When should you use sunscreen?
Always. You should always be using sunscreen. BUT there are a lot of cases out there where you absolutely need to be wearing sunscreen no matter what or else it’s counter productive to what you’re using in your routine. I’ve noticed this a lot online and with customers at work where they dive into all these skincare products but aren’t aware you need to be protecting your skin as well. That’s okay, I’m here to help. 🖤 If you’re using actives in your routine you need to wear a sunscreen. If you’re using AHAs (looking at you The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
SPF 40 sunscreens
No white cast sunscreens
Aug. 21, 2020
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Sorry but nooo👎🏾
I heard such great reviews about this matte sunscreen so I decided to give it a try. Well...it is not really meant for my gorgeous melanin complexion. It didn’t blend into my face well and left a whiteish film. The sunscreen even dried me out in some areas. For instance, on my cheeks. Although the texture of this sunscreen is soft and velvety it wasn’t good for my skin. With that being said I don’t recommend it for women who have darker skin tones. Supergoop! - 100% Mineral Smooth & Poreless Matte Screen SPF 40
I live where the sun shines virtually every day! Therefore, my routine is photo protective. From my morning Vitamin C + antioxidant serums, to my evening gentle acid exfoliants, I have built my skincare routine around anti-aging preventatives. I recently began working topical retinol at low % into my routine and get monthly Y:ag laser facials to stimulate and encourage collagen production. I’m about to turn 26, and I am very lucky to have plenty of collagen and few wrinkles. I spent a lot of my early 20s breaking the cardinal rules of anti-aging including smoking cigarettes (I’ve been nicotine free for over a year now!) and skipping SPF most days. I even had a brief bout of tanning booth addiction 😟 Now I use spf products as a daily routine. I was committed to Supergoop! - Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 until a girl at Ulta recommended StriVectin - Full Screen SPF 30 Clear Finish which has a lower SPF and similar consistency as Unseen. I’ve also tried the Supergoop! - 100% Mineral Smooth & Poreless Matte Screen SPF 40AND Supergoop! - Glowscreen Sunscreen SPF 40, neither of which I was really crazy about. The gel/primer consistency of both Unseen Sunscreen and the Strivectin spf are more conducive to my skincare routine and they both sink into my skin without leaving a greasy feeling. Now that I have an office job and wfh, I’m spending about 10 hours/day staring at two huge computer monitors, so I think I’ll stick with the Strivectin screen that also includes Vitamins A, B, C, and Pro-Vitamin D (?) and claims for protect against UVA/UVB, Blue Light (computer screens), and pollution. It’s affordable, comfortable to wear, a little goes a long way, and performs well under makeup when I’m wearing it. The lower spf isn’t a problem for me because I’m not standing in direct sunlight or anything. I think if I had my previous job working outside everyday I’d want a higher spf. Another line of defense I like to fall back on are SPF tinted moisturizers. A while back I had tried the PÜR - 4-in-1 Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 which is honestly such a dream. This is a photo of me wearing it on a midday walk. It’s low to medium coverage, buildable, hydrating, and stays put! I don’t have very oily skin or especially dry skin so I feel it is a happy medium for those with normal or combo skin types. By no means is it full coverage. I slap this on (using my fingers to apply) if I’m planning to go for a walk in the sunshine or on a hike, in addition to my base layer of SPF. Of course, the best preventative is keeping the sun off your face at all costs, so you’ll usually see me on the trails with one of my favorite floppy hats, or sometimes if I’m feeling jazzy - my Bluestone Sunshield (see a few posts back). Do you wear SPF every day? Have you made any lifestyle changes for the sake of beauty/anti-aging? Share your tips or thoughts below!
