And while Alison reveals she doesn't have any special skin care rituals in particular, she does follow the same regimen each day: sunscreen (Coppertone's Oil Free Faces SPF 30) in the morning and a liberal application of moisturizer in the evening. If she could travel back and tell her 20-year-old self what to change, though, it would involve being more diligent with cleansing. "I wish I had known how important it is to wash your face every night before going to bed and remove all traces of makeup," she says. Sound advice for saving face.
Basking in the sun is a summertime staple, but wearing sunscreen is a must. Whether you're hitting the beach or just sitting at a café, a broad-spectrum sunscreen is best. Along with protecting you against skin cancer, a broad-spectrum sunscreen blocks both the UVB rays that can lead to a burn and the UVA rays that cause premature skin aging. So before you go out, slather it on. Here are three nongreasy options we think you'll love.
Just type in your zip code, or the zip of any other US city, and you'll get the current UV index, along with advice on what to do to protect yourself based on the reading. You can then customize by activity levels to receive product recommendations (Coppertone, of course). You can even set a timer to remind you to reapply your SPF at regular intervals. FYI: Every two hours or so is the standard.
There's even a tips section chock-full of helpful words of SPF wisdom, and a link to the Weather Channel website. Will this app blow your mind? No, but I could see it coming in handy at the store or while on vacation. And since it's free, and you get a $1 off coupon just for downloading, it's worth a few minutes of your time to check out.
Summer means a few changes to your beauty regimen: up the ante on the sunscreen level, choose a lighter fragrance to wear on hot nights out, and reach for the bronzer. Decades ago, though, the shift in seasons sent women running for the sun with baby oil in hand. Check out these vintage beauty ads to find out how far our thinking has come.
I am a fair skinned girl who really enjoys her outdoor sports. I also am a
very sweaty fair skinned girl and have noticed that most sunscreens do not
keep up with me. I apply at least 30 minutes before going outside but
still often end up with a mild burn.
Can you recommend a sunscreen with real lasting strength? I love a tan
but I love my skin more.
Ahhhh....a fair skinned athlete after my own heart - she "loves her skin more" than a tan. Well for this scenario, I highly recommend Water Babies by Coppertone.
I discovered this sunscreen in my quest for a sunscreen for my two fair skinned, active daughters. It is a broad spectrum sunscreen, meaning it blocks both UVA and UVB rays, plus it is SPF 50. Since the lotion was formulated for kids it is hypoallergenic, gentle and moisturizing. It is also PABA free (one of the chemicals you want to avoid). Plus it provides instant waterproof protection.
It is thick and can be difficult to rub in completely, so it leaves a little white aura about your skin, but the sunscreen stays put long periods of time. I would not, however, use this sunscreen on my face since it is not labeled "non comedogenic" so it will clog your pores. I am just really particular about what I put on my face. Water Babies can also sting your eyes so I like to just steer clear of that area.
Look for it at you local drugstore or buy it online from DrugStore.com for $8.49 for an 8 ounce bottle.