This week, we continue our discussion about spring weather and its affect on the skin. One thing we tend to hear from clients (more frequently than we would like!) during the spring and early summer is that they notice an increase in dullness and hyper-pigmentation. And this is almost always the result of inconsistent or sub-optimal SPF use. We know we’re starting to sound like a broken record, but, applying an SPF of at least 30 every single morning is a must, all year long.
What you might hear from us less often is that as we shift into spring and early summer, it becomes ever more important to re-apply throughout the day. As the days get warmer and longer, the sun’s rays are getting stronger, and we tend to spend more time outside. Follow these simple tips to stay on track with your #SkinGoals.
Apply an SPF of at least 30 in the morning, and once or twice again throughout the day. Remember, UVA rays can penetrate through your car window (any window!) and exact lasting damage on your skin. So it’s a best practice to re-apply before you get in the car on your way home from work, or if you’re spending an afternoon in a sunny window.
Ensure you are applying an SPF that is SEPARATE from what is contained in your moisturizer or makeup. There’s nothing wrong with SPF being in your makeup or moisturizer, the problem is that people tend to not apply enough of these products to get good, solid coverage. You want to apply at least one teaspoon for your face + an additional teaspoon for your neck, decollete, and ears.
Are you applying sunscreen left over from last year? If so, this means you’re definitely not using enough SPF! If you simply found an extra bottle under your bathroom sink, double check to ensure it hasn’t expired.
Wear a wide-brimmed hat in the spring for further sun protection. Shading your skin from the sun is not just a summer practice!