As much as it pains me to admit, I've never been very committed to wearing sunscreen. Sure I've shaped up in the past few years, but it's evident I've already done a good deal of damage. I even remember one traumatic vacation where a small section of my skin was actually scabbing, not blistering, as a result of a serious sunburn. Not okay.
The good news though is that using sunscreen daily can actually help reverse past damage by alleviating the body from having to fight UV rays and free radicals 24/7. At the risk of sounding a bit vain, I'm all about reversing that damage and abolishing a few future wrinkles. Oh and the obvious one: f*** skin cancer.
There's just one problem. Doesn't everyone kind of have a secret hate for sunscreen? Not only does it smell super artificial and chemical-y, but it's oily AF. I mean, come on. If for some ungodly reason you ever decide you want clogged pores, just apply sunscreen daily. Of course there's some great high end options to choose from...just so long as you're willing to drop about 30-50+ bucks on a baby sized bottle of cream.
So, let me introduce you to a total game changer: powdered sunscreen. Like most beauty products, there's a doable option for every size budget. And it's powder, so even the bargain brands won't grease you up and clog your pores. Love it.
According to Refinery 29, most powders are made up of highly refined minerals such as titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and iron oxide particles -- many of the same ingredients found in your typical creams. However, unlike average sunscreen, the powder sits on top of your skin instead of absorbing. This leaves beauty gurus and noobs alike questioning its effectiveness. If the powder doesn't actually absorb into your skin, what happens if you touch it? Does it wipe off and you have to reapply?
The answer is no (yay!). Natural oils on the skin help it to adhere to the surface, just as long as your existing foundation is dry before you apply the powder. But, like any sunscreen, it's important to reapply every few hours, especially if you've been sweating or swimming. At least it nips the too-dewey-kinda-sweaty dilemma in the bud though, right?
Despite having to reapply every so often (like any other type of sunscreen, big whoop), I'm a total powdered sunscreen junkie. There's no forgetting the SPF anymore, because it's become a permanent staple in my beauty routine. It was as simple as switching out my compressed Neutrogena shine control powder for sunscreen powder. Why not kill two birds with one stone (figuratively speaking, of course), right?
I'm currently using e.l.f.'s brand, which is super budget friendly. It's perfect because it's SPF 45, which works for both everyday at the office and outdoor use. The only issue I've had so far is that it only comes in one color. I'm fair skinned anyways, but I know this can make some darker ladies look a bit pale. All in all though, I'm loving this little discovery.
I'll leave a link to the e.l.f. brand as well as a few others ya'll might like below!
What do you think? Would you try powdered sunscreen? Spill!
Let's dive into one of my favorite topics, shall we?
I'll admit I'm a tad obsessed, and it's not uncommon to find me romping around the house with the latest mud mask or blackhead strip plastered to my face. Trying products is genuine fun in my book (and believe me, I've tried a lot)!
Today though, I want to hone in on a sector of the skincare market near and dear to my heart, and that is...affordable skincare products. We've all had that devastating moment in Sephora where we lock eyes with a small jar of some fancy looking skincare item, just knowing in our hearts how transformational it must be for our skin.
Despite the fact that New York is currently awaiting a massive snow storm right now (*sigh*), spring is right around the corner.
Aside from doing a deep clean of my closet and going on a major clothing haul to prep for the next few months of fashion posts, I also try I try to reevaluate my beauty/skincare routine each season. Spring is one of my favorite times, because it brings lots of beautiful colors and delicious new scents.
However, it can be a tricky transition going from the dry winter weather to luscious spring in the blink of an eye. Of course, this is always how it seems to happen in New York. Luckily though, I've established a few rules of thumb (totally through trial and error) that'll help even the most troubled skin transition seamlessly into the upcoming season...
Dry brushing is one of those topics that I reference all the time and have been meaning to do a full-fledged post on for what seems like literal ages. I started dry brushing after reading another blogger's lowdown on it a few years ago, and I've pretty much been obsessed ever since. It's something that I try to do almost every time before I get in the shower, and my skin is definitely thankful for it!
But wait, WTF is dry brushing?
If you read TBC's Last-Minute Valentine's Day Gift Guide (and you should, bc it features some real goodies), you're probably not surprised to see more V-Day inspired content. It's obvious that I love the color pink, so I'll pretty much take advantage of any opportunity to exploit that passion — Valentine's Day included, of course.
Today's post is extra special though — not just because it's pretty, but because it's a damn gem when it comes to skincare. You ladies know how I feel about sick-o unnatural products, especially when they cost a small fortune. I mean, how am I supposed to save up for this bag when I'm blowing my entire paycheck on glorified soap? Thanks, but no thanks.
Lately, I've become V picky about my nighttime routine. I only use a handful of products nowadays, and I'm always careful to check the ingredients before applying anything to my skin. After all, most people would be shocked to hear that, according to this source, women absorb up to FIVE POUNDS of damaging chemicals a year — all thanks to their beauty products.
But does this mean you should immediately toss everything that's currently housed on your vanity without second thought? Thank the Lord, no! My motto has always been that slow and steady wins the race. Cutting something out cold turkey doesn't typically work for anyone, and I will always stand by the idea that one of the most important factors in creating a healthy lifestyle is about finding balance. Know your facts, and actively choose what you allow to go in (and on) your body.
If you read the 'Best of 2016' roundup last week, you already know that one of my goals for this year is to publish more DIY beauty recipes. I only created a few in 2016, but they were some of my most-visited and shared posts of the entire year. This one even got featured in a Bloglovin' edit, which was kind of a big deal considering it was the first natural beauty tutorial I'd ever posted here on The Blonde Chiffon.
So, cheers to the first DIY beauty remedy of 2017 here on TBC. It's one of my favorite concoctions yet, so I know you'll be just as obsessed as I am.