Category: sunscreen

Sunscreen updates: back to BurnOut

Sunscreen updates: future edition

Sunscreen update: May 2017

Previously:

  • Badger Sport SPF 35
  • using up old supplies of CoTZ Sensitive SPF 40 for hands and other incidental exposure of body parts
  • The Man is using up has now used up old Replenix Sheer Spray SPF 50.

Shiny happy discovery: Badger Unscented SPF 30  Continue reading

Accidental new stuff, old-fashioned reactionary dullness, and a suprise

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As we’ve ascertained in the previous two posts, I’ve not done anything very interesting about my skin in the last few years. Mostly it’s been a matter of trying not to actively do anything to it, or passively have happen to it, that landed me in the ER. Continue reading

Really seriously nothing to report

rapid update on sunscreen

Current like:

CoTZ Sensitive SPF 40

  

  • 20% coated ZnO, unscented, minimal
  • SPF 40, reported to be around PPD 10 (using coated mineral filters of several different sizes)
  • cruelty-free
  • 3.5 oz / 100 g
  • costs around US$20, usually around CAD25.00 – 28.00
  • online from various places, also in some doctors’ and dermatologists’ offices

Manufacturer information: 

Active Ingredients: 

  • Zinc Oxide 20% (Sunscreen)

Inactive Ingredients:

  • C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Methicone, Microcrystalline Wax, PEG-10 Dimethicone, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Chloride, Stearyl Dimethicone, Tetrahexadecyl Ascorbate, Triethanolamine, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Water

Comments:

  • Easy to apply: creamy, smoothes on well, easy and fast to apply evenly. I’m applying as usual to dry skin after it’s been washed, dried, and moisturised.
  • Zero irritation 
  • Zero zits and/or irritated cloggy areas
  • Dries fast
  • But moisturising and non-drying
  • Better and nicer than their previous all-zinc sunscreens: they were either very siliconey-slippy, or powdery-dessicating, or both. This translates in BlurbSpeak to “silky soft,” a phrase that you’ll see in many an online review; its presence should alert you to a review probably being a pseudo-review that’s a more-or-less unsubtle copy-past job on advertorial bumff graciously provided by a marketeering department (or straight off the product label of the “Face” tinted SPF 40). But I digress.
  • Invisible finish but: on me; I am NW05 approximately and match walls; YMMV. CoTZ have a tinted face SPF 40 which is available in two shades, but it isn’t just ZnO it uses TiO2 too.
  • Slightly weird smell, rubbery? plasticky? for a brief moment when applied; disappears
  • Contains TEA: this irritates my eyes in anything other than minute concentration in mascara, but OK in a product like this one at low concentration.
  • The sunscreen filters are coated (that’s what most of the silicones and crosspolymers are doing in the ingredient list) and small, hence use of the term “transparent”; CoTZ uses several different particle sizes in their “Gentle Mineral Complex.” This is a very good approach to protection and the best compromise between smaller particles (= best coverage, least concentration needed, very elegant thin sunscreen, but The Nano Concerns for whatever that’s worth) and larger particles (= less coverage–more and bigger gaps between particles–and uneven coverage; a thicker layer with a higher concentration means inelegant clownface). 
  • Cheaper than comparably elegant ZnO-only face sunscreens, ex. Replenix sheer physical cream
  • Less greasy-feeling than Replenix sheer physical spray (which contains no grease, so go figure)
  • Spread more evenly and sinks in more smoothly than a non-silicone “greener” ZnO-only sunscreen like Derma E
  • Needs more serious attentive removal, like any other siliconey sunscreen: oil, or a good milk-fluid (La Roche-Posay Tolériane dermo-cleanser fluid works well, use a little more or clean twice or something similar, use common sense and good judgement to figure out when the stuff’s successfully off your tender visage)

  
The Pediatric SPF 40 is basically the same stuff and usually the same price. This is worth knowing as sometimes one will be available but not the other, or a website may sell out of the one or the other (the same tip applies to that great sunscreen classic, Blue Lizard, and its “Sensitive” and “Baby” versions): 

Active Ingredients:

  • Zinc Oxide 20% (Sunscreen)

Inactive Ingredients:

  • C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Methicone, Microcrystalline Wax, PEG-10 Dimethicone, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Chloride, Stearyl Dimethicone, Tetrahexadecyl Ascorbate, Triethanolamine, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Water

skin, updated

(Little to report.)