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Reviewing My Followers Skincare Routines pt. 4
Hey ya’ll! In part 4 of Reviewing My Followers Skincare Routines we’re reviewing @Raks and @juliachristine’s skincare routines. Starting with @Rakswho reached out to me via Cherie message because she started skincare about a year ago because of her upcoming wedding. She starts by cleansing with theThursday Plantation - Tea Tree Face Wash Foam which costs $8.99 for 5.1 fl oz. This cleanser is very basic. It has tea tree oil, and eucalyptus oil. My issue is with the eucalyptus oil, which is a very irritating essential oil right up there with lemon oil and peppermint oil. If this doesn’t irritate your skin then it’s a great cleanser, but I can’t recommend it to those with sensitive skin. Then she goes in with 4 serums. First is thepura d'or - 20% Vitamin C Serum which costs $14.99 for 4 fl oz. This is a really good serum. It has aloe vera juice, glycerin, jojoba oil, and argan oil which are hydrating ingredients, and then it has hylaronic acid, retinol, and Vitamin C. I love it! Then she uses#The Ordinary - Nicinamide Serum[products]#[FiveStars] which costs $5.90 for 1 fl oz. We’ve talked a lot about this serum, it’s very good. Next is the#Tree Of Life - Hylaronic acid serum[products]#[TwoStars] which costs $10.95 for 1 fl oz. I don’t like this serum. It started off good with hylaronic acid, aloe vera juice, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C, but it contains way too many Essential oils and irritating extracts. And her final serum is theSkinMedica - LYTERA 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum which costs $130.90 for 2 fl oz, which is very expensive. This is not worth the price. It has nicinamide and glycerin, and then some not very researched acids. I don’t recommend continuing use of this serum. Then to moisturize she goes in with theOLAY - Regenerist Regenerating Day Cream which costs $29.99 for 1.7 fl oz. I don’t like this moisturizer. Let’s start with some positives. It has nicinamide, glycerin, and Vitamin B3. Now it has a lot of bad ingredients also. It has Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which is a harsh cleansing agent, as well as fragrance being the 6th ingredient. The she uses a Neutrogena sunscreen, and occasionally usesThe Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution which costs $7.20 for 1 fl oz. This is a great exfoliant. I think @Raks is using too many serums. I would stick to only the Pura D’or and The Ordinary serum, and ditch the other two. Keep the cleanser, and maybe try a different moisturizer. You asked for mineral sunscreen reccomendations for dark skin tones that don’t have a white cast, so I got you girl! I have light skin, but I did some research and I’d recommend the#First Aid Beauty - Weightless Mineral SPF 30[products]#[FiveStars] which costs $34 for 1.5 fl oz, and the #Biossance - Squalane Zinc Sheer SPF 30[products]#[FiveStars] which costs $30 for 1.7 fl oz. Both of these have minimal white cast, and Skincare by Hyram recommends them. Next is @juliachristine’s night routine. She starts off by cleansing with the #Vanicream - Unscented Gentle Cleanser[products]#[ThreeStars] witch costs $8.99 for 8 fl oz. This a nice basic cleanser with glycerin. Next she uses the#OBAGI - Tretinoin 0.025% Cream[products]#[TwoStars] which costs $84 for .7 fl oz. This cream has tretinoin which is a Vitamin A derivative which can treat acne, as well as retinol which also Vitamin A. I don’t think it’s worth the price, but it’s okay. Next she uses the #The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%[products]#[FourStars] which costs $7.99 for 1 fl oz. Along with azelaic acid, it has dimethicone which is a great moisturizer for dry skin. Next she uses theCeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin which costs $17.99 for 15 fl oz. Y’all know I love this product! Finally she finishes off with theVERSED - ZERO-G Smoothing Eye Cream witch costs $17.99 for .5 fl oz. Eye cream is definitely not necessary but this one is great! It has glycerin, algae extract, and olive oil which are hydrating, along with shea butter and a blend of peptides which can help firm the skin and increase collagen production which can help reduce fine lines around the eyes. Overall @juliachristine your routine looks great! That’s it for this post please cheer for this post if you liked it, comment your opinions on these products, and follow me for similar content. Upcoming posts include a 1 month Curology review and unnecessary skincare steps you don’t need. -Mae
Suggestions help?? 🥲
I’m still having trouble with my acne, at first it was clearing up then all of sudden it keeps getting worse, any recommendations will help ! 😣 Cetaphil - Cetaphil Gentle Foaming Cleanser epielle - Black Charcoal Peel-Off Mask The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution Sometimes I would use .. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% but if I don’t I would skip it and use .. The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%
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Just wanted to share my journey struggling with acne. Growing up I had perfect clear skin, no acne whatsoever, was comfortable going in public with no makeup on and I had a perfect complexion until I graduated high school and I started breaking out. I used to call it, puberty but backwards lol. I tried everything and nothing worked on me. I even tried changing my diet and stopped eating dairy and meat all in one but still, nothing changed. I even drank more water and that didn’t do anything either. I started watching Dr. Dray on YouTube about a couple years ago and I feel like she’s changed my routine. She says less is more and I swear by that. Remember: what works for me may not work for you. My skin is no where near perfect, but I’m extremely happy with how far I’ve come 🤍 Morning Routine: - (I try to wash my face once a day. Usually wash with only water in the morning) ￼Sometimes I use Panoxyl if I’m breaking out. ￼COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence (On damp skin) ￼The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid Serum ￼ The Ordinary Azelaic Acid ￼Neutrogena - Sensitive Skin Oil-Free Moisture ￼CeraVe - Face Sheer Tint Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30 Night Time Routine: ￼CeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanser ￼COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence ￼The Ordinary Niacinamide and Zinc ￼CeraVe - Resurfacing Retinol Serum ￼CeraVe - Moisturizing Cream For Normal To Dry Skin When I first started my skincare journey, I mainly started out small using cleanser, moisturizer and SPF then slowly incorporated these serums into my routine. I started using products with no fragrance in them and I feel like that helped my skin out a lot. Also, I highly recommend watching Dr. Dray on YouTube!
