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It may be that you already traveled to some sunny, exotic locale during the winter holidays, or for “spring break” if you have kids. So yes, I should probably post my sunscreen picks a bit earlier in the year. But as they say, better late than never!

As I wrote up the post on our April trip to Tulum, Mexico I realized I hadn’t shared my sun protection product recommendations. I’m a big fan of applying suncreen every single day of the year–rain or shine, at least to the face. When you consider that the backs of the hands and decolletage are the first places to show signs of aging, those of us in age denial would be wise to cover those areas with sunblock as well.

I recently tried a mineral powder based product with an SPF 30+. I figured that at my age, it probably looks more youthful to cover any sun damage and have the skin looking flawless and age/sun spot-free. However, I thought the heavy layer of powder, despite being natural, made me feel too made up, which in turn made me feel older. So I switched back to my tinted sunscreens. They’re light, moisturizing and the sheerness makes me feel like I’m not trying to cover up anything (although if I could find a natural way to get rid of my age spots, I’d do it in a heartbeat).

I think Andalou Naturals and Juice Beauty make the best, reasonably-priced, all-natural tinted sunscreens available. Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Color + Correct and Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream continue to be my top picks for everyday sunscreen for my face. They’re both SPF 30+ zinc based–for the broadest spectrum of sun protection available, non nano particle, free of all the nasties (parabens, glycols, butenes, chemical sunblocks, etc.), and they both smell nice–something I’m very partial to seeing as I’m very scent-sensitive. Andalou offers a better price point, but Juice Beauty has a wider range of colors to choose from.

For my kids’ faces and for all of our bodies, I continue to love Burnout Sunscreen. It, too, is zinc-based, non-nano and moisturizing. Burnout offers several different formulations, but I usually get the Kids Physical SPF 35 or the Ocean Tested SPF 30. Burnout products are “reef safe” which is becoming a bigger deal in many parts of the world that still have viable coral reefs and/or reef fish populations. The faint white sheen it has when you first apply it sinks in about 10-20 minutes after application, which is perfect timing given that experts recommend applying mineral sunscreen at least 20 minutes before sun exposure. Another bonus: It doesn’t make you break out! There are no pore-clogging or other irritating ingredients, but if you’re prone to breakouts, always apply your sunscreen (or anything going on your fact) using clean hands. (But Burnout offers a Lightweight Oil-Free version if you’re extra sensitive.)

Of course, the best sun protection is no sun, or a long-sleeve shirt and broad-brimmed hat. (I love this inexpensive one featured above by Hinge at Nordstrom.) I don’t have a photo to share of her, but my 77-year-old aunt who grew up in Hawaii–but has always covered up, has an incredibly smooth, cream colored complexion. It’s too late to reverse some of the sun-worshipping naughtiness of my youth, but at least I make a point of putting on sunscreen everyday–rain or shine.

Happy summer and safe sunning!

 

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I suspect that no matter where you live, you can already sense summer’s approach. For those living in more northern climes, it may have been an unusually warm day, or lighter, skimpier clothing displayed in department store windows. Here in northern California, we’ve had some bizarrely warm days–warm enough for shorts.

I relish preparations for summer. OK, I admit, I use the change of season as an excuse to buy a few new pieces for the wardrobe–you know, something to make me anticipate sand between my toes, the clear cool of a lake, or an travel adventure in a foreign land. I also like to fully prepare my arsenal for protecting my skin against stronger sun rays, and longer times spent in the sun. But in all honesty, these products are ones I use year-round… I just like to stock up before summer.

 

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This year’s sun protection favorites include:

Burnout Sunscreen, $17.99 for 3oz – This continues to remain my favorite.* Reasonably priced, and all natural, this non-nano-particle zinc oxide-based cream goes on easily, doesn’t give you the white “Casper” look, provides true SPF 30 protection and doesn’t sting the eyes.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream, $39 for 1.7oz – I still find this all-natural, tinted “BB” cream superior to any other natural BB creams available. The moisturizing formula goes on beautifully, provides SPF 30 using a non-nano zinc base, and comes in several natural shades. I use it every day–religiously. When I want a little extra coverage, I simply brush a bit of mineral-based powder over my face after I’ve applied the CC Cream.

BrushOnBlock, $32 for .12oz – I really like this mineral-based SPF 30 powder for touching up during the day and for when I want extra coverage over my tinted face cream/block. It’s the perfect size for carrying in a tote bag or even a small clutch. It controls oily afternoon shine–if you’re prone to that, and makes reapplying sunscreen easy.

