sunscreen for fitness instructors

Okay, we may not be screaming for it, but we might be silently screaming about it because:

  • We've heard enough about SPF to last us a lifetime.
  • We didn't wear it, the damage is done (although we know we can stop further damage) and we just don't like the stuff.
  • We've given in...and we're wearing it, but we hate it because it's shiny and it feels terrible.
  • We're currently exhausted from trying to apply it to some kind of child/ children in our life, or are still exhausted from the memory of chasing said child/ children around the yard to apply dreaded sunscreen.
  • We are guilt ridden because we've run out and know we must replenish in the next 24 hours or something very bad is sure to happen.

Thankfully, I'm not going to extol the virtues of sunscreen.  As Fitness Instructors and active people, we know them.  And, if you're like me, and didn't use it when you were young(er), the benefits of using sunscreen (and the side effects of not using it) are very apparent in life as we know it today. Plus, I just hate the look and feel of a sunburn!

So...because I've been on a long quest for a face sunscreen- one to wear faithfully on a day to day basis that doesn't make me look like a 'shine ball' and feel like I want to scrape it off with a putty knife, I thought it would be useful to share what I finally found:

Clarins UV40HP is so light, I can't feel it after I put it on. And, bonus....I don't shine. This stuff sells like hotcakes at Nordstrom where the Cosmetic Department 'inter-sells'. This means the staff sells between cosmetic lines, so they really sell what they love and what works for their clients. Titanium Dioxide is the sunscreen ingredient (natural vs. chemical) and cantaloupe extract is among the plant ingredients for nourishing the skin. Not only does UV40HP give sun protection 40 from UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays, but also free radical and elector-magnetic (i.e. cell phone, computer, lights, etc.) protection. Best of all, it comes in 4 options: UV40HP Untinted, UV40HP Light, UV40 HP Medium, UV40 HP Dark. It's $40 for the untinted and $42 for the tinted. The tinted is beautiful, for most, as a substitute foundation! I've been using mine since April, so it's lasted over 5 months.

Here are a few of the face sunscreens I've tried and not liked at all (not complete by any stretch):

-Neutrogena Ultra Light, Ultra Sheer: It wasn't either ultra light, or ultra sheer, but it was ultra shiny! My Dermatologist swears by Helioplex, an ingredient in this, so I gave it a shot. I do like the body spray sunscreen though.

-Lancome Bienfat UV50+ Super Fluid: No thank you! It left a white gray cast on my face that would not rub in and it was shiny, thick and greasy feeling all day.  Yuck. I put it on my body to use it up before a bike ride and John said, "Why do you look all pasty like a mummy?"

-Skinceuticals Daily Sun Defense SPF 20: I do like this for outside protection (riding, swimming, boating, etc.) It's too thick and shiny for everyday use however.

-Kiss My Face All Natural Oat Protein Sunscreen SPF 30: I wanted to like this one ($12.99 and easy to pick up at the local natural food store), but it was way to greasy for me.

I enjoyed this quick read from on the 11 Best Sunscreens for Your Face and thought you might too:

Have you found a sunscreen you love? Or, at least one you can tolerate and use daily? Let us know and comment about it. Is there anything you'd like to talk about here at PRO/STYLE? Please let me know:



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