Showing posts with label sunblock. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sunblock. Show all posts

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!!

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