Summer is finally around the corner which means warmth, sun and therefore SPF’s. Under fifty? Keep reading because you can’t start young enough with protecting your skin. That’s a lesson learned from experience. By now we all know that the vital anti-aging foundation lies in the SPF’s. As in Sun Protection Factor. I’m using SPF 50+ on my face and hands for over 10 years now (before this it was SPF 20 or 30), every single day. Come rain or shine.
Sunny weather brings us an extra dose of vitamin D – also known as the sunshine vitamin. Vital to a healthy immune system and for strong bones. Max. 15 minutes of sunlight without protection about three times a week is enough to produce the body’s requirement of vitamin D. After that bring on the SPF’s
Pharmacy beauty secrets
The Portuguese pharmacies – as are the French ones – are stocked with nearly everything you need to keep your skin and body in shape. I’ll admit it, I am a little obsessed with all the goodies on display here. My favorite sunscreen brand I use when I’m in Portugal is La Roche-Posay. I use the SPF products from the Anthelios line. After my facial routine in the morning, I finish with the SPF50+ tinted BB cream. For my neck, arms, hands and neckline I use the Ultra Light Anthelios XL.
Perfume and paraben free
My skin is semi-sensitive – as am I – and these products are lightweight and perfume/paraben free. And non-greasy and easily absorbed. I use them in the morning and do not re-apply during the day. This might have something to do with the fact that I avoid direct sunlight and you’ll find me there were the shade is.
Finishing SPF 50+ touch
For the legs I use the ultra light invisible mist spray, also handy when there is no one around to do your back. Or wants to do your back. Recently – thanks to a gift from D. – I discovered the Anthelios XL SPF 50+ compact cream, I carry this (not so pretty) box around in my purse and apply whenever I feel the need to mattify, conceal or extra protect. Is there a downside to all this? Yes, they just introduced SPF 60+…