We know our title sounds like your mother is guest-blogging for us. Don’t worry—it’s still us, so no lectures. But whether you’re Edward-Cullen pale or Snooki tan, taking care of your skin is part of staying beautiful…and healthy. Sunscreen is just as important to your beauty regimen as any lipstick or conditioner. Here’s everything you’ll need to know to defend your skin against its arch-enemy: The Sun.

Yeah, There’s a Sunscreen for That: Choosing the Right Type for Your Skin

We’ve heard every excuse in the book for not wearing sunscreen. “My skin is too dry/too oily/too old/too white/too Vitamin D deficient!” Sorry to get all Dr. Laura on you here, but it’s time for tough love: there are no excuses when it comes to sunscreen. You can find the right formula for almost any skin type if you know what to look for:

  • Oily. For you acne-prone and/or greasy gals out there, avoid sunscreens that call themselves “creams.” Try sunscreen gels instead—they usually contain alcohol, which will be more drying.
  • Dry. If you tend to dry out, get sunscreens in the form of lotions and creams. You kill two beauty birds with one cream that way—you can moisturize while also defending against the Magda look from There’s Something about Mary.
  • Aging. Any sun-loving silver foxes among us? Remember you never outgrow sunscreen. Try a formula with anti-aging elements to fend off age spots, sagging, and wrinkles.
  • Very fair. Does your skin makes you look like the love child of Dita Von Teese and Casper the Ghost? Then you probably meet the criteria for “very fair.” Your milky-white skin needs some extra TLC to stay safe. Suit up with at least SPF 30 daily.
  • Applying Sunscreen the Right Way: Because Scorched Is Nobody’s Color

    Squirt onto hand. Slather on. Party at pool all day. Putting on sunscreen is as simple as that, right? Not exactly. First, don’t be a scrooge with the amount. Be generous, and apply it to all your bare skin. Second, sunscreen takes about 15 minutes to absorb. Apply and then take a Facebook or Candy Crush break before heading out. Finally, reapply, reapply, reapply! Sunscreen only lasts two hours max. Add water to the mix, and you’re looking at 40-80 minutes.

    Want more beauty tips for your skin type? Book an appointment with a skin-care specialist at Bella Vita.

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