Wait What? There are Two Types of Sunscreens?

You just pick one off the shelf and it’ll do the job right? With Summer fast approaching the northern hemisphere and Winter upon us in the southern, you still need to slip, slop, slap, seek, slide.

Let me learn you a thing or two about the basic chemistry build up of sunscreens and their types. I really don’t know why my teachers decided I couldn’t do Chemistry in High School when I really wanted too lol.

Let’s get straight to the point

Yes, they’ll both protect you from UVA and UVB rays from the sun. But it’s the way they work that makes them different. Ultimately a physical sunscreen will protect your skin more than a chemical sunscreen.

*bell rings* Chemistry Period Is Now In Session!

Chemical Sunscreens

Common ingredients include but not limited to:

  • Butly methoxydiebzoylmethane
  • Homosalate
  • Octly Salicylate
  • Octocrylene
  • Oxybenzone

Once applied, they work to absorb the UVA and UVB rays into the skin. Then it does this really awesome thing where it converts it to heat and releases it from the skin. Kind of like how trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen in return.

This can be problematic if you suffer from a skin condition like Rosacea that is easily aggravated by heat. So you may do better with the following sunscreen. Read on.

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Dare to Bare, naked skin

Physical Sunscreen

Common ingredients (usually always one) include but not limited to:

  • Zinc Oxide

Once applied, works as a physical shield to mask your face therefore stopping the penetration of the suns harmful rays and reflecting them off your skin.

Unfortunately zinc leaves a white cast in it’s true form and it’s difficult to not look like Casper. Even I with fairer skin look a bit strange. This may not be the best sunscreen to apply to deeper skin tones as it has a lot of white cast residue.

When To Use It In Your Routine?

Apply after moisturiser has fully dried. Do not mix with any other product as it will lose its potency.

Why Sunscreen Everyday?

Protect your skin from UVA rays which cause aging and UVB rays which cause burns thata can lead to skin cancers. Also, if you’re a fellow sufferer of PIH (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation) you’ll want to slather on the sunscreen to stop the sun from damaging the skin further prolonging their appearance on your skin.

Even if you plan to spend the day indoors or go out on an overcast day, the UVA and UVB rays are still able to damage your skin. Just get into the habit of putting it on as you would a part of your regular skin care or makeup routine.

Re-apply!

Remember to re-apply sunscreen throughout the day as sunscreens begin to lose their effectiveness after a few hours. If you’re wearing makeup, you can still pat the sunscreen into the skin to avoid it pilling up.

I hope you enjoyed the post on sunscreen! Do you use sunscreen everyday? Comment below πŸ™‚

As always, love your health!

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Updated Skin Care Routine

Keep It Simple Simon. The KISS Principle is an acronym well know across the globe. I believe the first time I heard it my high school teacher used, ‘Keep It Simple Stupid’ instead. We’re not here to offend though so Simon, please keep reading if you want to learn the basics of skin care.

Today, an updated skin care routine and a look into the products I am currently using. These are all tried and tested and include the best possible ingredients and leaves out the ones you don’t want, for the most part. Warning this is going to feature pretty much all Neutrogena products because, if you’re not already aware, they’re my favourite skin care company. So enjoy 😊

Here’s my video if you’d like to check it out!

Morning Routine (AM)

Wash your hands, we don’t need any toilet germs on your hands πŸ˜‚

1. Wash face with a gentle cleanser.Β Massage cleanser with fingers over the entire face avoiding eyes. Rinse the cleanser off well to remove any residue and wash over eyes at this point.

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My Product of Choice; Neutrogena Extra Gentle CleanserΒ AUD $8.99.

Pro Tip – combine cleanser with luke warm water. You don’t want to freak your face out with too cold or too hot, just something that’s comfortable. Luke warm is always recommended during any stage of the face cleansing process.

2. Apply an active cleanser of your choice to your face.Β BHA OR AHA are chemical exfoliants found in some cleansers and help with acne and skin problems. With circular motions, use your fingers to apply only to the areas that require treatment. You can allow it to sit on the skin for a few minutes if you wish. Then rinse off completely.

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My Product of Choice;Β Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne WashΒ AUD $9.69 twice a day as it has an active ingredient of Salicylic acid 2%. Use this once or twice depending on what you think your skin can handle.
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Alternatively, this AHA is much more gentle to the skin if you don’t require a whole heap of help sloughing off those dead skin cells.

