Sunscreen is still the most effective defense against premature skin aging that we have – even compared with pricy potions, lotions and high-tech treatments. And it helps to prevent deadly skin cancer!
The best new sunscreens are light , not sticky, and some even have additional anti-aging ingredients, such as antioxidants and moisturizers. Best of all they are affordable.
Here are a few things you need to know to help get most from your sunscreen and keep your skin young and healthy:
You need sun protection daily even on cloudy days, as the damaging rays of the sun can penetrate clouds.
You need a good sunscreen even inside, especially if you sit in an office tower with windows. The UVA rays of the sun age your skin and penetrate glass. Have you ever seen how much older someone who drives looks, on the right side of her face?
Apply at least SPF30 sunscreen to all exposed skin 30 to 40 minutes before you plan to go out. Slather it on, and do not be stingy. The estimate is a shot-glass to cover your body. I prefer a fast-drying spray.
I prefer a non-chemical, mineral sunscreen for my face. Not all experts agree that this is better, but I find it less irritating and I believe it is better for my skin. Many European experts advocate the use of non-mineral sunscreens, especially for the face. Choose what you prefer and wear it. I also carry mineral-based powder with an SPF 30 or 45 SPF to touch up my face during the day.
For your body, a high SPF spray can be an easy way to get complete coverage quickly. Spray your body heavily to insure good sun protection.
Here are of our handpicked favourites:
Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 60 Soft Sheer Sunscreen Lotion is broad-spectrum UVA /UVB sunscreen that will not irritate sensitive skin. The formula includes potent antioxidants to fight damaging free radicals. It is also available in SPF 30 and SPF 45. $30.50
Tropical-scented botanical rich spray
The light banana and coconut scent of Australian Gold Sheer Coverage Continuous Spray is delicious. The first spritz will make you feel like a sexy beach babe. The light spray dries quickly and makes touch-ups a breeze. Water babies will be glad to know that the company has determined it is water resistant for up 80 minutes. $10.49
This spray is available in different SPFs and also with a bronzer (not a sunless tanner). This is one of our favourite lines of inexpensive and effective sun protection. We love the beachy scent and the skin-pampering botanicals.
Australian Gold’s SPF 45 Sheer Coverage Faces protects with UVA/UVB broad-spectrum sunscreen while a gradual self-tanner gives skin a glow. There are also anti-aging benefits from Australian extract, Kakadu Plum, a super anti-oxidant that is full of Vitamin C.
Australian Gold’s special technology leaves skin feeling dry and light. We love this sunless tanner packed with beauty benefits for only $8.99
Anthelios 60 Ultra-Light Sunscreen Lotion Spray with Cell-Ox Shield is a sheer spray that contains a combination of sunscreen ingredients for effective broad screen UVA/UVB sun protection. The ultra-light spray also includes powerful anti-oxidants. Also available in SPF 30. $30.50
Aveeno Hydrosport Sunscreen Spray with SPF 50 is one of our favourites because it is so affordable, yet it has everything we want in sunscreen. It is full of antioxidants from skin-pampering botanicals. It feels light and dry going on. Aveeno Hydrosport will even adhere to wet skin, so it is great at the beach or at the pool. It is also available in SPF 30.
$8.99. Available at drugstores and online.