I am a freak
about sun protection! I slather myself in lotions and creams and regularly wear hats and sunglasses to protect my skin from the harmful rays of the sun. I also tend to be a recluse in the summer...
While no topical product is perfect I always make sure my SPF of choice is broad spectrum
which filters both UVA & UVB rays (UVA penetrates deep into the skin and causes premature aging while UVB attacks the surface and causes burning). I like to use eco products when I can and my current fave is a body oil by Kiss My Face. I'm also a big fan of generic brands from stores like Target, CVS & Walgreens - the formulas are just as great (usually the exact same) and at a fraction of the cost. Solid SPF sticks are great for ears, lips and bald spots and Zinka is a colorful "nosecoat" that makes sun protection fun for kids (and adults like me).
As for self tanning, the formulas are so great these days and there are lots of options at all price points. I tend to use mousse versions because they absorb quickly and the finish seems to be more even. If DIY sunless tanning isn't for you there are tons of professional airbrush options. I layer a body shimmer like RCK or Burt's Bees Radiance Body Lotion over my "tan" for a bit of extra glow.
Check out my latest segment on INsight for a bit more info:
There is no such thing as a "healthy tan" and it's easier to prevent skin damage than to treat it so vow to become an SPF freak like me. And for crying out loud, NEVER set foot in a tanning bed...NEVER!