This is definitely the oldest trick in the book, and it’s dirt cheap!
Did you know premature ageing is mostly caused by extrinsic factors – the greatest being sun exposure? Extrinsic factors are factors such as sun exposure, alcohol, smoking, stress, sleep deprivation, etc. that speed up the natural ageing process.
I cannot stress enough that during your teenage years and 20’s, the most effective anti-aging serum you can buy is sunscreen. Forget all the high-end supercharged serums, because without protection from the sun, the aging process is going to speed up anyway.
TIP #1: Make sure your sunscreen is broad-spectrum – this means it will protect you from both UVA and UVB – both harmful to your skin and can increase the risk of skin cancer.
TIP #2: Make sure your sunscreen is at least SPF 30+. I personally use SPF 50+. This just means that only 1/50 of UVB rays actually reach my skin. The less the better I say! 😛
TIP #3: If you’re wearing it in summer, make sure it’s water (AKA sweat) resistant. If it isn’t, don’t forget to reapply! It’s a bummer, and this is the hardest thing for me, but it’s easier if I don’t have face makeup on. Otherwise, I will just stay out of the sun as much as I can. 🙂
TIP #4: If you have sensitive or problematic skin, make sure you do a patch test on a small part of your arm. Sunscreen may contain strange chemicals, alcohols, fragrances or preservatives that our skin isn’t used to, and may cause irritation or a reaction. Choose a sunscreen specifically formulated for the face, is non-comedogenic, for sensitive skin or is dermatologist tested.
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Lotion 50+ (This is what I use!)
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist 30+ (This is what my sister uses on her body! Personally, I find that a spray can get a bit messy, but she loves it because it’s super quick, easy and thin.)
- La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid