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When you have sensitive skin it is sometimes impossible to find a product that won’t sting, burn or otherwise  irritate your skin. My little cousin has extremely sensitive skin but loves being active outside. So, lately I’ve found myself trying to find her the right sunscreen products to use  while she frolics with her friends in the great outdoors. Here are 3 Sunscreens for Sensitive Skin:

Dermalogica Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30

Dermalogica super-sensitive-shield-spf30

This broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen is formulated with Dermalogica’s UltraCalming Complex of oat and botanical actives to help minimize discomfort for sensitized, reactive and recently resurfaced skin. The sunscreen goes on sheer and provides hydration while locking in skin’s natural moisture.  Dermalogica Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30 uses only mineral UV protectors and is fragrance free  and color free. $48

Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture for Sensitive Skin

Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture for Sensitive Skin

This is a super light-weight moisturizing sunscreen that literally just vanishes into skin. In addition to being oil free, it’s alcohol free and fragrance free. Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin has SPF 15, so, while not ideal for a playdate in the park, it provides just enough protection for short stints outside. $9.99

Aveeno Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreen SPF 50

Aveeno Natural  Protection Lotion Sunscreen SPF 50

This broad spectrum SPF  that  is made with 100% naturally sourced sunscreen ingredients. The light-weight fragrance  and oil free formula forms a protective barrier on top of skin that scatters both UVA and UVB rays. Aveeno Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreen SPF is water resistant up to 80 minutes.  $10.99

While I can’t do anything to change that fact the my beloved cousin has sensitive skin, I can certainly do my part in helping her to find products that will work for her without any irritation.  The above sunscreens do just that.

Do you have sensitive skin? What’s your favorite sunscreen?

This post was written by Christene Carr. Find her on TwitterInstagramTumblrPinterest and her personal blog.

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Packing skin care products for travel has never been easier…at least for me. When TSA first instituted the 3 fluid ounce rule where all products had to fit into a tiny ziplock bag, people scrambled to find appropriate sizes of their current skin care products. Skin care fanatics the world over were pissed! No one wanted to go buy tiny bottles to measure out 3 ounce portions. Fast forward to present day and the growth in the number of products now available in travel sizes and the increased access to these products through beauty box subscriptions such as Glossybox, COCOTIQUE and Birchbox and sites like 3floz.com, make it simple to pack a tiny bag of skin care products without the use of a funnel. The trouble now is narrowing the selection down to only the essentials. Before I start packing, I assess the condition of my skin and make adjustments based on the weather conditions at my travel destination.  I have an upcoming trip to the Sunshine State and my oily skin will need help to be on its best behavior in the heat and humidity. Here’s what I’m packing…

Skin Care Travel Essentials

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant  is a rice-based powder formula that activates with water to release Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes to gentle cleanse and exfoliate the skin.  It is the perfect cleanser for travel (and one of my faves of all time) because it’s in powder form.

Cleanse by Lauren Napier  contains aloe and cucumber and is rich in vitamins B and C. The wipes are individually packaged making them perfect to slip into a bag, a pocket or your bra (I’m not judging.) Cleanse by Lauren Napier works great to remove even waterproof makeup but they are gentle enough for eyes.  On days when I have only a light application of makeup, one wipe can do the trick.  I use two one days when I wear heavier makeup and no matter what, I always follow up with a toner and moisturizer.

There is a lot of debate about the necessity of a toner.  While that debate rages on I’m gonna go ahead and use my toner twice per day and ignore all the noise.  A long time favorite, to which I was recently reacquainted, is the Clinique Clarifying Toner. The first time I used this toner  was in Florida, so, it’s only fitting it is one of my favorite warm weather toners. It helps to control excess oil to minimize breakouts and leaves skin feeling clean, cool and refreshed.

I’m headed into a very humid climate which means my skin can act a fool without notice.  I’m preparing for any pesky pimples with Mario Badescu’s Complexion Perfection Kit, it  contains the Special Healing PowderDrying Cream and the Drying lotion. If something pops up that cannot be kept under control with this trio of products…all hope is lost and I should leave Florida immediately and never return.

When it’s hot and humid I often skip the moisturizer and use  a serum and a sunscreen. My winning combo for the last few weeks has been  Clarins Double Serum and Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF 30. Clarins Double Serum contains 20 pure plant extracts and potent, high-tech molecules in a dual chamber  bottle.  It firms and evens skin tone and provides a great moisture boost without feeling heavy.  Clarins Double Serum  is great for use day and night. Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF 30 is a broad spectrum lightweight sunscreen  that helps to prevent shine on oily,  breakout-prone skin like mine. Win!

