Sunscreen -La Roche Posay - Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid
bboughton 6/8/2011 12:05:00 PM
This is a very nice product and I was eager to try it as I have sensitivities to the chemicals that Anthelios uses in their other U.S. products. I found this to be very easy to wear; the texture is nice, it goes on slightly white but then becomes invisible and is matte. But I think there are other products out there that are nicer and/or less expensive that offer better sun protection. The ones I like using are EltaMD UV physical (tinted) and Mustela sunscreen for sensitive ($15) skin. I also am dubious of La Roche Posay's claims that this product offers superior UVA protection. With only titanium dioxide as an active ingredient it will protect well against UVB but does not protect against the full spectrum of UVA light --while products that contain zinc oxide do provide this kind of protection. So nice product, but it's too expensive to buy routinely. Unfortunately there's a lot of hype about the Anthelios products - for really great UVA protection I think you are better off with their SPF15 moisturizer because it contains mexoryl SX which is stable and protects very well against the entire spectrum of UVA. And with an SPF15 I think it's fine for daily use (althougth not high sun activities of course!).
I really wanted to like the Jane Iredale pure pressed base. I have a hard time with some powders because they irritate my skin. Although it's advertised as having soothing natural ingredients it irritated my skin as soon as I put it on. I also tried several different colors and it took quite a bit of work to find one that matched when I ordered online. Luckily Jane Iredale agreed to take the bases back - they do have good customer service. The base also has fairly good sun protection for a powder, although it's SPF20 but it has a high percentage of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, although I would never rely on a powder for sun protection - they have to be applied too thinly. So if you're a lady with sensitive skin think twice about buying this as it's pretty overpriced too.
This is the most expensive blush I have ever used and also the best. I love the sheer honey as well as the bronze - I am fair so I only have to apply the sheer honey with one light brush stroke for a lovely auburn color. The bronze is a little more brown although not as much as a bronzing powder - so the color is a brownish pink and takes two brush strokes to look good on my pale face. It has a lovely brown/rose tinge that's subtler than the sheer honey. And it all comes in a beautiful case. Some days all I wear is tinted sunscreen and this blush and still look great!!
The Jane Iredale flocked sponge is great for people like me with sensitive skin - it's the softest makeup remover I've found, BUT it is so tiny; I was expecting something much bigger from the photo on the Web site when I ordered it. So it's definitely overpriced. I'll try sponges from the drugstore instead - more economical and will probably last much longer!
Love this tinted moisturizer because it feels so good on my sensitive skin and it can work as a substitute for foundation. The packaging is nice, the customer service at Jane Iredale is great and it has healthy ingredients. I would have given it a 5, but there's a bit of a learning curve to applying it - you need to put it on with downward strokes and I find using a small foudation brush helpful.
Moisturizers -Paula's Choice - Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 30+
bboughton 5/31/2011 1:35:00 PM
I really wanted to like this product because it's marketed as good for sensitive skin. It applies ok, but it has chemicals like oxybenzone that my senstiive skin just doesn't like. And I'm concerned about wearing some chemical sunscreens everyday because of safety questions about the ingredients (i.e. oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate) that have come to light in animal studies although none of the purported dangers of chemicals in sunscreens have been defintiively proven. There are a lot better sunscreens for sensitive skin in my opinion, including Clarins SPF40 and Dermalogica Ultra Sensitive and Super Sensitive and for those hunting for bargains some of the Neutrogena mineral-based products for sensitive skin.
Pressed Powders -Cover Girl - Clean pressed powder - Sensitive skin
bboughton 5/31/2011 1:28:00 PM
I think this product is a great value and one of the few I've found I can wear on my sensitive skin. It's not irritating at all and there are literally no other products like it in the drugstore brands. However, I have found that with continued use it gets harder to apply, i.e. I have to really dig my makeup brush into the powder to get enough on it to cover my face while with other brands, even the drugstore variety, this doesn't happen. It has no SPF which is an advantage (one of the few powders without SPF I've found), because that can be irritating for sensitive skin and makeup with SPF offers so little protection it's virtually worthless. Why not just wear a good moisturizing sunscreen underneath makeup instead? But I've moved on to other (organic, mineral-based) powders I consider better.
Sunscreen -Bioderma - Photoderm AR spf50 uva33 cream
bboughton 5/31/2011 1:21:00 PM
This is a really great sunscreen particularly for people like me with sensitive skin. It's also tinted, a great advantage in a mineral-based sunscreen and the sun protection it offers against UVA and UVB is outstanding. I can wear this for an entire day while other chemical sunscreens, including the best ones from europe I cannot. I'm a medical writer and I've written a lot about sunscreens and skin cancer, plus am a skin cancer survivor who suffers from occasional dermatitis. This is one of my favorite sunscreens for high sun days although I don't wear it everyday -- it's too darn expensive. Would definitely recommend it for those who need really good sun protection and also have rosacea eczema and sensitive skin issues. It can be a trifle oily, but that's easily covered with a little face powder.