If you want to prevent wrinkles and premature aging in the most effective way possible you need to incorporate Broad Spectrum SPF into your daily skincare routine. Trust me, you can slather on as many anti aging serums and creams at night but nothing will do as much to prevent aging as protecting your skin from what does the damage in the first place – the sun. It’s easier than you think! From sunscreens safe for face (especially combo skin like mine) to moisturizers and BB creams, there are so many ways to swap one thing out for another with protection that there really isn’t an excuse to go without.
I’m sure for some SPF protection sort of takes a back seat once fall rolls around, but it shouldn’t. UV rays still penetrate your skin in autumn and all through winter. If you really want to prevent skin damage, premature aging and wrinkles, integrating SPF protecting products into your daily routine YEAR ROUND is a MUST. I’m giving you the info and products you need to know about right now to create habits that will keep your skin young looking and wrinkle free for the long haul.
SOME REAL FACTS:
- SPF 15 is the absolute minimum you should be wearing EVERY DAY. Even in winter.
- Look for “broad spectrum” this means it protects against UVA and UVB – the cancer rays and the ones that give you wrinkles. If it doesn’t say broad spectrum it’s only protecting you from sunburns – nothing else.
So let’s go over that again:
UVB = Sunburns & skin cancer
UVA = Ageing and wrinkles
I know you want to prevent both when you’re handing over your hard earned cash for those products, so always look for BROAD SPECTRUM.
We all have super crazy busy lives, I know. Mornings are a huge hassle and these days it’s a big enough chore to wash my face and put some makeup on. How are we supposed to remember a whole other product or step? Easy. Swap it out for something you already use. I’m going to give you some options, and they’re ALL broad spectrum. I double checked. Just because I love you.
SPF Moisturizers. I love GinZing just as much as the next girl, which meant I was super disappointed to find that it didn’t contain any sort of SPF. If you can bear it, swap it out for one of these SPF moisturizers:
Elizabeth Arden Moisture Cream SPF 30
This stuff is glamour right down to the packaging. Lightweight and lightly scented, it’s great for someone who wants something that doesn’t weigh their skin down but packs a punch when it comes to preventing wrinkles and locking in moisture. The main components ciramids, mica (this gives it the white shimmer effect), shea butter and vitamin E. But wait, what exactly are ceramids? Well, they’ve been likened to “skin cement”. It’s the stuff that your skin produces a lot of when your young and slows down with age. It also is a huge component of what locks in moisture and keeps your skin tight.
(For more in depth info on ceramids and skin read this!)
Clinique Superdefense SPF 20 very dry to dry combination
Clinique offers up a heavy cream moisturizer perfect for the colder months. I found out the hard way that summer heat doesn’t mesh well with this thick of a formula – it’s lovely but a tiny bit greasy and it takes longer to soak in. Make sure to apply this long before your makeup to avoid smudging! Don’t be discouraged though, the fact that this moisturizer IS heavier will be great when you’re battling the cold winter wind.
Clinique Superdefense Eye Cream SPF 20
I can’t imagine using an eye cream that didn’t protect against SPF now. Considering your eye is the most delicate, easily damaged skin on your body it’s sort of a “how didn’t I get on this sooner” product. I LOVE this eye cream. It comes in a standard tube, and soaks in quickly. Perfect protection. Enough said.
Straight Up Sunscreens: If you really can’t part with your moisturiser, I totally understand — GinZing is pretty damn amazing. Here are some alternatives you can wear over and under your makeup to keep those UV rays in check:
Clinique SPF 45 Sunscreen Stick
I had my boyfriend apply this to his face and ears before the Rogers Cup finals (he’s a firm believer in not putting anything on his face for some reason) and he raved about it afterward. Non sticky, totally clear and super easy to carry on the go. Perfect for girls on the run or boyfriends.
ColoreScience Loose Mineral Sunscreen
This is genius. It comes in a compact little case with a brush. Super easy to use, loose powder helps dry up oily bits from too much time in the sun. All you have to do is pop it open and swipe in circles, no twisting or anything. Good for girls like me who will have applied makeup and don’t want some lotion screwing it all up while I’m out. It’s definitely a go to if you have sensitive skin and need to stick to mineral makeup! It’s also available in a shimmer version if that’s your thing. Don’t forget to apply a SPF moisturizer beforehand though, just relying on powder alone can be a bit iffy (you tend not to put enough on).
Innovative Skincare Extreme Protect SPF 30
Woah woah woah. This stuff is intense: “Our studies showed that skin protected with Extreme Protect SPF 30 may experience less DNA damage in direct sunlight than untreated skin in total darkness. No other product on the market can offer that kind of protection.” The scientists behind this stuff actually went and found enzymes in nature that they incorporated into the entire line that tolerate all kinds of crazy environments like incredible heat, cold, pressure, acidity and even radiation! Science! For your skin! If you want to do spf right – this is the holy grail of sun protectant. Like, hot damn.
(See more about this wonder product here)
CC/BB Creams: If you’re pairing these guys with an SPF moisturizer or a sunscreen you let soak in before applying this, you’re golden.
Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream SPF 25 – 01 light
Heavier coverage, 01 light was a touch too dark for my skin tone (and that was with a summer tan) so if you’re pale like me I’d opt for their 00. It definitely applies more like a foundation than a BB cream (for a lighter touch I’d go for Clinique Moisture Surge). I’d opt for this if you’re looking for heavier coverage and a thicker consistency. A bit too heavy for me, but it could work perfectly for someone looking for different coverage!
Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF 30 – in light
Clinique, you have found a loyal fan with this product. By far, this is my favourite bb cream I’ve ever used! Non greasy, great coverage. I’m in love. This completely replaced my foundation routine during my busy summer days and has stayed with me far into autumn. This product never felt heavy, soaked in quick and never seemed to get darker like other SPF products tend to. Definitely recommend this one!
Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Compact SPF 25 – in light
I’m not a huge fan of the matte look, but for those who are this is a must have. Those with combo skin will love this, as it goes more to a powder finish after application. Great for touch ups on the go with a huge mirror, and sponge held inside. Didn’t budge when I did apply it and is great for those looking for heavier coverage. If you have scarring or hyper pigmentation this would be a great bet. I don’t know about moisturizing, if you really want something moisturizing I would opt for the CC cream vs the compact.
What’s your SPF routine look like? Let me know!