Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Four ways to wear your SPF.


In summer, its extremely important to remember to wear an SPF. Your body can cope with a little lower SPF than your face as the skin is tougher, but on your face i think you should try to use an spf of at least 25 to protect your skin from sun damage. If you exfoliate frequently then its twice as important as it makes your skin more sensitive to the suns rays! It can be tricky figuring out how to fit SPF into your routine, especially if you have minutes to get ready in the morning,  or finding one which suits your skin, so here are 4 products i use to make sure i'm always wearing some form of SPF.

THE MOISTURISER // I'm not always a huge fan of getting my sun protection from my moisturiser as i've heard that it can interfere with the skincare properties, but this one is an exception. The Body Shop Vitamin C daily moisturiser SPF 30 is a good choice if you have dry/dehydrated/normal skin as its a rich moisturiser without feeling heavy, so it gives you all the hydration you need. It leaves an incredible glow on the skin which is perfect for summer, and great for people like me who have dull skin a lot of the time. SPF 30 is a good number for day to day wear, and as its a moisturiser this is a good option for you if you don't like using too many steps in your skincare routine.

THE PRIMER // An SPF primer such as the Laura Mercier foundation primer in Protect is a good option if you plan to wear makeup as it primes the skin, keeping your makeup in place all day, and also gives you the sun protection. This isn't an option i reach for so much now as i have radiance primers i like to use, but if you're someone who tends to use a simple primer without any other benefits then making a change to this one will ensure you're protecting your skin too. The Laura Mercier primers are some of my favourites, and this one is slightly hydrating too meaning your makeup will look fresh all day long.

THE BB CREAM // Although this doesn't technically look like your average bb cream, the Soap & Glory Feel Good Factor is marketed as a translucent bb cream. I have a full review of it here, but in a nutshell it helps to moisturise, prime, smooth and protect the skin with SPF 25 all in one simple step. If i use this i tend to use it as my moisturiser as its rich enough for my skin alone (and I'm lazy), but i don't like to use it as one every day as it doesn't have all the great skincare benefits like my others. I do really think this helps to prime and smooth my skin for makeup, so if thats something your looking for then this product is worth checking out.

THE SPF 50 // Finally is THE spf of the bunch. The Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 is my daily sun protection of choice now that its getting much sunnier. This has the highest sun protection factor of the bunch so its really going to make sure your skin is protected from the harsh rays. If you have sensitive skin or you exfoliate frequently, then i'd say this one is your best bet. It helps to moisturise the skin without being heavy or feeling like an extra layer, meaning it would work for all skin types. It doesn't leave a white cast as long as its blended in properly, so you don't have to worry about having a ghost face!

Hopefully this has given you an idea of where to start when it comes to SPF, and you've found one which will work for you.
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