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SUN SAFETY | beauty

July 19, 2017

 It's been a while since I've done a beauty post! Since it's summer, and I spent my entire weekend outside / on the beach, I thought I would talk about my sun care routine. I can honestly bet that most of you don't have a sun care routine, but I hope that after reading this post you will take it more seriously. What I find most irritating about sun care products are the reviews about the products themselves. Things like, too many chemicals, leaves a white residue, has bad flashback in photography, feels thick, smells bad..etc. makes me roll my eyes.

 

The problem is we don't consider the effects the sun has on our bodies and skin until it actually happens to us. Which makes me wonder, how many times do we have to scare people into wearing sun protection? The truth is, I was one of 'those' people. As a cheerleader in university, having a tan made my muscle definition pop and also made me look great - there's no denying that a tan looks amazing on everyone. But tanning and laying out on the beach without properly taking care of myself led me to develop melanoma, which I had removed from my leg and a biopsy removed from my arm (you'll see the scar in the photos below). Skin cancer aside, it also leads to severe sun damage on the skin from sun spots to pre-mature wrinkles. And just because you tan easily or you have dark or olive skin tones does not mean you're not at risk.  But you do you - I'm just giving you a heads up.

 

As for products, I am super picky about what I use because I'm not about to take any risks with burning and I still want to enjoy the outdoors at all hours of the day. I only use SPF 45-50 (60 sometimes, but SPF basically just indicates how long you can be in the sun before you need to reapply). I also don't stay out in direct sun for more than two hours and I try to avoid the peak sun times. 

 

For all over my body I use Ombrell from Garnier. I've used this sunscreen for years and it's never let me down. I also get the waterproof one, but always reapply after I've gotten out of the water.

 

 

 

My face is another issue. While I'm not worried about chemicals (I mean really...a natural sunscreen...come on. I'm all about not using chemicals, but it's sunscreen and it protects you). But I have really sensitive skin and just one thing can make it breakout, and most of the time it's sunscreen. There's two that I rely on for my face there are two products I love and rely on for different reasons.

 

When I'm in the sun and I plan on taking photos for Instagram, the blog or videos for my YouTube channel I use Shiseido Sports BB Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ WetForce. The downfall of this product is that it only comes in 3 colours, which is super annoying. Also, you need to apply it BEFORE you go into the sun. I start with my usual Aveeno moisturizer, which has SPF 15 and then I apply my Shiseido Wetforce. It looks great on the skin, once on it does feel like it's a little bit thicker than most foundations,  but I don't feel like it's cakey.

 

 

 

When I'm just at the beach enjoying the sun and being in the water, I use Eau Thermale Avène Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ specifically for the face. Again, it's waterproof, which means sweat proof. 

 

 

 

Those are 3 really great products that I love. You don't have to love them, everyone's skin reacts differently, but high end when it comes to sun safety is something I trust more than Banana Boat or a drug-store brand. That is just my opinion. Bryon on the other hand does wear drug store brand sunscreen. There is another product I use a little more regularly. Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream SPF 40 is a product I use all the time in the summer on my neck. If you guys are trying to prevent signs of aging...start with your neck. Moisturize that area TONS because that will be the one area where people will be able to identify you age as you get into your mid 40's (which may seem like forever away, but now is the time to prevent it). Especially if you get botox in your face and not in neck. I just apply this product to my neck in the summer to keep the sun off it for extra protection and moisture.

 

I hope you found this post helpful...AND my video from the weekend is finally up and live. Watch it below:

 

<3 Caitlin

 

 

 

 

 

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Caitlin Melvin lives in Toronto with her boyfriend Bryon and two cats Finnigan and Lucca. A marketing manager by day, blogger on the side, freelance social media specialist and a lover of travel and new experiences