As I approach 30, I have become way better at taking care of my skin. My youth is slowly fading away, so I want to keep my skin healthy and glowing as long as possible! To say I now wish I would have listened to my mom when she said "Don't go tanning." and "Wear sunscreen!" is an understatement. Now as a true rule follower*, I never bought tanning packages, or spent endless days out in the sun hoping for a sunburn, I just pushed it a little bit. (*Disclaimer: I'm only a rule follower until I'm 3 drinks deep).
In the last 3 years, I've started going to the dermatologist yearly. I strip down and let that lady get up close and personal with my bod. I'm not a doctor (clearly), but if you spent any time out in the sun when you were younger, I can't tell you how important it is to make this a part of your health regime. Back in April I had 2 moles removed on my leg. These two moles literally looked like freckles, almost unnoticeable. I'm like "Come get the weird ones, those ones are fine!". I couldn't have been more wrong.
A couple of weeks later I got a call, "The good news is you don't have skin cancer." WHAT?!?!?! I didn't even know that was on the table?! "...but you did have a mole that was pre-melanoma. We removed the whole thing and surrounding areas, you're clear and we will see you next year." I hung up the phone and cried. Melanoma is the most common cancer killer in young women ages 29-34. I thought to myself how horrifying that phone call could have actually been.
This was eye opening for me. I now basically use 50 sunscreen as lotion all over my body when I know I'll be outside (Sun Bum is my weapon of choice) . I also added a sunscreen to my daily skincare routine. If you didn't have one before, I urge you to pick one up! A lot of daily lotions offer one. I've used a couple, and sometimes they can be a little to thick for me.
So when one of my fav. beauty brands, Glossier, put out one I had to have it! Glossier Invisible Shield SPF 35 has worked great for me. It is a jelly like substance that goes on smooth and doesn't create any issues with tinted moisturizer, cover up, or foundation. It comes in at $34 which is a little high as it doesn't double as a daily moisturizer, but it's tiny and easy to carry around for multiple applications throughout the day, depending on what you've got going on.
So friends, with a deep southern drawl courteously of my mother, "Watch the Sun!"