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I scream, you scream, we all scream sunscreen!

6 Mar

So you know I wax lyrical about the importance of sunscreen (well I hope I do) and how you MUST wear it everyday, well I guess a lot of you are thinking “very well old chap, but which ONE?”. There are a lot out there, and I am verrrrrry picky when it comes to my facial sunscreens (not too oily, no white cast, blends in, doesn’t block pores)… so I thought I would share with you my tried and tested and much loved sunscreens to wear on an every day occasion (note that when I go out in the sun for a whole day I wear the big kahuna – the Invisible Zinc).

When choosing a sun block make sure it is just that a block and not a sunscreen (I know I know I just called them sunscreens). A sunscreen absorbs rather than reflects harmful rays. Sun blocks must have a high zinc and or titanium base to be effective and must be an SPF 30+ or above.

Do you want your collagen to breakdown, lose elasticity of your skin, get uneven skin tone and lines and wrinkles? No? Didn’t think so… So read on and get shopping!

1. O Cosmedics Mineral Pro SPF 30+ Triple Defence Protection (AU$45, 75g)

Mineral Pro SPF 30+ is a sheer lightweight formula which delivers triple defense protection. 20% natural zinc oxides provides true broad-spectrum protection, preventing skin damage as well as assisting skin healing and reducing inflammation. Resveratrol and Palmitoyl Loligo peptides rejuvenate, hydrate and further protect the skin. The perfect calming skin treatment and the ultimate skin primer before make up. Perfect for everyday use!

Key Ingredients:
ZINC OXIDE 20% w/w
Phenoxyethanol, Diazolidinylurea.
Complies with AS/NZS 2604:1998

2. Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF 30+ Hydrating (AU$65, 100ml)

Packed with antioxidants and featuring super effective broad-spectrum sun protection, Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF 30+ is an enduring best-seller. The creamy, nourishing formula glides on without any of the usual white tint and offers great protection against UVA rays (the ones responsible for photo-ageing), so no age-defying battle is complete without it. This broad spectrum SPF 30+ daily moisturiser (free of nano particles) offers triple skin protection with a boost of hydration. It delivers a vital blend of moisturising ingredients: shea butter, panthenol and nicotinamide to support the skin’s lipid barrier function. The hydrating properties make it a great base under makeup too.

Ultraceuticals Ultra Protective SPF30 Sunscreen

Active Ingredients: Octyl methoxycinnamate 2.0% w/w, Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane 5.0% w/w, Octocrylene 3.0% w/w, Bemotrizinol 2.0% w/w, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid 4.0% w/w. Also Contains: Benzyl alcohol and Sorbic acid.

3. La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Extreme Fluid (AU $25.95, 50ml) – Available from Priceline

This one is a recent purchase for me, and already has made this prestigious list! I was quite excited to see this range on sale at Priceline a few weeks ago, and even more excited when I saw that they had a 50+ fluid sunblock range. The Anthelios XL Fluid Extreme 50+ has been certified as SPF50+ Very high UVA/UVB protection – which is music to my ears!  The skin is protected from sunburn, skin reactions and cell damage from UV rays. This is a fluid (so think more watery than your usual sunscreens), but is actually perfect for putting on in the morning before makeup, because this consistency melts into the skin almost instantly and doesn’t leave you feeling like you just caked something greasy onto your skin. It doesn’t leave you with a white tint, and I haven’t had any congestion from this one either. If you haven’t jumped onto the 50+ bandwagon yet, I strongly advise you do! It’s amazing!


Key Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Isododecane, Isononyl Isononanoate, Alcohol Denat, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Octocrylene, Titanium Dioxide, Isocetyl Stearate, Silica.
*This product is compliant with the new Australian Standard for UVB and UVA efficacy criteria set by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on 10th November 2012.

I must add that all the products listed in this post, are listed mainly due to the fact that they work well under makeup and do not leave me with congested skin and breakouts. Like always though, what may be good for the goose (me!) may not be good for the gander (you girls! or boys!) and I can’t guarantee that these will all work for you and your skin type.

O Cosmedics sun block was gifted to me. As per my disclosure statement, this does not effect my opinion. I have purchased the others with my own hard earned moolah.


baby lips

19 Mar

Maybelline New York has done something really cool and brought out a lipsmacker range for adults called Maybelline NY Baby Lips (AU$3.95) available in four tempting flavours:

  • Energizing Orange
  • Smoothing Cherry
  • Menthol
  • Anti-Oxidant Berry

I’ve got to admit, the cute packaging drew me to the product, but then I found out that it’s a real pocket-rocket of a product.

Why You’ll Love It:
Say goodbye to basic lip balm and rediscover the lips you were born to have!

  • Lips are instantly moisturised for up to 8 hours.
  • Contains active care ingredients, such as shea butter and centella.
  • Vitamin Complex delivering powerful anti-oxidants.
  • SPF 20 for protection against harmful UV rays.
  • After 4 weeks lips are deeply repaired, completely reborn. Guaranteed.

For Best Results:
Apply lip balm daily to deliver moisturised, soft and comfortable lips. A great base for your favourite gloss or lipstick.

Now I can’t say that you will end looking as good as the model above, but you can bet that your lips will look better than ever. These lip balms are super hydrating thanks to shea butter, centella and vitamin complex. And for those of you who don’t know, centella is a herb that is an effective remedy for various ailments, one being skin conditions.

This baby (zing!) is my go-to. It’s a lifesaver for when you have cracked lips, and you decide last minute you want to wear that super pretty but super drying lipstick! Just apply baby lips before applying lipstick and it will instantly condition and hydrate them; this balm has even replaced my trusty paw paw lip ointment.

What really swayed me to get this product was that it included a SPF20 for protection against harmful UV rays, something that a lot of lip balms are missing. I am very diligent in applying sunscreen to my face every morning, and my poor lips used to miss out – but not any more! I purchased the Anti-oxidant Berry flavour and I am loving it so much that I may have to go and get some of the other flavours for back ups.

Maybelline NY Baby Lips are available at chemists, Priceline, and participating Woolworths and Coles store. They are definitely a great buy and a welcome addition to my handbag/desk/make up draw/clutch.

Now I leave you with this adorable image…

My lip balm brings all the dogs to the yard!!!

[Image source: www.maybelline.com.au ]

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