How to make sunscreen an easy part of your morning routine

Confession: until a few years ago, I was a sun-worshipper. I have Italian and Greek roots, so I can go outside for just a few minutes and come back with a tan line. I’ve always loved having that healthy glow.

But that all changed when I realized I had some melasma on my face and it was being caused, in part, by sun exposure. I also discovered there were plenty of great ways to get a good glow without harming my skin and aging prematurely.

So, since then, I’ve slowly become a sunscreen addict and I’ve seen a huge change in my skin. I put SPF on every day, even when I expect to be in the house. It’s become an easy part of my morning routine for two reasons:

  1. I found the right sunscreen. For me, it’s EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46. I love it because it’s weightless, doesn’t clog my pores, and is specifically formulated for people who have acne, rosacea and hyperpigmentation. It’s a dermatologist favorite, too. But the best part: it doesn’t feel like sunscreen! If I closed my eyes and applied it, I’d think it was my moisturizer, which is exactly what I want if I’m putting it on my face every single day.
  2. I learned when to apply it. I used to mix my moisturizer and SPF until I learned that was a no-no (the SPF loses it’s effectiveness), so I did my research on the best order for a morning routine. According to most experts, the best time to put on sunscreen is after your moisturizer but before makeup. It should be the last thing that goes on your skin if you’re not wearing makeup that day.

Now that I know those two things, it’s so easy that I don’t even think about it in the morning. The SPF goes on my face every single day, right after my moisturizer. I travel with it in my little TSA-approved bag. With all that I put my skin through on a daily basis, I know that I’m at least doing something good for it by applying sunscreen daily. And hey, if it means less wrinkles, then that’s not a bad thing either!

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