The Review: Something New Under the Sun
Hello Dearest Readers,
I write to you this month in the midst of an early-summer heatwave from my very *un-airconditioned* apartment after one too many iced coffees, so pardon in advance if this review sounds both overzealous (from the coffee) and delirious (from the heat). As we’re just now entering June I intended this as a pre-summer review, but clearly we’ve given spring a pass and jumped right into full on summer temps! Which makes the subject of this month’s review all the more relevant and important: the Kalaya Renew Face Dry Touch Sun Protection.
I will be the first to admit that without fail every summer I always wind up with at least one sunburn due to my lack of sense and lack of SPF application. I usually learn my lesson once I’ve finished peeling (ew) and will be very diligent with sun protection for the rest of the season but I still somehow manage to forget and make the same mistake each year. I will blame this recurring mistake on several factors; predominantly my own absentmindedness BUT also the fact that I really dislike wearing most traditional sunscreens which are usually greasy, heavy and stink like expired coconut (sorry not sorry for the shade). This was even more so the case when I was younger and more prone to breakouts on my face so I’ve carried on avoiding applying sunscreen to my face when I can help it.
It’s all well and good when you’re young and carefree and don’t mind the odd burn especially if it gets you a nice tan right? But it’s when real adulthood actually sets in and your youthful indiscretions start to catch up with you that you start to wish you had taken things like sun-protection more seriously. I had always naively compartmentalized sun damage to skin as that sunburn that stings and lasts for a week before it fades and you can carry on with your summer fun, but it’s obviously far worse than that. The growing prevalence of skin cancer - the most common cancer diagnosed in Canada, more than the number of breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancers combined- is enough to make any sun-worshipper want to spend the summer inside with the blinds pulled. Aside from the undeniable medical dangers, there is also the fact that sun damage is the primary cause of premature and/or increased aging of your skin. There are actually 2 types of damaging & dangerous UV rays; UVB rays are the ones responsible for causing sunburns and play a key role in developing skin cancer, while the lesser-known UVA rays have more long-term damaging effects to the skin like wrinkling and premature aging. A sunburn is an immediate and perceptible reaction, but damage from the sun occurs over a lifetime and it’s effects aren’t always obvious right away.
Now I hope all of this doom and gloom hasn’t put you off enjoying the summer because the good news is that it is actually very easy and can be totally painless to prevent sun damage, with just 3 simple letters; S-P-F. In case you’ve ever wondered, SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. The SPF number tells you how well the product will protect you from UVB rays - most sunscreens also absorb UVA rays however it is crucial to look for the keywords “broad spectrum” on the label of an SPF product which means it contains ingredients that can protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.
It’s crucial to find an SPF product that will adequately protect your skin, however if you aren’t using it on a daily or at least regular basis then it goes without saying that you will be getting zero protection! My newest solution to my seasonal sunburn cycle is the Kalaya Renew Face Dry-Touch SPF - it remedies all the factors that had put me off applying sun protection when I should have! First clue is in the name; dry-touch. There is zero greasiness or residue when applying this stuff and the oil-free formula is extremely light, because the absolute last thing you want in 30+ degree temperatures is to feel like you’re wearing an extra layer of anything! It’s also hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and dermatologist-tested which makes it a fantastic daily face SPF if you are acne-prone or have sensitive skin. Also it is totally scent-free which means there is literally no rhyme or reason to keep you from using it on a regular basis and therefore STAY PROTECTED! And while scent and texture might seem like superficial reasons to not use a product daily that would help protect you from something as terrible as skin cancer, the stark truth is that if a product is unpleasant or inconvenient to use, you probably won’t. If something doesn’t fit into your routine or work with your skin then it’s easier to avoid using it even if the benefits are unquestionable. But if something works and feels great then it is just that much easier to work it into your day and not have it feel like an extra chore. That’s why I can’t recommend this SPF enough - as one of the most absent-minded and forgetful people I know, this product is easy to remember to use.
As you can fearlessly set out into a summer of fun and sun (with proper protection of course) here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- It may extreme but it is very important to use SPF protection year-round anytime you will be outside facing sun exposure, and even on a cloudy day! UV rays can still travel through cloud coverage and cause damage or sunburns.
- Always use a minimum of SPF15-30. That said, don’t let a higher SPF like 50 or 60 give you a false sense of security; you should still reapply any SPF approximately every 2 hours while you are outdoors, even if the product is labeled “all-day” or waterproof.
- It’s best to apply sunscreen each morning after you apply a serum or moisturizers, using these products on-top of your sunscreen will affect the amount of protection it provides.
- If your makeup contains SPF protection, great, but don’t rely on makeup as your only source of SPF as it’s notoriously unreliable in terms of the level of protection. Plus, makeup isn’t always applied evenly and comes off easily thus, decreasing your SPF coverage. You want to wear SPF underneath your cosmetics & provided it is a non-greasy formula it can actually provide a better base for your makeup application.
- Sunburns as well as skin cancer can also form on the lips! To protect your lips, apply a lip balm or lipstick that contains sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- If you have a part in your hair while exposed to the sun, dab some of your SPF over it as well or better yet, wear a hat! Sunburns on your scalp are super unpleasant, uncomfortable, and can lead to damage to, or thinning of, your hair.
I hope this review has inspired you to make sun-protection a key part of your summer beauty routine! And with that, I strike out (skin all spf’d) in search of someplace with some AC or at least another iced beverage #BeGoodToYourself