Since we are already in the midst of summer, it is more than important to slip-slop-slap before heading out into the hot sun.
While most sunscreens can feel super-greasy and cast a white shadow on both the face and body, there are a few select products which are worth the extra dollars.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Extreme Fluid, $27.99
A lightweight, holy grail formula which has been used for years on movie sets, photo-shoots, and even on a daily basis. Apply a thin layer under your makeup to protect skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, and possible sun damage.
Sisley Paris Super Stick Solaire Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $163
While this might seem a little excessive for a sunscreen – you can never be too safe with your skincare! The holly grail formula comes in both a nude and colourless shade for discrete protection during the summer. Apply over the lips, nose, cheekbones, and around the eyes for best results.
Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA, $80
A powerful antioxidant-rich formula ideal for men and women who want a grease-free finish which is also waterproof. Apply generously over the face, neck, and entire body to keep your skin safe against potential sun damage.
You, Me and Everybody Shady Lady Daily Dace Milk SPF 30, $19.99
Protect your skin from sun damage by applying a pea-sized amount of this product under your makeup. The grease-free formula is perfect for those who already suffer from oily skin, since it won’t interfere with your current routine. Feel free to apply to to your neck, chest, and other areas exposed to the sun.
Clinique City Block Sheer SPF 25, $36
One of the best sheer, broad-spectrum SPF formulas which is gentle on skin, and won’t clog your pores. Use on the delicate areas of your skin such as the mouth and around the eyes for extra protection against the sun.
What are some of your favourite non-greasy sunscreen formulas?
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We all need to prevent premature ageing and reduce our risk of getting skin cancer, so, protective sun hats are an essential item, in every women’s wardrobe. Millions of kids have had the sun smart message drummed into them and we now seldom see kids without a hat.
When it comes to women, though, we seem to neglect them. It’s probably because we either look awful in them, they don’t fit properly, they mess up our hair, they don’t exactly scream sexy; whatever the reason, we really do need to wear them more often. Particularly in our harsh Australian climate. So, if we really need to wear them, we may as well do it fashionably!
Experts recommend, when trying on hats, look at a full-length mirror. This is how others see us. Although it might suit your face, it may look disproportional compared to the rest of you. Lets face it, if we look crappy in something, we aren’t going to wear it! Using the following recommendations as a guide will at least provide a starting point.
Let’s begin with the jackpot winners because women with an oval face can wear just about any type of hat and pull it off. The tip to remember is to make sure the snug part of the hat, which fits around your head (known as the crown), is wider than your cheekbones but avoid going wider than your shoulders.
Shortening your face and adding some width should be your primary objective. Try a hat with less height and a big floppy brim.
Very similar to tips for oblong faces. Try a full or uplifted brim and don’t add too much height.
The most significant tip for you to keep in mind is that square hats, on a square-shaped face won’t do you any favours. They will accentuate your jawline. Try hats which will soften and lengthen your features.
The best type of hat for you is a medium brim, with a defining crown, to narrow the forehead. Avoid horizontal trimmings and you can afford to have a hat with a bit of height.
The style advice, is similar to heart shaped, except you want to aim for a hat that widens the forehead. For you, horizontal trims, will work a treat. Once again, a medium brim is recommended.
You too want to widen the forehead, so you can try any hat which adds width. Asymmetric brims and crowns with some height will work well to achieve the best look.
The aim here is to lengthen your face, so try an irregular brim, which is wider than your facial structure, a vertical design and defined crown.
Now, apart from style, you really need to consider other factors like protection, comfort and practicality. Some hats contain SPF block-out and can add greater protection to your head and face. If you burn easily, this is a wise investment.
Then there are other varieties which contain hydrating gel crystals to keep your head cooler. If you need a hat to go and out in direct sunlight and heat, this may be a viable option. Plus, if the reason you don’t wear a hat is because it’s just too damn hot, this is a solution.
You also need to consider when and where you are going to wear a hat. If you frequently wear it in windy conditions, the last thing you want is a hat which you will need to hold onto your head or chase around. There are lots of fashionable hats around these days which will fit your head perfectly, so functionality is no longer an excuse.
You may find that having a selection of protective hats will be a better solution, particularly if you will be wearing it in various situations. Consider all the variables and make a choice which is best for you. We all need to start looking at wearing sun hats as an investment in our longevity and get over the barriers, which have been preventing us from wearing them. There are some comfortable, functional and stunning styles available so it’s about time we all go shopping!
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Elle Macpherson, face of Invisible Zinc, has spent so much of her life in the sun, from photoshoots to visiting family in the summertime – she really is the original Aussie beach babe. We think she looks better than ever – how does she do it? Elle shares her best summer beauty and makeup tips and how she maintains that enviable glow all year round!
How do you hydrate, protect and nourish your skin in summer?
I drink 3 litres of water a day, and nourish my skin with moisturiser at night. I also exfoliate my skin all over twice a week using a dry body brush to encourage skin renewal and stimulate circulation. Most importantly I protect myself with Invisible Zinc ESP on my face and chest, and use Tinted Daywear SPF 30+ on ‘off duty’ days to give me a beautiful golden glow. I also love Invisible Zinc’s new SPF50+ as it contains next generation technology and doesn’t leave a white caste.
Why is incorporating sun care into your daily routine so important- especially for Australian women?
Prevention is always better than cure – for both premature ageing but also more serious skin cancer, especially here in Australia with our harsh sun. Anti-ageing skincare is a huge industry now, but it is UVA rays that are responsible for up to 80% of skin ageing so protecting your skin with sunscreen can help to prevent premature skin ageing. This is something that I wish I had learnt about a lot earlier than I had.
What are your tips for tanning safely?
I don’t think you can tan safely but being Australian we are an outdoors nation where the bronzed beach look is so iconic, faking it is the only way to have a safe tan. The Invisible Zinc Jet Set Tan is great because it really gives you even coverage and the most natural, bronzed colour without the orange look that many tanners give. It also doesn’t have the strong overwhelming smell of other tans- more of a faint caramel scent.
But even when you’ve got your tan on – it’s still important to cover-up and wear sunscreen.
What is your daily skincare and makeup routine?
I am very particular about always removing my make-up and I love to use really nourishing moisturisers after cleansing. I am a big fan of Lucas Paw Paw Ointment another tried and true Aussie must-have along with Invisible Zinc! I drink 3 litres of water a day, and nourish my skin with moisturiser at night. Most importantly I protect myself with sunscreen – Invisible Zinc ESP Moisturiser SPF30+ on my face and chest, and I use Tinted Daywear SPF30+ on ‘off duty’ days to give me a beautiful golden glow.
Today is the start of Invisible Zinc Spot Check Month, encouraging Australians to check their skin for bad spots this January. Invisible Zinc Spot Check Month sees $150,000 worth of free skin cancer checks being offered at clinics around the country. Visit Invisible Zinc for more information.