When I heard the phrase “Skin First” being used by Eucerin a few weeks ago, I thought to myself, “Yeah, that makes sense.” Our skin is our first line of defense against illness, infection, contamination and aging. Why would anyone not want to put their Skin First?
And then I remembered being a kid. Sunburns, sunburns, sunburns. My parents tried to put sunscreen on us. And often they succeeded. But the products that were available often weren’t really that good and didn’t cover the full spectrum of UV rays. Add that to the fact that we didn’t usually reapply and we were often under the misconception that a burn would actually provide a “healthy” base for a lasting suntan. Now that I am older and wiser, I think to myself “How stupid was that?”
And then I thought of my own kids who really don’t like to wear sunscreen. It can be sticky. It can be greasy. Who cares about a little sunburn every once in a while? (Answer: Your Mom Does.)
Finally, I thought about my own life and daily routine. Busy, busy, busy. And yes, there are times when it just seems like a hassle to put on sunscreen to go walk to the dog. I’ve already put on moisturizer, so why would I want to bother with yet one more product (even though I know I should).
While Skin First sounds like an obvious goal (like eating more vegetables), maybe making skin protection a priority really is a radical idea: Something that will change the way we think about skin care and our health.
Sorting Through Sunscreens
A few weeks ago, I published a post on sunscreen titled The Skinny on Sunscreen. In this post, I discussed the importance of blocking both UVA and UVB rays, as well as the importance of finding products which contain physical sunblock such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. I also reviewed a number of good sunscreen products. Today, while I am not going to rehash the previous post, I do have a review of two more products and a giveaway!
Eucerin Everyday Protection SPF 15 Body Lotion: An everyday moisturizer with SPF 15 and titanium dioxide, I was interested in how this lotion would go on. Would it feel like most sunscreens — kind of like a coating on the skin or would it rub in weightlessly and feel like it had disappeared (that is what I was hoping for). Having used it for a couple of days, I think the answer is somewhere in the middle. It is not as heavy or thick as a sunscreen, but it is slightly “stickier” than a straight lotion (for example, Eucerin Daily Skin Balance).
But here is the kicker: This lotion has physical sunblock that is light and highly effective. While I will still use a sunblock for extended or intense sun exposure, this daily lotion offers great protection for running around town, walking the dog for 1/2 an hour and al fresco mid-day dining with friends (yeah, I wish…).
Everyday Protection SPF 30 Face Lotion: Four words: I love this moisturizer! I tried it for the first time 3 weeks ago, before I knew I would be getting a sample to review. I like the way it goes on, hydrates my skin and blends in. As if that weren’t enough, it is SPF 30, with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. For a daily use moisturizer with SPF, I don’t think it can be beat. Best of all, it comes in a pump bottle, so it is easy to control the amount you need and nothing goes to waste.
Why Use a Daily Sunscreen?
Now just in case you need a reminder, you want to wear a daily sunblock because sun damage to your skin now can cause problems later. UVA rays penetrate the top layers of the skin (the epidermis) and can penetrate down into the lower layers (the dermis). These lower layers are made up of a thick network of collagen and connective tissues. They hold in moisture and provide a foundation for healthy, firm skin. When the dermis if damaged by prolonged sun exposure and UVA rays, the collagen breaks down, moisture escapes and guess what? You’ve got wrinkles.
UVB rays are the primary cause of sunburn and skin cancer. While you can’t immediately see or feel the damage caused by UVA rays, the UVB rays will let you know immediately that you’ve screwed up.
Using a broad-spectrum skin care product with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide will give you the best protection you can get right now, aside from dressing like your great-grandmother when you go to the beach. Full-spectrum daily sunscreen versus full-body “bathing costume?” Seems like an easy choice to me. And not really so radical after all.
Eucerin Skin First Network Giveaway…
This month, I am giving away a 13.5 ounce bottle of Eucerin Everyday Protection SPF 15 Body Lotion and a 4 ounce bottle of Eucerin Everyday Protection SPF 30 Face Lotion to one reader. These are full-size products, not samples.
To enter, share a tip here at Brave Ski Mom on how Eucerin Everyday Protection SPF 15 and SPF 30 lotion can make taking care of your skin an easy part of your daily routine. Then visit the Eucerin Facebook page to take the Skin First pledge (for which you’ll get a sample of Eucerin lotion). If you have any trouble finding the pledge, please click here.
Enter before Monday, April 11, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. MDT. One winner will be chosen randomly from all comments received.
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Kathryn!
I am very happy to be working with Eucerin as part of their Skin First Blogger Network. As part of this effort, Eucerin is providing me with skin care information, as well as skin care and wellness products. They are also providing this giveaway to my readers. All opinions expressed in this post are my own and reflect exactly what I would tell my friends and family.
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