We are melting. And that can only mean one thing, the Irish summer is finally here.
Yes, it’s lovely to see a bit of sunshine, but it’s also important to remember the danger of the sun as well.
Skin cancer is on the rise in Ireland. And no matter how glum the weather may be 90% of the year, it’s important to always remember your SPF. If you need a refresher on the importance of SPF we’ve got you.
Use SPF Every. Single Day
Want fab skin well into your 80s? SPF is your answer. Every. Single. Day. It doesn’t matter if it’s raining cats and dogs outside or like the tropics, wear your sunscreen on your face. Make it an automatic habit in your skincare routine and your skin will thank you.
Have we finished preaching the importance of suncream? Yes, we have. Now. let’s move on to some of our fave products to protect your skin from the sun.
The Best SPFs For Your Face
Ok, so you know the way some of your foundations and primers say that they have SPF in them? Well yeah, that’s great BUT those SPFs should just be seen as an added extra. Think of them as a bonus SPF. You should be applying a main SPF daily as part of your skincare routine before makeup.
We have three great SPFs to recommend you. First up is the best budget buy. The CeraVe AM Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF 50 for Normal to Dry Skin is fantastic for the money. No notes.
Another great option is the Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense. A cult favourite for a reason; this sits on the skin really well and doesn’t give a weird white wash to the skin.
Our favourite SPF for your face? The Dermologica Prisma Project SPF30. The Light-activated multitasking moisturiser provides broad spectrum defence while preventing future signs of skin damage. It also helps protect skin against pollution. Broad Spectrum SPF30 provides protection from UV damage, while a bio-ferment from Sage helps maintain an even skin tone. Advanced moisture magnets provide all-day hydration for visibly smooth skin. This goes on the skin so well. Love.
Best Bonus SPF Products
As we said above, think of SPF in your makeup as a bonus. Don’t just rely on it to keep your skin safe from the sun.
There are so many products with SPF added on the market but we particularly love Sculpted by Aimee products for that extra bump. The Beauty Base is a great primer. Not only does it help makeup last (a bonus in that sticky heat), but it also gives the skin a lovely glow. AND it has SPF30 added in.
Another great product from Sculpted is the recently launched Hydra Tint. It’s the perfect light-wear formula for summer and it’s going to give you an added skin protection bump with an SPF 30.
SPF Top Ups
Ok, so you’ve applied your base SPF and used products with SPF. You’re good to go, right? Wrong.
The sun is super strong at this time of your and it’s important to top your SPF up throughout the day if you’re out in the sun. The easiest way to do that? With an SPF spray of course. These sprays re genus because they are a fine mist that you spritz on your face, so that means they don’t impact your makeup. And they fit easily in your bag. There’s a number of these SPF sprays on the market but we highly rate the Sculpted by Aimee Sun Mist SPF 50, The Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Hydrating Face Sun Cream Mist SPF50 or the La Roche-Posay Anthelios Sun Protection Face Mist.
Don’t Just Think About Your Face
We’ve all been there; you think you have everywhere covered with suncream only to find a red patch later that evening. Don’t forget to put suncream on your neck (front and back) as well as the tips of your ears. And also consider your scalp. The sun is beating directly down on it. Try covering up with a hat during the sun’s peak.
Summer is all about having fun, but just make sure that you stay sun safe. Your skin will thank you in the long run.