Summer, sunscreen, and deep sea fishing

Hey guys! Can you believe summer is almost here?! No offense Christmas, but THIS is the most wonderful time of the year 🙂 Vacations, pool time, longer days, warm weather, fresh food from the farmers market, the list goes on. But also with summer comes the sunburns, (don’t forget, you can’t be waxed with a sunburn  – ouch) and I’m here to help you pick out your sun protection and teach you how to use it. You have to switch up your skincare a little in summer. Being smart about your sun exposure is everything.

 1. You really don’t need anything over an SPF 30. Above that number, you don’t get much more protection. The key is reapplying every 2 hours. Don’t forget the tops of your ears, and your neck. I’m not a fan of spray or powder sunscreens, and that’s personal preference.

2. Now, there’s a lot of controversy surrounding chemical vs. mineral sunscreens. My personal choice and professional recommendation is a mineral sunscreen and here’s why – chemical suncreens like oxybenzone, octinoxate, etc. absorb into your skin and absorb harmful rays from the sun. That’s how they work. They also end up in our lakes, rivers, and oceans where they have a negative impact on coral reefs and marine life. Mineral sunscreens like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are elements that are found in nature already. They sit on the surface of your skin and actually block harmful rays.

3. Find some shade. I know, you’re having fun in the sun, but at some point the best protection is to just get out of it. Wear a hat. Crawl under the umbrella. Tomorrow is another day, and your skin will thank you.

A few years ago on family vacation, we went deep sea fishing in Destin. We were all SUPER jazzed about a day on the water. I had this cute nautical outfit and a giant sunhat. After about 1 hour in, and we were STILL heading out sea ( 25 miles from land? I mean, really? Fish don’t come any close to the shore than that? ), the fun abruptly stopped. If you get motion sickness, you know what I mean. I had to decide if I was going to use my sunhat to protect my face or my legs, while I was prostrate on a bench in the blazing sun. Face won, but I had leg tan lines for a whole year from that one. Longest 6 hours of my life, y’all. Moral of the story, be prepared.

What’s in my travel bag?

“I don’t know where to start/it’s just too overwhelming” is something I hear a lot, and that is where I, as your skincare professional, come in! Vacations are the times when I keep things extra simple, so I’m going to share what you’ll find in my travel bag this year as I head out to the beach, and cover the 3 bare bones basics that EVERYONE needs to begin their journey to healthy skin.

 

1. Cleanser – Clean skin is a must. If you do nothing else to take care of your skin, at least cleanse your face daily and gently remove makeup and sweat. I always recommend using a professional brand, as most of what you can buy at the drugstore contains yucky ingredients that can clog your pores and do nothing to help your skin *cough* Cetaphil *cough*

2. Moisturizer – Pretty self explanatory! Hydrate!

3. Sunscreen – A huge external factor in aging is sun exposure. A little bit is good (gotta make some Vit D), but wear your sunscreen and cover your face. Sunburns aren’t cute. Aging is inevitable, but nobody wants to look older than they are, so be proactive and take steps now to protect your skin. As a skincare professional and a diver, I recommend using sunscreen with a physical block like titanium dioxide as opposed to a chemical block like oxybenzone. Better for you, better for our coral reefs.

 

Keep in mind that if you have skincare issues to correct, you’ll obviously need more than what is on this list, but it’s a great place to start! As an ending note, please PLEASE buy your skincare products from a licensed aesthetician. What might work for your stylist, or your neighbor, or the girl you stand next to at yoga, won’t necessarily work for you. There are SO many passionate and educated skincare professionals available to help you select what product is best for your skin. Ask me about what would work for you at your next appointment 🙂