Your #1 Summer Accessory

What’s the one thing you wouldn’t be caught without this summer? I asked several friends that question via email, facebook and twitter and the number one summer accessory hands down was SUNSCREEN! YAY! As an esthetician and makeup artist and a general skin care fanatic, sunscreen was my number one pick as well. We all need to practice SAFE SUN!

Why sunscreen? Well, sunscreen is your first defense against aging. Sunscreen helps you maintain an even skin tone. Sunscreen also is the number one way to beat skin cancer. Often people mix the terms sunscreen and sunblock, when actually they are technically different. Says Audrey Kunin, dermatologist and founder of Dermadoctor, “A true sunscreen is a chemical agent that denatures the light, making the wavelengths incapable of causing damage. Sunblocks literally act as a physical wall to prevent sunlight from reaching the skin’s surface. ”  So examples of sunblocks are zinc oxide, iron oxide and titanium oxide.   Chemical sunscreens sound like chemicals — Oxybenzone (absorbs both UVA & UVB) and Octinoxate are examples of chemical sunscreens.

 The following is a list of what your sunscreen or sunblock MUST do in order to provide you adequate coverage:

  1. Contain a minimum SPF of 15 for routine exposure, with a higher SPF, (preferably around 30) for more intensive sun exposure, such as the beach or if you spend more than 1 hour outside or exposed to the sun per day (do not forget driving time).
  2. Have broad spectrum protection, meaning BOTH UVA and UVB protecting ingredients are present. If your label doesn’t say they’re there, odds are they aren’t.
  3. Be PABA free for those with sensitive skin, eczema or known PABA allergies.
  4. Don’t be fooled by the product stating it’s waterproof. You MUST reapply after water exposure or every 2 hours while outdoors.

My top 5 Sunscreens–

DermaDoctor Sunscreen

DermaDoctor Sunscreen

1.  DERMAdoctor Ain’t Misbehavin’  4 oz $30  Skin clarifying & mattifying sunscreen spf 30 PA+++ideal for anyone who is blemish prone, oily or has combination skin. Can be used for both face and “back-ne.”

2.  Cetaphil UVA/UVB Defense SPF 50   1.7 oz $14.60  Highest SPF available in a moisturizer designed specifically for the face! Non-comedogenic, non-greasy, fragrance-free. 

3.  Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock Lotion spf 60+  3 oz $11.16  Highest SPF available in a moisturizer designed specifically for the face! Non-comedogenic, non-greasy, fragrance-free.

muroilfreespf304. Murad Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30 1.7 oz $30  Prevents signs of premature aging caused by environmental exposure by: Delivering high SPF protection and providing intense hydration with an oil-free matte finish.
ALLURE’S BEST of Beauty Award Winner – Best Facial Sunscreen

5.  Peter Thomas Rosh Un-Wrinkle Instant Mineral SPF 30  11 0z $35  Provides a convenient application for immediate any time sun protection. Leaves a residue-free, transparent, matte finish. Instant, chemical free UVA/UVB protection with powerful anti-aging benefits.

Here are the runner up choices for number one summer accessory. 

1.  Big Sunglasses.  A necessity to look chic, hide puffy eyes, dark circles and prevent crow’s feet.   AKA stunna shades.

Chanel Sunglasses

Chanel Sunglasses

2.  Big Earrings  — I love these gold plated earrings by Anna Beck.
Anna Beck Flores Earrings

Anna Beck Flores Earrings

 3.  A bright swimsuit cover up.  I love this one from Bloomingdales.


Becca Women's "Oasis" Buckle Chiffon Cover

Becca Women's "Oasis" Buckle Chiffon Cover

4.  A big HAT!
Audrey Hepburn -- Classic!

Audrey Hepburn — Classic!

Nuxe Lipgloss
Nuxe Lipgloss
 5.  Lipgloss!  Make sure your lipgloss contains and SPF and nutrients to keep your lips soft, supple and protected in summer months. Nuxe Nutri-Protecting Lipgloss SPF 15  $23

So there you have it, your best summer accessories.  Don’t forget your sunscreen, your “stunna shades”, big hat and earring, lipgloss and your beach cover up. 




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