It's summer. There is sun. There is need of sun protection.
If your skin is anything like mine – fair, sensitive, burns easily, doesn't tan at all – anything less than 100% protection just doesn't cut it.
I make the most lovely, silky-smooth sun lotion you can imagine.
I don't use it as a sun lotion.
My sun lotion is made specifically to function as the base for my foundation make-up. That's it.
When I need sunscreen, I buy a commercial brand product. It's the only store bought personal care product I use (Ok, there's also toothpaste, but that's it).
The brand I buy varies from year to year. After reading the ingredients list, I will look for things on the label along the lines of 'for-extra-sensitive-baby-skin-that-can't-tolerate-a-blessed-bit-of-sun-or-practically-anything-else-for-that-matter'.
My nose is also unhappy with most perfumes, so a nose test is an absolute must.
Uhm, Why?Why I don't use my own sun lotion as a sun protectant? To answer that, I'd like to refer you to Susan. Susan is a very clever lady who teaches cosmetic science. She has written many articles on SPF, sunscreens and why making your own sunscreen is gambling with your health. Instead of repeating what she writes, I've put a few links to her posts at the bottom of the page.
The Perfect SunblockMy preferred sun protection is physical sun block. Above: my favorite kind. (yes, really). This is often combined with long legs and sleeves (as well as staying in the shade).
I will also apply the store-bought sunscreen, but mostly, I find staying out of the sun works really well for me. It's the perfect sunblock.
Speaking of whichAnd when this look becomes popular again, I'll be the first in line to buy gloves – not just because they look cool, but because they help keep freckling and age spots at bay.
And well, ok, also because I really think they look cool.
Susans Posts About SunscreenPlease please please please don't make your own sunscreen
Do not make your own sunscreen
Why we shouldn't make our own sunscreens