The sun is finally out and while that usually means fun and frolics, it's also important to be safe out there. As a brown skinned woman, I was under the misconception for many years that 'dark skin doesn't burn'. A trip to Spain and a pair of burnt ears taught me different. There was also all the medical research. Did you know very dark, black skin only has a natural SPF of about 13? As such when it comes to protecting my skin, I don't mess around. Days out in the sun always call for sunscreen.
Protecting your face can be tricky as normal sunscreen can be greasy, cause breakouts and often leave a white film on dark skin. There's also the tricky question of reapplying once your make up is on. Let's just say it's a pain. When it comes to protecting my face, I avoid a traditional sunscreen and choose beauty products that come packed with sun protection. This way it's part of my daily beauty routine and I don't have to worry about it once the sun comes out. Below are beauty products that are great at their day jobs but also have the added bonus of containing sun protection.
I used to think of serums as a luxury, now they are a firm fixture in my beauty routine. The beauty of a serum as compared to a moisturiser is that it has smaller molecules that can penetrate into all three layers of the skin. Moisturisers can only penetrate the first layer of your skin. A good serum should come loaded with vitamins and antioxidants that will help correct any skin complaints at a deeper level. The SPF 30 City Sunscreen Serum from SUPERGOOP does all that and offers UVA and UVB protection. It's very moisturising so you can use it on it's own or as primer underneath your makeup. Best of all, you only need to reapply after exposure to water. Yes, it's a bit pricey at £35* a bottle but you won't need to follow with a moisturiser and as serums improve skin condition I foresee more no-makeup-days in your future.
Extra Tip: If you are interested in trying a face serum but don't want to shell out the big bucks just yet, try one from the Boots Botanics range. Their serums range between £5 - £7. They don't contain sun protection but they are great at repairing skin and leave you with a glowing complexion.
I haven't used a standard moisturiser since I made the switch to coconut oil but I do like to have some tucked away just in case I decide to switch it up. I like to keep it cheap and cheerful with the Simple Protecting Moisture Cream. This little wonder which is currently on sale at £3.49 in Superdrug, contains SPF30 and comes with UVA and UVB protection. It has a lightweight formula that absorbs quickly and keeps skin hydrated. If I'm using it on it's own, I will do a little top up during the day as my skin can get quite dry.
Oh how I love thee! Tinted moisturisers are the best thing to have ever happened to my beauty game. I can get my face ready in half the time and I look twice as good. My tinted moisturiser of choice is NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. This bad boy is oil free and contains SPF30. My skin feels hydrated all day, feels really smooth and it provides sheer coverage which I really like. At £29 a tube, it's not cheap but trust me it's worth it. A little goes a long way. I've been using the same tube regularly for over nine months and it's not looking to run out any time soon.
Extra Tip: If you suffer from an oily t-zone like I do, then get to know Benefit's Dr. Feelgood Complexion Balm. On days when I need a little more oil control, I pat it over my tinted moisturiser and I'm good to go. It leaves a clear matte finish and soaks up excess oil. I don't leave the house without it.
I rarely use foundation thanks to the wonder that is my tinted moisturiser but on special occasions I will whip one out. Mostly to reduce shine during the summer months or if I'm having a really bad skin day and need more coverage. The BareMinerals Original SPF 15 Foundation is ideal as it's such a light formula that you can adjust the coverage to suit your needs. The added bonus of SPF 15 means you can top up your sun protection quickly and conveniently.
These products are just some of my favourites. There is a varied selection of everyday beauty products that contain at least SPF 15. Next time you have to buy a moisturiser or foundation, check if it offers sun protection. You'll be surprised how many products do. Aim to have at least one in your arsenal and you are good to go.
*All prices are based on high street retailers. It may be possible to find the products cheaper on Amazon.