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Sunscreen that Won’t Break You Out

Hello lovelies!

I hope summer is going well for you all! It seems to be just flying by, so I’ve been trying to really milk every little bit of this weather while it lasts!

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All this wonderful weather of course means a lot of sun, which means that sunscreen is absolutely crucial right now. Well, I think it’s crucial every day, any season, but summer is definitely the time to up your sun protection game. In the winter, you can get away with SPF 15 or 20, but in the summer, I truly believe you need to wear at least SPF 30. Sunscreen will protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, potential sun damage, as well as skin cancer. Needless to say, it should always be a very important part of anyone’s skincare regime. Even so, I know a lot of people who still don’t wear any on a daily basis. “I only need it if I’m going to the beach!” they exclaim. Or “You don’t need sunscreen in the winter!” Right. Because apparently the sun doesn’t shine when there’s snow on the ground…

The biggest reason why a lot of people neglect to wear sunscreen is that it clogs their pores and makes them break out. And believe me, that is a reason I can completely understand and sympathize with. I used to struggle with regular sunscreen breaking me out all the time. Many cheap drugstore varieties are terrible, and finding the right sunscreen that works with your skin can be difficult.

A really really great brand that I love when it comes to sunscreen is La Roche-Posay. Honestly, their stuff is fabulous. I’ve tried their Anthelios 60 (ultra light sunscreen fluid) as well as their Anthelios Mineral 50 tinted sunscreen. Both never broke me out. Also, they were incredibly light and sheer, which was perfect for makeup application.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Sunscreen Fluid

Anthelios 60 – This is my go-to sunscreen. It never irritates my skin, and it’s both paraben and fragrance-free, making it perfect for anyone who has sensitive skin. I think that you should be gentle with the products you put on your skin even if you’re not especially sensitive. Treat it with kindness, you know? This stuff also wears really well under makeup. It’s very smooth, and doesn’t leave a white cast on my skin. It also doesn’t affect the way my skin looks in photographs either.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted Sunscreen

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted Sunscreen Fluid

Anthelios 50 (Mineral) – While I do wear the Anthelios 60 more, this stuff is also pretty amazing. It’s tinted, and I always worry with tinted products that the colour won’t match my skintone, and with therefore leave me looking like an oompa loompa. Not this stuff! It blends in so well, and doesn’t look too orange or too pink. It’s honestly just gives me a golden glow. This is a great option for those of you who don’t like wearing makeup during the warmer months but still want something to even out your skintone. It just looks super healthy. It’s also weightless, dries to a matte (yet still glowy) finish, and is paraben and fragrance-free.

So if you have ever had trouble finding a good sunscreen that won’t irritate your skin, or make you break out, I highly recommend La Roche-Posay’s products. They have tons of sunscreen products, so I’m sure that you’ll find the right one for you. They’re literally the skincare gods of sun protection, however cheesy that may sound. Haha.

I hope this post was helpful! If you guys have some other great sunscreen that you swear by, I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Love,

Tabitha

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Why You Should Go Fragrance-free With Your Skincare

Hello Loves!

I have an obsession with scented things.

Yes, that it very random, but it is very true. I can’t help it. They smell too amazing. I am always most tempted to buy something beauty or lifestyle related when I like the way it smells. I walk by a wonderful vanilla-scented body lotion, and in my basket it goes. I’m at Indigo buying books and suddenly I catch a whiff of a voluspa candle; sold. My favorite Lip balm is jasmine flavored. I love my fresh, clean perfumes. Needless to say, I can very easily appreciate a lovely fragrance, and a lot of you guys out there probably feel the same way. But here’s the thing. When it comes to skincare, fragrance can be extremely irritating. For someone as sensitive myself, I learned the hard way to always buy fragrance-free creams and cleansers. I haven’t used a scented face care product in years.

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Fragrances in skincare are unnecessary. Yes, they smell nice, but the chemicals used to formulate these scents are harmful to the body. Many of the chemicals commonly used to create these artificial fragrances are derived from petroleum, petroleum by-products and natural gas. Also, many companies do not actually disclose what goes into making that fragrance. The only thing that will be divulged on their ingredient list is fragrance/parfum. That is the only thing these companies are required to list. And I don’t know about you guys, but that scares me.

These chemicals enter your bloodstream, and long-term exposure to these chemicals and petrochemicals has been linked to several types of cancer as well as endocrine disruption. So yes, that rose-scented cream may smell heavenly to you, but is it really worth it?

If I’m putting it on my face, it’s no doubt fragrance-free. I tend to be more lenient when it comes to body products, and will instead opt for a cream that contains a natural fragrance made with essential oils, being my scent-loving self and all. I think that it’s perfectly fine to go for a naturally scented cream on your body, but maybe not on your face, especially if your sensitive. Essential oils can be damaging as well in high concentrations, and can also cause irritations. Think about lime or lemon oil; in strong amounts, those two have the power to make you super sensitive, especially to the sun. We don’t want that.

I understand that going fragrance-free can be very difficult, especially since scent can have to power to evoke certain emotions and provide comfort. But, now that I have been fragrance-free for a couple years, I can honestly say that I can’t stand the thought of putting something strongly scented on my face. My stuff just feels so much more clean and fresh. And my skin looks calm and even-toned, which of course makes me happiest of all. So if you are sensitive, or just trying to clean out your skincare, always try to opt for fragrance-free products!

what are your guys thoughts on fragrance vs. fragrance-free? I’d love to hear what you think! 🙂

Love,

Tabitha

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