Eye Cream is a must once you hit 25 and I have been north of that for several years, so, I can’t finish packing my skin care travel bag without a proper eye cream or two.  For day time I’ve been using Skinceuticals Physical Eye UV Defense Sunscreen with SPF 50. In addition to providing UV protection, this lightweight  neutral tinted eye cream also brightens the eye area and works well under concealer or alone.  For night I use BlissLabs Active 99.0 Multi Action Eye Cream.  It  is lightweight cream formulated to easily absorbs into the delicate eye area to help “reduce puffiness and diminish the appearance of puffiness, dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles.”

While I have not yet narrowed down the bathing suits I will take on this trip, my skin care travel essentials are packed and ready to go!

What are Your Summer Skin Care Travel Essentials?

This post was written by Christene Carr. Find her on TwitterInstagramTumblrPinterest and her personal blog

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If you caught this post by Felicia, you know that the beauty industry is currently obsessed with face oils, and with good reason. I have tried several oils over the years and only a few of them have really stuck.  I find that I tend to use oils during the day mostly in the cooler months because they give the skin a boost and a bit more protection when the temperature gets frigid.  Otherwise, I use oils at night. I recently went through my beauty closet and pulled out the face oils that I think are worth trying. Here goes:

Dermalogica Pre Cleanse 

Dermalogica Pre Cleanse

When used correctly Dermalogica Pre Cleanse loosens every stitch of makeup on the face and prepares it to be washed away by  your cleanser. It is effective, yet gentle enough to rub over lids and lashes to loosen even waterproof makeup.  Dermalogica Pre Cleanse  contains ricebran, olive, kukui and apricot oils, vitamin E, essential oils  among other ingredients and works wonders to lift the grime from your face preparing it for a more deep down clean. $37

Mario Badescu Rose Hip Nourishing Oil

Mario Badescu Rose Hip Nourishing Oil

Though labelled as an oil,  this product is oil free.  Propylene glycol and glycerin gives this product slip that is reminiscent of a dry oil but it disappears in the skin leaving no greasy residue behind. The Rose Hip extract in this oil makes it rich in vitamin C, a natural antioxidant, it also has some antiseptic properties.  If you are skeptical about using oils, Mario Badescu Rose Hip Nourishing Oil  is a good place to start. $20

Clarins Santal Face Treatment Oil

Clarins Santal Face Treatment Oil

This product contains several botanical oils and extracts including sandalwood, cardamon, lavender and hazelnut.  Though formulated for dry and extra dry skin, on super cold days and nights it helps to layer this under a moisturizer.  On its own and when used as directed, Clarins Santal Face Treatment Oil soothes and comforts dry, irritated or stressed skin, as well as reduces redness and helps prevent moisture loss. $52

L’Oreal Age Perfect Glow Renewal

L'Oreal Age Perfect Glow Renewal

This oil smells amazing! It is formulated by adding 8 essential oils and other botanical oils and extracts to Caprylic Capric Triglyceride, a derivative of coconut oil. It has a silky feel and disappears into damp skin leaving no greasy residue at all.  If you are new to facial oils or have oily skin, this oil is the perfect place for you to start. When used as directed, L’Oreal Age Perfect Glow Renewal restore skin’s youthful glow by deeply nourishing and replenishes dull, dry skin. $24.99

Colbert MD Illumino Face Oil

Colbert MD Illumino Face Oil

This has a similar feel to the L’Oreal Age Perfect Glow Renewal because it also uses Caprylic Capric Triglyceride as its base and carrier for the active botanicals. Colbert MD Illumino Face Oil is formulated as “an instantly soothing face oil that improves skin’s overall tone, texture and glow.”  The botanicals include: borage seed Oil to aid in cell repair, yangu oil to improve elasticity, marula oil  to prevent moisture loss and argan oil, a vitamin rich antioxidant. $138

TIP: If you are shopping for an oil and and you want something light, look for a product where the first ingredient is Caprylic Capric Triglyceride. It is a great base for facial oils and acts as a vehicle to deliver other actives to the skin.  Also, remember that you can’t moisturize without water or water like substance, so for best results, apply your oils on damp skin either immediately after washing and lightly drying or after toning the skin.

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2013 has come and gone, but my beauty favorites from this past year are here to stay.    Narrowing down the list of best beauty products was not easy but someone’s gotta do it.  And I selflessly gave of my skin, hair, face and body for the task.  It’s like I am a beauty blogging saint – ok, ok, I took it a tad too far, no?  But nonetheless, I have tried a myriad of things to bring the readers the best of the best (in my opinion) – and hopefully you will agree with my choices.  Here are my 2013 Beauty Favorites:

Perricone Blue Plasma


Exfoliation is the key to glowing skin in my opinion.  Formulated as a non-acidic peel, the Blue Plasma uses salmon roe enzyme and copper to help slough away dead skin cells leaving behind glowing, radiant and re-texturized skin.  The major bonus of this product is its ability to be used AM or PM and on almost any skin type, even sensitive.  It is quite the splurge, but worth every penny.  Available at Sephora for $95.00.

 Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion

Mario Badescu Buffering LotionOily skin may keep me young looking forever, but the down side is I am still dealing with acne even into my adult years.  And so the Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion has become a life saver that I can use both at night when I have a breakout or feel one coming on, or under my makeup in the morning to help treat the affected area all day.  Blemishes disappear in just a day or two, and it is instrumental in keeping my problematic skin at bay.  Available at Nordstrom for $17.00.

Nest Fragrances in Midnight Fleur

nest fragrances midnight fleur

With Nest’s recent launch at Sephora this year, I am thrilled to see my favorite fragrance going mainstream.  Everyone and anyone needs to get in on this unique and intoxicating scent.  With notes of black amber, vanilla orchid, rhubarb, green apple and patchouli, this fragrance is meant to stand out and make a statement.  Red lip not required.  Available at Sephora for $25.00.

Dermalogica MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque

Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque

We all have that special event, date, interview, party, etc that we need a Hail Mary skincare moment to prepare us properly for success.  This is that product.  I call this my “secret weapon” mask because it does just about anything and everything to make my skin next to perfect.  A revitalizing combination of vitamins A, C, E and F, it helps skin to recover from damage, restore moisture and increase elasticity.  End result is glowing, healthy, revitalized and supple skin.  Available at Dermalogica for $46.00.

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Fig

Bite beauty luminous creme lipstick in fig

How could I pick just ONE lipstick from the entire past year? By simply looking at how worn down the bullet is by December – and there is my answer.  Not only was this the perfect natural pink lip-color-only-better shade, it was so delightful to wear.  Soft, hydrating, long lasting and richly pigmented – Bite Beauty is quickly rising on my list of favorite brands.  Available at Sephora for $24.00.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation

urban decay naked skin foundationA second close runner up to my love of skincare is foundation – I love the look of flawless, fresh skin.  And while I have more foundations than I should probably admit, I continously wore Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Foundation over and over.  Amazing coverage that can be applied sheer and built up as needed, with a natural matte finish, the Naked Skin Foundation made its most impressive mark on me by helping to control my oil throughout the day leaving my skin looking healthy and radiant without being shiny.  Available at Sephora for $39.00.

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TTBFaves: Every month, the ThisThatBeauty Girls (ChristeneMaree, and Felicia) share their favorite products from the previous month. Today I share my top picks from September.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

I have combination oily skin that becomes a regular oil slick when it gets hot outside. I’m also prone to hormonal breakouts every couple of months. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant works great on my skin no matter what condition it is in.  It is made with a “unique rice-based powder formula that activates upon contact with water, releasing Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes that micro-exfoliates dead cells, instantly leaving skin smoother and brighter.”  I use an active mask once or twice per week and this cleanser is gentle enough to use right before using my masks. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant gives a great clean and helps to balance my skin.  It also contains ingredients to brighten my skin and reduce hyperpigmentation – a winning combination. It is formulated without artificial fragrances and colors and one container can last for months. It is also perfect for travel, that’s unless TSA gets suspicious of you toting around a white powdery substance.

TTBFaves - Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

Who It Might Work for and Why: This cleanser will work for anyone who wants a gentle cleanser that provides exfoliation and brightening over time.

Bottom Line: It’s a great cleanser that works on all skin types and you don’t have to pay for the water.

Price: $52


My hair? Where do I even begin? It is dry, coarse and very porous hair that literally drinks moisturizing products and it absolutely loves this stuff! PHYTOSPECIFIC Baobab Oil  is a multipurpose pre-shampoo oil that nourishes dehydrated hair, scalp, and body. I use it on both my hair and scalp before I shampoo.  I dampen my hair and massage a  few pumps of oil on my scalp then gradually work it down to the tips of my hair.  I leave it on my hair for at least 15 minutes then follow with a co-wash or a sulfate free shampoo and a deep conditioner. I also add more oil to my hair before moving  on to the styling . The result is scalp that feels hydrated and hair that is soft and very well moisturized. According to the manufacturer this oil also “provides sun protection for hair and protects against free radicals, which can cause damage and frizz.”  PHYTOSPECIFIC Baobab Oil  is formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates.

Who It Might Work for and Why: If you have dry hair and scalp then I  highly recommend this product.  The only other oil that leaves my hair as soft as this is coconut oil.  However, I cannot use coconut oil on my scalp, so, in a head-to-head showdown, this wins.

Bottom Line: It provides superior moisture for my hair. If you have dry hair and scalp, get it!

