Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Here Comes The Sun

Last weekend was packed with lots of events and activities – Varuzh and I spent Saturday morning at the Young Authors Faire in Costa Mesa, meeting lots of wonderful people and signing VaZu Kids books for their little ones. Then, on Saturday evening we sailed around Balboa Island in a Duffy Boat celebrating our friends’ 30-year anniversary, and, on Sunday early morning I flew to Honolulu till Tuesday. I was not kidding when I said the weekend was busy.

But this post is not about beautiful events and places we have visited, rather about being prepared for the beautiful sunny weather during all of these events!

I’ve researched about different types of sunscreens years ago and learned that we should protect ourselves all 365 days a year, no matter if it is hot or cold. Sun rays damage our bodies: they cause wrinkles and, quite often, cause skin cancer. There is no doubt that we all should take sun rays seriously.

I have to say that nowadays most women use sunscreen daily simply by applying moisturizers every morning since most of them have a minimum of SPF 15 blended in. The fact is, though, that sunscreen loses most of its efficiency after about 90 minutes in the sun. But how many of us reapply sunscreen every 90 minutes? I know I don’t. And what about men and kids who usually don’t put moisturizer on during their morning routine?!

When I visit places like Hawaii or any other tropical, hot and humid destination, I don’t bother to put make up on, and reapplying sunscreen is easy. There, I always keep in my bag a bottle of Laura Mercier face sunscreen SPF 40 and Clinique "Sun" body spray SPF 25, reapply them every couple of hours in addition to the extra protection of my straw hat, big sunglasses and light linen clothing.

But what should I do when I am in town? I would hate to reapply sunscreen over my make up every few hours, especially during hot summer days! I got the answer this Sunday in a Vogue article Sunscreen in a Brush. Finally, the cosmetics companies have brought to us a solution in a chemical free powder that not only dusts protection on our faces, but also leaves a smooth mate finish. Awesome! When I came back to town, I stopped by a department store and became a proud owner of Chantecaille sunscreen powder and loving it. It will be in my bag whenever I need it.

And what should men do? Most of them don’t use any sunscreen outside the hot sunny beach, and they must! I better start my research now.

Any suggestions, thoughts or comments?  What’s your favorite sunscreen?

I am so happy Summer is here!

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With love always,
xo, Zuma A.

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