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Your sunscreen woes, answered.

"I wear SPF and still got a burn"

First check the expiration date. If thats ok, then you probably aren't applying enough. Measure out approximately 1/4 teaspoon, thats how much your face should be getting. Apply liberally! Don't count on your makeup for protection, no one wears enough makeup to get true sun protection. SPF goes on first, let it soak in. Then apply makeup. Or try a tinted SPF instead of makeup. Dr Jart, Bobbi Brown and Neutrogena all make tinted SPF that can take the place of your morning foundation. Also, If your sweating, or having outdoor fun, make sure to reapply every two hours. 


"I hate the way it feels"

That makes two of us! I have found a few that are super light and won't make you break out.  Also, these 'are all in one' formulas, loaded up with antioxidants & good for skin ingredients too. So you only need to put ONE thing on in the morning. My three faves are Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum 40 SPF, Kate Sommerville Serum Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50+, and philosophy miracle worker spf50 miraculous anti-aging fluid. Another tip, try 'SPF powders".  Peter Thomas Roth makes some excellent ones. They easy for touch ups, travel ready, and it won't melt in your beach bag.

"Sunscreen stings my face"

Try a 'physical ingredient only' SPF. You may not know this but there are two kinds of sunscreen: synthetic and physical/ mineral spf. Synthetic ingredients to avoid if your sensitive are oxybenzone, avobenzone, octinoxate, octocrylene, and homosalate. Try physical/mineral ingredients instead, these are easy to remember, as theres only two: titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These reflect the light instead of absorbing it. Most of them will have a skin colored tint, so you won't have a whitish look. Try Dermalogica Pure Light SPF 30 or Neutrogena Pure & Free™ Liquid Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50. 
 


"But I want to be tan!"

Thats fine..just fake it. Bronzers and Self Tanners get better and better every year.  Try a spray tan (where someone actually sprays you, the booths aren't that great). They will last about a week. Or do it at home, St. Tropez brand makes my favorites. Top it off the next day with some tropical smelling body oil, and I promise you will feel (and look) like you spent a day at the beach.