3. Pat dry or if you feel comfortable, go in straight with a wet face to moisturise face and neck.Β Let this air dry then continue.

 

My Product of choice; currently alternating between the two above, Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture AUD $12.49 (a classic I have been using for years) and the newbie from their Hydro Boost Range, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel AUD $14.99

4. Sunscreen.

 

 

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My Product of Choice; If I’m wearing makeup then I go in with a chemical sunscreen Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Fluid AUD $13.99 as it sits well underneath makeup. However if it’s a makeup free day (which more often than not),Β this Physical sunscreen by Neutrogena,Β Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch AUD $17.49Β Note: I haven’t tried to use this under makeup as yet but I will experiment soon enough.

If you’re wondering what on Earth a chemical and physical sunscreen is, stay tuned as I will talk more about sunscreens in a different blog/video. Be sure to follow my blog and subscribe to my YouTube channel for notifications on updates.

Evening Routine (PM)

Finished chopping up onion and garlic for dinner earlier? Make sure to cleanse off irritants and germs before touching your face and wash your hands.

  1. Remove bulk of sunscreen and/or makeup (if worn) with Garnier Micellar Cleansing WaterΒ AUD $9.99 + DMP Health Deluxe Fiber Microfiber Facial Cloth.
  1. Wash face with a gentle cleanser with fingers or facial cloth, then rinse off completely.
  2. AHA or BHA cleanser,Β allow to sit on the skin then rinse off completely.
  3. Moisturise.
  4. Apply thin layer of emollient to dry areas or places my skin need extra hydration to heal damaged skin.
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My Product Choice; Vaseline Petroleum Jelly AUD $3.99

That’s it! I’d also recommend you now apply your favourite lip balm and hand/body moisturiser too and settle in for the evening. Your skin will thank you for taking the extra time to look after it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed an update on my skin care routine for the morning and evening.

As always remember to love your health!

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DMP Definitions – Comedogenic

You’ve probably heard or read ‘Non-Comedogenic’Β on skincare packaging before. Today I talk about Comedogenic, it’s meaning, why you should avoid ingredients that are and a shout out to my favourite brand!

Definition:

‘Comedo’ meaning blockage and Comedogenic meaning that the ingredient has the potential to block your pores which causes blackheads, whiteheads or a full blown breakout of bacterial acne. If you have a very oily, sensitive or acne prone skin type, at all costs avoid these ingredients. They can be found in cleansers, moisturizers, makeup/cosmetics, masks, sunscreen, shaving foam, body washes and even certain types of oils and are know irritants. Sometimes it’s as simple as getting familiar with certain ingredients. Although if you’re not a trained professional this can be a little difficult of course but achievable the more you read and learn πŸ™‚

Catch these guys out next time you’re reading the back of your skin product/cosmetics you plan to slather all over your face.

Types of Comedogenic Ingredients Include:

  • Essential oils, coconut oil, any oils from from plants
  • Dyes and colors
  • Fragrance
  • Menthol
  • Parabens

When you use a product with Comedogenic ingredients you immediately run the risk of blocking your pores as it does the opposite of what you wish to achieve. It could very well be a certain product you’re using in your current daily routine that you’re completely unaware of. So time to get savvy on those words!

Why You Should Avoid Comedogenic Ingredients:

We look for cleansers, sunscreens and moisturizers to help our skin out in one way or another. Whether it be to unclog, clean, exfoliate, protect or give coverage if we use these skin care products on a daily basis you can imagine the risk you run creating a breeding ground of bacteria and mountainous red, black and white bumps *ick* and an endless cycle that never seems to clear.

My Favourite Brand for Comedogenic Free Products:

Neutrogena is far becoming my ultimate favourite brand of skin care line to which I personally own moisturizers, sunscreen, cleansers and face masks and more as I know that some, (can’t assume all) have friendly reminders somewhere on the packaging that they’re non-comedogenic meaning you’re safe from any harsh ingredients you could possibly break out to. Now that’s piece of mind for someone like me who can get a little confused with ingredients listed on the back.

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Do you know any brands that you see list their products as, “Non-Comedogenic“? I’d love to know your recommendations as well so let me know below.

Remember to love your health πŸ™‚

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