SPLOTCHY tinted mineral sunscreen. Save your 💰
Ugh🤬 I bought this sunscreen via Dr.Drays raving review. I put it on and.... ❌1. It’s a splotchy mess ❌2. It’s way too dark of a tint for my skin tone I tried reapplying in places where it didn’t cover but that made it worse. It also clumped in certain parts of my face. Just an awful product. Did anyone else experience this? 💰 For a drug store sunscreen, it’s pretty expensive ($17 + tax!). I do not recommend. Save your money. CeraVe - Face Sheer Tint Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30
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Desert Island Products!
These are my desert island products!!! If I was stranded on a desert island and could only bring 4 things, these are what I would bring: DRUNK ELEPHANT - E-Rase Milki Micellar Water ￼If I were stranded I would want this so I could still cleanse my face despite being without clean water 😂 Hanskin - Hyaluron Skin Essence ￼I would bring this because it is so hydrating and if I were stuck in the sun all day I would definitely want to keep my skin hydrated! PEACH & LILY - Glass Skin Refining Serum ￼I literally just cannot live without this product plus it has hyaluronic acid and peptides which will hydrate and help prevent aging KINSHIP - Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturzing Sunscreen Zinc Oxide SPF 32 ￼Lastly, you cannot be stranded on a desert island without sunscreen!!! And this is such an amazing sunscreen, it is hydrating, no white cast, but is a physical sunscreen!
Okay yall, I got this at TJ Maxx for $16! Don’t worry, I checked the expiration date and all that good stuff. So, here is my honest review: BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Mineral SPF 45 I know biossance released a new SPF in place of this one that gets much better reviews. This, however, was not a bad find for $16. Slight white cast but not too bad and it was really hydrating! It’s definitely something I will keep with me in my gym bag for when I’m out and about but it won’t be my go to since I also just got the KINSHIP - Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturzing Sunscreen Zinc Oxide SPF 32 and it’s my favorite spf ever.
The best sunscreen ever!!!!
So I discovered this product on Instagram and it's by credithink and the product is called saferecipe. It's a K-beauty brand and its a SPF 50+pa it has panthenol & ceramide which is all great for anti-aging. This is a great product because I found out that its great as a primer which is absolutely amazing. I have combination sensitive skin so I have to be careful on what I use and this did not give me a bad reaction nor have I broke out and let me tell you it's rare to find a sunscreen that doesn't break me out. It's suitable for all skin types and it leaves your skin feeling so soft, dewy and just an glowing finish. It has a minty smell to it and doesn't leave a white film like some sunscreens. You can purchase this on amazon or check out there shop on Instagram. This is my forever go-to sunscreen product. It's extremely important to always wear sunscreen because prevents dark spot, wrinkles and is anti-aging. Do you wear sunscreen everyday? Did you know that you can sun exposure just by driving and even by sitting near a window, yikes!! I always always wear sunscreen even if I don't go outside. Remember hot girls wear sunscreen!!#credithink - saferecipe[products]#[FiveStars]
why spf is important 🧴
sunscreen is an easily skipped step. it should be the last product you put on your face, close to the time of sun exposure. and honestly, i forget to put it on too. but here are a few reminders of why you should use it each day. 1) it protects your skin from the harsh uv rays 2) it lowers your skin cancer risk 3) it prevents early maturing of the skin (wrinkles) 4) helps maintain even skin tone 5) helps prevent discoloration and dark spots 6) helps maintain a smother skin tone 7) keeps your skin healthy overall i hope this helps! don’t forget your sunscreen!!!
SUNSCREEN — EVERY. DAMN. DAY.
