With summer right around the corner, many of you are thinking that it’s time to break out the bikinis and hit the beach. While that sounds fun, protecting your skin is what is most important.
Slathering sunscreen all over your body is only part of what you need to do, especially if you decide to wear a lot of makeup. Southern summers can be brutal, and we’ve all seen our fair share of sunburn nightmares. While the sun causes harmful burns, wearing heavy makeup and sunscreen will eventually clog your pores, especially when mixed with sweat. This leads to your face feeling grimy, greasy and not so beach-ready. To prevent this, it’s important to find the best facial products to keep your skin healthy, youthful and protected during the summer.
Sunscreen is vital. Harmful rays from the sun damage the skin and can cause skin cancer as well as premature aging. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, and the number of SPF determines how long your skin can should be in the sun multiplied by how many minutes you can stay outside without getting burned. It is also important to reapply every four hours for the best protection, no matter how long you stay in the sun. Everyone should apply sunscreen, especially on their faces, to prevent redness and an uneven tan.
Most people like to wear makeup, but they also feel the need to apply sunscreen on their faces. Instead of using sunscreen as a “moisturizer” and applying makeup on top, try a BB cream. “BB” stands for Beauty Balm, so think of it as Chapstick for your face. They are sheer, lightweight foundations that include moisturizers and SPF. These are perfect for people who want a little makeup for the beach. With BB creams, you can completely skip your regular moisturizer, and you don’t have to worry about using sunscreen, which could potentially harm your pores.
“CC” creams, which stand for color correction, are perfect for evening out your skin tone and disguising imperfections. These products are for everyone no matter skin type, color, or gender.
There is a product for everyone to keep their skin healthy and moisturized during the summer months.
A few drugstore products that are great to use:
Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with sunscreen $16.99
Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Moisturizer with sunscreen $12.49
Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture with sunscreen $12.99
Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer with sunscreen (also available for sensitive skin) $18.49
Neutrogena Deep Moisture Day Cream with sunscreen $12.99
BB Creams/CC Creams
Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream $13.99
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB $9.79
Neutrogena Visibly Even BB Cream $17.99
Aveeno Positively Radiant CC Cream $16.99
Cover Girl Queen CC Cream $9.79
Cover Girl Queen All Day Flawless $13.49
L’Oreal True Match Liquid Makeup $11.49
L’Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Makeup $13.79