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How Do You Protect Your Body’s Largest Organ? 3 Summer Sunscreen Secrets

As if dermatologists didn’t hammer it into our sun-loving heads enough, now I am. Tanorexia is a real problem in America. I remember playing tennis in high school thinking it was fun to see how tan I could get my arms, legs and shoulders. Well, my teenage tanning determination paid off and the other day I noticed a few sunspots atop my shoulders. Oops!

I’d never judge a sun worshiper; after all in college I dabbled in tanning beds and laid out with my roomies marinating in baby oil. However, there came a point when I quit the “Sun” cold turkey (unless it’s a healthy Vitamin-D dose) in fear of turning into a Magda mini-me. Plus, the risk of skin cancer scared me. I know some people are lucky and tan easily, but I still recommend daily sun protection on some level to everyone.

I shared my favorite sunscreen products a year ago, and now I want to give you an updated list:

Goodbye Cabo San Lucas laying-out-all-afternoon-lobster-tan Days

My Three Favorite 2012 Sunscreens~ 

My current favorite daily sunscreen I put on my face, neck, and hands every morning is Neutrogena Sheer Liquid. It’s super light weight, works for men and women, and doesn’t cause break outs. I’ve read as long as it’s SPF30 it’s fine and doesn’t need to be higher, but this happens to be SPF 70. You can find it here for $12.99

After the Neutrogena Sheer Liquid, I apply this Smashbox Photofinish primer SPF 15. I recommend makeup primers for all women who wear makeup because it helps your favorite cosmetics last all day and go on smoother. Since I use a daily primer anyway, the SPF is just an added bonus. Smashbox Photofinish SPF 15 full size $42.00 here or sample size here for $17.00

Sunglasses with UV protection are always nice. Also, I first heard about Colorscience 5 years ago when Cameron Diaz said she loved this powder sunscreen. There are multiple shades and I use the “Medium Perfectly Clear” color. The mineral feel is perfect for oily or combination skin, plus it’s SPF 30. It lasts me about 5 months if I use it everyday before I discovered the Neutrogena. Price $50 here

Enjoy your summer vacays & spring break. 

And Please sunbathe responsibly 😉

Photo ~ Hawaii Sunset Summer ’10

The easiest way to remind yourself to apply sunscreen each day is to have it in front of you, ie, your bathroom, makeup box, purse, golf-bag, at the office, in your car, etc. It’s never too late to start using sunscreen either. The 3 products I mentioned are by far the most lightweight simple ways to wear sunscreen without feeling like it’s caked on, but I’m constantly trying new ones so I’ll always keep you updated.

Do you try to wear sunscreen daily and if so, what are your favorite brands?

I’ll be back Friday with a Coachella/San Fran hybrid outfit post…


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  1. these are all such good ideas!
    it’s so easy to forget to put sunscreen on…but it’s so important!

    xo kaitlin

  2. Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) says:

    Dale, this is so important! Good for you girl. We do need a YEARLY reminder regarding this. I love Neutrogena. It’s very lightweight and provides wonderful protection. The sun can cause life threatening damage. You should even have sun block for your lips! And don’t forget to protect your neck. Awesome post 🙂

  3. Sunscreen is so important! I do wear sunscreen everyday, especially on my face! I just wear the generic Target brand, but I also do like the moisturizers that already have sunscreen in them 🙂


  4. Katerina says:

    nice idea!!!

    Have a good day!

    Katerina Richie

  5. QUEENIE G. says:

    great tips:)


  6. Oh sunscreen…. I apply religiously but sometimes wish I could be one of those naturally tanned beauties…..

  7. the creation of beauty is art. says:

    Great post! I have never been able to tan, only burn, so sunscreen is important!

  8. Ashley K says:

    Great sun screen picks I must admit I used to be a tanning addict until I stopped about a year ago I do miss being that golden bronze color but I know its horrible for me in the end. 🙁 I like to use cosmetics that already have sunscreen in them my go to is bare minerals and I love all the nuetrogena sunscreen product but I do loathe the way sunscreen smells.


  9. Julie D. says:

    I use a daily lotion with 15spf on my face…
    but once it gets warm enough to show some more skin I’ll try out the Neutrogena one you mentioned
    Thanks for the recommendation


  10. I wear hat to protect my face but sunscreen is so essential. I need to buy some more of the Neutrogena brand. I love that brand. It’s so light but really protects my skin.