Price: $40

TTBFaves - blisslabs nutricosmetics total bliss zen at work

Blisslabs Nutricosmetics Total Bliss Zen at Work

I absolutely hate taking supplement tablets.  Why do the tablets have to be so huge?  Why can’t they make them half the size and have you take two? I’m sure the answer to this and other haunting, life altering questions are lurking out in the universe somewhere but we might never know. Anyhow, my disdain for huge supplement tablets is the reason I have nothing but pure unadulterated love for Blisslabs Nutricosmetics Total Bliss Zen at Work. Here are the instructions, “place one full dropper directly onto tongue.” Could it be any easier? No, I don’t think so. Zen at Work is a  tea concentrate in a dropper bottle that “promotes relaxation and concentration with a blend of mind-unwinding, focus-enhancing nutrients.” It contains vitamin B6 to help support brain function, magnolia bark  to help relax the mind and chamomile to help soothe the stomach. I generally take a dropper right as I am starting to come down from my coffee, right when I start to get a little fidgety and start trolling the internet for cute pictures of cats. It may be mind over matter but I swear this stuff works to get me back on track.

Who It Might Work for and Why: Hate taking supplements that are in tablet form? Then this is for you.

Bottom Line: It works for me! If you are looking for a natural boost, this easy to use supplement might be just the ticket.

Price: $49

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If there is one thing I wish I understood better in my teens, it would be skincare. Knowing what kind of skin you have, how to take care of it, protect it and ultimately how to preserve it is a skill that cannot be learned early enough.  Whether it is using SPF, always removing your makeup at night or how to properly clean your face – teenagers need to take care of their skin.  The Dermalogica Clear Start line makes it easy for teens to get started on a healthy skincare regimen that will hopefully stay with them for years.

Dermalogica Clear Start Line

The Clear Start line is designed to help both prevent and treat symptoms of mild to moderate acne, with 9 products in the range all sold individually or in a kit. Each item has easy to understand product names that help to identify when to use them and in what order – making it almost fool proof for anyone, including teens to use.  The full range includes: Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash, Blackhead Clearing Pore Control Scrub, Breaking Clearing All Over Toner, Breakout Clearing Daytime Treatment, Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer SPF 15, Breakout Clearing Emergency Spot Fix, Breakout Clearing Cooling Masque and the Breakout Clearing Overnight Treatment.

Clear Start Cooling Masque

Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic acid are the two main active ingredients in the line and have levels high enough to be effective but gentle enough not to cause irritation.  As someone who still struggles with acne, I could not help but give the products a spin myself.  Though the products are designed for teens, they will work for anyone that suffers from breakouts and oily skin.

CS All Over Toner

My stand out favorites were by far the Blackhead Clearing Pore Control Scrub, which made my skin feel refreshed and smooth, the Clearing All Over Toner because of its easy spray application, and the Breakout Clearing Cooling Masque for its ability to instantly soothe and eliminate any irritation.

All products are available at Dermalogica.com and range from $19-$24.

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#TTBFaves: Every month, the ThisThatBeauty Girls share their favorite beauty products from the previous month. Today I share my top picks from June…

Estee Lauder Modern Muse FragranceEstee Lauder Modern Muse

Why I love it: Just as with makeup, I seek out fragrances that are great to wear any season. It’s nice to have specific scents for certain times of the year, but I love having a fragrance that is timeless. Estee Lauder’s Modern Muse is this scent – timeless and classic.

Who It Might Work for and Why: This is Estee Lauder’s first fragrance launch since Beyond Paradise, released in 2003, which alone is reason enough to be excited. They describe a Modern Muse as a independent and self-confident woman, sure of herself and her style, and this is most definitely apparent in the notes. Sparkling jasmine is the first note to hit you, followed by mandarin, fresh lily and honeysuckle, and then drying down to reveal notes of patchouli, vanilla and amber musk. Those who enjoy a sweet, floral scent will find this a permanent staple in their fragrance wardrobe.

Bottom Line: For those of you looking for a new fresh scent, Modern Muse is the perfect fragrance to add to your collection.

Available this Fall at esteelauder.com.

Dermalogica oil free matte SPF 30Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF 30

Why I love it: Here at TTB, we take skincare very seriously, and when something makes it way to a “favorite” post, we mean business. This daily moisturizer was a recent find, and has been in my morning regimen ever since.

Who it might work for and why: As the name implies, this moisturizer is perfect for those with oily skin, or frankly anyone in the summer who suffers from shine. It leaves the skin damp when first applied but dries to a natural matte finish. While it may be oil free, it also does a great job of hydrating the skin and keeping it refreshed all day. I typically wear it under makeup and it wears beautifully, addressing any stubborn dry patches I may have (stupid hormonal skin) and acting as a great base to apply foundation.

