I really like body scrubs by Tree Hut – they are amazing, they are affordable and have a plethora of fragrances to choose from. This month, I diversified and bought a body scrub from the brand Neutrogena and although I loved the body wash from the same range, I did not enjoy the scrub so much. Read on for more details on Neutrogena Body Clear Body Scrub Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment.
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Colour Pop Mini Me Blush Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a bright pop of peony pink with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. Applied, it had a lightly dewy finish, which gave my skin a healthy glow without adding shimmer. It had opaque pigmentation when applied directly from the tube, and it was sheerer and more buildable when applied with fingertips or a brush, just as described. The texture was lightly creamy with moderate slip, so the blush spread and diffused easily on bare skin but also worked just as well on top of foundation. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before starting to fade/move slightly.
The formula is supposed to “blend effortlessly” with a “natural, skin-like finish” that can be layered or applied on bare skin. The brand recommends applyling directly from the tube for heavier coverage and using a brush to pick up product for less coverage, though the coverage “easily builds colour to your heart’s desire.” They dry down to a semi-set finish–lightly dewy, definitely “natural, skin-like” in appearance, but not overly tacky or really wet-looking. I haven’t found that they migrate or move around much, so the formula is still longer-wearing at seven to nine hours with minimal movement. They have applied well and worn well over foundation thus far, too. They are not transfer-proof but are transfer-resistant; they won’t smear around with an inadvertent touch but aren’t fully locked down.
The pigmentation varied a bit from shade to shade, but most shades were semi-opaque to fully opaque when applied directly from the tube in one “swipe” motion, though I think mimicking this on cheeks isn’t quite as easily done as compared to my arm. I preferred picking up product on my fingertip, patting on the apple of my cheek and diffusing upward and outward, then using a clean fingertip to diffuse and soften the edges as needed. I appreciated that even the deeper hues didn’t seem to “sink” into my pores and were as easy to apply and blend out as very light, more my-skin-but-better (literally, my skin!) hues. I would describe the formula was buildable from semi-sheer to medium with semi-opaque coverage possible, but there’s enough slip in the formula that it starts to sheer out noticeably even when applied more heavily.
The consistency was lightly emollient, lightweight, and thin with good spreadability and movement; it didn’t lift up base products but still worked well over bare skin. I didn’t experience it lifting up or creating patchiness over time on top of foundation, even when I set the foundation initially, but I would recommend (same as I would for most cream-based cheek formulas!) to pair with a less-matte foundation for optimal results (the dewy finish plays well with a more skin-like base).
Oh, the caps have the names of the products, but the rest of the tube doesn’t, so if you have more than one open, take care in getting the right lid back on!
Prevent sun damage this summer with a dermatologist’s explanation of why the summer sun is so dangerous for your skin.
As a dermatologist, I want to explain summer sun damage in order to help you prevent accumulating it this summer. It is important to know that in the summer the sun is very close to you if you are in the Northern Hemisphere. Understand why this matters so that you are ready before you go out into summer’s beautiful warmth. Know that the closer the sun is to you, the more sun damage your skin is exposed to because of the UVB ray intensity. I’ll explain how and why this is important.
Do you know that the summer solstice marks the date every year when the sun is closest to your skin in the Northern Hemisphere?
The summer solstice is always June 21st and it represents the longest day of the year in terms of daylight hours. The days before and after solstice carry the highest risk of UVB skin sun damage. Weather actually warms more after the solstice than before due to a lag in the earth and oceans giving off their warmth. It means that now through August you will be outside playing in the warmth and bathing in intense UVB. You need your sun protection strategy ready right now!
Why is the UVB intensity worse around the summer solstice?
UVB is normally absorbed by the earth’s ozone layer. As a dermatologist I’ve explained to my patients many times that in the summer there is more sun damage from UVB because of the sun ray’s shorter path through the ozone. When the sun is right overhead, the rays penetrate the ozone perpendicularly instead of tangentially. That makes the path through the ozone direct and short. Thus, fewer UVB rays are absorbed by the longer ozone path than they are in winter. That’s why the sun feels stronger and stings more in summer – more UVB hits your skin and less is absorbed in the ozone.
I had this diagram created because, as a dermatologist, I wanted to better explain why summer sun damage is so dangerous so that I could help you prevent it. UVB, the ozone and summer are really important to understand. In the above diagram, you can see conceptually how fewer UVB rays are absorbed with a shorter summer perpendicular transit through our earth’s ozone ring compared with winter’s tangential transit. UVA is unaffected by the length of transit through the ozone because it is not absorbed by it. UVC is entirely blocked by the ozone and does not reach your skin when your are standing on earth. (Fun fact: There is UVC (which is really bad for your skin) in the higher stratosphere of the earth, such as when you are flying in an airplane though.)
