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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
Preservatives:
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!

La-Roche-Posay-50+

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.

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Invisible from the sun

1 Nov

Summer is right around the corner, and we need to start getting prepared. Yes I know you are all worried about getting your figure ready for summer, but you know what’s more important than that? Protecting your skin from the harmful sun. All the hard work and expensive products you’ve put into/onto your face over the cooler months to get your pigmentation under control is all going to be a big fat waste of time if you don’t put into place protective measures over Spring/Summer. And we all know what this means… yep, slip, slop, slap.

Now I hear you all groaning from here. “Blerghhh sunscreen is so sticky and smelly”, “Erghh how am I supposed to look stylish whilst trying to be sun safe”, “How am I supposed to wear sunscreen EVERYYYY day???”. Well I have some style tips and products that will set you up for summer and have you looking your stylish sun-safe best in time for those hot weekends ahead!

Going to the beach doesn’t have to be all garish rash shirts and fluro zinc… grap yourself a floppy wide-brimmed hat (from the Surf shops or somewhere like Sunburn) and a pair of stylish oversized sunnies, like the gorgeous House of Harlow Chelsea sunglasses (pictured below) to protect yourself from the sun. Also remember to take a clip/barrette like the Mimco one pictured below to whip your hair up into a stylish low bun so that you aren’t caught out with scraggly surf hair after your swim.

My pick for the best protective skin care in Summer (or anytime) would be the great products from Invisible Zinc. Doubling as a high performance sunscreen and moisturiser, Invisible Zinc offers a diverse range of products to help relieve your skin from daily obstacles such as dry flaky skin, dark spots and sun damage. The secret is Invisible Zinc’s chemical free formula, designed to protect you against harmful UVA and UVB rays whilst providing powerful antioxidants to make your skin look radiant and flawless.

The stand out product for me is the INVISIBLE ZINC UV Silk Shield Foundation (15g RRP AU$42) which is a hybrid of a SPF 30+ chemical free sunscreen and stick foundation. In fact, if you were none the wiser, you could be tricked into thinking this is just a stick foundation! No stickiness, no obvious sunscreen smell, no shine, and best of all… HEAPS of coverage. Like I said, this performs exactly like a full coverage cream to powder foundation stick. I love that this is a skin care, sun protection and makeup product all-in-one! It sure does come in handy when you have minimal time to get ready in the morning, as it cuts out so many extra steps. So how does it wear you ask? GREAT! This lasts all day on me (8hrs) and I have oily skin. It covers pigmentation and imperfections and I find it hardly needs a powder. Just swipe and rub in with you fingers. It glides smoothly onto the skin (like SILK!) and provides a luminous, fresh skin finish. The shade I have (medium) is a great match too. The shade variety is very limited though, so that might be a problem for some. I advise you test swatch them first, Myer and David Jones usually have testers out for this.

The other product I have been trialling is the INVISIBLE ZINC Staying Powder (12g RRP AU$38.00) which is a no-colour, setting powder  specially designed  to set and fix the IZ Tinted Daywear Anti-Ageing Moisturising Sunscreen (which needs a setting powder) and give a perfect natural finish. The product says it should melt into the skin and be invisible, sadly, for me this product kind of sits in my pores and is quite visible. It could just happen over the top of the UV Silk Shield Foundation, as it was designed to set the Tinted Daywear sunscreen, so I’m only using it when I’m wearing the tinted sunscreen (which it behaves much better with) for trips to the beach, gardening etc. The tinted daywear is much more like a sunscreen, and is a bit oilier than the Silk Shield Foundation and has less coverage.

Dab on some INVISIBLE ZINC Tinted Lip + Cheek Balm (12g RRP AU$18.00) and waterproof mascara, and you are ready to go.

Stockists include Myer, David Jones, Adore Beauty, Priceline and selected premium pharmacies.  For stockist details please call 1300 738 850 or visit www.invisiblezinc.com

INVISIBLE ZINC® IS AUSTRALIAN MADE AND OWNED USING PATENTED AUSTRALIAN SUNSCREEN TECHNOLOGY.

[Image Source: adorebeauty.com.au  beautyheaven.com.au ]

The UV Silk Shield Foundation and the Invisible Staying Powder were provided for review. As per my disclosure statement, this did not influence my opinion in any way and all reviews are of my own honest opinion.
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