Whenever summer rolls around, I find myself getting into many conversations about sunscreens. For those of you that don’t want to hear me preach about having to wear sunscreens everyday, all day – stand clear. I don’t care if it’s cloudy, rainy, or snowing out, I wear sunscreen every. single. day. SPF 30 has been the new 15, and I will wear nothing lower, especially on my face. I was that kid that used to get panda eyes from my swim goggles after an hour in the pool. NO MORE! And here’s why…
I recently attended an Antioxidant Symposium organized by the New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists in New York City. The buzz after the event? No one wants to go out into the sun anymore! Well, I exaggerate (a little). Your cells are immediately affected by the slightest exposure to the sun. If any DNA needs to be repaired, it’s a slow, drawn out process (2 ~ 3 days). So imagine if you’re out in the sun on consecutive days on a weekend or on vacation? Our first line of defense that we can easily do for ourselves is to apply sunscreen. A few years ago, the FDA published the Final Rule, that included labeling rules for sunscreen products. If you are shopping for sunscreens in the US, ALWAYS pick a sunscreen that says “Broad Spectrum” that indicates adequate UVA protection, as deemed by the FDA. Infrared A protection hasn’t been widely explored yet, but after attending the Antioxidant Symposium, I would suspect that this would be the next level of protection that the industry would pursue due to its highly penetrative nature – possibly more in the nutricosmetics area.
Sunscreens are a very difficult area to formulate in, and I’m very picky with the types of formulas I choose to use. As I use sunscreen daily on my face, I need something that works with the make up that I use after. I keep going back to the Vitamin C Daily Moisturizer SPF 30. It spreads nicely and works well under my MAC Blot Powder or foundation of the day. It’s lightweight and doesn’t whiten my face (as sunscreens with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide do), even after sweating, and moisturizes well.