“The Dia Diaries” Sunscreen: Protection From The Sun

Though Los Angeles tends to remain warm and sunny for the majority of the year, summer is officially upon us and our beauty routine and products have to adjust to the hot summer weather. Once the protective layer of makeup smears off, skin is a target to UV rays, which is the number one no-no for skin. Everyone just wants beautiful sun-kissed skin, but is makeup enough protection?

Though many everyday primers and foundations range from containing 12 to 24 SPF, this isn’t close enough to the proper amount of protection the skin needs. Dermatologist Dr. Leslie Baumann says, ”You need seven times the normal amount of foundation and 14 times the normal amount of powder to get the sun protection factor on the label. No one does this.

The best way to prevent negative effects from the sun is to incorporate sunscreen into your daily makeup routine.By applying sunscreen as the first product on your face and choosing the right product, you can avoid that oily look that sunscreen tends to give. Here are three (you have to spell numbers up to ten) that will help protect your skin from sun and oil.


Eltamd UV Clear SPF 46

Awarded Genius Award

$29.25 on Amazon.com



ZO Skin Health Oclips Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30

$64. 99 on Amazon.com



Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunblock

Break-out free

$8.95 on Amazon.com


Though sunscreen is recommended, if your schedule in the summer requires you to be indoors during the early afternoon when the sun rays are at its brightest, using just primer with SPF will be more than enough to protect your skin.

However, there are many different products in the market these days that claim to do the same thing, and between BB and CC cream as well as tinted moisturizers, it can be confusing to know which products to choose.

BB cream, or beauty balm, helps repair and protect skin with a light coverage. Some people only wear BB cream, but if more coverage is what you want, than a layer of foundation is a better idea. CC cream stands for color correcting, meaning it covers dark spots and redness. This a great option for women who are looking for more protection and have an uneven skin tone. But the most basic option that will make sure your makeup doesn’t budge is good old primer. Think about your lifestyle and your skin type when purchasing a primer option

Here are our favorites of primers that for this summer.



                                                        BB Cream

Smashbox Camera Ready

$30 on Amazon.com



CC Cream

Supergoop Daily Correct Cream

$32 on Amazon.com




Benefit Cosmetics The Professional

$36.65 on Amazon.com


By: Samantha Minsk (The Dia Diaries, Contributing Writer)


Chandia Brennen is a Certified Image Consultant and CEO of ItsGood2bME Fashion Consulting and Image Management based in Los Angeles CA, Chandia has been in the Fashion industry for over four years. She has worked for dozens of publications and holds the title of Senior Fashion Editor in both LA and NY. Chandia is a fashion scout for a Design Agency in NY and Brand Ambassador for HairEverywhere Luxury.


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