Growing up in Miami, I was always in the sun. As a teenager, I didn’t really think much about sun damage. Sure, I applied sunscreen when I remembered. But my tan was the highest priority. I never thought about sun safety. I thought freckles were cute so I figured the worse that could happen was I’d have brown spots on my arms. I wish I knew then what I know now.
To kick off summer, I teamed up with CVS Pharmacy for their Long Live Skin campaign. These days, I stock up on sunscreen all year long. Because of my younger tanning obsession, I developed white spots as I got older. Unlike freckles, these spots are a loss of melatonin. I’ve been to several dermatologists and have been told there is no cure. I can’t laser them off. I can’t take medicine or apply topical cream. Their only advice? Always apply sunscreen.
As part of their commitment to skincare, CVS asked me to share #advicetomyyoungerself. My advice would be it’s not just freckles that are a result of skin damage from the sun. You also get these annoying white spots that make you feel extremely self conscious. They bother me so much that I once tried dabbing self tanner on each white spot with a cotton swab. Talk about frustrating! It only lasted a week and the process was too time consuming to ever repeat. Of course, my white spots are nothing in comparison to skin cancer. But it’s certainly something I wish I knew when I was a teenager sunbathing every weekend.
These days, I apply sunscreen on my arms daily, whether I’m in a bikini or simply running errands. When I’m by the beach, I generally do SPF 50 lotion on my face and a SPF 30 spray on my body. For everyday, I swap the spray for a lotion. CVS Pharmacy is the only retailer to remove all sun care products with SPF lower than 15 from their shelves!
They’ve also joined with Johnson & Johnson, who is donating a $1 from every Neutrogena or Aveeno product with SPF 15 or higher purchased from June 18-24 to the American Cancer Society to help prevent skin cancer.
To get one lucky Sydne Style reader ready (and sun safe!) for summer, I’m giving away a $50 CVS gift card. You can enter over on my Instagram. And I’d love to hear, what would be your sun care advice to to your younger self?
Photos by Michelle Kyle
Sunnies: Alice + Olivia
Bag: J. Crew
Nails: Essie “Baguette Me Not”
Sunscreen: Neutrogena and Aveeno
*Thank you to CVS for partnering on this post.
Thanks for the opportunity!
Couldn’t be more appropriate beach time outfit than it is!
Glad you like it!
That caftan is gorgeous!!
Thanks so much!
I’ve had the best luck with Aveeno and Neutrogena sun products too, the application is easy and non greasy and no breakouts – since moving to Florida I’ve been really careful to use SPF products on my face and neck
Oh yes! I grew up in FL. It’s extra important there!
I always use Neutrogena and always use sunscreen even in the Winter.
That’s so great! I just started applying in the winter this past year.
I have these white spots, too. I overdid sun when younger, oh I would have loved to be able to go back in time and tell me how bad it would be, but we didn’t really know then. I use sunscreen year round and stay covered up esp in summer, wearing long sleeves, etc. I make sun hats, so having my head covered is fun. I LUV Neutrogena, my fav I’m using year round is Beach Defense water & sun protection spf 70. It is perfect in every way, how it goes on, doesn’t make you white as a ghost.