My SPF Essentials for Summer

The 3 sunscreens that you need!

Today I partnered with JAFRA to talk about the three types of sunscreen I use for, you guessed it, summer pool/beach days :)
Now, we all know that I’m very pale (I burn in about 15 minutes!), but even if your skin is darker, it’s super, super important to still apply sunscreen every 2-3 hours.  Not all sun damage can be seen on your skin (at least not immediately), so SPF it up, k?
Now here are the three SPFs that you need, from head-to-toe…

A scalp SPF

If you have crazy thick hair and no visible part, then you can skip this one.  For me (and a lot of us), I have fine hair and a visible side part (yes, I’m a millennial and I’m not giving up my side part!), so this is a spot I definitely can’t neglect.  Ugh, I cringe thinking about the time I got sun poisoning on my scalp in high school… that was THE WORST.  I’ll spare you the details but let’s just say there were #oozingblisters and you definitely want to avoid burning your scalp!
I love JAFRA’s new Spray On Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 because, to start, it doesn’t make my hair greasy or sticky.  Aside from that, it’s also great for any hard-to-reach spots if you’re by yourself.  The light tropical scent is also calming and the formula is water-resistant and reef friendly.  I also love that it contains ingredients like shea butter and vitamin E, so I know my skin is also getting hydrated while being protected.

A face SPF

Up next is, of course, your FACE. In my late 30s I appreciate protecting my face more than ever and I’m actually really picky about the sunscreen that I use on my face; I like it to be lightweight but not drying… it also has to have a nice scent and, preferably, also have some antiaging benefits aside from just sun protection.  My latest favorite?  JAFRA Sun Tinted Face Protector Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
As someone with rosacea (aka chronic red cheeks), this face SPF called my name since it’s tinted and will cover my facial redness! The Tinted Face Protector uses JAFRA’s Color Match Technology (yep, it WILL match your skin tone and more on that below) and microencapsulated pigments to blur imperfections with a sheer, natural look and lightweight, water-resistant sun protection.  The face SPF also contains the best ingredients like vitamin E for antioxidant and skin-conditioning, glycerin for moisture, bisabolol to soothe and protect, and elderberry fruit extract for antioxidant age-defying benefits.
But going back to the Color Match tech…I was skeptical at first.  The way it works is that it starts off white when applied to your face but then, as you blend it in, pigments are released and transforms the formula to match your skin tone. It really does work and I’m obsessed.

A body SPF

Lastly, you can’t forget the biggest area that you need SPF protection – your BOD.  And don’t be stingy!  You want to apply at least a shot glass-size of sunscreen every two to three hours.  My favorite: JAFRA Sun Body Protector Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50+.  It’s lightweight, reef friendly and water-resistant, just the way we like it J  Aside from that, I loooove that tropical scent that I mentioned earlier and the sunscreen also absorbs super-fast with no white, chalky residue (KEY, am I right?).  With this formula you’re also getting those same good-for-your-skin ingredients like bisabolol, glycerin, vitamin E, Provitamin B5 and elderberry fruit extract! 

Thank you to JAFRA for sponsoring this post!

Former beauty & fashion publicist/social media expert, turned blogger.  After years of working on the PR and marketing side of the beauty industry, Jamie took her insider knowledge and started (formerly, where she uses her former background to decipher between which products really work and what’s just marketing magic, all of which her readers truly value.  Honestly Jamie is daily doses of beauty, lifestyle, fashion and pop culture…with a little sarcasm mixed in.

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