When I’m spending any amount of time outdoors, I rely on four items to protect me from the sun. The term essentials is used often, but it’s absolutely appropriate here. Growing up in southern California, I spent my fair share of time basking in the sun when I was young. Now, I’m the opposite and always searching for shade. I’m also religious about sunscreen. I apply it everyday, often more than once. I used to hate the feel and smell of sunscreen, especially on my face, but since I started using EltaMD, I never miss a day. I’ve used it for years now and posted it on it previously here and here. This is one product I have on auto-ship so I never run out.
Besides sunscreen though, I like to go the extra mile and protect my face and chest with a hat, sunglasses and a scarf. Because these items are so often in rotation, I like having a variety of styles and colors.
I also have multiple light weight scarves to loosely wrap around my neck to protect my chest from additional freckles or spots. I’ve spent enough time trying to remove or fade them, the last thing I want is to counteract my efforts. Even if I’m at the beach, under an umbrella, I still like to have one handy to protect from all the reflection.
I’d like to say I’m as diligent with the rest of my body, but I’m not. I don’t bask in the sun to get tan anymore, but I LOVE the feeling of the warm sun on my skin. It feels so good and reminds me of my childhood.