A Sunscreen and SPF Guide for the Face and Body. This post contains affiliate links.
A few months ago, Abe and I have a little scare. I see a black dot on his foot that won’t go away, and google it. The first thing that comes up is Foot Melanoma.
Now, this might be a blog post about why you shouldn’t self-diagnose diseases on the internet. But It’s not. It is, as the title suggests, my SPF Guide.
Long story short, Abe does not have cancer. But for a split second, the dermatologist is concerned, before he takes out a pin and burst that black dot.
Yeah, it’s a blood blister.
MY POINT IS, in the days leading up to trying to find a doctor that will see us, worrying about whether I am going to be a widow before 40, etc. I vow to wear more sunscreen. Everywhere. Every day. I mean, I live in Los Angeles. So in the last few months, I’ve been doing just that. And I notice that it’s hard to stick to this routine, because SPF can be tricky.
I am doing the hard work for us. Thanks, Abe’s foot!
Above – Aveeno’s Daily Moisturizing Lotion is what I use every day on my exposed hands/arms. I pump some on right before I leave the house (note – the pump is almost impossible to open and I destroyed mine following the directions).
Below – Palmer’s Eventone. I like singing Pearl Jam’s Even Flow while I do it.
The face is tricky. Shiseido’s Ultimate Sun Protection Cream goes on like clown makeup and takes forever to rub in. Neutrogena’s Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer is a little less thick, but it stings my eyes…
…which brings me to this product. I actually try a sample of SkinCeuticals Face SPF, but find the texture to be weird (it gets liquid-y/separated). But they are one of the few companies who offer an Eye-Area SPF, which I’ve been using and have been happy with.
…but shockingly, this ChapStick (more BroOrange SWAG) is my favorite. It’s super hydrating, comes in many yummy flavors, and works for a long time. I actually wind up sharing all the extras with the Dying to Kill crew; everyone on set has a stick, it is kinda funny to see them all moisturizing their lips between takes.
Abe bought this COOLA Lip Balm for his bike rides and loves it, I think it’s just all right…
…but I want to give major props to their Tinted Face Moisturizer, which is my latest obsession. Every time I use it, I’m amazed how perfect it is. It smells nice, is eco-friendly, evens out my tone so I don’t have to wear heavy foundation, feels light, and barely bothers my eyes (unless I’m wearing heavy mascara or doing a crying scene).
This moisturizer is actually the main reason I took the time to write this post, because I kept thinking, “I need to let the world know!”
But first, you had to get the full story as to why I appreciate it so much.
Now…next…I am going to be taking a trip this summer (will announce soon!) where there will be lots of mosquitos so I’ll be experimenting with repellants! Though, I can’t really test that out in LA, since we don’t have any (yes, that is reason enough to move out here). If anybody has favorites, please let me know – I really want it to feel okay on my skin, but most importantly, I need it to WORK.