Friday, 15 May 2015

Beauty Basics - Sun Care

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Whether you're celebrating May 2-4 this weekend or Memorial Day next weekend, we are heading into the unofficial start of the summer. If you're planning on spending some time in the great outdoors, one of the most important things you can do for your skin is to pack the sunscreen. I admit I was not always one to follow my own advice, but after a few major burns and discovery of the beauty of self tanners, I'm all about the SPF. These days there are so many options out there that you don't have to settle for sticky, greasy feel!
Laying the Foundation | I will admit I've only been wearing the IT Cosmetics CC 50+ for a week, but it's been a serious game-changer for my spring/summer routine. It's a serious all in one product. I use it directly after washing my face in the morning and it acts as my moisturizer, sunscreen and foundation all in one easy step. If you have combo - oily skin you will want to set it, but for me once it's set it lasts all day and leaves my skin really healthy looking and flawless. Note: I have the Light shade it matches me after I've self tanned so the shades to seem to run dark!

Reapplication | I've already talked about my love affair with setting sprays before, but when I saw the Coola Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30 I immediately thought it was a genius idea! How often do you reapply your sunscreen once you have your makeup on? I'm willing to bet it's not very often. I haven't tried this product myself yet, but I can't wait to get my hands on it! If it lives up to the reviews so far I think it will make the perfect beach bag companion for a matte, protected complexion!

Covering the Bases | Now that we've covered the face, what about the rest of the body? Neutrogena have me sold on a ton of their sun care products. The Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen is completely non-greasy and non-sticky. I've used it on my face too and it doesn't feel heavy their either. If you're not a fan of lotions, the Ultra Sheer Body Mist is an easy and quick way to make sure you're protected from the sun. Don't forget the hands! Hands are one of the first places you can start to see the signs of ageing because no one thinks to protect them regularly. If you are constantly washing your hands you're washing most of your previously applied sunscreen down the drain. A hand lotion with SPF is a good habit to get into!

Protecting the Pout | If you've ever gotten a burn on your lips you know it can be really painful. Grab a lip balm with SPF that you can take with you on the go. The Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments have SPF 15 and come in a bunch of fun colours perfect for spring/summer. These are a great drugstore option with SPF 20!

What are you favourite sun care products?
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