Compared to my last post: stabilisation, mainly ups overall. Skin feels, seems, and looks more stable.

Here is what I am using on my face right now:

  • Mix of sunflower + meadowfoam seed oil as makeup remover; warm water & a fresh cleansing pad flannel thing every time
    = no change
  • Wash: La Roche-Posay Tolériane Dermo-Cleanser; applied to dry skin, removed with a damp cleansing pad. Zero anything with this cleanser: a bland fluid, feels like lightweight cold cream or cleansing milk. Cleans well and leaves skin feeling clean but comfy.
    = no change
  • Toner, serum, etc.: nothing. Just pat skin dry.
  • Eye area: Garden of Wisdom anti-puffery eye serum (hyaluronic acid, caffeine, matrixyl 3000). Using this for puffy eye area (undereye and eyelids) with regular seasonal allergies. Current sleep situation is improved; I get baggy both with too little and with too much sleep, so actually bags are a good indicator of whether or not I’m getting the right amount of sleep (for me, and this is one of at least two raisons d’être for bagginess in my case; the “how” and “why” of bags varies).
    = no change
  • Moisturiser (face, eye area, throat): La Roche-Posay Tolériane Cicaplast balm.
    Testing against their Tolériane Ultra ended with the following:
    1. Cicaplast baume is moister, more concentrated, and as I use about a third of the quantity and a tube is half the price, Cicaplast is a better buy.
    2. Cicaplast keeps my skin better moisturised for longer.
    3. I do not get any redness, bumpiness, itching, spottiness, or other stages of irritation with it. At all. Skin just feels soothed. While Tolériane is fine on most areas of my face plus neck, I get all these irritable negatives in the nose, chin, and jawline areas. Sometimes soon after application, sometimes a few hours later.
    Conclusion: staying with Cicaplast Baume. Used up the last of the pathetically tiny tube of Tolériane Ultra in one lavish swoop as a body moisturiser after a very pleasant oily bath. Waste not, want not.
  • Lips: my old multi-purpose DIY balm, shea butter + olive oil + beeswax
    = no change.
  • Face & eye-area sunscreen: Derma E Face SPF 30 (16% ZnO, also green tea, vitamin C (SAP), no silicones; = Wise/Poor Man’s Replenix)
    = no change.
  • Lip sunscreen: Badger unscented SPF 35 stick (22.5% ZnO)
    = no change.

Using up the remaining Lipikar Syndet cleanser on body, plus Lipikar Baume on body and hands (like it a lot), and Derma E Body sunscreen.

So: continuing minimalism and super-gentleness. As I said before: Current cleanser and moisturiser are pricy but not exorbitant, and certainly cheaper than prescription medication or trying out other products that might or might not work. Above all, functioning calm skin and no pain = priceless.

Plus hat, covering up, daily antihistamine, etc. …

On a less self-protective defensive note, but staying with that idea of being pure as the driven snow:

  

skinsperiments update: irritated, reactive, distressed

My skin is currently not happy. It hasn’t been for about a week. Symptoms:

  • Itchiness
  • Pain when touched by anything
  • Stinging when touched by liquids, including water
  • Constant itchiness, etc., 
  • Tenderness to the touch, and, visually, swelling, blotchiness, a rash of red pimply-looking things, and dry flaky sore patches

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reviews / rapid updates: sunscreen and eye concealer

sunscreen

Another rapid update, shorter than yesterday’s.

It is now after Hallowe’en and the end of DST, and at the point midway between equinox and solstice. Modern seasonal distinctions between “fall” and “winter” don’t quite map onto actual (and older) seasonal distinctions; it’s the first of four (or more) Colder Phases.

There is still light outside, just about. And UVA continues all year. So: sunscreen is still necessary.

But it’s also colder, and even though where I live is damp (Pacific Northwest), skin is feeling drier. My precious sunscreen (Derma E SPF 30) was getting to be dry, even applied over moisturiser. So: back to Vanicream, the SPF 50 one.

That is all. Look after your skins, lovely people; you only get one skin, and skin cancer is no fun.

No, that’s not all. Colder Phase One is distinguished from the previous Phase by progressive changes in things other than weather (and distance from the sun). The world may be going into hibernation, that may feel like it’s dying, and you may feel like you’re dying too–flu, SAD, general grottiness–or like you’re the Walking Dead surrounded by zombies, but there is some compensation: this Phase’s colours are marvellous.