How To Boost Your SPF Power

Today marks the beginning of Memorial Day Weekend. Although the weather will certainly be less than favorable (50 degrees and rain? No thank you), Memorial Day Weekend will always be the official kick off to summer.

Even if you won't be lying out on a beach soaking in the sunlight this weekend, you certainly will at some point here on out. Because of this, we have to pay extra attention to our skin and accept the fact that sunscreen alone is not enough to prevent all sun damage.

SPF is effective, but not as much as we believe so. The best way to bolster SPF is to combine it with antioxidants, specifically a serum infused with antioxidants that you apply prior to your sunscreen.

According to an interview with Dr. Neil Sadick in the June issue of Self Magazine, “studies have found that antioxidants reduce the likelihood of skin cancer and also neutralize free radicals to slow aging.” That being said, we should most certainly be adding a face serum to our daily repertoire.

  • Grape oil, another powerhouse form of antioxidant, can be found in Caudalie Regenerating Concentrate, which works wonders (especially while you snooze) in terms of cell renewal. Warm 3 - 6 drops in your hands after cleansing at night, then apply alone or with your fave night cream, depending on how naturally dry or oily your skin is.
  • For a super-calming antioxidant fix, try ole henriksen truth serum collagen boosterwhich brightens with orange and citrus, protects with green tea and has major hydrators to bind moisture to skin...ON TOP of the mega-dose of vitamin C and E one application provides.
  • Dr. Deniss Gross Skincare Hydra-Pure Vitamin C Serum already got cred from our beauty editors in the mag for it's serious antioxidant levels, but I have to add: This stuff has the BEST TEXTURE EVER since feels super silky and totally non-sticky on skin.
  • Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Serum deserves a serious nerd alert for it's scientific swag: The tiny, microencapsulated balls carry vitamins A, C, and E deeper into skin than other serums.
  • Need even more C? Try Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum, which has 50 times more vitamin C than previous formulas (Crazy, right?) plus Indian Fig to brighten skin. Now that is pretty smart.

Will you be using any of these serums?

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