We took this picture over the weekend at St. Pete beach on one of our morning walks. We actually stayed on the beach, and the wedding was on the beach, but we didn’t get to spend any time at the beach! So we got up as early as we could both mornings to walk for an hour and enjoy the sunrise and sandpipers.
And before I start talking about sunscreen, I want to mention the shorts/skirt/skort I’m wearing. It’s AMAZING, because I really don’t like to wear shorts, so I always seek out these skorts for any outside exercise in the summer. These are great, because the layer underneath stays put and doesn’t ride up at all, and they give great coverage. Well worth the price, but I used my REI dividend when they were having a 20 or 25% off sale a while ago to get them, so they were a great price. If you’re like me, and you don’t like shorts, then I highly recommend these. They don’t have pockets though.
On to the sunscreen. I’ve become quite religious about sunscreen lately, even a year or so ago, I wasn’t, but I’m prone to redness anyway, so I’d like to avoid getting any REDDER or wrinklier over time, and you know, not get skin cancer. And sun damage/too much sun is the single biggest thing that contributes to looking older I think.
In the mornings before I go to Pure Barre I have started putting sunscreen on my face because I get a lot coming through the car windows and sunroof, even if I don’t have them open. For this, I usually use the Josie Maran argan oil with SPF because it’s a bit moisturizing and quick & easy to use. I got a small bottle of it a while ago, which lasts forever, and is why I’m using it, but when it runs out I don’t think I’ll buy it again; I prefer the Shiseido sunscreens.
After I shower and wash my face, I do my Caudalie process with serum, etc., and apply my Shiseido sunscreen last, before any “makeup.” I bought the lotion a while ago and just finished it, so got some samples of the cream, which is supposed to be more hydrating, but I really prefer the lotion because it’s lighter and seems to blend in better. I use it all over my face, shoulders & neck every day and it goes a long way.
If I wear anything else that day, it’s either Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, RMS beauty un-cover up, or the Amore Pacific CC compact. I don’t love the tinted moisturizer because it’s really not that moisturizing (I have to mix in some oil), but I have some left over, so I use it. The RMS gives the best coverage, and is more hydrating over all.
I always use an eyecream, but never thought about using one with SPF in it until I got a sample of this Amore Pacific day/night cream. I loved the way both creams felt on, but I can’t spend so much right now on eye cream, so I’ll stick with my Bobbi Brown. Is it essential to use eyecream with SPF? Anyone have any input? I’m sure it can’t hurt.
Overall, I’d love to use a moisturizer with sunscreen in it regularly, just to simplify. I got a sample of this Amore Pacific future response cream recently too, and it is WONDERFUL. But…I’m not quite ready to spend $195 for a full-size. I still have some sample left, which I use very sparingly!! Generally though, I try to make sure that I use sunscreen and “color” that has some SPF in it, just in case I forget a step – and anyway, who knows how effective either one really is? Or how much is absorbed? I just try to do the best I can without going crazy, because I know how important it is.
I hardly ever remember to use sunscreen on my lips because the products I use regularly don’t have sunscreen in them, but I do have my birthday Fresh sugar lip balm that I use when I remember, and an Eos lip balm that I love.
But while I’m incredibly vigilant at wearing sunscreen on my face, shoulders and neck, I do forget my legs most of the time…they’re pink! I spent a lot of time in the kayak at my dad’s, and didn’t think about my legs getting so much sun. Then an hour or so on a float out in the lake takes it’s toll…
What’s your favorite sunscreen? Any tips to share?