One of the most common products I get asked about is SPF! By now we should all know that using SPF is a must. Our skin is the largest organ of our magical bodies and we must protect every inch. Whether it is Summer - Spring - Winter or Fall SPF should be apart of your every day routine. I know I know adulting is exhausting and this is just another thing to add to the to do list but trust me you will thank me later. Things I have heard as an esthetician ...
“But I am at work all day” or “ My car has tinted windows so I'm not exposed to the sun” unfortunately in todays minimal ozone layered world we are still exposed to the sun in our car, through windows and the walks from here to there. Protecting your skin will not only slow down aging, prevent wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and dullness but it will also prevent harmful rays that can potentially cause melanoma (the C word). So if you are like me you may get overwhelmed by all the ads and bombarded marketing tricks ( aka celebrities and influencers getting paid to promote products) for skincare and especially SPF. The following is a bit of info to hopefully make your next purchase go smoothly ( get it smoothly like smooth skin) ahem anywho you can click on the pictures or links to purchase any of the products that you may want to try!
The difference between Sunscreen and Sunblock? Sunscreen uses a chemical that actually absorbs the UVA ( aging rays) and UVB ( burning rays). Sunblock on the other hand acts as a barrier protection for our skin. It literally blocks the rays and forms a layer over your skin superficially. Almost like a super hero/shero shield.
What do the numbers mean after spf? The numbers indicate what the sun protection factor is. For example spf 30 is 30 times the protection of your skin without it .1/30 more protection. This significantly reduces your chances burning! Dermatologists recommend you reapply SPF every 2 hours as all SPFs no matter the number will go away and not protect you after 2 hours outdoors.
I recommend using two separate products: one for your face that is non comedogenic and customized to your skin type and one for your body that adjusts to your activities.
Here are some of my favorite items.
Face Reality Daily SPF 30: https://www.estheticsbymonica.com/product-page/daily-spf30-lotion
This product feels hydrating and is formulated for acne prone skin. It penetrates quickly and safe to use after all professional treatments with no adverse reactions.
Face Reality Ultimate Spf 28:
This is a Chemical Free Suncreen. The main ingredients are zinc and titanium oxide. It is slightly thicker and many clients love how it leaves their skin matte. It is formulated for acne- prone/ all skin types.
Image Skincare Prevention Tinted SPF 30: https://www.estheticsbymonica.com/product-page/prevention-daily-tinted-moisturizer-spf-30-3-2-oz
This product is great for aging skin. It is hydrating and smells super pretty. It gives off enough coverage but not full coverage. Its perfect for those busy days you want to pick up and go. It uses mineral oxides for the tint so the color adjusts to every skin tone. When I say it smells amazing it really does!
PREVENTION+® DAILY HYDRATING MOISTURIZER SPF 30 3.2OZ:https://www.estheticsbymonica.com/product-page/prevention-daily-hydrating-moisturizer-spf-30-3-2oz
This products is great for the body. The ultra-hydrating daily moisturizer delivers broad-spectrum pure mineral protection against the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. The modernized formula with Digital Aging Defense™ helps to fight against the effects of blue light and environmental skin stressors. Created with organic zinc oxide, it spreads easily and evenly for a perfectly hydrated finish. Thoughtfully formulated without the sunscreen actives octinoxate and oxybenzone, and free of parabens and artificial fragrances.
Touched with a hint of citrus essential oils for a naturally uplifting scent.
Formulated with Digital Aging Defense, a form of dual protection against blue light and environmental skin stressors that cause dryness, discoloration and other signs of aging. A specialized pea protein helps to defend against the elements that age our skin, indoors and out.
Mineral Body Organic Sunscreen Spray SPF 30:
I love Coola products! I don't retail them yet but you can buy the product by clicking on the link or picture. I love that it is also made with mineral. This is a body sunscreen spray so easy to use and provides hydrating, chemical-active-free sun protection for all skin types. This water-resistant formula with non-nano zinc oxide sprays on sheerly for a light, matte finish.