Ultimate Sun Protection Guide

Guide

Hello, Summer! I know officially Summer isn’t until late June but here in Arkansas it’s in full swing. I think all school are out for summer in my area and it’s that time. Time to be water side. There are some summer essentials that I’ll list later. For the sake of this Guide, I’m going to keep it about skin protection.

For months my mom has been on me about wearing sunscreen on my face. She has always told me put on sun screen. But, with my complexion it wasn’t always required ( in my eyes ) because I wouldn’t usually burn. I will typically get one sun burn a year; like one really good sun burn. After that, I normally wouldn’t apply sun screen at all. A couple of months ago, I read an article that popped up on my snapchat that was all about sunscreen. What stood out the most to me was in part of the article it said you should apply sunscreen everyday and twice a day if you work by a window. I was floored. Who thinks about applying sunscreen every day? Let me be the first to admit I do not.

That is until lately. Like I said my mom has been on my sister and I for a while about wearing sunscreen on our faces everyday. To the point she bought us both face sunscreen to apply under our makeup. ( I have used it every day since ) In an effort to avoid sounding like your mom telling you to wear sun screen, I’m going to share with you a little research I have done in the form of this Guide.

What does SPF mean?

Suns Protection Factor. SPF Measures your sunscreens ability to protect your skin from the sun. SPF 15 means your skin is protected 15x longer than what your skin would be without it. Basically put, if your skin usually takes 10 minutes to burn without any protection, when you use SPF 15 you can stay in the sun for 150 minutes before burning. Or if you’re like one of my friends and you burn the instant the sun hits your skin, you can be out there 15 minutes. 😉

You’re at a higher risk if you have light hair, skin and eyes, so snag a higher SPF. You darker headed ladies, don’t skip the sunscreen just because you think you’re safe. Once again, let me be the first to admit something else. I had no clue what SPF meant. All I (thought I) knew is higher number = higher protection; which isn’t even the case. Higher number means longer protection!

How long should the sunscreen be on my skin before sun exposure?

It takes about 30 minutes for “chemical sunscreen ” to absorb and begin protecting your skin.  Physical Sunscreen begins protection as soon as it’s applied. I’ll elaborate more later on in the guide.

Well, I mean, my mom always said I had to wait until my sunscreen dried but, raise your hair if you actually did that. AND NO ONE better have thought about raising their hand because I bet you didn’t wait all 30 minutes.

How often should I reapply?

Every 2 hours and/or immediately after swimming and sweating. Water Resistant Formulas can usually withstand water or sweat for 40-80 minutes. This information should be stated somewhere on the bottle.

We had a pool growing up and my mom taught so she was like the local sitter for our friends. Logan and I, along with all our friends would swim all day in the summer when we were younger. I know my mom made us reapply our sunscreen ( it wasn’t a free for all and we weren’t neglected! ) but every two hours, we did not.

Guide

 What are UVA Rays?

UVA rays make up most of the UV ray exposure. 80% of UVA rays penetrate through the clouds. They penetrate deeper into the skin making this the main ray for tanning. “A tan results from injury to the skin’s DNA; the skin darkens in an imperfect attempt to prevent further DNA damage”, according to SkinCancer.org. ( WHAT?!?! ) UVA rays can penetrate your skin year round. UVA rays cause premature aging, dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and leathery skin.

What are UVB Rays?

UVB rays can burn you year round. They give more visible damage to skin. UVB rays are strongest from April – October and between 10am and 4pm. UVB rays cause – Sunburns, redness, and skin cancer.

First things first, broad spectrum sunscreen will protect you from both. Of course, I’m thinking, if I want tan skin but not leathery skin, I better be applying sunless tan because UVA makes it hard to have both! Plus, I’m already getting wrinkles on my forehead and I’m not about that. Basically put, ( if I’m understanding the correctly ) UVA gives us long term damage that isn’t immediately visible. While UVB rays give us more instant, visible damage.

Protection

Physical Sunscreen – Sunblock

Physical Sunscreen deflects and blocks rays from skin and reflect sun rays. This sunscreen sits on top of the skin and protects against UV rays. Physical Sunscreen usually leaves a white cast on your skin. Physical Sunscreens block UVA and UVB rays. Because of the ingredients children NEED this type of sunscreen. The ingredients are more gentle and safer for sensitive skin and acne prone skin. This sunscreen choice starts protecting the instant it’s applied.  And it has a longer shelf life than the alternative. When searching for Physical sunscreen look for ingredients Zinc Oxides  and Titanium Dioxides.

