Savin' Face: Summer Skincare

By Jayme Jackson


Here comes the sun... I’m not sure if I actually believe it, given the cold, rainy weather we have experienced in Lexington for what seems like forever. In the spirit of optimism, I am preparing for the clouds to part and the sun to shine by June 1st and with that said, I was on the hunt for the best sunblock on the market.

Age spots! I actually thought you had to be of a certain age to have them. Not so much. These brown, irregularly shaped discolorations that showed up in my mid 30’s are a total bummer. When you are younger, you hear “wear sunscreen and protect your skin”. Well, I was a teenager in the 90’s where we laid out every day at the pool, coated like fried chicken in baby oil and iodine while we prayed to bake to a glorious golden brown hue. No one really explained that even though it looked great in my youth, all of that unseen damage would rise to the top layer of my skin in my 30’s, 40’s and basically forever.

So, I have reluctantly started wearing sunscreen everyday under my makeup and you know, with the caliber of products for me to pick from, I’ve not even noticed the change.

My top facial sunscreen picks:

  1. Neocutis Journee Revitalizing day cream SPF 30 and it has anti- aging ingredients (YAY) available at Skin Secrets

  2. ZO- Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 – really blocks out the sun. available at Hourglass

After a day in the sun, treat yourself to the peach pulp and honey mask from Studio Z skincare. It soothes, hydrates and tightens the skin and is full of antioxidants and natural antibacterial properties from the honey

I am now one of those ladies at the pool wearing “the” hat. Praying that not one ray of sun touches my face. Grab a baseball cap girls, ya gotta do what ya gotta do to stop further damage and the possibility of melanoma. Thankfully, there are even “bigger guns” in the arsenal to remove age spots that are already appearing like IPL (Intense Pulse Light). We will go into IPL this fall, it’s best to save those treatments for when you can promise to stay out the sun. So, from one tanorexic sun lover to another, let’s try to embrace the fact that Pale is Pretty because I’d rather be pale now y’all, than wrinkly later.