Review – Biorรฉ UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen

As the heatwaves continue to melt most of Australia, let’s take a look at a facial sunscreen I’ve been using regularly.

Welcome to my first blog post of 2019! I hope you’ve enjoyed my Instagram Summer Filler content during the holidays. I have to say, I think I do a lot better creating those spontaneous posts than I do scheduled ones!

What better way to begin than with this. I’ve become obsessed with skincare in the recent year and now more so finding facial sunscreen’s that provide excellent protection that are aesthetically pleasing.

Two sunscreen’s I’ve been loving over Summer were actually ones I won in a giveaway last year. I used and reviewed the sample La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Dry Touch SPF50+ Sunscreen For Oily Skinย in my ‘Mini Instagram Review’ on IG stories.

I’m so grateful to have received them because I love them both equally. Let’s discuss the full size sunscreen next.

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Ingredients

Water, Ethanol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Methacrylic Acid Lauryl/Methacrylic Acid Crosspolymer, Alkyl Benzoate (C12-15), Bis Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Hexyl Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Dimethyl Silylate Silica, Dpg, Xylitol, Dextrin Palmitate, Acrylates/Alkyl (C10-30) Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polysilicone-9, Glyceryl Stearate, Amp, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Agar, Isoceteth-20, Alkyl (C30-45) Methicone, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Olefin (C30-45), Sodium Hydroxide, Bg, Pg, Sodium Hyaluronate, Royal Jelly Extract, Orange Fruit Extract, Grapefruit Extract, Lemon Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Edta-2, Bht

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Scent

This has a strong, alcohol scent. But it’s something that goes away once absorbed. Don’t be alarmed. Alcohol actually helps sunscreen filters perform well.

Why is it great?

  • Lightweight – Feels like nothing on the skin
  • No white cast – Casper be gone
  • Easy to apply – This is literally like smoothing water over your skin
  • Doesn’t make me look oily or greasy with hours wear – This is huge
  • Sweat resistant – Perfect to wear to the beach
  • Contains Hyaluronic acid – Great moisturising/hydrating formulation
  • Works well under makeup – Didn’t get any pilling

There’s a reason why this is a bestseller in Japan!

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Tidbits

  • Shake your bottle well, it’s important as the chemical filters need a chance to ‘come alive’ after settling in the bottle. Of course this also means even distribution of UV filters
  • Apply about a teaspoon to your face and neck, don’t forget your ears
  • It feels much like a gel moisturiser on your face, comfortable and cool
  • It dries down to a dewy finish, you’ll enjoy the moisturising feel of it
  • The secret to wrinkle free, youthful skin is never going to be in that expensive serum. Spending your money on a sunscreen that works as well as this one is my suggestion

So how do I get one?

The best way of getting your hands on this product is online, unless of course you have the pleasure to travel to a country that stocks it. Online is your best bet for the most part.

I will repurchase from this site in future.

Watch out! Browsing this site is dangerous, says the girl with multiple items sitting in the wish list section. Come on restock *crosses fingers*

Happy New Year!

I truly hope that 2019 brings you all that you dream of.

Remember to love your health.

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What makes for a really good sunscreen?

Altruism defined,ย “when we act to promote someone else’s welfare, even sometimes at a risk or cost to ourselves”.

What a great name for a sunscreen. Read on to find out why it makes sense.

I’m very happy to share with you this sunscreen by Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreenย created by Dr Andrew Birnie, Consultant Dermatologist and skin cancer surgeon in the UK. Recommended to me by Dr Dray, or Andrea an American Dermatologist I follow religiously on the Tube. I purchased this on Amazon AU for AUD$40.57 ($20.28 each) price approximate for 2×100 mL tubes of SPF 50 Sunscreen.

This UVA/UVB chemical sunscreen is;

๐ŸŒžHypo-allergenic – great for Rosacea and dry/sensitive skin
๐ŸŒžFragrance-free – great for everyone
๐ŸŒžParaben- free – if this is important to you

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Also importantly water resistant!

I recently asked my husband if he’d like to apply some sunscreen the other day whilst we worked on some home renovations in the sun. And like a majority of people he replied and shook his head and said it’s oily and uncomfortable to wear.

So for anyone who thinks sunscreen isn’t important this product;

๐ŸŒžAbsorbs quickly
๐ŸŒžIs not sticky
๐ŸŒžHas no residue
This goes on fairly white but dries down very well making its formulation perfect for ALL skin types. It gives a definite glow but I like that dewy look. Looks healthy to me anyway.

