About Face: Protecting Your Skin

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I say this time and time again...moisturize, moisturize...moisturize!

The job of a moisturizer is to attract moisture and to protect the skin on your face by forming a barrier that holds in the water that's already there. By using a moisturizer, you can stop your skin from losing its hydration and allow it to put the moisture it does have to good use. Along with properly moisturizing your face, using a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher can aid in preventing wrinkles and skin cancer as well as many other possible long-term benefits for your skin! Yummmm! Who doesn't love that??

Moisturizers with SPF is a major must-have to add to your daily skincare routine because you don’t have to apply another sunblock to your face and secondly, the oily sunblocks that have made you break out for years can now not be used on your face thus resulting in less acne, and a lighter feel throughout the day. Here's a list of a few of my faves!

  • Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30
  • Supergoop! SPF 30+ Everyday UV Face and Body Moisturizer
  • COOLA Suncare SPF 30 Cucumber Matte Finish Sunblock
  • Anthelios Daily Anti-Aging Primer SPF50
  • Fresh Soy Moisturizing Cream SPF 20
  • Philosophy 'hope In A Jar' Daily Moisturizer Spf 25 For All Skin Types
  • Lancôme BIENFAIT MULTI-VITAL - SPF 30 CREAM - High Potency Vitamin Enriched Daily Moisturizing Cream
  • CLINIQUE Superdefense SPF 20 Age Defense Moisturizer
  • Kate Somerville® 'Daily DeflectorTM' Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Anti-Aging Sunscreen
  • Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Repair Oil-Free Day Lotion SPF 15
  • It's important to mention that SPF and flash photography are not the best of friends. This is because Titanium Dioxide (used in a lot of SPF) and Mica (found in mineral makeups and shimmery eye shadows) deflects light from a flash often making you look pale/washed out and/or shiny.

    [Credit: Beauty High, HowStuffWorks]

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