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should i be concerned?

FREUD…that my therapist insists on hugging me goodbye?OOPS

…that I am really not all that religious about my sunscreen application?BEARDED LADY…that long black hairs grow from my chin?SHOOT CUPID

…that my friends want to set me up?UNCLAIMED

…that my nosy aunts won’t quit nagging me about unclaimed property?


Arcona Reozone 40

I have a new sunscreen obsession: Arcona Reozone 40.  It is lightly tinted, but I’m not convinced Arcona really fancies Reozone a tinted moisturizer per se.  4 ounces of UVA/UVB relies on zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to provide 40X your natural sun protection. I particularly like the consistency and coverage of this product.  It loyally endures for meaningful protection during a sunny fun-filled outdoor day.  Drawbacks?  One lonely exclusionary shade.  Arcona claims one shade fits all, but I predict this cream would look chalky on those blessed with darker skin.  Fair-skinned folks looking for superior protection should consider Arcona Reozone for sure.

BB Cream Invasion

Popular for many years in Asia, particularly South Korea, BB Creams have invaded the American market in a major way over the last 24 months.  Just what is a BB Cream you ask?  Short for “blemish balm,” BB Creams are soothing, medium-to-full coverage products packed with beneficial skin improving extras.  The “extras” vary, but typically include sunscreen, vitamins, and lighteners.With many high-end and mass options popping up, should you buy in to the latest trend?  With the all-in-one nature of these products you will get some bang for your buck.  The major drawback?  Very limited color choices.DC favorite Bobbi Brown just came out with her own version of BB Cream.  I ordered two colors to transition through fall.  I’ll let you know how it goes.  

Miracle Skin Transformer

Ya’ll know about Miracle Skin Transformer, right?  This tinted moisterizer glides on like a primer, benefits skin like a serum, and protects and evens skin like a foundation.  What its got: full spectrum sun protection, enzyme Q10, and vitamins A, K, and E.  What it ain’t got: parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, and triclosan.The formula comes in six shades plus translucent.  Why the shape of these color samples resembles an array of ethnically diverse vaginas is inexplicable. McNamara aimed to create a multifunctional product that would nourish skin, even imperfections, and provide adequate sun protection.  This isn’t a particularly new concept, but one she magnificently executed with this super-blendable, medium coverage mousse-like cream.  Do consider the all-in-one nature and the size (1.7 oz) when weighing the $48 price tag.

Sunscreen: hi * low

I get a lot of sunscreen inquiries, but haven’t loved any one product enough to drop a full-on endorsement on my faithful DC readers.  Either the SPF isn’t high enough, the finish is too greasy, or the product rubs off and burns my eyes.  For example, I really wanted to like this Alba Organics SPF 30, but in addition to causing eye irritation, it migrates and you end up tasting it.  This creates a grossly unpleasant and uncomfortable experience, especially during any kind of physical activity.In response to dissatisfaction with all the obvious big players (Neutrogena, Coppertone, Aveeno), the pendulum swung way to the other end of the spectrum, and I invested in this Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 30.  The plastic end houses peachy colored powder that dispenses through the brush.  First off, when the product arrived it was difficult to tell if any actual powder trickled down through the bristles.  I pulled off the end and dumped half the product on the floor.  At around $30 bucks (on clearance now as low as $12), $15 was wasted by this careless accident – super annoying for sure!  Can’t really blame PTR, but the mistake soured my overall impression.  The powder formulation skirts the typical perils of cream or oil sunscreen as mentioned above.  It doesn’t run into the eyes or mouth.  Instant mineral isn’t greasy, and it doubles as a loose powder by providing a matte finish.  The main drawback is it is difficult to tell if you’ve achieved adequate coverage.  Furthermore, like most other sunscreens, it sweats off.  I don’t hate this product, but it is most useful as a scalp sunscreen.  It doubles as a dry shampoo and crown protector.  Sun-roof and convertible babies, this one is for you.  Of all the sunscreens tested (far more than discussed here), Ocean Potion Face SPF45 Clear Zinc Oxide is my favorite.  Unlike many carcinogenic sunscreen ingredients readily absorbed into the blood stream and linked to hormone disruption, zinc oxide is an inorganic compound which provides complete UVB/UVA protection, has anti-inflammatory properties, and is considered a safe sunscreen ingredient.  It is also about the only sunblock approved by the FDA for children under 6 months of age.  This particular light weight cream absorbs easily and does NOT leave that weird white film many of us associate with standard zinc oxide sunscreens.  The best part?  This stuff is very reasonably priced.  Find this one ounce jar widely available for less than $2, and with a little research, bargain hunters can track it down for only $.67!