Here Comes the Sun

It's time to turn up the SPF. Here's what you need to keep you cov­ered from head to toe.


Skin­care es­sen­tials for the sea­son

IF YOU'VE READ ANY BEAUTY AR­TI­CLE, SEEN A DERMATOLOGIST OR TALKED ON THE PHONE WITH YOUR CON­CERNED MOTHER RE­CENTLY, CHANCES are, you've been told about the im­por­tance of sunscreen. Pro­tect your­self from dam­ag­ing UV rays, don't un­der­es­ti­mate the sun even on the cloud­i­est of days, reap­ply through­out the day—you've heard the spiel. Th e bot­tom line is sunscreen is nec­es­sary (es­pe­cially if you live in Hawai‘ i) and know­ing what body, face and makeup prod­ucts to use and how to get the most out of them are es­sen­tial. We talk to both skin spe­cial­ists and sun wor­ship­pers alike for their tips on stay­ing safe un­der the sun.


At the core of all sunscreen PSAs is the fact that your body needs shield­ing from the sun's UV rays to de­crease the chances of de­vel­op­ing skin can­cer. Looks-wise, SPF helps slow down the devel­op­ment of wrin­kles and pre­ma­ture aging skin. Skin is the first tell­tale sign of aging, af­ter all.

As for how of­ten you should ap­ply sunscreen, YC ‘ Spring' Chang, di­rec­tor of spa and re­cre­ation at Th e Ka­hala Ho­tel & Re­sort, says once a day is not nearly enough. “At least twice a day is ideal, once in the morn­ing and an­other layer just be­fore noon when the sun is at its high­est point,” Chang says.

Oleema and Kalani Miller, the sis­ter duo be­hind the pop­u­lar swimwear line MIKOH, have per­sonal SPF ethos of their own. Oleema, who spends her time out in her vegetable gar­den or trav­el­ing the is­land when she's not busy work­ing as the cre­ative di­rec­tor of MIKOH, is faith­ful to Elta for SPF cov­er­age. “For sunscreen, I al­ways put on Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 rain or shine. Th ey also make an amaz­ing body sunscreen called Elta MD UV Sport that I put all over my body when I 'm out for a beach day or just a day in the sun,” she says. Pay at­ten­tion to that SPF num­ber—a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 for ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties and SPF 50 if you're head­ing out for out­door ac­tiv­i­ties should do the trick.



“I never leave the house with­out sunscreen, es­pe­cially since we spend so much time in trop­i­cal places in the heat, salt wa­ter, and sun,” says Kalani, whose out­door life­style in­spired the in­cep­tion of MIKOH. Oleema's itin­er­ary usu­ally ends with ma­jor sun time too. If you're out in sun ( be it bik­ing, surfi ng or beach- bum­ming) like the Miller sis­ters, mak­ing sure your face is pro­tected from the sun is just as im­por­tant as cov­er­ing your body. Tak­ing an ex­tra minute to ap­ply sunscreen to your face pre­vents brown spots, sunspots and skin dis­col­oration down the road.

When it comes to choos­ing what kind of sunscreen you use for your face (sprayon, stick, lo­tion, etc.), you are your best ex­pert. You know your skin and whether it leans to­ward dry skin, an oilier com­plex­ion or a com­bi­na­tion of both. To soothe and pro­tect dry skin, tr y an ev­ery­day sunscreen like cream or lo­tion SPFs that nour­ishes and mois­tur­izes skin. If com­bat­ting an oily com­plex­ion is the case, go for a sunscreen that's ul­tra- light­weight like the Clin­ique SPF 45 Tar­geted Pro­tec­tion Stick that pro­tects skin from the aging and burn­ing ef­fects of UVA and UVB rays on frag­ile ar­eas, then use a re­fresh­ing mist (we rec­om­mend Mario Bade­scu Fa­cial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rose­wa­ter) on top to set the sunscreen. When ap­ply­ing sunscreen to your face, pay spe­cial at­ten­tion to the fore­head and bridge of your nose, which are ex­tra sen­si­tive to the sun's UV rays. Don't for­get to give your neck some love too. “Th e key is to put sunscreen not just on your face, but on your neck, ch­est, and the back of your hands,” Oleema says.