Chemical Sunscreen – Organic Sunscreen

Chemical Sunscreen absorbs rays to prevent penetration. The formula is thinner than Physical sunscreen so the application process is easier and easier to wear daily. You do have to let chemical sunscreen “dry” or absorb into your skin before sun exposure. Penetrates the skin and absorbs the rays. The higher the SPF the more irritating it can be for sensitive skin types.
Chemical Ingredients: Avobenzone, Octylcrylene, Octisalate, Helioplex, Oxybenzone, Uvinul, Homosalate, Mexoryl SX

Applying this Guide to my Real Life

After my mom telling me repeatedly to wear sunscreen on my face and finally buying me some, I caved into the pressure. She purchased me the equate brand from walmart. It’s a dupe for the CeraVe face sunscreen. Until I really started putting this post together, I only applied it on my face under my makeup and my hand ( to keep my wreck battle wound from scarring ). As I’m typing this portion of this Guide I’m also shopping for sunscreen to apply on my body daily. I’m going to purchase the Honest Beauty and the First Aid Beauty Sunscreens to try. When applying sunscreen, use the 1 oz. rule. One ounce should cover your whole body. Apply 1 oz daily, not just at the pool or beach.

On Your Face

Face sunscreen can be applies under your makeup primer or as your primer. It’s a must. Your sunscreen in your makeup isn’t enough to prevent sun damage! Isn’t that kind of deceiving? The Equate Sunscreen Face Lotion is great under my makeup. My skin has been extremely dry lately and this sunscreen has served as a great dose of extra moisture. Makeup applies easily over the top of this sunscreen and lasts all day long! When purchasing face sunscreen look for non-comedogenic. It won’t clog your pores and is great option for acne prone skin. Also, try to find and alcohol free formula to avoid drying. A Gel Sunscreen is another good option for acne prone skin too.

But, sunscreen is only one level of defense. A wide brimmed hat, sunglasses, and shirts with UV protection are also great options to grab when you’re heading out for a long day in the sun. With a wide brimmed hat you can protect your hair, your scalp, your ears, face, and the back of your neck. Sun damage is irreversible. I don’t know about you but, I need to start now protecting my skin because I have neglected sun protection in the past.

Luckily, floppy hats are in style, so go get you a floppy hat. Burn scalp and ears are the worst! As far as your shoulders, chest and arms, I love to wear a columbia PFG when I’m going to be in the sun for a long period of time. I’ve even worn it in the ocean when I was burnt. They are lightweight, cool, and dry quickly. Plus, they’re extremely soft and have protection in them! Lastly, please don’t forget your sunglasses. Your eyes can get damage from the sun too.

I have taken the time to write this guide for your guys to filter through some of the masses of information that come along with sunscreen and sun protection. In writing this guide I have left out a lot of information that could have made this guide way too long. I encourage you to look into it and do some rsearch yourself to discover some information about this topic. It can be overwhelming and I hope this guide has helped filter the confusion and answered some questions you had or even didn’t know you had!
XO,

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Black on White

Simple and Monochromatic are my go to with fashion; most often Black and white. It’s easy and pretty almost always. Simple, polished looks are my favorite. I wish I was a minimalist with a lot of things in life. I would say that I am board line minimalist in my fashion choices. for the most part I wear basic and simple outfits. If they look polished and put together thats an even bigger perk!

I tend to follow along the pattern of black and white and grey. Anything in those three color draw me to them. I find myself wearing all too often black and white. I had put myself on a “no-buy” with these colors in an attempt to brighten my wardrobe. As I try to get away from these colors and go for more bright shades and more summery colors, I stumbled upon this tank. I’ll cover more on that later but, as soon as I saw it I couldn’t pass it up. I had to have it.

Of course, I went simple. I snagged this top at WALMART for $3.00!! I bought two actually. ( and one is floral! ) I paired this tank with white chino shorts and sandals. Chino Shorts are always a summer simple go to! You can wear them with anything. Even if you’re feeling lazy you look put together, I live for that kind of outfit!  This is a great outfit for brunch or even a day shopping. This entire outfit cost me less than $50! That’s prefect, am I right? I love a cheap outfit. I popped on this pink belt and pink Lipstick to add some color to my outfit and stick to my goal of brightening my wardrobe!

Black & White Favorites:

These tanks for summer are some of my favorites. I have a striped one, a white one, a floral one, and this black one!

Old Navy Chinos are my favorite. I always ruin them throughout the summer. I don’t feel bad when I stain them since they’re so cheaply priced!

Target has figured out the way to make cute, cheap sandals! These are actually pretty comfy and so stinking cute! It’s always my first place to shop for trendy sandals!

