How I Avoid Sun Damage

In case you haven’t cottoned on yet, I am pretty pale.  Glow-in-the-dark, turnslobsterredinfiveminutes pale.  As a kid I was constantly forced into wearing sun cream on any exposed skin, and there wasn’t usually a lot of that on show.  I was that kid in the pool in one of those hideous sun suits, a sort of body suit that was usually in lurid purple and orange, in the name of sun safety.  Needless to say I wasn’t a fan of it, but a pretty bad case sun burn and sun stroke when I was about thirteen converted me to sun protection.  These days you’ll find me wearing some kind of SPF all year round, and ramping up the SPF in the summer along with a floppy hat.  These are a few of the products I use to help avoid the hell that is sun burn and premature aging.

Clinique Super City Block: SPF 40

This is my go-to product for summer days when I really don’t want to wear a full face of makeup.  It has a bit of a tint to it, which is a touch too dark for my skin, so I really have to make sure I blend it well.  After blending the tint isn’t noticeable and it makes me look as if I actually have a bit of a tan (I have never had a tan, unless you count increasing freckle colonies).  It feels light on the skin and is pretty moisturising without being greasy.  I wear this on my skin alone, with just a lick of mascara and my eyebrows filled in.

Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid SPF 50+

I abosolutely adore this product, as for years I’ve been looking for a high SPF product that actually sits well under makeup, and THIS IS IT.  Anthelios is incredibly light, and works pretty well for priming the skin.  I find my makeup lasts really well with this underneath it, and I’ve never had an issue with burning or it wearing off while wearing this.  I am thinking about investing in a spray SPF that can be applied over makeup, as sometimes I get anxious and want to top up.

MAC Mineralize Moisturise Foundation SPF 15

This is a fairly recent purchase, featured in my Liverpool Haul post, and although it’s not MAC‘s highest SPF foundation it was the one that worked best for my skin type and colour. 

Asda Lip Protect SPF 30

I really struggle with lip SPF, as in the past I’ve found them either chalky or oily, two textures I absolutely loathe on my lips.  This was something I picked up on a whim in ASDA a while ago, and I don’t hate it.  It‘s not amazing, but it does the job and the texture doesn’t drive me mad.  It has to be worn alone; lipstick will slide right off, but for those days where I’m just too hot for makeup this is great.  If you know of any SPF lip products please let me know in the comments!

They‘ve changed the packaging since I bought it, but the title link is to the same product.

P20 Once A Day, SPF 20

This is the family staple for body SPF.  My equally pale brother and I have been using this since it was first released years ago.  It’s an oil that absorbs into the skin within fifteen minutes and lasts for up to ten hours.  This is a brilliant product that I use on my arms and décolletage every day.  This is the SPF 20 version which I use for autumn to spring, but I have a bottle of the SPF 50 in the post to me as I type this.

So there you have it!  That’s how this ginger, pale ghost avoids turning full-lobster.  If you have any other high SPF product recommendations please let me know in the comments and I’ll check them out.

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  1. Megan Inness
    June 14, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    I'm pale myself, but tan very easily.. Which makes me forget how important SPF is. I'm awful at putting on sunscreen. This was very informative!

  2. Anonymous
    June 16, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    I'm naturally tan yet I still wear SPF everyday on my face, people forget how the sun ages the skin. Something I definitely want to try avoid for as long as possible. I use piz buin lip balm and find their consistency really good under a lip liner! 🙂 http:\

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