Skin cancer is a fact, and you had better accept it as a threat now. It is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., and one in five Americans will develop it within a lifetime. But here’s another fact: skin cancer can be prevented by the diligent use of sunscreen.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. In Las Vegas (and I’m sure this is true of any sunny area of the world), I’m exposed to harsh, direct sun daily. So I believe in incorporating SPF into my beauty routine all the time.
Applying sunscreen to my arms and legs is pretty easy, but it’s not the kind of thing I want to apply to my face beneath my makeup. Most sunscreens are thick and goopy and just don’t blend well with my foundation. However, I HAVE to use it. So what to do?
Luckily for us beauty junkies, there are beauty products that are formulated with sunscreen and do blend well with the rest of your makeup. Probably the easiest way to add SPF to your beauty routine is to use a facial moisturizer that contains it, like La Mer The Broad Spectrum Protecting Fluid, which contains an SPF of 50. I’ve never used La Mer, but women who do, swear by it. It’s pretty expensive ($85 for just under 2 ounces), but if you’re avoiding a chunk of skin being removed from your face later in life, then it’s probably worth it.
I prefer to use my usual facial moisturizer, but then depend on eclos daily Hydraprimer to provide me with my sun protection. With SPF 30, this primer not only gives my complexion a nice even tone, but it also has anti-aging properties. Offering multiple beauty benefits, eclos daily Hydraprimer is only about $11.
I don’t always use it, and of course, I don’t use it all over my face, but my highlighter of choice is BECCA Shimmering Skin. It provides SPF 25, along with glimmery skin, for $41.
If you use liquid foundation makeup and would prefer to get your sun protection that way, try Clinique’s Even Better Makeup. This name brand foundation offers SPF 15 and comes in over 30 different shades. Priced less than $30, you’re bound to find the right shade for you.
For more information on skin cancer, go to www.skincancer.org. Protect your skin, protect your health and add SPF to your beauty routine today.