Bottom Line: Though it is ideally targeted towards oily-skinned individuals, I think that this daily lotion would be suitable for most skin types to wear. With the added bonus of the high SPF, you can be sure it will keep your skin looking great while also protecting it from the sun.

Available for $48.00 on Dermstore.com.

Hourglass-Arch-Sculpting-Brow-PencilHourglass Brow Sculpting Pencil

Why I love it: I know what you may be thinking – an eyebrow pencil as a monthly fave? And I would respond with an enthusiastic – YES! The ease of this pencil is what makes it a monthly favorite – it has made filling in my eyebrows the part of my morning makeup routine that I actually look forward to.

Who it might work for and why: ANYONE WITH EYEBROWS! I have used many eyebrow products – pencils, gels, powders and I thought I was doing just fine. That was until I tried the Hourglass eyebrow pencil – and then realized I had been missing out. The texture of the pencil is what got me first – it is a waxy texture that goes on smoothly and evenly – making filling in easier than ever. The second feature that I loved was the angled shape of the pencil. It allows me to effortlessly follow the line of my brows without any need for concealer correction, and the brush on the other end of the pencil is great at smoothing out the color to make it look natural. As if these two features weren’t enough to lure me in, the color is the perfect shade for my dark hair. And having tried this for the first time during the summer months, I can attest to this product’s ability to withstand sweat and heat – two of makeup’s biggest enemies.

Bottom Line: Though the color range is limited (only 3 shades available), I have spoken to a few different people with varying hair colors, and all seem to find a shade to match their brows. If there is one brow product to invest in, I would make it this.

Available for $32.00 at Sephora.com.

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“When Dermalogica meets skin, skin health is redefined.” I have never used a Dermalogica product I did not like.  We have covered Dermalogica  many times over the years, see a post here, here and here. A few of our favorites are up for grabs in this  giveaway.

Solar defense Booster SPF50

Oil free Matte SPF

Special Cleansing Gel

Daily Microfoliant




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This contest is open to US residents 18 and older. If you have won a prize from ThisThatBeauty in the last six months you are not eligible to win. This prize cannot be redeemed for cash. The makers and manufacturers of the items being given away are in no way affiliated with this contest. While we do take every precaution to ensure packages are delivered to contest winners, we do not take any responsibility for items lost or stolen during the shipping process once we have confirmed shipment from our end.


*Now that crisp fall air is upon us, I thought I would re-publish my “Winter Skin Care Solutions” blog post with originally ran in December 2010. Enjoy!*

Dry winter skin happens to the best of us…even a top notch Grade A (my words, not yours:)) Beauty Editor like myself. I generally have fairly oily skin, so you can imagine my shock and dismay over my recent bout with parched, winter, sandpaper skin. After returning from Paris (where is was 20 degrees), my skin decided to betray me and behave as if it’s one hundred and eighty five years old. My cheeks were dry and wrinkly, my forehead was extremely dehydrated…with every facial expression, deep dry lines road-mapped my entire face. So very un-pretty!

If you’ve noticed, I am speaking in the past tense and using words like “was” and “were” because thanks to a few incredibly effective skincare products from my beauty closet, I am healed!!! In a matter of two weeks, my skin’s balance has been restored and supple hydrated skin is mine. Not one to keep a good thing to myself, I created a quick video to demonstrate my step by step regime for combating dry winter skin. This regime worked for me and I hope it works for you! Here are the products used:

jeune d’âge organics Premiere Cleanser

jeune d’âge organics Marin Toner with Mister

Clarins Skin Beauty Repair Concentrate

Mario Badescu Herbal Hydrating Serum

And here is my video tutorial. I would love to hear your thoughts on my regime.

Now that we’ve got your dry skin in check above the neck, let’s journey south. Annet King, Director of Global Education at The International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica shares her top tips for winterizing skin. To add to my tips above, here are Annet’s top to do’s for a beautifully hydrated body!

Lower humidity levels, extreme cold, and varying indoor and outdoor environments can all damage the skin’s protective outer layer, causing irritation, sensitivity, dryness and even stinging. We all know the look: Dull, flaky, dry skin around the eyes, red cheeks. Winter can wreak havoc on all skin types.

Here are some simple tips to protect your body from the elements, while keeping your skin hydrated.

