Beauty, Skin Care

My Skin Care Must-Have — Sunblock.

Lately people have been asking me a lot about my skincare routine.  And I’m a little taken aback by it because I feel like my skin is no different from most other people.  I still get pimples (and I have the dark spots to prove it! lol.)  But if you remember one of my earlier posts I explain my skin type and what I do generally on a week to week basis with my skin (I wish I did this every day, but I don’t).  But when I think about it, the one thing that has contributed to the clarity of my complexion… sunblock.  I wear it daily: rain, sunshine, snow, summer, winter, spring — every single day.  I mix two pumps moisturizer and one healthy squeeze of my favorite sunblock every day.
Salicylic Acid is a helpful ingredient if you have acne prone skin.

Sunblock is great for blocking harmful sunrays but it also helps to minimize the dark spots that women of color often get after a pimple has flaired up.

My non-scientific explanation for why it helps: After a pimple, the affected skin is very sensitive to the sun’s rays and gets “tanned” more than the rest of the skin leaving a dark spot.  The more pimples you get the more dark spots you’ll end up with.  The sunblock blocks those rays and minimizes their impact. [Below is my skin with no make up.]

Other benefits to clearer skin — Because my dark spots are a lot more subtle it minimize how much make up I have to put on and allows me to use lighter coverage foundation.  I still wear my Mac Fix Fluid foundation (which is medium to full coverage) but since my skin has evened out, I can dilute it with my moisturizer and still get good results.  I mix one pump of foundation and 1-2 pumps of moisturizer to create a home made tinted moisturizer.  I started doing this last summer when I noticed my skin had cleared up and I’ve been doing it ever since.

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6 thoughts on “My Skin Care Must-Have — Sunblock.

  1. Your skin look great! The benefit of acne PRO skin is at is stays elastic much longer Than dry skin.

    I live in a european country and we have long dark sunless wintermonths. Still get dark spot if i have a pimpel, or even a mosquito bite that i scratch it. Even if it is on My back or stomach that is never exposed to the sun. Good thing is that They disapear eventually, even if it takes like forever sometimes. I can recommend kojic acid Which is a great natural product that doesnt bleech the skin but lower the pigment level in hyper pigmented areas.

    Which sunblock do you use. Im struggling Finding one Without a whole list of nasty chemicals. Sunscreen is generallly lighter but i feel most of the sunblocks leave a film on My face. Would love to get some brand tip from you.

  2. Hi Lisa,

    I use Neutrogena's Dry Touch Sunblock (it's pictured above on the right). I haven't looked at the ingredients lately, but I like that its not at all greasy and comes in high spf. Love that stuff (I did a review on it).

    Even when the sun's not out, its rays are still penetrating the overcast clouds and reaching our skin. That's why I just decided to apply mine daily regardless of the weather outside. I was using Peter Thomas Roth's Pumpkin Enzyme Peel to even out my hyper pigmented areas and it definitely worked. Now that most of my darks spots have faded, I use the sunblock as a preventative measure.

    Thanks for commenting. 🙂

  3. I use Sk:n Repair & Protect Sunscreen (SPF 50) and I like it but it does leave my skin greasy which is a shame. I definitely need to check out Neutrogena's Sunblock. I think my hyperpigmentation is down to not wearing enough protection as I don't really think about it when it's cold/raining in England :/

    Great post! x

  4. The reason I love my Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock is because it is the exact opposite of every other sunscreen/sunblock that I've ever used. My skin is not greasy/slick after applying it, instead it has a dry feel to it, which is why I mix mine with my face moisturizer. I think you'll like it, Lesley. 🙂

  5. Thanks, Shika. That might be a viable option instead of mixing my moisturizer with the sunblock. But there's something about sunblock (versus sunscreen), it makes me feel like its the ultimate protection.

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