Why is UVA equally intense in summer and winter?
UVA is not absorbed as it passes through the ozone, which is why UVA is out with almost equal intensity in winter as it is in summer. UVA feels gentler and stings less, making you think it is safer. It’s still not safe though. UVA rays transfer their energy to the deeper layers of your skin to cause wrinkling and skin thinning. You have mole cells (melanocytes) there too and UVA exposure can increase the risk of those cells turning into a melanoma.
Why is UVB bad for your skin?
It’s the sunburn ray. It transfers most of its energy to the surface of your skin (called the epidermis) to cause sun spots, skin cancer, skin thinning, uneven skin pigment, ‘leathering and weathering’ and overall skin sun damage.
Both UVB and UVA lead to premature skin aging. 90% of skin aging is sun damage, not the passing of years.
Get your sun protection strategy set now, then go outside in the post summer solstice weather and have fun!
Dermatologist’s Sun Protection Advice for Summer Sun
Wear sun protective clothing. This will reduce the amount of exposed skin needing sunscreen.
Protect your exposed skin with my A.S.K. steps:
Apply mineral zinc sunscreen, and reapply as recommended during the long hours of sunshine. This has been proven trustworthy by my patients and customers – and me! Add mineral makeup if you wear it for a second shield of protection.
Shade your skin. Create shade with a hat, sunglasses, and a proven sun umbrella. Seek shade too. Bonus – you’ll feel cooler and fresher than if you stayed in the direct sun!
Know your exposure risk. You can use the Detecto Ring to learn just how tricksy the UV rays are at bouncing into your shade. Trust me, this Detecto Ring is fun – kids really love it as they learn about sun exposure and where the sun rays hide.
I put it all together for you with my sun protection kits. Get the sun protection I use for my own fair skin.
Having read my dermatologist’s explanation of summer sun damage and how to prevent it, was it helpful? I hope so. I have one more helpful tool to guide you into good summer skin care this year.
It’s my Sun Protection Infographic. I made it for you and I invite you to share it with your friends and family on Facebook or Pinterest. Help everyone remember the best way to sun protect their skin while enjoying the warm summer weather.
If you’re starting to include sustainable practises in your day to day life, you might be looking to extend that to your holidays too. We have rounded up five ways to become more sustainable when you’re planning a summer trip which we hope you’ll find useful!
Choose your holiday wisely
In the age of information at our fingertips, it’s easier than ever to choose your holiday based on its eco-credentials. You can pick destinations and hotels based on sustainability practises whether its recycling, protecting local natural resources, cutting down on waste or zero tolerance on single-use plastic. It’s worth doing some research into destinations that meet the criteria you set, as sustainability doesn’t need to stop at home!
Say no to wipes
Whether at home or away, we always recommend to use our bamboo muslins; reusable cloths that remove all traces of our award-winning Miracle Cleanser. You too can reduce waste by incorporating these muslin cloths into your routine rather than disposable face wipes. This method of cleansing is better for the skin anyway and results in beautifully clean, non-sticky skin that glows from step one.
There are now, more than ever, many swimming pools choosing other models of maintenance, leaving aside chlorine and other chemical products that can be harmful to the environment and our health. Look no further than Thyme’s springwater, naturally filtered, chlorine-free pool – part of their Meadow Spa where you can also discover Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Facials and Rituals.
Go ECO with your deodorant
We’re sure by now you will have heard of our cult, bestselling Botanical Cream Deodorant, but you may not have seen that this wellbeing revelation now comes in a new larger size glass jar, perfect if you’re looking to go fully recyclable. This summer keep your underarms fresh and deodorise with this effective, eco-friendly alternative to common antiperspirants.
Road trip with a difference
Why not opt for a totally different type of holiday this year, ditching the car and choosing a cycling holiday instead. You’ll be reducing pollution from the car while taking care of your health and wellbeing too. Let’s face it, there’s nothing quite like that well-earned glass of something cold and delicious at the end of a long day of exercise!
Does sunscreen lower your vitamin D level? This is a real-life study of beach-going Poles, not a laboratory study using simulated light and skin samples! It proves that sunscreen use does not cause lower vitamin D production. This is good news just in time for your beach vacation. Anyone telling your to forgo sunscreen to protect your vitamin D levels is clearly wrong – and there’s now proof!!
