I’m an avid sunscreen consumer. It’s true. I am fair skinned and start to burn while checking the weather report, there’s no way around the fact I have to wear sunscreen every single day. Blah.
Being a New Yorker and practically walking everywhere, in the hot summer months the sun takes a toll on my skin and I can’t be outside for more than 25 minutes unprotected or else I’ll start to turn pink. Blah blah blah.
While I’ve embraced being practically translucent (unless I’ve applied St. Tropez self tanning mousse which I am obsessed with btw) I’ve tested out my fair share of sunscreens for daily use and could give you lengthy reviews on all of them.
Wearing sunscreen to the beach or on vacation can be different for me as I need something pretty strong that I reapply every hour, but I was looking for one I could wear each day while being outside and walking, you know for the daily life stuff that requires you to wear clothes. I tested out Amore Pacific Resort Collection Spray Sunscreen and here’s what I think:
HOLY SPF IT’S A DREAM COME TRUE.
I applied it right out of the shower after I had dried off, naked, because in case you didn’t know, now you know that’s how you should always apply sun protection, and the mist was cooling and felt very fresh. I noticed my skin felt hydrated right away, it didn’t smell chemically at all and it looked like I had applied a thin sheer body oil to my arms and legs. Also a nice note, it didn’t wreak a slippery havoc on my tiled bathroom floor.
No sticky spray, or globs of cream, or strange white translucent cast that starts to pill and rub off in an hour of being outside.
I ran my errands in 90 degree heat, was outside for most of the day, and not a single awkward burn line to be found ANYWHERE the next day, which to me is a major success. What are you using to protect your skin this summer?
Anything with needles scares me.
I’ve cried before every shot at the doctor and almost fainted when I got my first tattoo, (which is now fully removed thanks to laser tattoo removal-it works!)
I had been reading about microneedling for a long time, but the thought of tiny little needles all over my face really freaked me out, because of how sensitive my skin is, and red I become. But there were certain skin concerns I was starting to have, like seeing more large pores, wanting a smoother texture, and the annoying fine lines along my forehead. So when I was sent this microneedle roller by Tina K I decided to test it out.
The roller has 1200 titanium needles that glide across the skin, just penetrating the surface enough to send a signal to your brain that the body needs more collagen and elastin. If you’re anything like me, you’ll take all the collagen and elastin your body can produce, right?
I slathered my face in serum, set my phone timer for 5 minutes, and got to work. The instructions were clear, and I rolled it along my face in all the areas (even under eyes and across my mouth) in different directions and then moved along to another section, rolling back and forth 5-10 times in each area. After applying moisturizer (you can also apply hydrocortisone cream as recommended, I just didn’t have any) I felt a gentle tingling sensation but there was really no pain and my skin wasn’t beet red.
The first morning after microneedling I noticed my skin was smoother looking and had a nice glow. I microneedled again that week as recommended, and noticed my skin had the same glow the very next day.
It’s been almost 4 weeks since I started this treatment (2x per week) and here’s what I’ve noticed: my skin glows, my pores are starting to shrink, the texture of my skin is starting to become more even, and all around I’ve seen a tad more tightness. While you can get this professionally done in a dermatologists office, I love the fact that this is a safe and easy version to do at home and on my own schedule.
Don’t you wanna roll with me?
Sunday for me has always been a day to reset, plan for the week ahead, and partake in some indulgent self care. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not always 3 hour bubble baths with exotic florals and herbs or pressing rose petals all over my face yearning for some kind of pore metamorphosis, it could simply be a burrito and Netflix binge, whatever is going to make me happy. Yesterday I decided to take some extra time out for my skin with French Girl Organics.
I have become a huge advocate for oils in the past few years, as they are extremely nourishing and packed with ingredients that help heal skin and increase moisture. Most people shy away from oil, especially if they are oily skin types as they fear it might cause them to be too shiny or greasy, but using oil on the skin actually helps your natural oil production stay in control instead of making it worse. When you strip your skin of natural oil it panics and overcompensates, causing it to produce more.
I used the cleansing oil, rose exfoliation powder, face oil and body oil yesterday and gave my skin a nourishing exfoliation treatment by adding a few drops of the oil with the exfoliant, gently massaging it all over my face then rinsing with warm water. Next, a few drops of the facial oil massaged into the skin, followed up by body oil everywhere (and I mean everywhere) to seal in the moisture. I love the way my skin looked and felt after, and wasn’t irritated after the exfoliation treatment.
Smooth, hydrated and dewy looking skin. I also smelled very chic, you know like the girl that when you ask her “What fragrance are you wearing? You smell amazing”, She just looks at you and says, “Oh that’s just how I naturally smell” and you’re left there like “cool”.
Yes, that kind of smell.
Are you willing to try face and body oils? C’mon it will be fun.