Do you wear sunscreen every day? I mean, every single day, rain or shine or otherwise? Sun protection is one of the most important ways we can care for our mature skin. And it’s not just about sunscreen – there are several ways to protect your delicate skin.
It’s another beautiful summer day here in Southern California! The sun is shining, the sky is blue, and as I type this on my patio I am surrounded by flowers and hummingbirds and a very active family of squirrels! Glorious though this day may be, I know being out in the sun is not doing my skin any favors if I don’t give it some protection.
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Why is Sun Protection Important for Mature Skin?
While it’s only natural that the aging process affects our skin, we can maintain some control over environmental factors that contribute to this aging. The greatest of these is ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
In fact, it’s estimated that 90% of skin aging is due to the effects of the sun!
UV radiation causes skin to age in several ways.
It causes stem cells to die off, leading to thinning and wrinkling of the skin. UV radiation also activates enzymes that break down collagen and elastin. How can we control this?
The secret to avoiding aging caused by sun exposure is sun protection.
My Favorite Sunscreen for the Face: Elta MD Skincare UV Clear SPF 46 Sunscreen
If you read my post on personal care products for mature skin, you’ll recall that I did not include a sunscreen for my face. That’s because at that point in time, I hadn’t found one I really, truly loved enough to use every day, much less recommend to you!
Since then, I started seeing a new dermatologist, who hooked me up with so many amazing and effective skincare products.
As you might expect, of course, buying skin products at the dermatologist’s office cost a pretty penny, but with a quick check on Amazon, I found the same product – for a whole lot less!
This mineral-based formula contains hyaluronic acid to boost moisture retention and diminish fine lines, and niacinimide to minimize pores and smooth skin.
It contains 9% transparent zinc oxide as an effective sunscreen, and this particular formula helps calm and protect sensitive skin types prone to acne (which I don’t have), rosacea and discoloration (which I do).
Elta MD has other formulas specifically for normal and combination skin; dry and post-procedure skin; a water-resistant sports formula, tinted sunscreen, and children’s sunscreen.
My Favorite Sunscreen for the Body: It’s a Tie Between SuperGoop! PLAY SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray and SunBum Original Sunscreen Spray
As much as I love the Elta MD sunscreen for my face, I’ve been jumping between two different brands for my body. One, because I purchased them prior to learning about the Elta brand, and two, because I go through so much body sunscreen that I wanted a lower price point.
I’ve found two brands that do the trick for me, protecting my skin from sun damage and keeping it super-moisturised at the same time. That can be tricky here in Southern California – our humidity can dip into the single digits this time of year, so skin-quenching products are so important!
My first favorite sunscreen brand for my body is cult favorite SuperGoop, and most specifically, Supergoop! PLAY SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray. I love the ease of the spray and the fact that it’s water and sweat-resistant.
Like Elta MD, Supergoop offers a huge variety of sunscreens – sprays, lotions, oils, gels – for all different skin types.
Second, but no less a favorite, is SunBum Original Sunscreen Spray. This oil-free, water-resistant and reef-friendly (Octinoxate & Oxybenzone Free) sunscreen is great for all skin types. Best of all, it has the best summer scent ever!
My Favorite Sun-Blocking Hat: Wallaroo Hat Company Petite Victoria Hat
It’s been two years now since my bucket-list trip to Dubai. One item that I purchased for that trip is one that I use often to this day. That’s my Wallaroo Hat Company Petite Victoria Hat.
Wallaroo Hat Company, based in Australia, is known for both their variety and quality.
Their most popular hat for women is the “Victoria”. I happen to have a very small head, so in year’s past I’ve worn hats from the children’s department – and most of them looked the part. Fortunately, the Victoria comes in a petite size AND it has an interior drawstring to further adapt the hat to fit precisely.
It was so comfortable, and probably the first time in my life I actually had a hat made for adults.
This hat comes in ten colors, is super lightweight, and best of all – it is totally crushable, packable, smooshable – you can stuff it into your suitcase and it will pop out good as new.
I’m seriously thinking now about ordering Wallaroo’s Monterey Fedora as the second hat in my collection (can it be a collection if you only have two?) It’s classic, classy, and a little preppy. But note: it is not packable, so it’s not a travel hat.
The Aqua Hat is another smart purchase. It floats in water, dries quickly, has a chinstrap for security, and a large brim for extra sun protection. There are five color choices – I’m kinda partial to the bright teal.
My Favorite Sunglass Brand: Rayban
You can’t talk about sun protection without mentioning eyewear. A great pair of sunglasses is non-negotiable!
I’ll admit, for most of my life, I grabbed the cheap glasses from Target or Kohl’s (again, in the children’s department, because of my tiny head). And while those served me alright, top-quality glasses will do so much more to protect your eyesight from the harsh glare of the sun.
We only get two eyes – we’ve got to take care of those babies!
Yes, I’ve learned the hard way that I have to be a little more cautious about sitting on them or leaving them behind in random places. But trust me, the added eye protection is so worth the investment and extra vigilance.
My favorite sunnies are these Raybans with hexagonal lenses.
Rayban offers such a great, classic collection of sunglasses and the quality is so good.
Classic aviators don’t suit my face shape, but I love the hexagonal lenses on these.
Best of all, most of their sunglasses come in a variety of sizes, so if you’ve got a small head like me, you can still get a great fit. (NOTE: Kate Spade also makes petite-sized sunnies)
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Final Thoughts on The Best Sun Protection Products for Mature Skin
As I have aged, I have gained such a better understanding of the need for skincare.
A big part of that care is sun protection – we go back to that statistic that up to 90% of skin aging is due to the effects of the sun! All of these products have served me well and I can confidently recommend them.
Do you have favorite sunscreens, hats, and sunglasses? I’m sure you must! Please share them with me in the comments – I’m always looking to try new things!