The Sunscreen Lotion You Need if You Suffer from Sun Allergy

Posted by Carole

Do you get itchy red rashes on the skin of your arms, chest and legs when you indulge in your first sunbathing sessions of the year? If yes, you might be suffering from sun allergy, a condition that affects one in six of us and if you’re familiar with it, you know how painful and disabling it can be! I won’t even talk about that red patchy look that ruins your décolletage…

I personally suffer from pretty bad sun allergy even if I tan easily and I’m not prone to sunburn, it started when I was about 15 years old and hasn’t stopped bothering me each spring and summer since.

Less than 30 minutes in the sun can suffice to trigger the allergy and turned me into an itchy mess, to a point my dear twinnie likes to call me “enfant lune”, which is the name given in France to the very unfortunate people suffering from xeroderma pigmentosum, a rare genetic condition that makes it dangerous for them to being exposed to sunlight (remember that horror movie with Nicole Kidman and the two kids who live in the dark?!)

I find that antihistamine tablets help to avoid major symptoms however the best protection remains limiting your exposure to the sun and applying a sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 or above, with a broad spectrum of protection against both ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays.

These prevention tips seem quite easy to follow, only if you forget that most sunscreen lotions and sprays make your skin oily and sticky and personally make me skip the two-hours sunscreen renewal rule… or even applying a sunscreen lotion altogether. I know it’s stupid but if I tolerate a sunscreen lotion at the beach, I just can’t stand feeling like a greasy sausage when I’m out and about in the city.

Fortunately, I finally found THE body sunscreen lotion that I can wear every day, no matter what I’m up to, since it’s not oily nor sticky and get absorbed like a normal, good quality and non-sticky body moisturizer! This marvelous product is AVEENO PROTECT + HYDRATE® LOTION SUNSCREEN WITH BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 30 (also available with SPF 50 or more) and I love it because, besides not leaving my skin greasy or sticky;

  • It’s a great moisturizer and leave my skin hydrated and supple.
  • It doesn’t smell like your typical sunscreen lotion, which is a big plus for me as I don’t want to reek of monoï when I’m at work. Instead it smells of sweets and if some might find the fragrance a bit strong, I personally enjoy it a lot.
  • The price is reasonable (less than $10 for 85g)
  • I was already a big fan of their AVEENO® DAILY MOISTURIZING LOTION and used it daily when I was living in the UK where the brand is available, which brings me to my next point….

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The only (and rather big) downside is that AVEENO® is only available in a limited number of markets (US | UK | Canada | Korea | Australia) plus their sunscreen product range is limited to the US, Canada and Korea only… so it’s always a struggle to stock up on their products!

Amazon remains the best option if you don’t live in one of these countries but be careful as stocks sometimes run low and shipment costs can be exaggeratedly high too!

Otherwise make your purchase during your next trip to one of these destinations or ask a good friend for a favour…

Visit the NHS if you want to know more about sun allergy (medically known as Polymorphic light eruption), its symptoms and causes as well as prevention and treatment.

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Trying the (weird) charcoal beauty trend…

Posted by Corine

Keen to understand what all the fuss is about, I have recently ordered from Amazon two very trendy charcoal beauty products… and here is my verdict!

 

black-maskDue to the sad state of my skin at the moment, I thought that I would be the perfect candidate to try the oh-so-trendy Cleaning anti-blackhead peel-off mask by BACC. I ordered the product from Amazon for the expensive price of £16 (!) for a 60g tube and at the time I did not realise that the product would be shipped from China… I guess there is nothing wrong with that but I am more used to my French pharmacy products and I definitely will pay more attention next time I place an order! The product itself is made from charcoal and loads of other substances whose names I cannot spell! The mask should be applied on a clean face and it is also important to properly open up your pores with a hot towel or steam prior to applying the paste on your face.  The texture is very sticky and messy and it does not feel natural at all! It also takes quite a while to completely dry (20-30 minutes). I went for a full face the first time but quickly realised my mistake and removed the paste with a wet cloth around my lips, eyes and from my eyebrows (what was I thinking?!) and I am glad I did so as the stuff is seriously sticky! Does it work? One thing for sure, it does not peel off as easily and neatly as shown on the various videos and photos we have all seen online! It actually takes a bit of effort to take it all off… and it hurts too! Once again I could not see plenty of blackheads stuck to the mask afterwards as shown on many pictures online but my skin felt clean and my pores looked really diminished so that is a big plus for this product. Will I buy again? No, I won’t! This product feels way too chemical for my liking and it is not worth the price. Next time I have £16 to spare, I will keep to what I know by buying the Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Gel (£16.65 for 150ml on allbeauty.com).

