My skin is so pale it’s basically reflective, you guys. I have never been able to tan, but you better believe I’ve had my fair share of sunburns, most memorably one that blistered (ugh) after a trip to the Florida Keys. So it probably goes without saying that when I know I’m going to be out in the sun for any length of time, I spray myself down with the highest-SPF stuff I can find (this one has been my go-to for years and it works well).
But I have to admit I’ve not been the best at making sunscreen part of my everyday routine. My makeup has SPF 30 in it, which is great, but I usually don’t put anything on my arms or legs, or the back of my neck or chest. Until recently, I didn’t think twice about it–I spend most of my day inside, in my office, and the amount of direct sunlight I was receiving as a result of getting in and out of my car seemed negligible. Plus, like I mentioned, I was pretty careful if I was going to be outside for an extended period of time. But last week I started riding my bike to work, and I noticed that I was a little more pink than usual on my arms, legs and neck. Add to that the fact that last Friday was hot–one of those days where the heat feels like it’s making your skin crackle–and I knew it was time to change my ways.
I guess I could have used the spray-on stuff, but it makes a mess, and I’ve been trying to make better choices about what I put in/on my body lately, from food (less processed, less meat) to beauty products (you can read more about my current skincare routine here). So, inspired by Abbey Nova’s wonderful beauty uniform, I headed to Whole Foods and picked up a tube of Badger Balm zinc oxide sunscreen cream, which is pretty much the cleanest sunscreen in existence and has, like, four ingredients in it. It goes on a little thick, so you have to really rub it in (I don’t need to look even whiter than I already am), but I’m really happy with it so far.
Just wanted to share in case any of you are looking for a good, clean sunscreen…xoxo.