Summertime Beauty Tips Mineral Sunscreen Chemical Sunscreens Latia Curtis
I say this with love, you’re probably not putting your sunscreen on right. Or, you’re probably not wearing any at all. And no, the SPF in your makeup is not enough…Never fear, you and I are now in a “judgment-free zone” and I’m going to give you the best Summertime Beauty Tip; WEARING SUNSCREEN.
There are two types of sunscreens: mineral and chemical. Both serve the same purpose: protecting you from the sun’s harmful rays that can cause cancer, sun damage to your skin, and premature signs of aging.
Take your daily vitamins and wear your daily minerals. Mineral sunscreens are just that; minerals. You may have heard mineral sunscreens referred to as physical sunscreens as a mineral, such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, create a physical barrier against the sun. These are usually white so if you have tan to deep shaded skin, mineral sunscreens may create a bit of an ashy cast. For application, you should apply mineral sunscreens right after your moisturizer and it’ll get to work immediately. If you can, try to find Reef Safe Sunscreen. You can find more info about this at www.savethereef.org.
Here are a few of my favorite mineral (physical) sunscreens:
Andrelle’s Lavender + Carrot Seed Sun Protectant SPF 45 active mineral sunscreen ingredient is zinc yet this sunscreen doesn’t create a white or ashy cast upon the skin. Actually, it does the opposite, oh-so-good to skin organic oils like Almond Oil, Lavender, Peppermint, Carrot Seed moisturize and brighten skin and leaves a medium-dewy finish. Shop Andrelle’s is owned by Krystel Burell-Armstrong, a professional makeup artist, certified herbalist, and esthetician based out of New Orleans, LA. $35.00 www.shopandrelles.com @shopandrelles on Instagram
SkinScript SHEER PROTECTION SPF 30 touts an impressive 13.5% zinc oxide and feels lightweight and sheer. If you’re not into looking too dewy, this sunscreen has a demi-matte finish. You can also check out facials and even get a haircut from the mother-daughter team at MY Beauty Lounge in Simpsonville. Mattie, Mom and Master Esthetician, exclusively uses SkinScript in her spa studio. Daughter, Yesi, specializes in curly hair cuts. $24.00 www.mybeautyloungesc.com. @mybeautyloungesc.com on Instagram.
Sunscreens will wear off with sweat, heat, and water play. It’s sunscreen, not cement. It’s best to re-apply every 60-90 minutes, per the instructions from your sunscreen manufacturer. You’ll also need a lot more than you think. You should use about 2 tablespoons all over your entire body and rub it in until you can’t see it. Even if you don’t wear makeup, but you are wearing sunscreen, you’ll still want to follow your regular cleansing and skincare regimen.
It’s all about the chemicals baby…don’t let the word chemical scare you off. Where mineral sunscreens work by reflecting or bounding the sun’s rays, chemical sunscreens work by absorbing UV rays and turning them into heat. Then, the heat is released from your skin. UV rays can still penetrate your skin to reach these chemicals, so they may not protect you against all UVA rays. This leaves your deeper layers of skin vulnerable to sun damage (yikes). BUT! Any sunscreen is better than no sunscreen and some find chemical sunscreens much easier to wear under makeup.
Chemical Sunscreen’s Greatest Hits:
La-Roche Posay ANTHELIOS CLEAR SKIN OIL FREE SUNSCREEN SPF 60 is brilliant for acne-prone skin. Containing Perlite + Silica, oil-absorbing, and shine-reducing ingredients, with a sturdy SPF 60, this sunscreen is also active for up to 80 minutes in the water. $19.99 www.laroche-posay.us/sunscreen.
Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection SPF 45 is a personal favorite of mine. The natural finish it leaves is not too shiny but not too matte, either. It also works as a primer which means it plays nicely with makeup and extends the wear of your makeup. It seems there’s some secret skin blurring juju in this too, leaving a photo-filtered finish. $96.00 www.chantecaille.com.
Give your skin a heads up when using chemical sunscreens. Once applied, they take about 30 minutes to be effective. Chemical sunscreens are fine for day-to-day or days where you’ll be outside for a very short while. For extended protection, I’d suggest your mineral sunscreen as it offers the most comprehensive protection from the sun and is easy to share amongst the whole family.
Even if it’s a cloudy day or you’re spending most of the day indoors but drive to and from work, you still need sunscreen. After all, summertime beauty is only as good as your skin. So become BFF’s with your SPF and get into the good habit of using some sort of sunscreen everyday.
Here are a few more summertime beauty faves as pictured on a couple of your favorite readers, Hadiya and Hilary.
Lucas’s Paw Paw Tinted Ointment $8 at Ulta.
Supergoop Glowscreen SPF 40 Sunscreen
$36 at Sephora.
Maybelline Cheek Heat Shade 30 Coral Ember $7.99 at Ulta.
Shisedo Synchro Skin Lifting Foundation
SPF 40 Shades 440 Amber & 460 Topaz $47.
Tom Ford Lipstick in Shade Jake
$49 Amazon. (currently discontinued by Tom Ford)
Biore Watery Essence Sunscreen SPF 50+ $16.90 Amazon.
Face Atelier Ultra Foundation Pro Size in Tan $37. Face Atelier Face Atelier has a wonderful sample program which allows you to test shades for just $1.00.
Milani Rose Powder Blush in Coral Cove $9.49 at Ulta.