Last on the li st of skin pro­tec­tion i s makeup. The age- old dilemma of de­cid­ing to opt out of skin pro­tec­tion in the name of long- l ast­ing makeup or de­cid­ing to use sunscreen and risk a smudgy, melt­ing makeup sit­u­a­tion i s no longer a prob­lem. It's easy to f ind makeup prod­ucts that tout SPF on the l abel , so you of f icially have no ex­cuse not to in­cor­po­rate sunscreen into your ever yday beauty rou­tine. As for f it­ting in some ex­tra SPF into your morn­ing reg­i­men, the op­tions are spread across the board. Tinted lip balms, foun­da­tions, primers, con­ceal­ers— if you can dream it up, chances are a SPF- ver­sion ex­ists and are of­ten times favored over their non- SPF coun­ter­parts.

When it comes to shield­ing your skin from the sun's harsh rays, it's best to fol­low the rule of “ever y lit­tle bit helps.” Here's why : the re­pair mech­a­nism of your skin tends to slow down as skin ages. Ba­si­cally, sun­burns re­cover slower and l ess ef fec­tively. “When our skin tries to re­plen­ish it­self, it has to f ight harder if there i s ac­tual sun dam­age,” Chang says. For a prod­uct that's a tried- and- true fa­vorite among beauty ed­i­tors, tr y the berr y- hued Dior Ad­dict Lip Glow, which packs in SPF to keep lips pro­tected while adding a nat­u­ral look­ing f lush to lips. The lip tint i s also a fa­vorite thanks to its mix of hy­drat­ing mango but­ter and loofah extract. One thing skin ex­perts make a point to re­it­er­ate i s to reap­ply any SPF prod­ucts reg­u­larly, es­pe­cially if it's makeup. An­other l ayer of that SPF lip balm should go on af­ter a morn­ing break­fast, mid- day cof­fee break and in- be­tween run­ning chores— and the same rule fol­lows for body and face sun­screens.

SHINOLA Run­well Back­pack Nav­i­ga­tor in medium brown $995

HAMP­TON SUN Age- de­fy­ing SPF 50 Min­eral Sunscreen Crème $ 36 at hamp­ton­sun­care. com

CLIN­IQUE FOR MEN UV De­fense Broad Spec­trum SPF 50 $ 30 at clin­ique. com

SUNBUM SPF 30 Orig­i­nal Sunscreen Lo­tion $ 15.99 at mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions

SOLEIL TOUJOURS 100% Min­eral Sunscreen SPF 30 $ 39 at net- a- porter. com

ELTA MD UV Sport Broad­Spec­trum SPF 50 $ 23 at eltamd. com

LA MER The Repar­a­tive Face Sun Lo­tion Broad Spec­trum SPF 30 $ 135 at cremede­lamer. com

CLIN­IQUE Pep- Start Hy­drorush Mois­tur­izer SPF 20 $ 29.50 at Sephora

LA ROCHE- POSAY An­the­lios 30 Cool­ing Wa­ter- Lo­tion Sunscreen $ 35.99 at laroche- posay. us

CLIN­IQUE SPF 45 Tar­geted Pro­tec­tion Stick $ 21 at clin­ique. com

ORI­GINS A Per­fect World SPF 40 Age- De­fense Mois­tur­izer with White Tea $ 44 at Sephora

Kalani (left) and Oleema (right) Miller, sis­ters and de­sign­ers of the pop­u­lar swimwear line MIKOH (, tell us their fa­vorite SPF tips and prod­ucts that are es­sen­tial for an ac­tive, out­door life­style.

LA PRAIRIE Skin Caviar Con­cealer Foun­da­tion Sunscreen SPF 15 $ 220 at laprairie. com

BOBBI BROWN SPF 50 Pro­tec­tive Base $ 43 at bob­bibrown. com

CHAR­LOTTE TIL­BURY Magic Foun­da­tion Broad Spec­trum SPF 15 at Nord­strom

JUNGSAEMMOOL Es­sen­tial Star- Cealer Foun­da­tion $ 44 at vi­o­let­grey. com

DIOR Dior Ad­dict Lip Glow $ 33 at Sephora

KIEHL’S But­ter­stick Lip Treat­ment SPF 25 $ 19.50 at kiehls. com

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