Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sunny Disposition

It's summer here (so they tell me) and although the sun's rays are not as harsh here as in AZ, my 60 year-old future self wants me to use sunscreen. I always have a small amount of SPF in my moisturizer year round, but I kick it up a notch when the temperature rises. Every summer I start out strong, my good intentions to protect my skin beaming stronger than the roasting waves of the sun, but then my resolve wavers-- Can you blame me? The sliding make-up, clogged pores, and looking like a grease factory has exploded on my face become too much and I start cheating... I wear it just when I am going outside or just mix a little in with my moisturizer until --phew-- September arrives and I don't feel guilty for my lack of diligence anymore....

Since insanity is commonly defined as, "doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results," I think I need to change my approach. This summer will be the sunscreen hunt that (hopefully) yields a winning product I actually end up using consistently. Instead of buying first Neutrogena product I come across at CVS, I will investigate products more thoroughly. I think it would also be worthwhile to make a trip or two to Sephora or a department store to test some samples for a while before making the big commitment.

I better get a move on since it is already June, so here's my preliminary list of sunscreens that have caught my eye:

DERMAdoctor 'Ain't Misbehavin'™' Skin Clarifying & Mattifying Sunscreen SPF 30 PA +++. This one claims to prevent the aforementioned grease-explosion-effect and contains ingredients to soothe my finicky skin.... sounds promising.

3LAB 'Perfect' Sunscreen SPF 55 PA+++. No oil, PABA, or fragrance and SPF 55-- the reviewer loves it and is in my age bracket, which also makes it interesting. (You know, cuz 65 yr olds typically have different skin needs than spring chickens).

Peter Thomas Roth 'Uber-Dry™' Sunscreen SPF 30. This one also claims to absorb quickly and without greasy after-effects. The reviewer from hot, humid Florida likes it and I am interested in the vague promises of anti-oxidant properties as well.

LANCER™ Skincare Vitamin C Antioxidant Sunscreen SPF 30. I am a fan of everything Vitamin C does to my face and I like that is one contains both physical and chemical blockers, but the reviews
are not winning me over...

Am I the only one militant about wearing sunscreen these days? Sometimes I feel like I am the pale nerd sitting in doors while the cool kids bake themselves ;) Any sunscreens you love or that might be worth a try?


  1. Sunscreen is a must for me too and I usually go with la roche posay suff. They are great for your skin and their products are really gentle. Also, the last one with Vitamin C sounds really goood. I should check it out. Have a lovely afternoon, sweetie

  2. Christine!! It seems like it's been forever! (Sorry about that, I've been preoccupied lately as I'm sure you have as well!) How did the move go?

    I think it's great to use sunscreen, either plain or in a moisturizer or foundation. Right now I'm using hope in a jar w/ spf 30 (?) because I don't go outside that much, but when I do I like already having protection. The peter thomas roth one looks interesting also.

    xxxxxxxxxxx Kara :)

  3. We're super militant about sunscreen and into sun protective clothing, too -- xo style, she wrote

  4. I'm all about the sun protection -- Neutrogena is my favorite facial sunscreen; it's non-greasy and light.
    xo Josie

  5. I'm very fair skinned, so I always wear sunscreen! I'm a fan of Neutrogena, as well....

  6. i definitely use sunscreen, but still like to lay out and catch some rays (while wearing 50 :)