For the body and hands:

  • Avoid hot water as it removes moisture from the skin. Instead, use lukewarm water and pat skin dry, don’t rub. While the skin is still damp, apply your body moisturizer immediately. Try Dermalogica’s UltraRich Body Cream for supreme nourishment and protection from the elements.
  • Nylon and wool can worsen any sensitivity or eczema, so try to wear 100 percent cotton and natural fabrics.
  • With shower and bath products, avoid soap, artificial fragrance and high-foam products, as they dehydrate the skin. Alternatively, add a few pumps of aromatherapy oil to your bath. Try Dermalogica’s Stress Relief Treatment Oil and Conditioning Body Wash.
  • Slough off dead cells effortlessly by adding Hydro-Active Mineral Salts to the bath for a relaxing and exfoliating soak. If your prefer to shower, try Dermalogica’s Exfoliating Body Scrub and use in gentle, circular movements paying special attention to knees, elbows and hands. For super all-over-smoothness, use with the Ultimate Buffing Cloth.
  • Opt for the paraffin dip the next time you get a manicure – it’s good for locking in moisture.
  • Wear 100 percent cotton gloves to bed over a healing cream like Multivitamin Hand and Nail Treatment; this practice speeds up absorption and you’ll wake up with super-soft hands.

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The first time (about 10+ years ago) my dermatologist told me to incorporate sunscreen into my daily skin care regiment, I looked at her like she had two heads. At that time I didn’t understand the importance of sunscreen during non-summer months…and as a beautiful brown woman of color, I definitely did not understand the need to protect my skin against the sun. I mean, hello…I have built-in SPF 15 (I thought). My dermatologist educated me on the benefits of daily sunscreen and sent me home with an MD Forte product that, when applied, made me as white as a ghost. The formula had a severe grey-ish purple tint. Meh! How was I supposed to embrace sunscreen and its anti-aging benefits when it made me look so hideous. Back then SPF formulations were terrible. I wandered aimlessly  from sunscreen to sunscreen trying to find a product that could be worn everyday without making my face look like a pastey purpley greyish mess!

Well that was then and this is now. Sunscreen has come a long way baby. Today, effective SPF products come in many innovative forms (sprays, towelettes, gels, powders, etc) and formulas. I currently faithfully wear sunscreen 365 days a year and have a wrinkle free face as proof. The lovely young woman in my local coffee shop (slash office) thought I was 23…bless her heart!

When it comes to skincare, I’ll step on my soap box in a minute. I LOVE makeup but good skin care is crucial. You all know what my daily regiment is like. However, if you listen to nothing else, listen to this. WEAR SUNSCREEN DAILY. For the record, I pretty much SPF 30 everyday. Sometimes I do the occasional SPF 15.  Clarins SPF 15 Multi Active Day Cream is a wonderful product (*UPDATE* As of 5/31/12 original product mentioned appears to have been discontinued. Found Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Corrective Lotion with  SPF 20) Clinique Even Better is a solid choice) but my preference is SPF 30. (Mario Badescu Oil Free SPF 30 is my current SPF 30 of choice).

Dermalogica Solar Defense SPF 30 Booster is one of my personal favs from way back. My dermatologist turned me to this product a few years ago and I often recommend it to friends and clients. Solar Defense Booster can be mixed with your foundation or moisturizer or applied directly to the face for maximum SPF 30 protection. The formula is free of artificial fragrance and color. Over time Vitamins C and E, Green Tea, and Grape soothe, smooth and help protect against free radical damage. Solar Defense Booster shields against both UVA and UVB rays.

If a physical blocker is more your speed, try….oh wait a minute. Do you know the difference between a physical blocker sunscreen and a chemical absorber sunscreen? Well lets pause for a quick lesson.

Topical sunscreens are broken down into two groups, chemical absorbers and physical blockers. Chemical absorbers work by absorbing ultraviolet (UV) radiation and can be further categorized by the type of radiation they absorb, UVA or UVB, or both UVA and UVB. Physical blockers work by reflecting or scattering the UV radiation. A few common chemical absorbers ingredients include:

  • Oxybenzone
  • Octyl methoxycinnamate
  • Oxybenzone

Chemical absorbing sunscreens are often mixed with a combination of ingredients to provide broad spectrum coverage against both UVB and UVA radiation.

Certain individuals are allergic to chemical absorbers and can only wear physical blocker sunscreen. The two most common physical blockers are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Physical sunscreens contain powdered versions of zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which reflect light, keeping it from penetrating skin. Physical sunscreens are not known to cause allergic reactions. While the aforementioned ingredients are ideal with respect to broad spectrum UV protection, their poor cosmetic appearance leaves much to be desired. When applied to the skin, physical blockers tend to have a whitening effect.

SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 offers broad spectrum protection without the unflattering after effect of a physical blocker. The lightweight mattifying fluid spreads evenly and dries quickly to a transparent finish on light to medium complexions. The revolutionary formula contains 5% Zinc Oxide/ 6% Titanium Dioxide and is ideal for individuals who are allergic to chemical sunscreen or individuals with extremely sensitive skin. This product is truly impressive because the words “sheer” and “physical sunscreen” have never truthfully existed in the same sentence…until now! SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 is my go-to sunscreen for morning runs!