Yes, you can confidently do what’s best for you skin. Use sunscreen knowing that the benefits it provides in reducing sun damage and skin cancer will not put you at risk of low vitamin D. Those concerns were raised by laboratory studies using simulated light sources. This real life study is much more relevant.
Here are the fun details: Researchers invited 62 fair-skinned study participants from Poland to enjoy a sunny beach vacation in Tenerife Spain, located on the sunny, Canary Islands. In exchange for their vacation, volunteers agreed to use sunscreen and have blood samples taken to measure vitamin D levels (where do we sign up for this?!). Researchers compared vitamin D levels to those of another 17 study participants who were left back home in Poland (very sad to draw that straw!).
In this study, participants were divided into 3 groups:
1. Those who used an SPF 15 product. Remember that SPF is primarily a measure of UVB protection, and UVB is the UV ray responsible for vitamin D synthesis in your skin. They applied the sunscreen in the correct amount. They also reapplied it correctly during the day (this means each bathing suit wearing Pole used 1 ounce per application and reapplied it again every 2 hours).
2. Those given a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB applied their sunscreen correctly as in group 1.
3. The third group used their own sunscreen and were given no application instructions – this is real “real life.” We know that most people put too little sunscreen on and don’t always reapply as necessary for full protection.
Vitamin D blood levels were measured a day before sun exposure, and at 24 and 48 hours after the vacation began.
This scientific real life study found that the use of sunscreen did not lower vitamin D levels.
Interestingly, the vacationers who used their own sunscreen without proper application instructions had more sunburn, which means more sun damage.
The conclusion is that using broad spectrum sunscreen (my recommendation) applied correctly will not result in lower vitamin D levels.
The benefit of using broad spectrum sunscreen is undisputed. It will help to protect your skin from sun damage (the inevitable development of wrinkles, thinning, crepey skin, sun spots) and skin cancer.
As always, I recommend mineral zinc oxide sunscreens (not chemical products), combined with the use of sun protective clothing, hats and seeking the shade. These latter recommendations were not studied and may well result in lower vitamin D levels. Thus, I also recommend vitamin D supplements for people who are rigorous about sun protection. If this is you (it most definitely is me), talk to your doctor about the proper dosage.
This little trick uses UVB at its most intense on a part of the skin that is typically not subjected to chronic sun damage.
The tummy is not as cosmetically important as face, neck, chest, arms, and hands.
It is also loose and has lots of extra skin should we need to excise a skin cancer.
I will always remember a charming elderly patient who suffered from severe osteoporosis. His endocrinologist wanted him to sun bathe in addition to taking vitamin D supplements because they were worried about vitamin D absorption. We decided to have our patient use his tummy as his skin’s vitamin D factory. He had a history of skin cancer and we had already nipped off parts of his ear and face treating them. His tummy had never seen the sun – until now. Gradually, he developed a tan tummy with pale streaks in the folds of skin that he could not stretch out because his hunched osteoporotic spine did not allow him to sit up straight.
Every six months, I had the pleasure of chatting with him, his happy and optimistic eyes twinkling as we examined his skin and chuckled about his tan tummy, his midday sun bathing and striping of his tummy as he went from septuagenarian to octogenarian to nonagenarian. We controlled his skin cancers with sun protection of the precious head, neck and arm/hand skin while his tummy performed sun induced vitamin D factory work for him. Whenever I give this advice, I think fondly of him.
Accompanying the real-life scientific study in the BJD, a second vitamin D and sunscreen use report was also published in the journal. It is an opinion piece resulting from convening a panel of 13 international experts who reviewed the scientific literature on sun protection and vitamin D status. They found that there is no solid scientific evidence that sunscreen inhibits vitamin D synthesis in healthy people. The panel was composed of experts in endocrinology, dermatology, photobiology, epidemiology and biological anthropology. This review is confounded by some conflict-of-interest in the panel experts, but literature reviews done by experts have benefit in assessing the body of scientific information that has come before.
The bottom line from my vantage is that sun protection keeps our skin strong, healthy and attractive. I recommend vitamin D supplements as our reliable source of vitamin D.
I have hauled a couple of products from NYX Cosmetics and have already reviewed some NYX Prismatic Eye shadows previously. In today’s post, I am going to share my views on NYX Prismatic Shadows Dark Swan. Read on for more details on this product.
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If your complexion ranges from slightly oily to very oily with occasional or frequent blemishes, you’ve probably heard of one of our favorite ingredients- Salicylic Acid. Known for its ability to cut through oil and clear pores of any unwanted, acne-causing gunk, this stand out Beta-Hydroxy Acid is a must for anyone tackling blemishes. At its core, Salicylic Acid helps clear pores and promote new cell growth. By doing so, you’re able to treat current blemishes and prevent new ones.
