Even though I hate summer with all my might, I DO like some things about it. Like the sunlight! Up here in Edmonton we have light until at least 10 pm until late August. It’s really cool and I love it.
And I really appreciate it when we go to California and the sun starts to set at 8 pm haha! It’s so WEIRD for us! Around summer solstice it never really gets dark to tell you the truth up here… one of my fave memories is being up in Jasper at that time and sitting outside enjoying the mountains at midnight. And it was so light out that you could see all the amazing scenery. We’re planning on visiting Jasper soon actually, since we’ve been to Banff so many times this year. It’s actually closer to Edmonton than Banff is. We haven’t been back to Jasper since the late 90s sometime when we took little Marky to show her the glaciers. We want to go back and see how far they’ve receded since then…which is SAD. Climate change is real folks…. 🙁 don’t believe the jerks who say it isn’t.
Today let’s talk about spending time in the summer sun with Bioderma!
Bioderma Photoderm Spray SPF40($29.95) has stabilized UVA/UVB protection and is a great pick if you have sensitive skin. It apparently offers internal biological protection which Bioderma calls Cellular Bioprotection that preserves and stimulates the skin’s defences (immunity) during sun exposure. WARNING: TRACY SNARK COMING AT YA!
As soon as a skincare product claims to stimulate skin immunity, my left eye starts to twitch. Now, the ingredients that I see that they’re maybe talking about is Rhamnose, which I’ve blogged about before and Laminaria Ochroleuca. Vichy uses Rhamnose in some of their products. It’s a plant sugar that encourages fibroblasts to be more active and make more collagen, elastin and also increases cellular turnover. Laminaria Ochroleuca is latin for a species of kelp that’s called brown seaweed. It helps reduce inflammation and is moisturizing. So if those two ingredients ‘stimulate skin immunity”-ok then? Can you really stimulate skin immunity? Like I don’t really understand how that pertains to anti-aging? Immunity refers to the ability to resist infections from pathogens, and our skin is the front-line defense against trouble. So when a skincare product makes these kind of claims I automatically ROLL MY EYES. Speaking of rolling my eyes, did you know I got into trouble at school for rolling my eyes? Yeah, apparently I did it a lot in classes-like when someone couldn’t do simple algebra like A/B =C/D and solve for D. C’MON!! HOW DID YOU GET INTO THIS CHEMISTRY COURSE??!!! HOW’D YOU GET THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL??!!! So, this teacher took me aside and told me that I needed to control that knee-jerk reaction, because not everyone catches on as quickly as I apparently did, and that it would get me in trouble some day….
I guess I found my eye-rolling calling in Beauty Blogging, hey??? If she could only see me now! 😛
ANYHOO, immunity boosting whatever aside, what I DO care about is if it’s an effective sunscreen or not, and it IS. I really like Bioderma Photoderm Sunscreens actually. They are really light-weight, and the non-aerosol spray is great if you happen to be one of those people that misses when they’re applying spray aerosol type sunscreens, which is actually a lot of people. Or if you don’t spray long enough to get enough protection! Remember I talked about that HERE. You can’t goof this one up, since you do have to rub it in.
The Bioderma Photoderm Milk SPF60(I get it on sale for $14.99) I’ve been using for a couple of years now! It’s a great one if you have normal to dry skin, and it layers under makeup beautifully. It absorbs into the skin just like a regular moisturizer, and never ever breaks me out. It leaves my face smooth, not greasy, and no white cast. It’s waterproof and paraben-free too! One of my favourite face sunscreens for sure! And you can get on sale at Shopper’s Drug Mart quite often.
