Sunscreen, your year-round friend

By Abigail Padgett

Yes, yes, I know, Summer is officially over; we can finally say the chilly days are here to stay. The humidity-ridden, boob sweat, damp tee shirt walks to and from class are (thankfully) over for this year, but that doesn’t mean sun damage is still out of the picture. Unfortunately,  the majority of people tend to equate the sun with heat and forget to keep applying sunscreen after the temperature drops. This is a reminder, start early and be consistent. Sun damage from UVA and UVB rays can happen at any time of the year and only worsens with each passing year. (Ever been skiing and forgotten to wear sunscreen? Yeah, it’s not a good combo).

Wearing sunscreen is not only a preventative measure against sun spots and wrinkles, but it also fights diseases like skin cancer. Wear it under makeup, or in a tinted/foundation formula, and I promise, you will see results in the overall appearance and texture of your skin. I’ve challenged myself to wear sunscreen every day for two months (except Sunday’s, because I also believe in giving your skin a day each week to rest and have on as little as possible) I was surprised to see visible changes in my skin. Dermatologists recommend an SPF of 35 or above at all times.

Here are a few products I love or have been recommended to me by family/friends.

For everyday wear: the tinted sunscreen

La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios Ultra-Light Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

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Glow getter: the perfect “under-makeup” primer

Glossier’s Invisible Shield 

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Final Finishes: powder sunscreen as the last touch

Colorescience’s Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 50

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Sporty-Spice: for that full day lounging on the beach and hopping in and of the ocean/pool.

Neutrogena’s Sport Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 70+, Sweatproof & Waterproof Active Sunscreen


For more information, on the science and benefits on sunscreen, click here.