I have to give big ups to the Supergoop unseen sunscreen. I’ve gone WAY TOO LONG trying sunscreen+moisturizer combos and have never been truly satisfied. I would’ve started using this sooner but I’m really an advocate for clean products and went to a Credo once needing sunscreen for a vacation and was contemplating getting Supergoop vs one of their own recommendations....and they said....”you’re going to be on vacation?? At the beach?! Supergoop contains octinoxate and it’s harmful to the reef!” And I was like..noooo not the reef! So I ended up getting the Josh Rosebrook SPF that 1. Made my face hella white when I sweat (which I did A LOT—there was a heat wave) and 2. did NOT protect my skin and had me looking like a burnt chicken nugget by the end of that trip. Mistakes were made. I also think the SPF was not strong enough anyway (30) — but it has zinc in it which just doesn’t hold up well and makes you really crusty looking. ANYWAY, I found out that Supergoop recently reformulated their SPFs and are now reef-safe!! They are now free of octinoxate!! The unseen is also perfect because it doesn’t leave those pesky white marks all over your face when you break a sweat. I’ve also tried the moisturizer SPF and it’s quite nice but unseen sunscreen is great for me! Highly recommend for darker skin tones because it’s smooth and glides on beautifully and is truly UNSEEN. OH I also have the huge bottle of the Play every day lotion and I LOVE IT. Will post about it soon. Supergoop! - Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40
Supergoop!-Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40
Splish Splash, Come Get Your Sunscreen 🌞
Hello lovies! I am back with a new review featuring the SDARA - Zinc Oxide Sunscreen . This mineral sunscreen was kindly gifted to me by SDARA Skincare. It retails for $22.00 (3 fl oz) and it has SPF 30. I like many people are staying home and limiting my visits to stores, beaches, and parks. However, I do enjoy a good walk around my neighborhood or lounging in my backyard. Cue my newest sunscreen family member! I had read about this product way before I was able to try it out and I loved that is “100% reef safe and doesn’t harm our ocean,” according to SDARA’s Instagram page. It’s intended to be ultra light, non-greasy, and have a sheer finish. My biggest issue with some sunscreen is that they are too heavy and lead to major face breakouts if I am wearing them all day long. For reference, I have oily combo skin. I would especially deal with this issue on vacations aka the worst time to experience.a breakout. I was told ahead of time that a little product goes a long way and they were right. For reference, see the second picture and how a dab of products takes effort to rub into skin. A plus is that the product is indeed light so it’s not too much of an issue. I would recommend this product to my friends because I want everyone to be safe and get into the habit of applying sunscreen on a regular. The only reason why I gave it four stars is because I haven’t been able to use this on a “vacation mode“ so I don’t know if it will indeed lead to breakouts or not. To end on a positive note I really did enjoy the sunscreen and for the price and for what it says it does I think it’s definitely worth a try. Additionally it does not have a strong scent it almost doesn’t have a set at all. Remember to always wear your sunscreen.
SDARA-Zinc Oxide Sunscreen
Best sunscreen for oily skin!
Finally found the best sunscreen for my skin type, which is very oily, and it’s perfect. It leaves the skin with a matte finish and not oily at all! elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 I also used the The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and the results is just astonishing!
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
dear, klairs - Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50 PA ++++ I know this is a popular sunscreen and it's been reviewed a lot but it is my favorite and I just finished my second bottle so I want to share it. It has no white cast. It's colored white and then absorbs onto the skin very well. It has antioxidants in it from the sea buckthorn oil and niacinamide added to it. My skin does well on it, I think it is a good moisturizer and it will suffice for the winter. It doesn't feel heavy or greasy on the skin. It has the most UVA protection for Asian sunscreens bc of 4 PA +'s which is nice because I care about UVA protection more. The one thing I really like about it though is that it is fully chemical and doesn't burn/sting my eyes because I have sensitive eyes. I don't even put sunscreen near my eyes but some chemical sunscreens burn my eyes almost everyday when I try hard to not put them near my eyes. I'm still trying to figure out the chemical filters that sting my eyes, all I know is that the UV filters in this sunscreen and the Japanese biore don't burn my eyes. This sunscreen has the same filters as the purito safe sun & purito unscented and is very similar. I like those too, the reason I choose this one over those though is because it is a little easier to absorb on the skin. The klairs sunscreen doesn't break me out or sensitize my skin. My skin is sensitive but not super sensitive so I usually do fine with chemical sunscreens anyways. I think I saw some reviews that it irritated or broke out some people's skin so it depends for everyone. It's unscented, although that doesn't mean it doesn't have fragrances that cover up natural smells unless it says fragrance free. Ithinktheorangeoilissupposedtobeafragranceandthatmightsensitizesomepeople'sskin.Therearesomeotheringredientsthatarealittleacneprone, mostsunscreenshavesomethough. Pricewiseitisaffordable,around17-25$anditcomes inabiggertubethanmostsunscreensso itlastslonger,80ml. SunburnwiseIdon't knowcauseIstillwearsunhatsinthesunw/sunscreen.NotherthingIlikeisitincludestheexpirationdate.
dear, klairs-Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50 PA ++++
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