May 5, 2013

Wear Sunscreen - La Roche-Posay Anthelios Sunblock

Beauty magazines are always telling me shit that I don't listen to, like to dress for my body type and not pop zits. Don't pop zits is my favorite one to ignore. Like, yeah, I'm just going to leave a gross whitehead on my face so totally strangers can think I'm greasy. That's better than a little bit of pushing pus and bacteria back into my pores. I am obviously not a doctor.

One of the only things I actually listen to is how everyone will beat you over the head about wearing sunscreen. What are you even doing if you're not wearing sunscreen? What excuse do you have? Are you cool with getting wrinkles at 35 just because you're too lazy to add an extra step onto your beauty routine? You can just slap on some sunscreen underneath your foundation! It's that easy. The way I see it you can just do that and you may or may not prevent premature aging and sunburn but isn't it better to just do it and maybe prevent it vs not doing it and maybe destroying your skin?

I was using this for sunscreen for the past year and I liked it just fine. It was lightweight and felt cool going onto my skin and absorbed quickly. Plus, it didn't have a strong, artificial sunscreen smell. I think my boyfriend's mom got it as a free gift with an Estee Lauder Macy's order and gave it to me. I obviously wasn't going to pass that up because Estee Lauder? What am I, the president... of France??

Estee Lauder DayWear SPF Sunscreen

I met with my plastic surgeon last month for a post op appointment last month and he told me sunscreen was going to be a must have for me. I had some bruising by my left eye and the sun had the potential to permanently turn my skin brown without proper protection. He asked if I used sunblock on the regular and I was like of course! Sunblock is important! He asked to see mine and I pulled this jar out of my bag expecting praise and he was like no, no, no, not good enough.*

He gave me this (for free! I'm so lucky with getting free French sunblock! Thank god I ended up living a life filled with free sunblock instead of free cable or groceries or whatever!) to use instead.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios sunblock sunscreen
La Roche-Posay Anthelios sunblock sunscreen
La Roche-Posay Anthelios sunblock
The price for the non free version of this is pretty hefty for sunscreen at $32 a bottle. I don't know if I'd pay full price for it over a cheaper alternative like Neutrogena but it is pretty great sunscreen. It's not greasy, it's unscented and it's heavily recommended by doctors and dermatologists. I'm thinking of mixing it with my regular winter foundation to make a tinted moisturizer for the summer just because this goes on so smoothly and leaves my skin feeling so soft. It's barely May but I haven't burned after I began using this sunscreen which is a feat considering I'm a white girl and most of my ancestry is Eastern European and Irish.

I know some people are willing to pay top dollar for skincare (and wisely so) and if that description fits you, I'd put this sunblock at the top of your list. I know a lot of people who throw a lot of money at pricey foundations or eyeshadows and I have the same philosophy on this as I do on cuticle care - hold off on a new product or two and make sure you're going to have a healthy canvas for all your expensive products.

*My dad asked how long I'd have to apply the sunscreen at this point and my plastic surgeon was like, "Oh, forever!" and my dad was like, "Forever???" probably thinking that my nose surgery condemned me to a lifetime of sunscreen use. It was like an after school sun protection special because I was like, "Dad! It's forever because you're always supposed to use sunscreen!!" Sunscreen is so important, though, really.

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