Showing posts with label Sunscreen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sunscreen. Show all posts

Sunday, June 26, 2016

10 Must Have Essentials For Your Perfect Sun Safe Glow






It's here!!!  Summer!!!  Remember the excited anticipation we had when they opened the school doors and let us out for the summer?  Dreams of bike rides, swimming at the lake or the pool, playing games outside and spending time with friends filled our imaginations as we left school on that final day of  the year.  Not much has changed, has it?  Summer is still an exciting time to enjoy friends and family and all that the sunny outdoor world has to offer.  Proper sun and skincare is vital to your enjoyment of the months outdoors but please don't forget that we need proper sun protection all year long.   Even if you've never protected your skin, you can start right now with my 10 essentials for year 'round fun in the sun skin safety.  Why ruin a good BBQ with the pain of sunburn, risking permanent skin damage and premature aging?  Let's see what's in my beach bag for playing safe this summer.


1.   Protect Delicate Scars With ScarScreen By Dermaflage  -  This is the very first skin or makeup application that I do each morning.  The link is to my previous blog post telling you all about ScarScreen SPF30.  This is my number one MUST HAVE sun protection item.  Nothing is as vulnerable to the outside world as delicate scarred skin, whether it is from acne or injury.  You need to take care to protect it and ScarScreen is an absolute must, being specially formulated for delicate scars.  I put it on dark spots, too, because it works so well to keep the harmful rays blocked from my skin.
        makeup primer
      2.   A Makeup Primer With Sunscreen - After I apply ScarScreen, when I am going to wear makeup, I use Sente Daily Repair Complex.  This has SPF30, protecting from both UVA and UVB rays.  It glides effortlessly over the skin and the ingredients help to give a smoother skin appearance, decreasing the appearance of aging skin, lines and wrinkles.  It has the faintest flesh tint which isn't noticible once the product is on but helps it to blend seemlessly into the skin.  If you look at the ingredient list, you'll see it has dimethicone, which gives it the glide and smooth appearance.  This is a GREAT option to wear to a beach or pool party when you'll be outside and want to look a little more polished than naked skin, but without pounds of makeup.  I'm going to cover this brand more at length later and will link back when it's live.  It's really an outstanding product.  Sente is available for purchase on their website and you can check to see what doctors in your area might sell it.



      La Roche-Posay, which is available at drugstores, has an SPF 50 UVA/UVB Tone Correcting Primer.  It also has a tint which helps cover up flaws and diminish the look of aging while wearing it.  The tint is a little more opaque than the Sente, and is recommended for light to medium skintones.  It's another primer that you can wear under makeup or without as it creates a blurred soft focus effect on the skin.


      3.  A Natural Vegan Facial Sunscreen Alternative -  Nature's Gate has a broad spectrum face sunscreen with an SPF of 25.  You can purchase it at Whole Foods and many locations which carry natural products.  This is a great option for the days you wouldn't want to wear a sunscreen primer, or for use on the kid's faces.  Everyone needs SPF!!!  Nature's Gate sunscreens are infused with botanicals and are responsibly formulated with effective ingredients for skin protection.  And, it is cruelty free as well as free of fragrance, parabens, phthalates and oxybenzone.  It is light weight, rapidly absorbed and I've worn it under makeup with no problem.


      4.  Sunscreen for the Body, (and Face)  -  Australian Gold is a good sunscreen brand to try.  It is easy found at most mass merchants and has all the choices of SPF available.  You can choose from oil, lotion and sprays as well.  Australian Gold is a gluten free, paraben free, PABA free, dye free and alcohol free brand.  It moisturizes with olive fruit oil, sunflower seed oil, cocoa seed butter and also has aloe vera to soothe and condition skin.  It smells kind of fruity, which I really like.  I tend to choose sunscreens that smell tropical, but I'm loving the scent of this one...I can't really explain it...it just smells fresh and good.



      5.  A Tropical Smelling All Over Sunscreen - I did just tell you that I generally will pick up a sunscreen that smells tropical like Sun Bum.  One whiff and I'm in Hawaii at the beach.  Sun Bum offers UVA and UVB protection.  It is gluten free, paraben free, PABA free, oil free, 100% vegan, and hypoallergenic.  It is enriched with Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals.  The Browning Lotion that you see at the right of the picture above isn't a sunscreen, but a browning accelerator that is applied over sunscreen.  Sun Bum products come in lotions, sprays and sticks and are available at mass merchants.


      6.  Chopsaver Lip Sunscreen - ChopSaver was formulated by a musician to keep those chapped lips at bay.  It is a citrus flavor and has arnica oil, a great healing agent.  It has SPF15.  When I was a kid, my lips would get burned in the summer when I was out playing softball.  They've been really vulnerable since and I have to have a good SPF on them.  Don't forget yours and your little one's lips, ears and noses....all areas that have thinner skin and are so vulnerable to the sun's rays.  You can find this at CVS.



      7.  Nature's Gate Glow Lotion - I was never a self-tan fan until I tried this product.  This is what you need when you protect your skin but you also want to have a tan or a glow.  The Glow Lotion lightly tans skin and is buildable with multiple layers.  It is cruelty free and made in the USA.  Nature's Gate is sold at Whole Foods and other locations where natural products are carried.