Should I use Salicylic Acid?
If your skin is oily, congested or acneic, absolutely. Salicylic Acid is incredibly helpful at clearing up your complexion and making way for healthy, smooth skin. If your skin type is dry or you’re focused on tackling other skin concerns like aging or hyperpigmentation, try Glycolic Acid as a replacement.
How do I use it?
How you use any active ingredient largely depends on your skin’s needs. If you’re extra sensitive, you’ll want to limit your usage to wash off products (like cleansers) or spot treatments to reduce excess dryness and irritation. If you’ve built up more of a tolerance, try incorporating a targeted serum or leave on toner to allow the ingredient to really work its magic.
Purifying Gel Cleanser: Easy, simple and a go-to for many Glo clients. Purifying Gel Cleanser does exactly what you want- it cleanses and purifies without stripping your complexion of its natural oils.
Clear Skin Cleanser: If targeting breakouts is your #1 concern, you’ll want to bring in the big guns. Clear Skin Cleanser features at 2% Salicylic Acid formula that contains environmentally-friendly scrubbing beads to help clear out each and every pore.
Daily Polishing Cleanser: A unique, powder formula that not only smooths skin’s texture but also deeply cleanses and makes the perfect travel companion. What more could you want?
We love serums for the powerful punch that they add to skincare routines. These little guys will be your best course of action if you’re wanting to see transformative results.
Renew Serum: Without a doubt, our #1 recommendation for anyone tackling acne. The powerful blend of Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid and Retinol help smooth texture, refine pores and keep breakouts at bay.
Healing Gel: Once you’ve sufficiently dried out a breakout, you may be left with an unfortunate patch of skin. Healing Gel softens end stage flare ups to smooth textured skin and restore its strength. Use Healing Gel under makeup to help ensure a smooth finish.
Lightening Gel: Struggling to erase shadow marks left over from post-acne spots? This may be your answer. While it’s main ingredient is Hydroquinone (best know for its lightening or melanin inhibiting properties), Salicylic Acid also plays a prominent role in helping exfoliate off dull skin cells to reveal clear, bright skin.
The easiest and quickest way to get rid of acne-causing bacteria is with a toner. These products are perfect to toss in your bag when you need a fast way to get rid of dirt, oil and debris.
Clear Complexion Pads: These pads work quickly and efficiently to reduce excess oil. Pro tip: cut the pads in half to get more uses out of each box!
Clear Skin Body Spray: Acne and breakouts aren’t limited to your face and often occur on hard to reach areas like your back, making it more difficult to treat them. Clear acne-causing bacteria with a powerful formula and easy to use spray bottle that even lets you spray upside down!
Any negative side effects?
Yup, but nothing out of the ordinary. The main side effects are dryness and sun sensitivity. When starting a Salicylic Acid product, proceed slowly and gradually work your way up to full time usage. If you’re still experiencing dryness, use a moisturizer (wait 20 minutes after applying the acid to ensure it penetrates the skin). And as always, use an SPF daily. But, to be extra safe, save Salicylic Acid products for nighttime use only.
Hey bunnies! Today I am sharing my top three ALL TIME favorite supplements for beauty and health. These are the ones I absolutely cannot live without. That’s saying a lot because I try A LOT of supplements – some are amazing, some do nothing, and some are just plain horrible. Everyone is different and what works for me, may not work for you. But that being said, I think these three are pretty universal and they have also worked wonders for my friends and family.
None of this is sponsored, and no free samples were given. Not that I’m swayed by those things, but I want to make it clear that this is a genuine best-of-the-best list. These are the supplements I buy REGULARLY because I can’t be without them. The supplements I’m sharing today are my absolute go-tos when it comes to immunity, digestion, hair growth, nail growth and overall health.
You probably already know this, but I’m not a doctor or healthcare professional (and I don’t play one on TV!), and this article is just my experience and not intended to be medical advice. Always check with your traditional, naturopathic or functional medicine doctor before starting a new regimen.
Instead of reading about these healing wonders of the plant world here on My Beauty Bunny, you’ll need to make a quick bunny hop over to Phyrra’s website. Yep – that’s right – this is a guest blog post on my gothy makeup and lifestyle guru friend’s page!
Go check out the post and leave Phyrra some love in the comments. Do you have any supplements that you just SWEAR by? I’d love to know. I’m always excited to learn about new holy grails when it comes to health! I know we’re all different in how we respond to herbs, vitamins, minerals and other supplements, but I’d still love to know what works (or doesn’t work) for you.