You would think everyone would wear sunscreen every day since we’ve all been told time and time again how important it is to protect our skin from age spots and skin cancer. You would think. Even I have personally struggled with this, and I worked for a skincare company for four years!
Why is it so difficult to do something that we know is so beneficial for us? My guess is, when we don’t see the immediate long-term effects of doing (or not doing) something, it’s hard to really make that cause and effect connection.
Additionally, wearing sunscreen often doesn’t feel good or smell good. It’s a petty complaint when you look at the big picture, but more times than not sunscreen feels greasy on the skin and has that signature sunscreen scent. Even my favorite tinted sunscreen that looks great on my skin leaves me smelling like sunscreen at the end of the day.
Committing to Daily SPF
What helped me commit to wearing daily SPF was finding the right one for me. Selecting a product that feels good and smells good were of the utmost importance.
Then there was the getting over being lazy thing, but I always have tactics for that. For example, the key to fulfilling my commitment to remove my makeup at night was leaving makeup remover and makeup remover wipes EVERYWHERE. I keep makeup remover and wipes at my vanity, in my bathroom, and in my night stand. There is no excuse when it is so convenient.
In the past, SPF was lost among all of the other skin care products I never use. Toners, serums, moisturizers, and masks fill the caddy under my sink. I moved my SPF to instead sit next to my makeup mirror, so it’s the very last skin care product I apply before beginning my makeup routine.
SPF by H2O+ Beauty
H2O+ Beauty sent me their SPF lineup to help me identify my perfect sunscreen. Each sunscreen has unique features to bring sun protection with added benefits. One commonality across all four is the ultra-slim bottle. I love this design because it makes this sunscreen easy to pack for travel or throw in my gym bag.
SPF plus anti-aging? Yes, please. This day cream is formulated with peptides plus SPF to prevent signs of aging. Its silky texture is due to Camellia Japonica Oil and Red Algae extract. The active ingredients are Avobenzone, Octinoxate, Octisalate, Octocrylene, and Oxybenzone.
This formula is ultra-light and non greasy. The Matcha Green Tea Extract also helps prevent environmental pollutants for getting to your skin. The active ingredients are Avobenzone, Homosalate, Octisalate, and Octocrylene.
Each sunscreen has a slightly different fragrance to mask the traditional sunscreen scent. I wish there was an app that could sense the top notes because I am so bad at it! To me, they are all slightly floral. The smell of the Aquadefense though is by far my favorite.
This is my number one pick from the group. Read my full review of AquaDefense Protective Matcha Moisturizer SPF 40.
This daytime moisturizer features Vitamin C, a well-known antioxidant that helps combat an uneven skin tone. This fast-absorbing sunscreen made with Pomelo and Snowflake Flower extracts is my second favorite from the bunch. The active ingredients are Avobenzone, Octinoxate, Octisalate, Octocrylene, and Oxybenzone.
This SPF protects you from the sun and adds extra hydration. It’s infused with Sea Grass and Water Lily to condition the skin and increase hydration. The active ingredients are Avobenzone, Octinoxate, Octisalate, Octocrylene, and Oxybenzone.
Still can’t pick one? Check out H2O+ Beauty’s SPF lineup for yourself. Also, if you have any tips for sticking to your commitment to wear sunscreen daily, leave them in the comments below.