisturizer, and it’s my new standby. To be honest, it’s still a little oilier than I’d like, so this one hasn’t become my daily moisturizer of choice. But, I have yet to find a facial sunscreen above SPF 15 that isn’t oily. This version has the added advantage of not smelling a bit like sunscreen, and was still light enough that a quick dusting of powder left my face perfectly matte for the day. Best of all, I applied it once in the morning, spent all day wandering around beachside, and had barely a trace of red on my face at the end of the day. A little aloe vera gel instead of my normal evening moisturizer, and it was entirely gone by morning. Pretty impressive.
My other sunscreen peeve is the dreaded scalp burn. Short of wearing a big, floppy hat (a defense I invoke regularly), there just aren’t that many options – it’s not like I’m going to apply Coppertone to my locks. Finally, though, I’ve come across a solution. Tela Hair Care has just come out with a hair styling cream with SPF 18, and it’s perfection. It protects without greasing everything up. In fact, I just use it instead of a shine serum after I’ve done my hair, and it works like a charm.