Somewhere between Victorian parasols and 1980’s foil reflectors, tanning came back in style. I’m not sure exactly when or how it happened, but women went from shading their pristine complexions with dainty accessories to baking themselves with coconut oil under the hot summer sun. But today, more and more women are realizing that taking care of their health means taking care of their skin, and that sunscreen is the first step to a more beautiful complexion. That’s right. The skincare movement is back and it’s made sunscreen its top priority, because you simply can’t have one without the other.
As a nineties baby, I’ve come to experience the ongoing battle between wanting that perfect bronze glow and fearing the consequences of too much sun exposure first-hand. On family vacations, I would slather on the tanning oil and refuse to wear sun block much to the disapproval of my parents’ watchful eye. We may have been 20 degrees from the equator—home to the strongest UV rays on Earth—but, as far as I was concerned, I was even closer to the perfect sun-kissed skin tone.
Now, as a third-year college student, I still encounter that age-old question: To tan, or not to tan? And, in a world where tanning beds are chic and sunscreen is taboo (thanks, Jersey Shore!), it can be hard to choose the right answer. Thankfully, the cringe-worthy beauty mistakes of my teenage years managed to teach me at least one thing: sunscreen and skincare never go out of style. But don’t take my word for it. Medical experts and beauty gurus around the world are saying the exact same thing.
According to WebMD, applying sunscreen on a daily basis can help reduce your risk of skin cancer and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. In fact, a recent study found that young and middle-aged adults alike can actually slow down the process of aging by up to four and half years just by regularly using sunscreen! Best of all, sunscreen is a cheap alternative to expensive anti-wrinkle creams and it’s super easy to incorporate into any beauty regime.
Not everyday is a trip to the beach, but by working some SPF into your skincare routine you can make every day a youthful one with products that enhance your natural beauty and prevent sun damage from harmful rays. Check out these four tips to get started!
1. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen as a primer. Sheer makeup does not provide enough coverage to protect you from the sun, but using a broad-spectrum sunscreen as a base for your foundation will block both UVA and UVB rays.
2. Wear makeup with SPF for an extra layer of protection. Get natural-looking coverage with a tinted moisturizer that nourishes and protects with SPF 15. Layering this on top of your sunscreen will lock in the protection you need to make it through the day.
4. Apply a long-lasting lotion for outdoor adventures. Coppertone Sport is waterproof and sweatproof! Plus, its broad-spectrum protection is oil-free.