I've always been quite lazy when it comes to applying sunscreen which isn't particularly smart seeing as I live in Australia where the sun is famous for being fierce and can do serious harm. Sun damage to the skin can result in fine lines and wrinkles, discolouration, textural changes and sun spots. That sounds a lot like premature aging to me and really, who wants to age prematurely? On top of that, in the worst case scenario, sun damage can lead to skin cancer so I cannot stress the importance of protecting your skin, especially your face, from the sun!
While a lot of base make up these days, such as primer, liquid foundation and powdered foundation contain SPF, you may not walk out of your house with make up on a daily basis. The fail safe way to protect your face if you're too lazy to apply that layer of sunscreen is to use a moisturiser that contains SPF. This gives your skin added protection along with something that you do every morning.
I regret not actively using sunscreen at a young age but it's better late than never! Recently, I went on the hunt for a new day moisturiser that contains SPF. I settled with CLINIQUE's Superdefense SPF 25 Age Defense Moisturizer for dry combination skin. I think that long name says it all. It's anti-aging, moisturising and helps to neutralise against damaging UV rays! Not only does it defend against the visible signs of premature aging, it arms the skin to fight the visible effects of sun and pollution which research confirms damages your skin's appearance. This moisturiser claims to result in your skin looking better for longer.
Personally, I really like this product! It glides on smoothly and is easy to spread over the skin, unlike a lot of sunscreen, and after application, my skin feels soft and plump!
However; if you know you'll be out in the sun all day, I highly recommend adding some extra protection onto your face. I use the CLINIQUE City Block Sheer SPF 25 before applying my moisturiser. This is a no chemical sunscreen that is sheer with a high-level broad-spectrum UVA/UVB daily sun protection. Its light-weight formula helps wick away perspiration and absorb excess oil so make up looks fresher, longer. It really evens out my skin tone and is spreads easily over the skin. I also love how it acts as a make up primer or a tinted moisturiser!
Living in Australia, we often rejoice in the beautiful sunny days that we have and forget about the dangers of the sun. It's so important to protect yourself from sun damage and I think CLINIQUE has made it easy for us with their Superdefense moisturiser and City Block sunscreen. It's definitely been a great buy for me and remember, all of CLINIQUE's products are allergy tested and 100% fragrance free so if you're looking for a new moisturiser, maybe you can consider this with its added protection.