Esthetician Gunilla Eisenberg has been voted San Francisco's best facialist by San Francisco magazine and has successfully launched her own line of facial oils. "Summer rays and vitamin D are good for a healthy complexion, but they can cause premature aging and skin dehydration," says Gunilla. How do you find that balance between sun exposure and protection? We asked Gunilla for tips.
- Find a great sunscreen. "Look for a physical sunblock with an SPF of at least 15 that protects against both UVB and UVA rays," says Gunilla. Products that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are the best. Gunilla recommends Marie Veronique Moisturizing Face Screen. "Stay away from chemical-based sunscreens that contain retinol or Vitamin A, as they have been found to accelerate skin cancer." See more of our sunscreen picks here.
- Re-apply that sunscreen every 2-4 hours, and "wear a hat or try to stay in the shade during the peak hours of sun exposure - between 2 and 5 p.m."
- If you do get a little bit of sunburn, "apply pure aloe vera - store bought or from the plant - to soothe redness or burns." Gunilla recommends Jurlique's Calendula cream, made from skin-calming calendula and witch hazel.
- Re-hydrate your skin after sun exposure. "Facial oils will hydrate and repair your skin after a day in the sun, as well as balance your complexion." Gunilla's own Gunilla Skin Alchemy facial oils are made with rosehip seed oil and sandalwood, both excellent in treating sun damage and replenishing moisture.