La Natura Botanicals Green Tea Hand Cream, $16 for 3oz- I only recently discovered this product, but I became an instant fan. The formulation feels rich, but absorbs quickly thanks to a little rice and cornstarch in the ingredients. It also has a nice, light herbal scent, which I’m always on the lookout for since I’m so scent-sensitive. As I’ve gotten older, my skin has gotten increasingly drier–a trend that’s amplified on my hands, and made worse by all the dishwashing and gardening I do.

Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm, $6.99 for .15oz – I think I own every color this product comes in! The six subtly-colored shades provide long-lasting moisture, and the easy to use, “Chapstick”-style tube make this product a go-to for purse, beach bag, etc.

Most importantly, remember the basics:

  1. Apply sunscreen every day–rain or shine, and reapply often if you’re going to be out in the sun for an extended period of time or you’re swimming.
  2. Avoid chemical formulations, and look for mineral, zinc oxide formulations with an SPF of 30.
  3. The sun’s rays are typically at their strongest between the hours of 10am and 3pm.
  4. Make use of hats, cover-ups and rash guards. All three are available in so many great styles, and many can provide sun protection superior to any cream or lotion (and without the hassle of reapplying).

Summer here we come!

 

*I used the Honest Company’s sunscreen last year, but while I liked the non-whitening, super-moisturizing formulation, I agreed with a lot of the media that it didn’t provide the SPF 30 it claimed to. I don’t know if they reformulated the product, but once I hear they have, I will give it another try.

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I don’t know whether to attribute my latest obsession with skin and hair to my advancing years, but I’m definitely obsessed.

I’ve been noticing everyone else’s skin and hair, and thinking a lot about what skin and hair properties age us most. Is it wrinkles? Sun/age spots? Overall even appearance in tone? The presence or absence of glow? I suppose it varies by observer, but there are plenty of medical professionals out there that claim the number one “ager” is spots (otherwise known as sun spots, age spots, liver spots, melasma and hyperpigmentation). While genetics, oral contraceptives and pregnancy can influence our spotting–how much we have and what type(s), the largest contributor is UV sun exposure. And it’s the UV rays that break down the collagen in our skin, speeding the onset of wrinkles. (We naturally lose collagen as we get older.)

Spots have inhabitated my face since I was a child. Some of them existed early on, so they might actually be freckles, but the vast majority laid claim to my visage during the past 20 years. I know now that they came at the bidding of the sun. That’s why I’m always touting the need to use sunscreen, with an SPF of 30 or greater, daily. It’s also why I am determined to find a natural product that helps lighten and brighten my complexion.

There are numerous products available today that use hydroquinone to lighten areas of hyperpigmentation, but hydroquinone is a known toxin that has been shown in laboratory studies to cause cancer in rats. It can also cause swelling and irritation and can lighten areas surrounding hyperpigmentation, resulting in a bulls-eye appearance. And wouldn’t you know…it’s been banned in Europe; there’s our (not) highly-effective FDA at work again. I have friends who have used products containing hydroquinone with positive results, but the benefits simply don’t outweigh the risks.

I’ve only been using Jurlique’s Purely Bright Treatment Serum for a few weeks, so I haven’t noticed any of my spots diminishing in size. However, my skin definitely seems brighter, “glowier,” and more even-toned! I love how this product feels on my skin even after it gets absorbed. The serum uses Jurlique’s proprietary VitaBrightKX+ along with Kakadu Plum, which is the world’s richest natural source of Vitamin C. I’ll report how the product continues to work, but it’s my current skin defense and skin repair weapon of choice. Jurlique is also one of the purest skincare lines available.

And to ensure my serum is really penetrating the skin to do it’s work, I cleanse with Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Cleansing Gel. Like Jurlique, the entire Juice Beauty line is completely natural (e.g., free of parabens, sulfates/ites, glycols, disodium ETDA, fragrance, etc.). The gel cleanser claims to “refine and brighten,” (using the natural exfoliant: glycolic acid), but all I know is it removes my eye make-up easily and leaves my skin feeling incredibly smooth and supple.

Of course, as I’ve gotten older, my hair has decided to reinvent itself several times over. I’ve battled gray hair for the past two decades (a trait inherited from my father who turned gray in his 20s). Then after having my children, my hair decided to turn from nearly stick-straight to wavy. Then as the years came on, my hair decided to get coarser and drier. I’m using two products that do a great job of combating coarseness and dryness naturally. Both are made by ACURE. The spray-on Leave-In Conditioner makes my hair instantly soft and supple, and the pure Argan Oil (use sparingly!) does a great job eliminating coarseness and controlling frizz. Both also help protect your hair from styling tools and UV rays.  I’m in love with both products, and find they work magic on my hair regardless of which shampoo and conditioner I use in the shower.

So here’s to “glowier” skin and glossier hair!

