The past few days have been insanely, impossibly, stinkin’ (on the bus…literally :S) hot. I mean H.O.T.!! Tempuratures have soared into the low 30s with a humidex of near 40 degrees since Wednesday, and barely go lower than the mid 20s in the evening. I don’t like to complain, because before that we had days upon days of rain, but….DUDE. It’s frickin’ crazy up in here.
Since the sun has been beaming its beautiful yet harmful rays down hard over these last days, sunscreen and skin repair has been heavy on my mind. Thankfully, even though half of our summer has been spent enduring overcast, rainy skies, I’ve been prepared for the eventual more seasonally-appropriate weather since May, with an arsenal of serious-business sunscreens as well as antioxidant-laden treatments to stave off any damage occurred from those times I do venture out into the heat. I’m having enormous success with these products so I just have to tell you about them!
Clockwise from left: Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm with Aloe, La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion Face SPF60, Vichy Capital Soleil Sheer Lotion SPF45 Bare Skin Feel Face and Body, MD Formulations Moisture Defense Antioxidant Hydrating Gel
I have pretty high requirements when it comes to sunscreens. It needs to be non-greasy (especially for face), fragrance-free, and gentle enough for my sensitive, eczema-prone skin – which often means physical sunscreens, except they generally leave a whitish cast that is super-noticeable on my darker skin, especially once I’m tanned. These demands don’t seem that serious, but it is a TRIAL to find physical sunscreens that leave a trace behind. I finally caved this year and picked up two products that do contain chemical sunscreens to avoid this problem, but both are extremely forgiving to my finnicky skin. Additionally, they are both exceptionally light-feeling and are fragrance free. The products in question are La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion Face SPF60 ($27CAD), and Vichy’s Capital Soleil Sheer Lotion SPF45 Bare Skin Feel Face and Body ($30CAD).
Let me just say now how madly in love with these products I am!! Neither cause any irritation to my skin whatsoever – yahoo!!!!! – and disappear without a trace once rubbed in. They both have a thin consistency, especially the La Roche-Posay, which is very liquidy and rubs in so easily on my face. The Vichy product, a new formulation this year, is thicker but still very silky to the touch, and is invisible once rubbed in with zero stickiness or heavy feel. Both are absolute superstars in my books and I’m really pleased to have discovered them. I purchased both from Shoppers Drug Mart and managed to score them both on sale too, for around $21CAD. They aren’t cheap but for me they’re well worth the cost.
Ingredient lists for your reference:
Next, we have damage control. I mentioned to you a couple weeks ago that I picked up MD Formulations Moisture Defense Antioxidant Hydrating Gel ($47CAD) and was quite liking it. The sentiment still stands – this product is awesome! The texture is VERY thin, and quite watery, so move quickly. However, one pump will do your whole face and neck, and it sinks in instantly, feeling like I put nothing on. I love that I can use this every single morning without worrying it might cause excess shine due to the humid, hot weather.
Of course, as it’s preventative with no real treatment, I can’t see the effects of it’s hard work, but it is absolutely one the loveliest products I’ve had the pleasure to use on my oily skin. It is designed to moisturize the skin as well, but I can’t comment on that because my skin isn’t currently dry in the least – so for someone who required extra moisture, this might not be for you. But for you other oily or normal-combination skins out there, I highly recommend this product if you’re looking to prevent the aging effects of the sun. I plan on picking up the Antioxidant Spray next!
Finally, I make sure that my body is well looked-after. To resist aging everywhere else, any time I spend a longer than normal time in the sun, I use Clinique’s After Sun Rescue Balm. This product feels glorious on sun-parched, over-heated skin, and is terrifically soothing if you’ve accidentally gotten a bit of a burn. The high aloe content and other moisturizing properties help soothe and minimize peeling, and the ingredients boast antioxidants to combat any crazy free-radicals trying to prematurely age you.
The texture is sort of reminiscent of a gel-cream, and it leaves a bit of a glow behind which absorbs fairly quickly (see photo below) and does not feel sticky at all. Even on my sensitive skin, this product is exceptional, and I’d use it as an everyday body lotion all summer long if I had the cash (it costs $24CAD, which isn’t horrendous, but its not cheap either).
Ingredients for reference:
Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, PEG-8, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract, Stearic Acid, Tribehenin, Micrococcus Lysate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Cholesterol, Isostearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Sucrose, Polysorbate 60, Tromethamine, Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Linoleic Acid, Squalane, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Beta-Sitosteryl Sulfate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hexylene Glycol, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Blue 1, Yellow 5, Green 5
I’m really feeling full-on prepared for summer, and I have to say it feels pretty darn good! I don’t burn easily or often, but I like to think that’s because I take precautions to avoid that happening. I think that high-powered sunscreens, in conjunction with repairing products, will keep me looking good throughout the summer and beyond (I hope!).
Are you prepared for summer? What are your go-to products?