Okay so before I get into the Friday Favorites, I have to tell you a little bit about me. So as we've established, I'm Shawna, I love my husband, pups, Oreos, etc. What you might not know is that last May I made a life changing decision and started school at the National Institute of Medical Aesthetics, or NIMA as we in the biz call it. Its an a-mazing school and I have been wanting to go for years so I finally just took a leap of faith and went for it and honestly, I couldn't be happier! Life might be a little (or a lot) busy right now with work, school and le blog but it will all be more than worth it when I am finished. Not to mention I have the greatest husband and friends who support me who help me get through it all.
But let's get back to business, I decided to go into medical aesthetics because for years I have been fascinated by skin care. Growing up I had a hard time with my skin and its still a daily struggle for me. I wanted to learn how to properly take care of it and create solutions for people who struggle with their own skin, which is pretty much everyone because even if someone looks like they have perfect skin I'm sure they can list at least 7 things off hand that they aren't completely happy with, am I right? So that is why I felt it was important that I make this Friday favs about something that I feel and know is an extremely important topic in the skin care world. Sun Protection. It is one of the easiest steps you can take to healthier skin. I know you're thinking, well summer is over so it's not that big of a deal anymore. Wrong. The sun is out all year long. Ultra violet rays penetrate through clouds. You need to be wearing broad spectrum sun protection every. day. The sun is what ages your skin prematurely and causes wrinkles and hyperpigmentation that might not show up now but it will be there later on. Do I even have to mention the scariest part? Skin cancer? Wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen is necessary and I know it is hard to actually commit to it and follow through with it every day. I get it. I'm trying just like you guys are. I have found that it is easier when you incorporate it into the products you use every day so here are some examples of how I make sure I am protected.
1. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30: I love this tinted moisturizer, it has just enough coverage that I can use it like a regular foundation and added bonus, it has Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Too easy.
2. Sun Bum Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 30+: because you might not realize it but your lips need sun protection too. Don't neglect those babies!
3. Coola Citrus Mimosa Sport Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35: This 98% natural sunscreen helps protect from free radical while also toning, firming and rejuvenating your skin.
And if you're someone who can't live without a tan, I threw in the Tanwise Dark Bronzing Sunless Mousse. This stuff is awesome and doesn't turn your orange!
What are your favorite ways to protect yourself from the sun? We would love to know!
Have a great Labor Day weekend and don't forget your sunscreen!!