Friday Favorites: Sunscreen and Sunless Tanner

Summer is right around the corner. My kids have two weeks left of school and many others are already out for summer vacation.  With summer vacation comes time at the pool, the beach, and lots of other outdoor fun. Time outside means exposure to the sun and its harmful rays. If you know me, you know that I am a fanatic about sunscreen. I am a very “moley” person. I have moles everywhere and lots of them. I have had the unfortunate pleasure of having multiple moles that have had to be removed for being severely atypical. That is super close to cancer. Because of this, I am a crazy person when it comes to sun exposure.  I lather myself and everyone in my family with sunscreen multiple times when we are out in the sun.  I even wear hats when I am in the sun for prolonged periods of time. I also wear sunscreen on my face every single day whether I am going to be out in the sun or not.  Everyone needs to wear sunscreen, but the key is reapplying it.  You can’t just put it on once and expect it to work all day long. I personally reapply every hour. My philosophy is better safe than sorry!  I also would never recommend a spray sunscreen.  You can never get good coverage with a spray. I guarantee that you will miss spots and then you will have a weird tan.  

I have tried multiple brands of sunscreen over the years.  Most sunscreens are thick, difficult to rub in, smell bad, and leave you feeling sticky.  It has taken years to find a sunscreen that I really love, but I finally found it a couple of years ago.  I promise you that I am not saying this just because I am a consultant.  It really is that good!  My favorite sunscreen is Rodan + Fields Essentials Sunscreen SPF 30.  I am not kidding you when I say that it is the best sunscreen that I have ever used.  It is thin, smells good, and doesn’t leave a sticky feeling on your skin.  I would even go as far as saying it leaves your skin feeling cool and refreshed, not sticky and gross. It applies evenly and it actually works.  I am obsessed with this sunscreen.  I will forever use it as long as I am going out in the sun. I think I probably have about 5 bottles of it in my house right now because I don’t want to run out!  I love it! R+F also has a Lip Shield that protects your lips from the sun. It smells like lemons! I am not especially attached to the lip shield, but I think it is important to remember to protect your lips with some form of SPF made for lips.

Now, you may be thinking that my crazy obsession with sunscreen leaves me pasty white all the time, and you would be correct.  I am paler than pale for the majority of the year.  I will say that I still get a golden complexion in the summer without getting burned using the R+F sunscreen. I prefer not to get even that from the sun though because I am so afraid of the sun’s rays.  Anyway, I have a solution for the pasty white skin too. I do not, and will not, ever recommend a tanning bed because I believe it is just as bad as regular sun exposure if not worse.  I also personally won’t do a spray tan.  I don’t have anything against them, but I just know that it is not for me.  I will tell you that I have tried a million sunless tanners.  I can’t stand 90% of them because of the smell.  I have mentioned before that smells trigger my migraines, and most sunless tanners have triggered them with their strong smells.  Let’s not even mention all the ones I have tried over the years that leave streaks or turn you orange.  There is another win with Rodan + Fields!  Their Essentials Foaming Sunless Tanner is the best one I have ever tried.  It does have a smell to it, but it isn’t super strong and to me smells more citrus than chemical and does not trigger migraines for me.  It is easy to apply and does not leave streaks.  It also has never turned me orange.  It works great. Whenever I have applied it, I get people commenting on my nice tan. They often ask if I have been to the beach. It gives you an even, glowing complexion, and you start to have that warm glow within an hour of application.  It does not leave a sticky feel either, and it lasts for about a week.  You can control how dark you want to be as well by applying one or two layers. It truly is the best and I use it year round.  I’m obsessed! 

In summary, avoid exposure to the sun as much as possible. Protect your skin and lips by using sunscreen whenever you are outside. Reapply often.  Find safer ways to get that sun-kissed glow without exposure to the sun’s harmful rays, and enjoy your summer without a painful sunburn!

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