Ahhh - summer. Currently, my head dances with visions of beach chaises, crowing seagulls, and drifty sleeps lulled by the shore. That's all good, but there is one thing that I despise about summer: the sun. Like most of my beauty wardrobe, I go through phases when it comes to my adoration of the Milky Way light shedder. In lame men terms, I'm all for a subtle bronze. The problem? I burn far too easily and would rather keep my natural English porcelain skin tone rather than mask it with an orange sheet. Perhaps the latter is an exaggeration, but I definitely like to keep the sun off my face.
Post skincare musings and riddance of spotty skin, I was left with scarring - debatably even worse the red bumps. Taking months to fade in themselves, my ever-so-philosophical mind (only during this second) undertook an epiphany. In other words, I realized that using an SPF under my makeup would help prevent extraneous pink marks. In the end, I was right. As directed by the goddess Hirons, one cannot solely rely on the SPF already in your day moisturizer (something about the active ingredients not mixing). A dig through the first aid/beach essentials, family cabinets and there I found...Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 55.
Ridden with déjà vu images of my mother and sand laden fingers *dismisses sight*, I somehow got over this atrocious vision and discovered the extreme pros of the adolescent beach staple itself. Just like it's stated on the tube, it's "ultra sheer" and finishes to a "dry-touch." For an SPF 55, it's ridiculously lightweight and nearly undetectable on the skin. Although it does impart a slightly more sheeny finish than expected, it is nothing too unmanageable *cue powder*.
Everyday, post cleanse/tone/moisturizer, I slather a pea sized amount over the skin and remain free from sun damage until evening removal (hosted by Bioderma Crealine H2O) strikes. Being a chemical sunscreen, you'll have to decide for yourself whether this is worth a try for you, but, for my combination-normal skin, it's pretty darn good.
So - this Neutrogena SPF has become quite the summer staple and I've been slapping it on daily. Cheap as chips, readily available at any US drugstore, and quite the perfect formula, it can't get any better. Now, if only I could find a way to just get a sunkissed glow, sans heat...