MY SUNSCREEN WARDROBE
I’ve said it before and I’ll trot this line out every summer as long as I still have people listening – I am a living, breathing scientific study into why sunscreen should be your number one skincare priority.
I’ve lived all my life in Queensland, half of that holidaying every school holiday time at the beach; the other half living at the beach.
Even in the days when sunscreen stung like nobody’s business and we got a giggle out of the Coppertone billboard at Surfers Paradise where the puppy pulled down the pants of the tanned kid to show a white bottom, I was wearing sunscreen.
Long before rashies were invented, mum had us wearing t-shirts over our swimsuits. Our summer our clothes were permanently stained with zinc.
Did I think it was cool?
Not on your life. But when I “grew up” and was responsible for my own sunscreen application, the habit was already in place. My face especially has always been covered up and slathered on.
The result: skin that’s not of a leather-like consistency best found on a ridiculously expensive designer handbag. And so far no melanomas.
Touch a very big hunk of wood on that one.
I’d love to tell you that I have one go-to sunscreen. But I don’t. I have a whole wardrobe of essential sunscreens. Of course.
Want to take a peek inside my sunscreen wardrobe?
Everyday body - NIVEA Light Feel Every Day Sun Lotion SPF30+ ($16.43)
If I’m not off to the beach but I’ll be in and out of the house all day, this is what I reach for to slap on my arms and legs.
It’s beautifully light but still very effective. I used it every day during our recent trip to the US and never burned.
At the same time, I didn’t feel icky and sticky in my summer clothes.
Everyday face and chest - Invisible Zinc Environmental Skin Protector ($35)
My skin is sensitive to zinc. I know. Unusual. Many “natural” products I’ve tried (during my adult years) that have included zinc have caused my face and chest area to break out in red, itchy welts. This is not an attractive resort look, I can tell you.
But I’m happy to say that this zinc product and I are very much poolside cocktail friends.
The light consistency is perfect for under makeup and for ensuring I cover my chest area, which cops more sun exposure than my face most days.
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