live-cocoI also ordered the ‘Live Coco Activated Charcoal Natural Teeth Whitener’ and I could not wait to try this product to see if it actually works! It is quite expensive for what it is (£9.99) but you do get a large pot (80g) which gives you about 300 uses out of it. The product is 100% organic and non-abrasive and it is supposed to whiten your teeth by removing surface stains caused by coffee, tea or red wine without bleaching. I have now been using this product for almost a week and my main observation is that it is a messy affair! Simply opening the pot makes a bit of a mess as the fine powder kind of flies everywhere but it is nothing compared to brushing your teeth with this product… It is a real mess and I always end up with black dribble all over the sink, wall and even the furniture nearby but it is kind of fun if you want to recreate a horror movie scene! Also make sure to use a spare toothbrush as the bristles will never be white again… Does it work? My teeth definitely feel cleaner and slightly whiter but it is not a miracle product as far as I am concerned! Will I buy again? Not sure yet! I personally find this product way too messy and not practical enough to use on a daily basis but I would be happy to use it a few times a week in the shower. I am also a bit concerned about how healthy this product actually is, as even if the powder is really fine, I do find it a bit harsh on my gums so I would not recommend ditching your regular toothpaste for the sole use of activated charcoal!

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Must Try Facial Massage

Posted by Carole

Last month I came across an article about the benefits of face massages and I had a small light bulb moment!

We all agree that body massages, from a gentle rub to deep-tissue massaging, are beneficial for our body as they soothe and stimulate our muscles and joints but what about our face? We rub our skin with moisturizers and oils but never give our face muscles an actual massage and it’s a shame because our face would benefit from it as much as our body!

So for the past month I’ve been experiencing ‘face massage’ every evening as part of my beauty routine and here’s what happened:

  1. The first time:

I went through my usual cleansing routine then applied CAUDALIE VINE[ACTIV] OVERNIGHT DETOX OIL on my face and used three fingers on each hands to move across my face in small circular movements, making sure to apply a firm yet painless pressure to feel my muscles and move them. I began with my checkbones, moved up to my forefront then down my nose and jawline.

I found the all experience extremely relaxing and enjoyable, especially when I massaged parts of my face I usually don’t focus on too much like the part in between my eyes. Even if the massage lasted less than five minutes, I enjoyed taking the time to give myself some love and self-care.

The day after I didn’t notice any specific change.

  1. Two weeks in:

I keep on massaging my face for about five minutes every evening as I find the routine to be very soothing and enjoyable. However, I can’t notice any visible results and sometimes doubt I will see any.

  1. Four weeks in:

After a month of daily facial massages, I can finally notice a difference. It’s not huge nor spectacular but there is something! I’m not even sure what it is but there is a nice plumpness to my skin that is definitely new as well as a brighter skin tone. Maybe it’s not even the massage but the ‘me-time’ I indulge in every day that has this effect on my skin but whatever it is I love it and will definitely keep on face massaging!

I love it so much I’ve asked my Twinnie to try it and give us her feedback on this blog in a month time so stay tune!

I’d also love to hear about your experience so do try and let us know!

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Mid-month empties…

Yesterday I was spring cleaning the bathroom and I ended-up with a small pill of empty beauty products… so I thought that I would do a quick mid-month empties of my favourite three products.

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Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder by Charlotte Tilbury

I went through my last Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder quite fast as I do not want to use anything else since I have discovered this product! My skin is a real mess at the moment and in need of some heavy duty concealling everyday which is made so much easier with this micro-fine powder which sets my make up like a charm without looking powdery and cakey.  It also blurs fine lines and gives a subtle glow to the skin all day long… I absolutely love it! I get mine in the medium shade as I have a yellow skin undertone and the tanned finish is perfect for the summer months but it also comes in fair and dark shades. The downside is the price (£33) but it is money well spent in my opinion as the hairbrush finish is well worth the money! Plus the packaging looks smart and sexy and feels expensive. It is also small and compact and fits perfectly in my purse. I cannot wait for my skin to settle down and stop breaking out as I know a touch of bb cream and this powder will be all I need in the morning!

Elvive Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Conditioner by L’Oreal

elvive condiI am not usually a massive fan of their hair products as I find them too nourishing and heavy for my oily hair but the Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Conditioner was a lovely surprise. I wash and blow-dry my (long) hair everyday so they need some deep conditioning and this product excels at it. My hair are left soft, silky and untangled all day long plus it smells divine and many people have complimented me on my new perfume… well it’s just my conditioner! I buy the large 400ml bottle for £4.49 at Boots. I have not tried the equivalent shampoo yet as I prefer to use clarifying shampoos due to the oily nature of my hair but as it is probably as good as the conditioner I may grab a bottle and give it a go!

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Cicaplast Baume B5 by Laroche-Posay

This cream is a real savior if you are a bit of an itchy mess like me… not sure who or what to blame for my itchy skin but it sometimes gets distressing and I am so grateful to have this cream in my bathroom. The multi-purpose formula soothes and repairs the skin and also contains antibacterial agents which are a massive help when it comes to relieving and making skin irritations go away. You can find it online or at Boots (£6.50 for 100ml). The Cicaplast range also has a Baume B5 with a spf 50 which is perfect for a sunny holiday.

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