If you spent all day out in the sun, the Bioderma Photoderm After-Sun($23.95) is a great product to have on hand, especially if you didn’t listen to me and reapply your sunscreen and got a little red. Remember-pretty much every 2 hours you should reapply your sunscreen is a good rule to live by! It is enriched with emollient and soothing agents like allantoin which is a moisturizer that helps with dry, flaky skin, and ginkgo biloba, which soothes that overheating/burning sensation. That’s like the worst feeling, no? Anytime I get a burn from the sun(RARE these days to be honest I’m like a sunscreen vigilante spraying everyone within reach I swear), or if I touch my arm on the oven door(I’m an idiot I swear I get an oven burn once a year and there’s a scar on my forearm right now from the last one) I think OWEEEE THIS HURTS. And I whine for hours because it just hurts so BAD. I can’t imagine the pain burn victims go through, and understand why they’re put in induced comas to heal. I think if people actually really remember how painful a sunburn is, they’d vow to never get another one. But we tend to forget pain and how bad things hurt. It’s like a defense mechanism our brain has I think. Weird. You’d think it’d make an implant so you NEVER FORGET, but nope. Not the case, at least for some things! To be honest, I’m one of those people that really remembers pain. I remember how painful my gut felt when I was 7 and needed an emergency appendectomy. I remember the pain of every tooth that went rotten and needed a root canal(three at last count LOL). And I remember how PAINFUL childbirth was. It hurts like a MOFO dudes. And is one of the reasons why I decided Marky was ENOUGH for me hahaha! Ok, back to product talk! Bioderma Photoderm After-Sun also has glycerine and shea to moisturize your skin. It feels really nice and cool on the skin too! And honestly, you don’t have to use it just because it’s meant for after-sun. It’s a really nice, light, cooling summer moisturizer for anybody to use and at any time of year. Like us hot and flashy ladies! This is a great moisturizer because I don’t know about you, but I always get a hot flash after a shower. This feels great after a shower and kind of stops that business from ruining my clean feeling. Win!
If you are a good sunscreen cookie like I’ve been this year-seriously I’m not kidding. I’m like MAC NC15, maybe even lighter right now- which is WHAT. I haven’t been this pale in the summer since I can’t remember! And my legs never see the light of summer because I don’t do shorts. I’m an old lady-nobody needs to see that HAHAHA. But, my calves show in my super cool capris at Zumba, and they’re so pasty white! So, sometimes I like to add a bit of colour to them shins. Bioderma Photoderm Self-Tanner takes advantage of a new technology that combines the self-tanning agent DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) with a unique diffusion system. It allows more DHA to come into contact with your skin and improves the colour you get, meaning NO ORANGE FAKE TAN. And when you’re pale that’s so AWESOME. Most self tanners turn really pale skin the weirdest shade of peach which is…unnatural my friends. Nobody wants to look like a peach. Shape, fuzz, OR colour…. 😛 It’s a nice gentle, gradual self-tanner too. You use it once a day, for days 3 straight and then ever other day to get the colour you want. Then just use it once a week to keep that shade of bronze. It’s a really fine mist, and dries instantly so you can get dressed right away which is nice.
Bioderma Cicabio Crème($15.95) is a life saver! It helps heal minor skin damage from medical treatments or if you’ve overdone some skincare, or of you’ve gotten a SUNBURN. It’s for any time you’ve damaged your skin-barrier, and if you’ve ever had that happen, then you know what I’m talking about. It’s HORRIBLE.
You see, like I said up there ages ago-our skin is the front-line defence against anything coming at us. So, when it’s damaged, it’ll let you know big time! Hands up if you know what I’m talking about! Redness, scaly, dry skin that hurts is the result of your skin barrier being compromised and WOW it’s not fun at all. No sir. And you need to help it heal toot sweet my friend! Bioderma Cicabio Cream helps repair irritated skin with a combo of resveratrol, copper and centella asiatica, which stimulates those lazy fibroblasts to produce more collagen and stop any scarring from happening. It also helps prevent infection with zinc too, and has an active ingredient to stop that urge to scratch when healing starts to happen. It has a beige colour that’s actually natural and related to the product’s active ingredients. It’s not coverage by any means, just so you know. Stuff is AWESOME and SO much cheaper than my beloved La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5! Like half the price cheaper, so score!
Phew! I think I’m DONE covering anymore sunscreen this year HAHAHAHA-seriously dudes I do hope you’ve learned something by reading my sunscreen posts because DANG…so much work and research I do to make it tolerable to understand, if ya’ know what I mean. I feel like I should get an award or something. HUGS at least, because I love hugs. SOMETHING…. 😀
OH and have you seen Janine @BeautyGeeks post about the Bioderma Hydrabio SPF 30 Sunscreen Water that’s available in France???!!! READ IT PLEASE. ERMAGHAAAAAAAD I WANTS IT PRECIOUS. Stupid Health Canada-I can’t wait 18 months before this gets approved for sale here! I need a MULE from France to get me some! Anybody out there willing to help a sunscreen addict out? 😉 I’m seriously thinking about booking a trip to Europe just to get my hands on this stuff! WATER. SUNSCREEN. MIND BLOWN.
And now, today’s summer tune courtesy of Blondie. A song you’ve probably never heard I bet, In The Sun!
Gotta love Blondie’s whole look. I appreciate it LOTS.
So, hey! What makes YOUR eyes roll? There’s a lot of crap that does it for me to be honest. I could write a whole blog post on eye rolling triggers hahahaha!