Dr Dennis Gross Powerful Sun Protection SPF 30 Daily Sunscreen Towelettes are perfect for the gal, guy, or mommy on the go. The geniuses in R&D at Dr Dennis Gross deserve a gold star for this little innovation. I keep a few pre-moistened individually packaged towelettes in my purse and whip them out whenever I’m out in the sun for an extended period of time. While the oil-free and Vitamin C enriched formula is perfectly safe for use on the face, I mainly use Daily Sunscreen Towelettes on my arms and legs.  I regularly SPF my face in the mornings but sometimes forget about the rest of my body until I find myself standing in an hour long line at Shake Shack thinking, “oh the damage this sun is doing to my precious body”. During moments like those I rip open a towelette and go to town….wrinkly leathered skin averted!

Another convenient on-the-go sunscreen product is KORRES Sweet Orange Sprayable Sunscreen Emulsion. (*UPDATE* As of 5/31/12 It appears this product has been discontinued and I was unable to find a replacement product from the brand.  For on the go Sunscreen try Philosophy Here Comes The Sun Age-Defense SPF 30 Sunscreen for Body, it offers both UVA and UVB protection.

Packed with Vitamin C and other antioxidants, this oil-free sunscreen is ideal for individuals with photosensitive complexions. KORRES Sweet Orange Sprayable Sunscreen Emulsion provides broad spectrum UVA-UVB-IR sun protection. The sweet orange scent is a pleasant bonus!

Janson Beckett Sun Block Daytime Moisturizer SPF40 is an effective day cream and SPF all-in-one. The greaseless formula contains Shea Butter, Aloe Vera, and Soluble Collagen to plump and moisturize skin. I love that the silky formula absorbs quickly and leaves skin prepped for foundation. The finish feels like nothing yet it provides a high level of UVA/UVB protection.

VMV HYPOALLERGENICS is a brand that is new to me and one that I am very excited to share with ThisThatBeauty readers. The brand offers a broad selection of hypoallergenic products that exclude ingredients that are known irritants. VMV’s hypoallergenic products are all rated on a “VH (Validated Hypoallergenic) – Number” rating system. A product’s VH-Number directly correlates with the number of allergens the product DOES NOT contain, as referenced by the list of allergens compiled by the North American Dermatitis Group and the European Surveillance System on Contact Allergies (ESSCA). Most VMV products have a VH-Number” ratign of 76, which means it contains none of the 76 known cosmetic and non-cosmetic allergens.

VMV’s Armada Face Cover SPF30 offers intensive protection against skin darkening and melasma. This product is quickly becoming my favorite and here’s why! What I find most impressive (and unique) about VMV’s Armada Face Cover SPF30 is that it offers both outdoor and indoor protection…so that means that it protects against UVA, UVB, and PFV. PFV is visible light protection against indoor light sources like halogens, fluorescents, computer screens, and heat from saunas or ovens.

For those of you who are concerned about hyperpigmentation and the sun’s harmful effects, Armada Face Cover can help. The product has protection so opaque that by using it daily, both indoors and outdoors can help to lighten dark spots and other forms of hyperpigmentation. Don’t let the products claim of “opaque protection” scare you. The formula applies sheer and quickly dries to a smooth soft matte finish.

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Are you ready for SPF on a stick? Next up is Clinique SPF35 Targeted Protection Stick.

Clinique’s SPF35 Targeted Protection Stick is the brand’s latest offering from their Suncare With SolarSmart line. This travel-friendly stick option features vitamin and E jojoba to condition the skin and a blend of photostable sunscreens such as avobenzone to protect against UVA rays. Clinique’s SPF35 Targeted Protection Stick also features Clinqiue’s SolarSmart 3:1 technology, where UVB protection is three times proportional to UVA protection.

This month Lancome introduces Génifique Sôleil Face Cream SPF30 and SPF50. The product is said to be the brand’s “first sunshield to protect skin proteins”. The technologically advanced formulation incorporates a broad-spectrum multi-filter system to shield against UVA and UVB ra. The formula is water- and sweat-resistant. The summery floral oriental aroma is a nice touch!

If you have yet to check out the new line of SPF 50 products from Physician’s Formula you are missing out. The newly launched Healthy Wear collection features pressed bronzer, powder foundation, and tinted moisturizer. All deliver maximum SPF 50 broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection while providing sheer and natural-looking color. The anti-aging formula incorporates Licorice Extract and Tomato Derivatives to help brighten skin and diminish the appearance of sun spots. This Frugalista friendly line of sunscreen products is probably most appropriate for women who are fair to tan. Be on the lookout for an upcoming review of Physician’s Formula Bronze Boosting Glow Boosting Pressed Shimmer Bronzer. Christene Carr, a new ThisThatBeauty contributor, is currently road testing the bronzer…more soon! (*UPDATE*  See review here.)

