I've been reading quite a bit about vitamin D deficiencies caused by lack of exposure to the sun caused by constant use of sunscreen and about increasing your own inherent resistance to sun damage by the use of antioxidants (particularly carotenoids) taken as supplements.
I've decided to experiment by simplifying my own skin care routine. I've been taking Well Well Well Inc Krill Oil supplements since the middle of April (I bought my own jar after using up the sample I was sent.)
For skincare, I've been using a simple plant-based skin care routine from Live Native, a raw skin food company based on the Isle of Skye - I'll be reviewing it soon, but in a nutshell, I love it. It takes a bit of getting used to as the textures aren't the same as mass market skincare, but it's been worth the (small) effort for me.
I have also stopped using all glycolics/retinoids etc. I'm just using a very simple cleanse, tone, moisturise routine from Live Native. I don't have particularly photosensitive skin inherently - I'm my mum's fair depth of skin, but with my dad's olive tone. If you have very fair/pink skin, I'd strongly recommend sunscreen whenever the sun shines.
Things I won't be doing:
- Changing my attitude to general sun avoidance. I don't sit out in the sun and I don't intend to start doing so.
- Being stupid - on days and in situations where I put a sunscreen on my child (and/or my husband) I will still apply a sunscreen myself. I've pulled out the Super by Perricone Daylight Savings the last few days.
It'll be interesting to see if my face falls into disrepair after a few months - so far, it doesn't seem to have done so ;)