The Tipping List
Sun-kissed AND sun-smart
OK, so maybe you don’t wear sunscreen each and every day like you should, but there’s no time like the present to start, especially since the sun’s damaging rays are about to be at their peak.
A little food for thought: There are two types of nasty UV rays. UVA rays cause visible signs of aging like wrinkles while UVB rays are responsible for sunburns and skin cancer, which is why you should always choose a product that offers protection from both.
These picks will have you covered…
Whether you’re exercising, hanging out by the water, or just spending a day at the park enjoying the summer sun, don’t forget to apply sunscreen about a half-hour before heading outside. The biggest mistake most of us make when it comes to sunscreen is not applying enough, so be sure to douse yourself from head to toe, and reapply as necessary-i.e. after swimming or sweating. One to try: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist SPF 45 even sprays upside down to help you get those hard to reach places. $9.99, drugstore.com
The fight against aging is an uphill battle, and the most important weapon in your arsenal is sunscreen. In an effort to prevent wrinkles, discoloration, and of course irritation and blemishes (not to mention SKIN CANCER!), you may want to try a facial sunscreen that uses titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide as its active ingredients for superior UVA protection without the risk of side effects. One to try: DDF Organic Sun Protection UV Moisturizer SPF 30 also contains an antioxidant complex to further protect the skin from damaging-and aging-free radicals. $28, ddfskincare.com
Sure, most of us look and feel better when we have a golden glow, but this is one time when it’s good to fake it. Self-tanners have come a long way, and the orange, streaky look of yesteryear is history. For the most even application, give yourself a good scrub-down with a loofah or washcloth (no oil-based scrubs) before hitting the bottle. One to try: St. Tropez Ultimate Tan AeroBronze is an ultra-fine aerosol mist that makes it easy to reach your back and other elusive areas, and it dries in just 60 seconds so you can spritz and go. $36, sttropeztan.com