02 1 / 2013

Beauty Confession #2: I hate wearing sunscreen.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll wear it if I know I’m going to be outside for a long time with lots of exposed skin (hanging out at the pool, gardening, etc.), but I generally don’t wear sunscreen on a daily basis. Yes, I know, sunscreen/sunblock is a great way to prevent premature aging (and skin cancer!), but I abhor the way it feels on my skin. Even sunscreens designed for the face feel greasy and filmy to me. I just can’t make myself go through that every day.

Unfortunately, I have very fair skin and a history of skin cancer in my family (my paternal grandmother actually passed away several years ago from a rare form of it) so it’s really high time that I institute a daily sunscreen regimen. I need to prevent further damage and possibly reverse some damage that I’m sure has occurred over the years.

So here’s my plan: A few months back I bought Boots No7 Rebalancing Day Fluid SPF 15 for oily/combination skin on sale from Target, and I have been wearing it occasionally.

While it definitely feels like sunscreen when I first put it on, it’s tolerable and the feeling fades away quickly. If I keep wearing this everyday I know I’ll be better protected against harmful UV rays. I also usually wear either a foundation and/or a powder containing some sunscreen, and while I would probably not rely on one of those products alone, in combination with my moisturizer I feel nicely protected. I’m also planning to search for a non-greasy-feeling dedicated sunscreen product for the summertime so I’ll be even better protected against UV rays. A few I’d like to try include:
Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum
LaRoche-Posay Anthelios (not sure which one)
COOLA Face SPF 30 Matte Finish Cucumber
colorescience pro sunforgettable Mineral Sun Protection Powder SPF 30
I’d also love to hear your suggestions, if you have any you’d like to pass along!

Thanks, and check back again tomorrow for Beauty Confession #3!