      In the past, when I've tried other self tanners, my skin felt wierd.  It was like having a mask on it.  I could feel it and I didn't like the feeling.  Or the smell.  Or the patchy way they wore off.  It looked nasty and left me wishing I'd never applied it.  I didn't have high hopes when I used this the first time.  I have to tell you, I just couldn't believe it.  It didn't feel like my skin was coated with anything.  I got it on without streaking and it provided enough color so that I didn't look awkward in Phoenix in my summer clothes.  I hesitated to go from pants to shorts because my legs were just didn't look like I lived here.  One light application gave me the confidence I needed.  And there wasn't any patchy peeling.  I wasn't going for a really dark look, so I can't comment on that, I was just going for enough confidence to leave my jeans in the closet and wear my shorts.  I'm completely sold on this product.  I use it about once a week.  Sometimes more.  Totally love itl.

      8.  Sun Bum Browning Lotion -   The picture is up above and if you've read this far, you read a little bit about it.  It has coffee in it, as well as a few nice oils.  I suspect the coffee kind of stains the skin, because when you put it on over your sunscreen, it looks brown.  I know people who swear by this, so I'm including it in the list for you if you want a browner look to your protected sunkissed skin.



      9.  Face and Body Highlighters - One of the best ways to look more glowy is with highlighter.  Shine up those spots where the sun hits and don't forget your collarbones and shoulders.  Highlighting is still a very strong trend and can totally accentuate your features.  It is your friend.  The three I use the most are the Becca x Jaclyn Hill palette, the Kardashian Beauty Incandescent Lightbox in Aurora. and the Charlotte Tilbury Bar Of Gold, (pictured above).   Run a brush down your forearm for added glow.



      10.  Sunglasses!!  Don't forget your sunglasses, and I don't mean Snapchat filters like this but real sunglasses!!!  Eyes are so delicate and can get severe sun damage.  Kids need sunglasses, too.  Especially when the sun is reflecting off water, sand or snow.

      Be sun safe this summer.  Remember that most of these items will be needed in winter, too, except for the Sun Bum Browning Lotion.  Being sun safe is a year 'round committment.  In the US alone, 1 out of 5 people will get sun cancer.  If that's not enough to scare the sunscreen onto you, I don't know what is.  We had a neighbor that died of skin cancer and I really don't want that to happen to any of you.

      What are some of your favorite sun care products?  

      Monday, June 20, 2016

      How To Protect And Help Heal Scars With Dermaflage Scarscreen


      Over the past year, I've mentioned my struggle with extreme gluten sensitivity or Celiac disease and the related skin problems I have if I accidently ingest any gluten.  I get a blistering outbreak that creates sores on the face which leave discolorations or scars, and most of the time, both.  (You can read more about that here.)   This has been going on for almost four years, causing frustration and discoloration.  If that's not bad enough, two biopsies in the continuously worst area on my face was taken this spring, leaving two fresh new scars, each slightly larger than a pencil eraser.

       If you've ever had any acne or injury scars that have left marks on your face or elsewhere, then you're familiar with the scars burning or creating dark edges when exposed to the sun.  Scar skin is very fragile and particularly suspectible to harmful rays from the sun.  As a kid, I had some body scars that spread and discolored with sun exposure and they're still darkened and larger than they could have been with proper sun care. Last summer, I barely went outside, or to the pool, because even though I used a 70 SPF sunscreen stick on my marks, going in the sun made the spots open up and take much longer to heal.  It wasn't fun.

      Frustration was setting in this spring with some sores I got from a contamination at Thanksgiving, and the fresh scars from the biopsy.  The doctor told me to cover them with a band-aid but being located on a facial fold,  band-aids and even tape just wouldn't adhere to my skin.  The last thing I wanted was sun exposure on my delicate facial scars.  As soon as my scar area was stable in it's healing, I wanted to exercise in the pool and I began using Dermaflage Scarscreen on the biopsied area as well as the other outbreak scars.


      I'd heard of Dermaflage having an excellent concealer for scarred skin, although I've never used it or needed it pervious to this deforming condition.  Scarscreen was developed with physicians and scientists to protect that delicate skin.  It offers UVA and UVB protection with it's mineral ingredient zinc oxide providing an SPF of 30.  It is specially formulated to work with the Dermaflage Topical Filler, next on my purchase list.    Scarscreen is hypoallergenic, fragrance free, paraben free, and has no added chemical sunscreens.   It is ideal for use after cosmetic procedures, surgery and injuries.  It is clear in application, light, not greasy and easily wearable under makeup.

      For my skin, Scarscreen provides total protection from the sun.  (This is my experience.  Scarscreen is  rated SPF30.) When I was using other sunscreens, my little gluten affected areas would open up in the sun.  I don't want to be super gross but they would open and I thought they'd never heal!!  Scarscreen doesn't do that!  It is a total sunblock for me and has helped my sores to heal and close, and even the discolorations left by them are fading!

