This is my annual reminder to stay safe with the sun. I’m always pretty aware of my sun exposure, especially during the summer. But this year I am feeling even more determined to stay as safe as possible.
I’m guilty of saying “ugh I’m so pale,” but I’m really trying to stop. Do I wish I had a tan naturally? Yes. But I’m trying to embrace my natural skin tone. It’s hard when I go on Instagram and everyone is VERY tan– fake or not. (I don’t know if it’s a filter or self-tans or lots of beach vacations but I can’t be the only one noticing this.) The temptation to get a spray tan or to self-tan at home has been higher than ever for me. But I’m resisting. First of all, I want to feel comfortable in my own skin. And secondly, sun exposure is not healthy. If you need a scare tactic, spend five minutes on the Skin Cancer Foundation’s website reviewing the (sobering) statistics on sun exposure and skin cancer rates.
A tan is just not worth the risk.
Here are some of my favorite ways to stay safe in the sun without being a total recluse.
It’s not always possible (or fun) to stay indoors during peak sun exposure (10 am to 4 pm). I get this advice from a scientific standpoint, but it’s a really big window and if you’re on vacation, are you realistically going to give up six hours every day? No. For me, I tend to gravitate towards covered porches (my absolute favorite during the summer) and umbrellas at the beach. A good compromise for staying outside without being in direct sun.
Okay this is my favorite discovery from last year. I love a good rash guard, but they can be a little bit of a nuisance to slip on and off. These sun shirts are incredibly easy to throw on with or without a bathing suit. I wore mine all summer last year– over swimsuits at the beach and even with denim shorts while running errands on super sunny days. It looks like a regular shirt and can even be worn to work out in too. They’re on sale right now too 🙏🏻 They come in solid colors and I also love the striped shirt!!!!
I know it can feel a little “nerdy,” but I swear these look and feel great. And a major bonus for me is that it’s one less area to apply sunscreen. It’s such a process for me to put on sunscreen that if I’m only going to be at the beach for 30 minutes or whatever, it’s way easier to just grab a sun shirt and be good to go in no time.
I just got this long sleeve swimsuit and I honestly can’t wait to rock it. I think it’s such a good sign that companies are making CUTE and safe options for suits. I was crossing my fingers it’d look good on and it far exceeded my expectations!! Like, I love this suit. And I also think it’ll look amazing with skirts as coverups or even denim shorts.
Cabana Life also makes a ton of cute options too in bright colors.
I wear sunscreen on my face daily but a hat is also a quick and easy way to get sun protection on your face. I usually wear them for style but it doesn’t hurt that they also provide protection. That’s a win/win!
Seems self-explanatory 😉 For my face, I’ve been alternating between Kiehl’s Superfluid and Dermalogica’s Prisma Protect. And for my body, I use Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen and Neutrogena Beach Defense.