Black Tank | White Shorts | Sandals | Belt | Lip Stick |

Of course, Summer is for florals and brights. This week try out some monochromatic outfits! Plus, there’s much less white material that you have to worry about staining with white jeans! Where them fearlessly!

XO,

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Summer Resource Guide

Summer is upon us. Can I say I’m excited?! You know when you’re halfway through summer and you see something on Pinterest and you think why haven’t I known about this all summer!? I don’t know about you but that really annoys me.
You guys, if any time of year is my fave you already know it’s summer. Any given day in the summer you can find me outside doing something. Nate knows how to have a great summer! And we do. I have had the Summer Blues since it got too cold for me to sit with my feet in the water after work or lounge by the lake over a long weekend. So, as soon as the weather is gets nice enough I’m enjoying it! I may just be sitting but, I’m sitting outside. Poolside, Lakeside, (beside the food) I LOVE everything about summer time. So, I have put together the summer resource guide! I’m just going to dive right in!

The Perfect Summer Fashion Basics

If you’ve been following along here long you know that I love Basics. They’re the easiest thing to dress up. You can effortlessly throw on a layer over any of your basic items and you have a cute outfit! Summer is no different. Summer Basics are even better because 1. It’s summer and 2. You can look polished and put together with so little effort it’s unreal.
I’ve selected some perfect items (according to Lynlee, ya know) that are so easy to style and make getting dressed almost fun! It definitely takes the stress out of it!
The Perfect Casual Tank – Target
The Perfect Tank – Walmart
The Perfect Shorts – Old Navy
The Perfect Denim Short – Levi’s
The Perfect Cotton Dress – J. Crew
The Perfect Cotton Tee – Old Navy
Side Note: Obviously, I love Old Navy. I never deny that fact. Actually, I embrace it. Old Navy is GREAT for cheap, well made basics!

Trendy Summer Fashion

This is the fun part of summer fashion. You get to personalize your wardrobe and here’s some of my favorite ways. Throwing a kimono over a tee or a romper can totally change the look of your outfit. Be fun and carefree in overalls or a graphic tee. This is where you really can express yourself. So, have fun. Don’t hold back and  Express yourself!
Fashionably Lazy outfits are my summer jam! These trendy summer items are interchangeable within each other to create super easy ( put together looking ) outfits! Graphic tees and Kimono overlays, Rompers and kimonos, Overalls and graphics..
Graphic Tee – Chaser ( always )
Kimono – American Eagle 
Romper – American Eagle
Overalls – Free People 
Wedges – Steve Madden
Maxi Skirt – American Eagle 
American Eagle, shockingly, has great summer clothes! Right now 70s patterns as I call them are trending. American Eagle has great outfit that cover a range of summer styles and fashion trends.. like their sandals.. see below..

Shoes, Sunglasses, and Accessories!

Perfect Leather Sandals – American Eagle
Fashion Sandals – Target
Go to Sandals – Birkenstocks
Cheap Sunglasses – Walmart | TargetForever 21 –> Then of course Ray Bans This Pair && This Pair
Cheap Jewelry – Walmart | Forever 21
Hats – Walmart | Charlotte Russe

Fun && Games

Its not ALL fun and games during the summer but, if you make the best of your time it can be mostly fun and games. And when the summer fun comes up you have to be properly equipped with the clothes, accessories, and skills to have a blast! 
 
Swimsuits – Giani Bini Top // Bottoms | Target | Old Navy Top // Bottoms | Kingdom & State | Kourtni Jean | Kenneth Cole |
Cover Up – Old Navy | Free People |
Beach Tote – Vera Bradley
Beach Blanket – Sandcloud | ShopBop |
Pool Floats – Academy Sports | Fransceca’s | Walmart |
Poolside Bottle – S’well
Beach Towels – Vera Bradley | Ralph Lauren 
Face Sunscreen – CeraVe | Sun Bum
Body Sunscreen – Sun Bun
Sunburn Remedy – Sun Bum
Face Mask – Nugg Mask Kit
Moisturizer – Coconut Oil
Nail Polish – CND Vinyl Lux
Self Tanner – Fake Bake

Activities

Outdoor Concert | Baseball Game | Hike | Picnic | Lake | Attend a Barbecue | Mini Golf | Farmer’s Market | Hammock | Music Festival | Food Festival | 5k | Bike Ride |
I live for summer activities. Everyone’s attitude is completely different during my favorite season. Here’s some fun things I enjoy doing in the summer!

Start a Summer Bucket List to get your really in the spirit of Summer!

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