       I appreciate Scarscreen's ability to cover my skin while not leaving a greasy or heavy feel.  I was applying it with a finger tip and dabbing on my yucky areas, scars and discolorations until I saw that it works SO well that using an SPF 15 on the rest of my face, I had fingertip sized white spots on my skin.  :)  Then I began using a lip brush and carefully applying just to the areas I want it, including my undereye area.  It doesn't run or melt off.  It totally stays where you put it even in 110 degrees F.  No joke, this is just a perfect sunscreen, in my experience.



      The ingredients for this Scarscreen are:

      Active ingredients: 15% zinc oxide

      Inactive Ingredients: c12-c15 alkyl benzoic acid, cetearyl alcohol and ceteareth-20, citric acid, corn starch, dimethicone, ethylhexyl glycerin, glyceryl stearate, isostearic acide, methyl gluceth-10,methylecellouse, PEG-40 stearate, polyhydroxystearic acide, phenoxyethanol, propylene glycol, SDA 40B alcohol, xanthan gum, water

      Wow, I didn't mean for this to be so long, but I'm so thankful Scarscreen is doing wonderful things for my often jacked up skin!

      You can purchase Scarscreen SPF30, (2 fl oz, made in USA, $25), on the Dermaflage website.  There is no better time than now.  I would have been able to prevent some annoying scars from the past three years if I'd had this product.  You can learn more about Dermaflage by following them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTubeInstagram, Pinterest and Google +. 

      I have had GREAT success with this product in sun protection, healing and fading.  Technology in the beauty industry just gets better and better!!  This is the first product I use on my face every morning and I never leave home without it.  It is my favorite skincare product.

      Do you have any scars that need excellent protection?  Or had any in the past that the sun discolored or made larger?  What is your current skincare favorite?

      Tuesday, December 1, 2015

      Block Island Organics Cruelty Free Vegan Formula Night Cream - Review Plus A Savings Coupon!



      Today I want to share with you a moisturizer I've been using from Block Island Organics, a cruelty free organic company that includes all of the good and none of the bad in their night cream.  The team behind Block Island Organics wish to keep you informed about being safe outside from the sun's harsh rays all year 'round.  On their website is the best explanation of sun protection that I've ever read.  It explains the difference between typical sunscreen ingredients and what mineral sunblock is.  I'd highly recommend the read.  There is also a Q & A section about how UV rays work, which you'll find really interesting.  I really encourage you to read these sections and you'll feel the passion the company has to protect our skin.

      So about the Revitalizing Night Cream, (2 fl oz./$29.99).


      It comes in a nice white pump top bottle.  it has great skincare ingredients like the antioxidents vitamins C and E as well as organic ingredients like cocoa butter, rosehip, avocado, aloe vera, jojoba and more.  There are none of the things that are bad for us, such as parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, phthalated dyes or artificial frangrance.  The cream has a barely detectible fresh scent, and I mean you have to smell it with passion to smell anything.  You can find a full list of ingredients on the website here.

      It is recommended to use the night cream...well, at night.  It is fairly lightweight for a night cream and while it nourishes and moisturizes, it is non-greasy and absorbs quickly.  You can also use it during the day, which I do.  My skin is really dry.  I wait a little longer than usual to apply my primer and foundation, but it goes on easily and there is no conflict with the products using this as a day cream.

      In the picture above, you can see the more hydrated area on my hand to the right of the cream blob where I rubbed some in...mainly because I was a spaz and forgot I was taking a photo and just thinking how dry my hands were.  I like to use facial moisturizers on my hands because hand cream doesn't usually have any sunblock to it.  At any rate, you can see that the right side of my hand isn't greasy or anything.  I wish I could show you how well it absorbs, but you'll just have to try it for yourself.

      The story behind Block Island Organics is pretty cool.  It's a majority female owned family company that started on Block Island, Rhode Island.  It is their belief, as it is mine, that good skin care involves good suncare night and day because the sun is the leading cause of premature skin aging and damage.  They believe skincare doesn't need to be complicated, overly expensive or chemically manufactored.  They feel a passion to educate consumers while providing quality products and simplifying the skin care process.

      I've been using this about six weeks.  I did something stupid and burnt my skin about 2 weeks ago with a product and had a cut by my eye, so I couldn't use anything, and boy did my skin miss this cream!!!!  I mean like it was screaming for moisture.  I was so thankful to begin using this again!! This is a night cream that I believe you will love the feel of as well as it's moisturizing and sunblock effects.

      You can learn more about Block Island Organics on their website and be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.   I think you'll really like this night cream and the company has provided my readers a discount when purchased from Wednesday, December 2 though Tuesday, December 8.  The 20% off coupon is "shelley" and isn't combinable with other codes.  That's right, twenty percent.    Be sure to check out all the suncare information.  You'll learn a lot!!

      Wednesday, June 15, 2011

      FDA Applies New Rulings for Sunscreens

      .Wearing sunscreen of at least SPF 15 or greater is more important than ever. The FDA has determined that claims of sweatproof and waterproof are a little exaggerated. Please read up on this because skin cancer is a growing epidemic. I was surprised at what I read in the following article.  Please check this out.  It's not an overstatement to say it could save your life or the life of someone close to you.

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