Beauty

Showing Skin | Sunscreen

If I’m being honest, I’m extremely lazy when it comes to skincare. I barely wash my face, I throw on moisturizer (when I remember) , and I get my daily dose of sunscreen usually through my foundation. *Pause for Gasps* Having gone to multiple skincare trainings, I’ve learned all the tips and tricks on how to prevent the aging process, so I literally have no excuse for my bad behavior :/ I’m starting this recurring series Showing Skin to highlight products that belong in your morning/nightly routine! Reviews, advice, and quotes from my favorite makeup artist Jeremy Z will be shared.

Alright enough info, lets take this skincare journey one step at a time. Starting with Sunscreen!

In addition to being life-threatening, sun damage is the main cause of wrinkles, lines, and premature aging to the skin. Scary and avoidable side effects that can be avoided by throwing on a little SPF on that pretty face for protection. Even though I live in Fog City and spend most of my time under indoor lights, I too need to remember to slather it on daily. You only live once (YOLO) so might as well help your skin stay plump. Am I right?!

Below are some my primo sunscreen options to help you start the habit that will save your skin from doom!

Invisible Shield SPF 35

I’ve been a fan of Glossier  for quite a while and when they started teasing their sunscreen on their insta I was so excited. Finally an easy and instagram-worthy sunscreen :p Its a gel-based formula that goes on smooth, no greasy, ghost-like effect you might get from other inferior products. “Daily sunscreen” is also printed right on the packaging, this brand clearly knows whats up.

Tarteguard 30 Sunscreen Lotion

I got this sunscreen as a Sephora sample. Tarte as a brand formulates all of their products with naturally derived ingredients, so I know I don’t have to worry about any weird skin reactions from harsh chemicals. It gives me the perfect thin layer of sunscreen before I add the rest of my makeup. My only critique is that I have to give the bottle a shake-shake due to some seperation, but really in the grand scheme of things is that anything to complain about?

Urban Defense Complexion Primer

Okay, okay this is cheating a tad bit, stepping into the skincare/makeup zone. Its not purely a sunscreen but a “complexion primer”, meaning it’ll fight those sun rays and while making your skin flawless. If its easier to work a primer into your morning routine than a standard sunscreen then I’m all for it, as long as some kind of SPF is in there somewhere.

Those are my top picks! It might be seem strange posting about sunblock towards the end of summer but sunscreen is important all year around and not just during the sunny season. San Francisco is also starting to roll into it’s Indian Summer and as I see my freckles getting darker its a constant reminder of the sun’s effect on my face.

Jumping back into a good skincare routine is something I hope to achieve one step at a time, and I’ll document my process here on the blog.  Maybe one day I’ll be one of those fabulous put-together girls who always has her makeup brushes clean and face products all lined up in a row, but till then I’ll continue being the scattered somewhat put-together mess that I am. It’s been working out for me so far!

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