Just when you get into a good skincare routine, the weather changes and so does your acne. Yes, learning how to love your skin in the summer months is hard when you have spots!
This is especially true if you are trying to conceal your breakouts in the heat. Oh what you would give to simply splash your face with water! But instead you wipe away the sweat and reapply another layer of foundation. The cocktail of sweat and pore clogging sunscreens are responsible for most of us experiencing flare-ups in the summer months. So much so that it can often lead to some of us opting to wear no sun protection at all! (Guilty!)
As much as I love the sunshine, in 2015 I considered not moving to the Caribbean in fear of how my skin would react. Thankfully, I was well on the way to loving my skin and decided not to let acne dictate such a life changing decision. Living in constant sunshine did mean one thing though. Neglecting sunscreen was no longer an option! Four years later and I have a few favourites which don’t make me breakout.
My Top 10 Suncreens
I usually find it’s the creams that smell like holiday in a bottle that irritate my skin the most! That’s why I decided to try CeraVe – it’s fragrance free! When I started using their Face Moisturiser with SPF 30 I was particularly surpsied by its light texture. I can apply this moisturiser worry free, knowing that I’m not only protected but also keeping my skin hydrated with its added benefits of Hyaluronic Acid.
Something I’m really passionate at the moment is using products that are safe for not only for humans but the planet too. Ultimately all our favourite skincare products end up being washed off into the ocean one way or another but something that is noticably destroying marine life is suncream. So when I found COOLA reef safe SPF I was so excited I could finally buy SPF that would both protect my skin and our oceans! As a compnay that specialises in sun protection COOLA has a large selection to choose from making it easy to find one to suit your skin type. I fell in love with the Mineral Face Matte because it keeps my face shine free!
In 2015 I moved to the Caribbean and the one thing that was niggling at the back of my mind was how was the heat and humidity was going to affect my acne. And like any oily skin type will tell you, I hate the feeling of greasy textures. And the most annoying thing about living in a hot country is the labourous task of applying SPF regulary throughout the day. Greasy hands touching everything! That’s why I really enjoyed using Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen – it helps absorb excess oil and is dry to the touch! YES!
If you’re anything like me you have quite the skincare collection at home! And while I am always scrutinising the ingredient lists of all my new purchases I’m also concious of the price tag too! And it’s not easy finding high performing skincare on a budget! That’s where Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion stands out from the crowd! This sunscreen can boast of a light texture and both oil and fragrance free ingredients. For anyone with acne who is new to using suncreen, this is a great place to start!
When it comes to skincare, there are some brands that I just know I can trust. Dermalogica is one of those brands well respected in the industry for its ingredient intergrity. So when it comes to using their Light Sheer Tint Moisture, it feels more like using one of my favourite moisturisers rather than using SPF. The reason I love this one so much is because the tint is perfect for helping me find the confidence to go barefaced. Concealing in the hot weather is such a chore but I’ve found this gives me just the acne coverage and sun protection I need!
Although my acne has mostly cleared up I do still have patches of hyper pigmentation and uneven skin tone. And for me, that’s what zaps my confidence the most! I find Clinique’s Moisture Surge CC cream concealed my redness just as well as my most durable foundations. In fact it’s the same consitency as most of my liquid foundations so I’ve found applying it with a beauty blender works really well! For anyone who doesn’t believe that a tinted mosituriser is ENOUGH to conceal your breakouts, I would recommned starting here to help the transition from foundation to moisturiser.
One thing that acne has taught me is that less is most definitely more! Where I used to have a million and one things open at once and now I try to have a maximum of ten things open at one time. Streamlining my routine has meant that I demand more out of each product. And using less products shouldn’t have to mean less results! What makes Paula’s Choice CLEAR unique is that it is a clear fluid! And unlike other products containing SPF it can boast in it’s ability to reduce acne marks and protect your skin from sun damage. Ok so extra benefits does sometimes come with a larger price tag but in my opinion it’s worth every cent!
This antioxidant rich broad-spectrum suncream from Murad thinks well beyond harmful sunrays! This SPF also works on protecting our skin from other types of enviormental damage with its clever use of powerful antioxidants to reduce inflammation within the skin. Another ingredient that I’m always on the look out for is Vitamin C. In the past I’ve found this the most effective ingredient at improving my acne scarring. But it’s not just what is inside this SPF that’s impressive! What isn’t included is also a big plus for me! Murad contains none of the nasty, irritating, pore clogging ingredients like Sulphates and Phthalates!
I’ve had acne in varying degrees for fifteen years. So naturally what I need out of my skincare has changed over time. Acne isn’t just for teenagers! My skin is ageing! So recently I’ve been drawn to products with anti-ageing benefits. Lancome Renergie Multi-Lift Redefining Lifting Cream feels more like a moisturiser with the benefits of SPF 15 protection. And after just one week of using this poduct daily I noticed my skin was visibly firmer. So for those of you whos teenage years seem like a distant memory, you’ll love the anti-ageing benefits of this product!
Another tinted moisturiser? Yes cyster! They are my new obession after dismissing their effectiveness for so long! Jane Iredale’s Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer is my new favourite though! Because the downside to most tintied moisturisers is often their poor colour match. But with seven colours to choose from Jane Iredale is so confident you’ll find the perfect one for you – they offer a 100% colour match guarentee. But better than that, what this company stands for is what impresses me the most. This brand contains no nasty ingredients, is reef safe and water resistant for up to 40 minutes. Sorry but is that not everything I search for all in in ONE product?!
What I’m using now
This is the first SPF I used that didn’t breakout me out. And now I use it as a bench mark for everything else that I try. And now, in between trialling other things this SPF is what I always go back to. If you are worried about SPF making your acne worse, this product can restore your faith in using sun protection.
- Limit time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun’s rays are most intense.
- Wear clothing to cover skin exposed to the sun, such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats.
- Use broad spectrum sunscreens with SPF values of 15 or higher regularly and as directed.
- Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours, and more often if you’re sweating or jumping in and out of the water.
The Best Way to Apply Sunscreen
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