Another worthy reason of praise is Altruist donates money from sales to charities supporting children with Albinism particularly in African countries where people with Albinism are faced with health and sociocultural risks that endanger their lives.

It’s available for purchase on Amazon USA and Amazon UK.

Please consider sunscreen as one of the tools to protect your skin against skin cancer as well as promoting long lasting beauty!

Remember to #loveyourhealth

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One Sure Fire Way to Combat Aging

As we get older the focus leans towards our age and the natural aging process we go through. We start to sag and droop in some areas of our bodies but the most age-showing place is our face, neck and hands.

Although I believe we should embrace a less critical standpoint on ourselves, I know to most our society sees wrinkles, sun spots etc as unsightly, so we try to prevent or rid ourselves of the problems. The truth to the matter is that it’s also so very important to protect our skins health, not just the cosmetic value. Prevention is key.

In my previous postย I mentioned that I’m beginning to become obsessed with skincare and making my skin healthy and happy. Not because I feel ugly or old but because I want to make sure when I age, I do so gracefully and with healthy, problem free skin.

A goal I have set for the month of July, which is already half-way through can you believe, is to apply sunscreen every single day. This also includes re-applying every 2 hours.

This has been a huge step for me. Not so much the going without makeup part, but the remembering to re-apply it every few hours! It’s like my skin is a newborn needing it’s nourishment every 2 hours. Except it doesn’t cry out at me when it needs sunscreen again haha ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunscreen Shield of Approval

Sunscreen will protect from UVA and UVB ultra violet rays. While UVB protection is crucial in preventing burns to the skin and prevention of skin cancer, UVA light rays are responsible for the aging of the skin as they penetrate deep down into the skin’s layers which causes photo-aging.

What Should I Look For?

  • Nothing less than a Sun Protection Factor of 50+ a Broad Spectrum lotion/cream that fights both UVA & UVB ultra violet rays
  • Fragrance-free, always great for sensitive skin
  • Lighter and less greasy formulas will encourage re-application
  • Sweat and water resistance

My Makeup and Cosmetics Contain some SPF is that Enough?

Short answer no, it simply isn’t. You’ll need to double up with applying mineral, chemical or combination sunscreens underneath your cosmetics for adequate protection.

I Wear Makeup, How Do I Re-apply?

In all honesty, I haven’t done much experimenting with this. From what I have read, a good technique is to pat it onto your face so that it creates a layer on top.

Yes, I have a feeling depending on the formulation on some of your foundations this may prove a bit strange looking. But your skin’s health is better than vanity right?

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One thing I have noticed is that my skin not only looks more even and balanced but it looks so dewy and healthy! It could be that the sunscreen I am using has Vitamin B3 in it which helps moisturise the skin but it looks great with a bit of sheen to it as my cheeks catch the light.

I should mention at this point a good SPF 50+ lip balm is also something you might want to purchase next time you’re at your local pharmacy/drugstore if you haven’t got one already.

When you 75 years old one day, I promise you will thank yourself for taking the preventative steps to combat and defend your skin’s health.

Are you applying sunscreen everyday? Let me know below ๐Ÿ™‚

Love your health.

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Why it Pays to use Sunscreen

Do you only apply sunscreen when you’re at the beach? Do you routinely forget to apply sunscreen before leaving the house? Maybe you think it’ll turn you as greasy as a deep fried piece of KFC chicken? I’m here to convince you otherwise.

Jokes aside, sunscreen should always be incorporated into your skincare routine even if you plan on having a chill day at home.

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Okay, okay, why is it so important?

Stops UVA Rays

UVA are the light rays from the sun that our skin is more likely to come into contact with on a daily basis. UVA rays penetrate the skin at the dermis level of the skin, second layer and cause aging of the skin overtime and may be responsible for the cause of skin cancers. They also give our skin a tanned look but also ages us with things like developing wrinkles.

Stops UVB Rays

UVB are the light rays from the sun that our skin is less likely to come into contact with but more stronger than UVA rays. UVB is the cause of skin cancers and when our skin goes red and burns, this is because they have penetrated the epidermis, upper layer of our skin.

How do I protect myself?