  11. have a great one!:D

  12. Dale thank you for the much needed tips doll. You’re definitely getting us ready for the Summer and I dunno love Neutrogena and used it everyday on my face. I’m tempted now to buy the smashbox primer now….hmmm…I’ll keep you posted if I do.

    <3 Marina

  13. Irene Buffa says:

    omgg such a cool post!
    love ur blog <3

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  14. Ana Carneiro says:

    My skin is very white and doesn’t tan easily but burns super fast! So I always use a 50+ sunscreen in my face and neckline =b


  15. great post! thanks for sharing your opinion!

  16. Andie Willows says:

    i’m always doing 50 spf and stay out of sun!

    xoxo, andie

  17. Chic 'n Cheap Living says:

    So true! I wear la roche posay daily because it is one of the few brands that protect against UVA and UVB rays (otherwise I use tuned moisturizer when I travel). Thanks for the smashbox recommendation!

  18. Fashion, Art and other fancies says:

    Sunscreen is so important – so is vitamin D.

  19. Jergens actually just came out with a new product in their “Natural Glow” line…with SPF 20! So it not only builds a gradual sunless tan, it also has built-in sun protection…win/win, I say!

    My only other “must-have” is sunscreen for my hair/scalp! My favorite product is Paul Mitchell’s Super Strong Liquid Treatment…it’s a leave-in conditioning spray that also offers protection from UV rays! Perfect for those days by the pool or beach 🙂

  20. Great reminder to slather on Sunscreen daily! I tell my patients that the best sunscreen is the one they will wear (some go on greasy or chalk-like)
    Enjoy your day 🙂

  21. Snazzy Dollface says:

    Tan with caution for sure!


  22. great post! thanks for the advice. Yeah My old teacher got skin cancer,Lucky for her it went away…You could come check out my blog @cavinravin.blogspot.com Its called pistols and pearls… you could follow me too 🙂

  23. Katie's Bliss says:

    great advice! I always make sure to buy a foundation/face cream with spf in it to protect my skin!


  24. I use the smashbox primer. it’s briliant! I havnt found one to top it yet

  25. lisa signorini says:

    I checked your blog and I like it so much!
    Visit my blog , and if you want we can follow each other via GFC!
    Have a great dat!

  26. great blog!!

  27. A Bit of Sass says:

    Thanks for posting this. was just wondering what sunscreen I should try that won’t break me out. I’m a new follower, hope you stop by my blog:)

  28. MessyDirtyHair says:

    Ooo I love smash box!! Great post I was looking for something new this summer!

    Xx Kelly

  29. markedbeautyblog says:

    Sun protection is so important, thanks for the post! I adore Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Daily Sunblock! xx

  30. heyimfany says:

    thnks for the post! i adore smash box<3


  31. Amazing post dear!
    Gorgeous blog!
    Following! Follow back? <3

  32. il était une fois... says:

    ahh super cool snaps!! wish i was chillin on the beach. X

  33. lisa signorini says:

    thanks so much for your comment and to be my newest follower!!! I follow u too!!!
    New outfit post on my blog : I’m waiting for your comment!

  34. Caroline says:

    Wonderful and very informative post- I am a big fan of your blog now, and thank you very much for following mine! I feel honoured, haha… xx

  35. Since I am so pale, sunscreen is a definite must whenever I go outside. Lucky for me, though, I am afraid of the outdoors. Haha.

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  36. a happy little life says:

    great blog! great post! i say to my daughters if i could go back i would cover my 16 yr old self in sunblock. my 46 yr old self hates the sun/age spots especially on my face and freaks out every time a new little spot/mole surfaces worrying it’s cancer. it is completly unearthing.
    i wish i could take back all the hours of unprotected sun bathing and tanning beds over the years. we are so pressured to look tanned. it is sad.
    and i’m not saying the sun is a bad thing, because it is wonderful, it’s the intentional over exposure i did to myself that i regret.

    i now live in the land of fair skinned people who for the most part do not buy into the tanning pressure. their skin is lovely, i wish mine was.

    thank you for visiting my blog and following! i am now a new follower and will return often to enjoy your work 🙂

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