As you know I was on hiatus this past week (I’m sure you were all crying into your compacts)… That’s because I was on my Babymoon (and no I didn’t just make up that word to trick my husband into taking me to Hawaii) for our last romantic trip before the bambino arrives. Now, you know how I feel about sunscreen so you better believe I went to paradise armed with an arsenal of SPF powerhouses and wide brimmed hats. Since I had just written the “Screening Sunscreens” piece for the San Francisco Chronicle a few weeks back, my beauty cabinet was stocked with a bevy of sunscreens per my choosing. Even though I brought four different body sunscreens with me on the trip, only Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 50 Lightweight Foaming Lotion made it out of the suitcase. It was love at first foam.
There is something so divine about spreading a fluffy non-sticky air mousse on your body instead of a greasy oil or liquidy lotion. First of all, it is so much easier to keep track of where you’ve applied. Second of all, it just feels amazing. But, what’s most compelling to me about this sunscreen is that not only does it have broad spectrum “multi-layer protection from UVA/UVB rays and free radical damage,” it’s packed with a potent dose of White Grape Polyphenols and Vitamin E for antioxidant protection. Dermatologists have been quoted EVERYWHERE saying that by combining antioxidants with sunscreen you further protect your skin from sunburn-causing rays and dangerous free radicals.
I’m telling you this foam is the wave of the sunscreen future. The FDA is already scrutinizing sunscreen sprays and threatening to take them off the market because they’re worried about the sprays’ efficacy in properly protecting the body. You don’t have that issue with this fluffy foam. The Capital Soleil is also water-resistant for up to 80 minutes and it’s appropriate for sensitive skin so I slathered it on my face too. That’s right — my bitchy drama queen skin didn’t have a damn thing to say about the foam. I didn’t get even a spot of redness and the sunscreen protected my skin through hours of swimming and floating.
Trust me and go get your foam on…Posted by janna Tags Sensitive Skin, Sunscreen, Vichy
If you always seem to have an excuse as to why you have the audacity to leave the house without sunscreen, I urge you to check out my piece from yesterday’s San Francisco Chronicle Style Section. I don’t want to hear your excuses! You guys always ask me, “what is the best anti-ager?” Studies unanimously show that sunscreen slows down the aging process. I know the photo below is small so click here to read the PDF of the story.
Happy Summer!janna Tags Sunscreen
It’s hard for me to get excited about SPF. As long as the SPF does it’s job without making my skin shiny or angry I’m fine with it (I won’t mention any names here but there’s an extremely popular European SPF that gave my skin armies of red bumps). Since NEUTROGENA ULTRA SHEER SUNBLOCK SPF 30 ($12.99) costs about $10 I’ve never been tempted to try the more expensive brands. Until… (you knew there was an “until” coming) I tried Coola! It’s a mineral-based, chemical-free SPF cream with a unique waterless texture. (By the way, according to Coola, because of the cream’s waterless consistency, bacteria cannot form. Added bonus!)
I discovered Coola after a delicious facial at The Biltmore Four Seasons in Santa Barbara. My esthetician Shellie asked me if she could apply SPF. You would think “yes” would be the automatic answer, but in fact I’ve had some bad reactions by applying SPF over rich post-facial serums and creams. Shellie watched me hesitate, “Don’t worry. It’s really gentle and light, and feels great on.” I had too much daylight left in the day to turn her down. As Shellie applied the cream, it felt as though it was evaporating after a few seconds. Very cool. Read the rest of this entry »Posted by janna Tags Coola Sunscreen, Luxury Spa, Neutrogena, Sensitive Skin, SPF, Sunscreen