Sunscreen and You

Hi beauty lovers! Since we are smack-dab in the middle of summer, I thought it might be a good idea to post a sunscreen education refresher. Here is a list of things you may not know about sunscreen that I’ve compiled.
1. Makeup with SPF isn’t enough to protect your skin. 
While it’s great that you chose a foundation with SPF 15, that’s no where near enough to protect your skin. Consider it a supplement; you still need the real deal underneath. You would need at least a teaspoon of your foundation on your face (way too much) for the SPF to actually work. Pick an oil-free SPF formulated for the face at around SPF 35 or higher. Slather this on, apply a face primer to keep it from sliding, then end with your foundation or powder. 
2. Reapply every two hours
While it’s difficult to do this on the face after you have applied makeup, this rule of thumb still applies to your body. How many times have you gone to Vegas, applied sunblock once at noon and sat at the pool til 6:00pm? Think your SPF was working that whole time? Think again. Oh, and please stick to high SPF. Trust me, you will still get a tan.
3. Sunscreen is a must even if you don’t work outside.
If you notice more freckles on the left side of your face, it’s because UV rays are penetrating your driver’s side window. Just because it’s cloudy (UV rays are still out and about), or you are technically “indoors” doesn’t mean you are protected. Sunscreen please! 
4. The difference between chemical and mineral sunscreens.
Chemical sunscreens absorb the sun’s UV rays; mineral sunscreens block those rays. Both are FDA-approved. I prefer chemical because it stays on better under makeup, but it’s really up to each and every one of you.
5. Sunscreens do expire.
According to many dermatologists, sunscreens should be tossed after one year. If you have left your sunscreen out in your hot car, drawer etc, it can lose its effectiveness, and even worse, grow bacteria and fungus (sick!) A skin expert  also informed me that the FDA now requires the expiration date to be on every container of sunscreen, so check your bottle for the date!
6. Even the darkest skin needs to wear sunscreen daily.
Dark skin contains more melanin which acts as a natural sunscreen, but it only provides the same protection as an SPF 15, which is basically useless. Skin cancer doesn’t discriminate, so make sure you protect yourself with an SPF 35 or higher.
Lady C’s Picks
Water resistant, paraben free with both UVA & UVB protection, this Alba sunblock is my daily go-to.

This dry-touch sheer sunblock gives you heavy duty protection at SPF 70, great for outdoor activities and poolside.

Hawaiian Tropic is well-known and fantastic. They even have a line for sensitive skin!  Trust me, even with an SPF 50, you will still tan.
Spray SPF cans are TERRIBLE for the environment! Half the bottle gets wasted spraying into the air and ruining our  ozone. The other half gets ingested into your lungs as you try to spray yourself or your kids. Just don’t do it people.


Lady C’s Skin Must Haves

Welcome to Part II of the Four Part series for Lady C’s Must Haves! Below are the products I use almost daily on my skin.

Crest Extra White with Scope Outlast – Ok, I know this isn’t technically a skin product, but I love it so much I had to mention it first. You know those toothpaste commercials where the people go about their day smiling and “feeling fresh all day long?” This toothpaste gives you that fresh feeling for at least 3 hours. NO KIDDING. If I could give one product to each American, it would be this hands down. I give it two Blackberry Messenger thumbs up! Oh if everyone could have fresh, minty breath!

Purity Face Cleanser– I buy this in bulk from Philosophy’s website. I have the 32 oz. bottle with a pump sitting in my shower as we speak. Its mild formula is wonderful for all skin types and still strong enough to remove makeup. A quarter-size amount does the trick. I use it every night in the shower (the hot water opens up your pores and allows for all the dirt/oils to come out easier.)

Fresh Sugar Face Polish — Two words: Ob.Sessed. Okay, one word. But still. The wild strawberries and brown sugar make this smell –and I’ll admit– taste yummy. The grainy texture really polishes the skin without feeling rough.
Rub Rub Rub — with citruses like lemons and orange, floral components like Jasmine and sea salt, this body scrub doesn’t mess around. I stir it up to mix the salts at the bottom and dab a dollar coin-size amount on my loofah and scrub-rub-rub away about once a week. This is great to polish your skin and get it ready for any self-tanners you may use.

Neutrogena Micromist Sunless Tanner– I lightly mist myself with this after rubbing in some of Loreal’s Sublime Bronze tanner into my skin. I like the combination of using a gel tanner, then misting with this spray tanner to get overall coverage and a deep, glowy, natural color.

Loreal Sublime Bronze Clear Self-Tanning Gel – I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Sublime Bronze line of tanners from Loreal. Most of them left me glittery- getting sparkles all over  my clothes- and splotchy. Worst of all, my skin looked patchy as it wore off. HOWEVER, the GEL product is great. The light clear formula dissolves into your skin and mixed with the Neutrogena mist above, gives great color payoff, without getting splotchy or patchy.

Victoria’s Secret Heavenly Mist– I have really bad allergies, and I usually wake up feeling pretty nauseaus so I stay away from heady, strong perfume. I love the Heavenly body spray– call me old school, but it does the trick and the scent is, well…. heavenly. The boyfriend likes it too.

Bubble gum Lip Scrub— Any flavor of Lush’s lip scrubs do the trick. It’s got jojoba oil and castor sugar, so it’s not honey-like or sticky. I stand over the sink after I brush my teeth at night, and crumble the little crystals all over my lips. I wash the extra off and dab on my lip balm, which is coming up…right below.

Fresh Lip Balm — This product is so worth the $22. I have the clear one for night time and the Plum shade for day that I wear under my gloss.

Creme de la Mer — I don’t want anyone thinking I’m a big spender here, because I’m living off of a sample of this stuff lol. In a perfect world, Creme de La Mer face cream would cost $10 a jar, and I would slather it all my body. *Sigh

When Hope is not Enough Serum  — Can’t get enough of this anti-aging serum! I squeeze two drops onto my fingers and pat it onto my skin like I’m playing the piano. Safe to use around the delicate eye area. I top off with a moisturizer like Creme de La Mer or Philosophy’s own Hope cream.

St. Ives Replenishing Mineral Therapy — This is a great basic lotion for hands, feet and all over. I particularly love the smell…it smells like a soapy rain forest, if you can imagine that. It’s one that the boyfriend and I share, so I call the scent “man-friendly.”