  • Chemical or Physical Sunscreen daily application of SPF of no less than 15+ will protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB ultra violet radiation. More on that here.
  • Seek shade as much as possible when outside
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses and adequate clothing that will cover your skin
  • Don’t use tanning booths

Having tanned skin is beautiful but please do not do so at the risk of your health. Anyone got any good recommendations for self tanners? Lol.

Love your health.

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Why I Love Skincare (And You Should, Too!)

Looking after your skin is by far one of the most important things you will learn to do.

It will help with an array of skin problems, most of which are avoidable if you know what to do and what to look out for.

If you’re a beauty junkie like me then hopefully looking after your skin can show you how much more amazing that Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Foundation glides on ๐Ÿ™‚

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SO here’s why I love skincare.

1. Reduces the Likely Hood of Skin Cancers

Use

  • Sunscreen. Check out my post here for more info.

Act

Slip, slop, slap, seek, slide. Wear clothes that will protect your skin from the sun, wear a hat, sunglasses and seek shade. Schedule annual skin check ups with your doctor so a pair of trained eyes can access your skin under a microscope. If you find any unusual lesions on your skin, seek medical attention ASAP.

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2. Prevent Aging and Wrinkles

Use

  • Sunscreen
  • Moisturiser

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Pro Tip: Protect the moisture skin barrier at all costs! Keep your skin well hydrated by moisturising day and night.

3. Stop Acne and Potential Future Breakouts

Use

  • Gentle cleansers
  • AHA and BHA products
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Moisturisers
  • Retinoids
  • Safe essential oils (diluted with water)
  • Emollients

Act

Create some time out just for you where you can spend 10 min or so focusing on your skincare routine. Always patch test new products and introduce them one at a time to ensure you catch the culprit if you do have a breakout.

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4. Fight Post Inflammatory Hyper Pigmentation/Acne Scars

Use

  • Sunscreen
  • Moisturiser
  • Retinoids
  • Vitamin E

Act

Seek medical advice from a professional if you’re unhappy with your skin’s current condition. Medicine may be an option for you.

What’s your favourite way to look after your skin? Leave me a comment below I’d love to hear from you ๐Ÿ™‚

Love your health.

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Disclaimer: I am not a Doctor, Dermatologist, Beauty Therapist, or Aesthetician, I just love skincare and health and love sharing what I learn with you. Always speak to your healthcare professional when unsure. None of the information provided is substitute for an actual consultation with your healthcare professional.

 

10 Quick Tips About Skincare

  1. Establishing a basic skincare routine will transform your skin. Check out my current basic skincare routine.
  2. Using a washcloth/flannel or microfiber facial towel will help gently exfoliate the skin’s surface.
  3. Keeping your skin’s moisture barrier happy will mean happy skin. The epidermis or outer layer of your skin should be moisturised morning and night after cleansing to help battle oilyness or dryness.
  4. Always patch test new products and cosmetics before applying all over your face. Save yourself the stress of a major breakout, redness or rashes that may appear on your face if your skin just doesn’t agree with some of the ingredients.
  5. Protect from the sun with sunscreen daily.ย Preferably use a physical sunscreen containing zinc with SPF 50+ daily to ensure you protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays which can cause skin cancer, hyperpigmentation and wrinkly skin. Remember to reapply throughout the day too!
  6. Wash your face and take showers in lukewarm water. Yes those winters can be brutally cold and the thought of not entering a steaming hot shower can be as bad as dropping your favourite food on the floor. Water in general should be kept tepid to ensure comfort for your skin.
  7. Visit your doctor for more information and treatment with skin problems. Sometimes we exhaust ourselves of all options scouring forums and blogs alike. Leave some stuff to the professionals to ensure your skin’s health and adequate treatment of difficult symptoms.
  8. Know your skin type. This can help establish good routines that will counteract any annoying symptoms that pop up.
  9. Eat healthier. In another post I mentioned drink plenty of water doesn’t always mean clearer skin however a healthy diet incorporating a whole food diet removing as many processed foods as possible can generate some great results for your skin.
  10. Sometimes it will get worse before it gets better. A stage of purging can happen when you have chosen to use products to help your skin. Yes it’s scary but if you notice improvement within a few weeks then stick to it! Note: if after weeks you are finding no improvement then stop using the products and follow a basic routine. How to tell if you’re purging or breaking out? Find out now.

I hope you enjoyed these skincare tips, please share with me one of yours below. Thank you for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

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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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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

As always, love your health!

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