Summer Beauty Series - Sun protection

This is the first part on my series on Summer Beauty. Being from Dubai has meant that I have had to endure super hot summers my entire life. The only good thing about this is that it's made me a sort of self-taught expert on 'Summer Beauty' ie 'How to Avoid a Complete Beauty Meltdown When It Gets Hot'.

Let's get started, shall we?

My favorite sunprotection products

Wearing sunscreen is probably one of the best things you can do for your skin. Remember that prevention is always better than a cure, this is especially true when it comes to your skin. Sunscreen can protect your skin from ultra violet rays and prevent hyperpigmentation (dark spots), wrinkles and thickening of the skin. Repeatedly exposing your unprotected skin to the sun can also increase your chances of skin cancer.

Did you know that a higher SPF might not be worth the money? SPF 30 blocks out 97% of the sun's rays and SPF 50 blocks out 98%. Even a sunscreen with a SPF of 100 will not block out 100% of UV rays, despite the fact that they are usually marketed as such and cost a lot more!

A lot of people think that they don't need to wear sunscreen because they have darker skin and don't burn as easily as people with lighter skin. The truth is that darker skin is at a lower risk for skin cancer. However, the type of melonomas (skin tumors) on people with darker skin tend go undetected for a longer. Which means that the cancer usually has a chance to progress further before it is detected and treated. This makes the cancer even more dangerous.

So, in conclusion....WEAR SUNSCREEN.

I know how hard it is to wear it, especially during the summer because a lot of sunscreens are greasy and heavy. It can also make your makeup look blotchy and shiny.

Here is a list of some of my favorite sunscreens that seem to work pretty well in the heat:

Banana Boat Kids UVA & UVB SPF 50:
I usually wear this on my "delicate areas" when I go to the beach. It's a little bit too heavy for my face, so I apply it to my shoulders, chest, knees, feet and tummy. It is a little bit sticky, but it gets the job done and I haven't ever burned when wearing this. Note: The FDA has finally updated it's regulations for sunscreen. Please read more about that on their website.

Hawaiian Tropic Oilfree Faces SPF 30:
This is my favorite. It is available at supermarkets and such a bargain. I usually wear this every day. It is very light and almost sinks into your skin as soon as you apply it. It can easily be worn under makeup and there is no white cast at all.

Eucerin Sun Fluid Mattifying Face Protection SPF 30:
I bought this a couple of weeks ago because I was wanted to try something new. This one is suprisingly good! It's one of those 'liquid' sunscreens so it's very light. It does not give a white cast or those annoying 'sweat beads'. It soaks in nicely and does dry to a matte(ish) finish. I went to the souq last week and was outside all day. I didn't burn or tan at all, and I was sweating like a mofo! Very impressive.

Nivea Sun Invisible Protection SPF 30
I bought this one when I was on vacation last year. It's not a traditional oil spray and I appreciate the fact that it is not in an aerosol can. This sunscreen is great to apply on bigger areas of your body (like your legs, arm and back). It is very light and I hardly feel it when I am wearing it. The smaller size makes it easy to pop in your beach bag. The only thing I'm not too fond of is the smell. It smells a teensy bit like hairspray. I've gotten used to the smell though, and always apply it if I'm heading to the beach or pool :)

Sephora Sun Velvet Sunscreen Spray SPF 20
I got this one at an event and I love it. One thing about Sephora is that they know how to make products that smell nice! This one smells gorgeous! It doesn't have a traditional beach smell, but it does have a distinct monoi oil scent. I haven't worn this to the beach because it is a little heavier than the Nivea one. But I have worn this to my outdoor yoga class and it worked wonderfully.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Sorry it was a little long, but sun protection is something I take very seriously. I'm pretty sure that if you're one of my friends, I have at one time barked 'PUT ON SOME SUNCREEN' at you. And I am sorry. But wrinkles and skin cancer are not fun!! hehe :)


  1. Great post lady!!! Sunscreen is soooooooo important and I agree that you should wear it everyday! I'm totally going to check out the face one


  2. Great post! I always burn in the sun if I don't wear suncream and I usually buy factor 50, but maybe I can reduce down to 30! Not that we are having much luck with the sun in the UK at the moment! You're so lucky living in a hot climate, I'm jealous :(

  3. prettyinthedesertJune 16, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    You know, I usually wear a factor 30 for every day use, but I do try to use a 50 when I'm at the beach. I mean, it's just 1% but I guess it's the placebo effect. Hahah I just FEEL more protected :) Don't be jealous. It's so hot right now, I don't even wanna go to my  car!! :(


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