Be afraid, be very afraid..............of the sun!
I know it's difficult to hear. It lures you with it's sunny smile and seductive warmth but get too close and let your guard down.....you'll forever be cursed with skin like a raisin! As a former Aesthetician, I've seen some major sun damage, especially here in So Cal (sorry Cali girls). So please remember, although it feels and looks soooo good, the sun is your # 1 enemy. So don't go out to play without some good protection.
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A good sunscreen is the #1 summer essential must have! Don't worry, sunblock has come a long way since the goopy white mask. Sunblock is a must have for ANY outdoor activity, not just the beach. I find Zia Skin Basics spf 30 (purchased at Mothers Market or online) to be the best! It has a high spf without feeling like it. It does NOT make you break out either. Trust me, that is a high priority for me. I am always scouting for the perfect sunblock that can be applied effortlessly and leaves my skin shine and break out free.
It's light weight and your makeup applies nicely over it so I usually wear it even when I'm indoors for part the day.
#2: Powder Sunscreen for OVER you makeup (or in place of foundation and powder). This is the best creation EVER! I absolutely love Bare Escentual's Bare Minerals SPF 30. It doesn't feel caked on nor do you look like like a makeup face. Apply it in the morning after you apply a little concealer (for the touch up areas) and then lightly dust through out the day when your outside.
#3: Besides combating the sun with sunblock, other essentials for the outdoors:
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Rather than this in 10 years.photo via save and conserve