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Perfectly Imperfect Beauty: Oh Mr Golden Sun, Please Shine Down On Me

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Oh Mr Golden Sun, Please Shine Down On Me

I just returned from a week in the sun on the Mayan Riviera and the only reason I am not burned like crispy bacon is because of my hat and my obsessive sunscreen applications. Last year I returned from my trip looking like a cherry tomato with psoriasis-even after cowering in the shade-so I was determined to put on my armor and laugh in the sun's rays this year. 

I took a risk and brought 4 new sunscreens with me to test their efficacy in the extreme heat and humidity of the Mayan Riviera. Thanks to these products, I came back without a single splotch of redness or peeling. Sure I don't look like I went anywhere because of my complete lack of tan, but 20-30 years from now I won't be lamenting about irresponsible sun tanning practices giving me premature wrinkles, and I'm okay with that. 


Coppertone ultraGuard Continuous Spray SPF 70+

  • broad spectrum protection UVA/UVB
  • waterproof
  • goes on clear (albeit shiny until it dries) and no rubbing is required
  • quick and even application
  • no hassle applying to sand covered feet

Face (cream)

Clinique Sun SPF 50 Face Cream

  • water and sweat resistant
  • oil free and non-acnegenic 
  • worn either under moisturizer or in place of your moisturizer
  • can be mixed with foundation to make a tinted sunscreen
  • antioxidants to shield from environmental aggressors
  • broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection

Face (spray)

Dermalogica Waterblock Solar Spray SPF 30

  • water resistant up to 80 minutes
  • full spectrum protection
  • alcohol free
  • perfect for touching up your face protection during the day and can be applied over makeup
  • dry feeling spray 
  • looks oily when first applied but dries very quickly to an undetectable finish


Twist and Pout Lip Moisturizer SPF 20

  • UVA/UVB Protection
  • not only protects your lips, but leaves them silky smooth and glossed
  • soft enough that it can be applied with a lip brush or fingers
  • clips to my beach bag, keys, or purse
  • adorable packaging that has something for everyone-from the sporty and minimalist to the girly and flamboyant (I have the purple one pictured above)
  • smells and tastes delicious
I will 100% be repurchasing this products and making them permanent members of my arsenal. 



At July 14, 2011 at 6:02 PM , Blogger Alice said...

I love the Coppertone one! Last year I bought a Neutrogena one and hated it, but I really wanted a continuous spray sunscreen so I thought I'd try a real sunscreen brand. It's a bit fume-y, but amazing. I love it for quickly doing my shoulders, chest, back and arms on sunny days.

At July 14, 2011 at 6:27 PM , Blogger Lydia said...

Agreed! I didn't like the Neutrogena one at all. I love the efficacy of spray sunscreens.

At July 14, 2011 at 9:24 PM , Blogger Alice said...

It makes me so much more likely to wear full coverage whenever my arms are bare. Even on cloudy days. I am good when it's sunny out, but this helps all the time. I love it.


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