Dior Capture Totale Solaire Global Anti-Aging Multi-Protective Suncare SPF20 is an anti-aging skincare product with UV protection. The satiny cream protects skin by forming a UV shield on the skin’s surface. This luxurious product contains the Dior Cell-Protection Complex, which is formulated with jasmine extracts to stimulate the natural capacity of cells to produce their own anti-oxidant defenses. This is most definitely a splurge product! (*UPDATE* As of 5/31/12 it appears this product has been discontinued. Please click here for Dior SPF products.)

Neutralize free radicals with clinically proven Idebenone. PREVAGE® Day Ultra Protection Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 30 PA++ is a lightweight moisturizer with both high level SPF protection and revolutionary antioxidant Idebenone. My derm first told me about Idebenone years ago…it works to neutralize free radicals and improve improve the appearance of dry, sun damaged skin. This luxurious splurge is ideal for individuals who seek brighter, more radiant skin and an all-in-one product to help achieve maximum results!

Last, but certainly not least — don’t forget to protect your lips! Jane Iredale Lip Drink SPF 15 is a colorless SPF 15 lip product that nourishes the lips! Lip Drink does not contain petroleum-derived products so there’s no chance of the treatment drying out your lips. The formula consists of a base of macadamia nut oil combined with edible zinc oxide, green tea extract, Vitamin E and C. It is flavored with a refreshing mixture of lemon and orange oils. Give your usual lip balm a break and try one with SPF protection!

Honestly, there is really no excuse not to use SPF everyday.

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    I was recently introduced to a great SPF product.  After using it for about a month, I am really excited to write a review.

    Now if you’re scratching your head and wondering “Why is Felicia talking about SPF in November (non Summer month)}???…we REALLY NEED TO TALK!!!
    SPF is a year round MUST. Click here for an article I wrote earlier this year.  I cover the basics of SPF, how much we need, and why we need it. But for a brief recap – strictly focused on vanity – the sun is the #1 cause of premature aging! For further details, please refer back to my earlier article.
    So back to my new fav SPF product. If you’re a regular ThisThatBeauty follower (and I know you are) you know that Aveeno Positively Ageless Moisturizer with SPF 30 has been my holy grail for some time now.  This product has been my sunscreen and moisturizer in one, and has worked beautifully for the last couple of years.  
    But I’ve recently encountered a dilemma. When washing my face and preparing for an evening out, I don’t need a moisturizer with SPF. But my primary moisturizer, Aveeno Positively Ageless, contains SPF. Seeing as there is no need to apply sunscreen in the evening, I began thinking that it would be great to have the SPF when I need it and not have it locked into my moisturizer.
    About a month ago, my Aesthitician (Michelle) introduced me to an amazing SPF product that is pure SPF30 and can be added to foundation, moisturizer, etc. as needed.  When she first told me about the product I was reluctant because I have not had good experiences with SPF products that do not contain a moisturizer. I find that these products leave a grey or purple tint/residue.  And that’s not cute! Well my new find is amazing and I just had to share.
    So behold, my new SPF holy grail product – 

    I love that this product blends beautifully and can be mixed with your favorite moisturizer or foundation.  And another bonus – Solar Defense Booster SPF contains botanical extracts and Vitamins A, C, and E…which all work to prevent premature aging.  YAHTZEE!

    Description: This UVA/UVB protection formula is ideal for daily use against sun damage, such as sunburn, hyperpigmentation, and even skin cancer. Suitable for all skin types and conditions, Solar Defense Booster SPF 30 may be mixed with your moisturizer or foundation for easy-to-apply, fragrance- and color-free coverage. Botanical extracts and vitamins A, C and E prevent premature aging and promote healthy, radiant skin.
    Recommended Use: Mix equal parts of Solar Defense Booster with your foundation or moisturizer, or apply directly to the face for maximum SPF 30 protection.
    Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (3.0%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (5.0%), Oxybenzone (5.0%).
    Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Extracts Of: Melissa Officinalis Leaf, Camellia Oleifera Leaf, Echinacea Purpurea, Centella Asiatica, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel, Vitis Vinifrea (Grape) Seed, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Lecithin, Allantoin, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Laureth-7, Polyacrylamide, Nylon-12, Methylparaben, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 60, Squalane, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Linalool, Limonene, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
    Treats These Conditions: Free Radical Protection
    Suitable For These Skin Types: All
    Sunscreen: SPF 30+
    Skin Care: Sunscreen
    Application Area: Decollete NeckFace

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