 

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winter products

These four products top the list of my current favorites. Having just returned from the freezing cold of Park City, Utah, where I watched the premiere of the amazing and at times gut-wrenching film, Racing Extinction, I was glad to have these products with me. They protected me against the cold air outside, the sun–made stronger at 8,000+ feet elevation, and the dry indoor heat in which we spent most of our time.

I also love that all five of these products carry reasonable prices… I truly dislike reading magazine or website articles that rave about a product that costs one-hundred or more dollars. I don’t feel anyone should have to pay that much for a quality product. And quantity doesn’t necessarily matter, because products made with completely natural, plant-based ingredients can’t stay active for more than six or so months any way.

Favorite #1: Although it carries the name Stem Cellular CC Cream, my new favorite “BB” cream by Juice Beauty tops my list. It’s just $39, comes in five shades, and provides a wonderful, sheer coverage along with broad-spectrum, mineral-based, non-nano SPF 30. It claims to also increase cellular turnover, improve elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines, while evening out skin tone. I don’t see the point in me trying to quantify what this product does, all I can say is my skin loves it!

Favorite #2: If you suffer from dry lips during the winter months like me, you will love the Waxelene Lip Tube, $3.99. It cures the driest lips quickly and when used daily, like I do, you won’t experience any drying or peeling. It’s marketed as “petroleum jelly alternative,” because like all the products I recommend, it is all natural and cruelty-free.

Favorite #3: While I still get oily around my T-zone (even at my age!!), my cheeks remain drier, and everything feels drier during the winter months. MyChelle’s Supreme Polypeptide Cream banishes dry skin and purportedly improves elasticity, reduces wrinkle depth and increases overall firmness. I use the unscented option, and love how my skin looks and feels after applying this rich–yet also light, cream.

Favorite #4: Last but not least is my new favorite deodorant, which I’ve been meaning to blog about for the past year. A friend recommended it, and knowing that it contains just two ingredients–both completely natural and without any toxicity risk, I immediately ordered it. Yes, the only downside is that you have to order it online, but it ships quickly, and it’s by far the best natural deodorant I’ve ever used. OK, the manufacturer might want to consider changing the name, but DeodoMom, $12.00, works great, and I love that it contains just two ingredients–water and Magnesium Hydroxide, a mineral safe enough to eat given a zero risk rating by the Environmental Working Group. To be clear, I wouldn’t apply this, go for a 6-mile run and then attend the most important meeting of my year without showering and reapplying after the run. But I can apply it and go through an entire workday and evening without the slightest hint of “smell.” Even my husband uses it, although he would like a more unisex name.

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OK, since a lot of people have been asking, here are my top picks for skin and hair care products. Keep in mind I have combination skin which under the California sun changes quite dramatically between summer (oily) and winter (dry).

I categorized my product picks as “steal” or “splurge” even though none of them is terribly expensive or anywhere close to the prices of some products, such as those by SkinCeuticals, La Mer, etc. I don’t believe you have to spend a fortune for natural, high-quality products. Besides, it’s good to pay homage to frugality during these economic times.

Steal

Splurge

Cleanser

Beauty without Cruelty (BWC) 3% AHA Cleanser, $10.99/8.5 fl.oz.

Duchess Marden’s Foaming Cleanser, $34/4 oz.

Exfoliant

(facial)

Avalon Organics Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub, $16.95/4 fl.oz.

Pevonia Special Line Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, $25/5 oz.

Exfoliant

(body)

Queen Helene Organic Fair Trade Certified Cocoa Butter Body Scrub, $7/6 oz.

Reader input?

Facial toner

I’ve used Witch Hazel in a pinch.

Arcona Cranberry Toner, $32/3.67 fl.oz. or

Duchess Marden’s Pure Rose Water, $38.75/4.06 fl.oz.


Moisturizer

Juice Beauty Oil-Free Moisturizer, $28/2 oz.

Normal/Oily Skin:  Dermavita Perfecting Time, $27.95/1.7 fl.oz.

Normal/Dry Skin: Duchess Marden Damascena Face Cream, $57/2 fl.oz.

Eye Cream

100% Pure Acai Berry Antioxidant Eye Cream, $25/1 oz.

Jurlique Purely Age-Defying Eye Cream, $45/.05 fl.oz.

Hand lotion

Pure shea butter is great  at night or under gloves in the winter.

Weleda Skin Food, $17/2.5 oz.

Body lotion

Make your own (recipe coming soon to this blog) or

Griffin Remedy Body Lotion Orange Blossom, $7.99/8 fl. oz.

Jurlique Body Care Lotion, $38/10.1 fl.oz.

Bath Gel

Griffin Remedy Orange Blossom Natural Gel Body Wash, $7.99/8 fl.oz.

Jurlique Shower Gel, $22/10.1 fl.oz.

Time to pamper!!

Note: I haven’t included facial or body sunscreen here as I have already covered them in previous postings, link

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