When You Find A Sunscreen So Good You Give Up Makeup

So, if you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat, then you know I was in California last week. We went back to move Marky out of the hell house she was living in and store her stuff until we drive her back at the end of August. Right now she doesn’t have anywhere to live, but it does look like it won’t be much of a problem. She has two friends that she’ll be living with that are looking. Fingers crossed!

Anyways, you know how a lot of people do those “What Makeup I Packed” posts? Yeah, I’m not sure I’ve ever done one to be honest? But I thought I’d show you what I brought with me to California.

This is my travel makeup bag. I like it. I don’t take a lot of makeup when I travel, so this works for me. It just opens up like a bowl and I can see everything easily.


And here’s what was inside:


My favourite tinted moisturizer from Algenist(you can only get in the USA), concealers, eyeshadow pencils, mascara, Hourglass Diffused Ambient Lighting Powder, RMS liquid Luminizer, Becca beach Blush in Fig and a few brushes.


Yep, that’s right. We left on Wednesday AM and I was wearing pretty much what you see there. And that was the last day I wore makeup. The whole time we were in California the temperature ranged from 38C in Disneyland to 45C in Valencia where Marky goes to College. HOW can you guys who live in such high heat keep wearing makeup when it’s HELL outside? I just couldn’t do it. But, what I did care about was protecting my face from the insane sun!

This is what I wore on my face the whole 5 day trip:

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CyberDERM The Sunscreen Company

Have you heard of Cyberderm and their sunscreens before? Neither had I, until they contacted me and WOW I’m so glad they found me! These two sunscreens are AWESOME.

CyberDERM sunscreens belong to a new school of sunscreen formulations borrowed from 20 years of Aussie research. The concept of using Zinc Oxide instead of chemical sunscreens with a high SPF has only recently began to hit North America. Now I’m not gonna start debating about the badness of chemical sunscreens here-that’s not my job and to be honest I’m not a full believer that they’re hormone disruptors and all that. BUT, I do prefer a mineral sunscreen on my face. I think they work better at preventing sunburn, and they last longer too. Zinc Oxide protects against the longest wavelengths of UVA where most other sunscreens fail to protect. And that’s why I like them for my face.

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CyberDERM The Sunscreen Company

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: But Tracy, mineral sunscreens are so heavy, greasy, and leave a white cast on my face. Not CyberDERM! CyberDERM formulates sunscreens that you just HAVE to try and you won’t believe that they are a mineral sunscreen. I for sure didn’t! They feel silky, and have a transparent finish-NO WHITE CAST left on your skin at all! Simply the BEST sunscreens ever.

CyberDERM Every Morning Sun Whip SPF25($38)

This one is great for everyday use. I used it on the days we were moving-so in and out of the house. It has 15% Zinc Oxide and 7.5% Octinoxate(which absorbs UV-B rays from the sun). It’s perfect for all skin types, even oily and acne-prone skin. It leaves a cashmere matte finish that’s soothing and won’t irritate the most sensitive of skins. I did try this at home under makeup and it doesn’t interfere with makeup application at all and makes a great base. It’s a must have for me now, and I use it every day.

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CyberDERM The Sunscreen Company

CyberDERM Simply Zinc Sun Whip SPF 30($38)

This is a pure physical sunscreen, that contains 22% certified organic Zinc Oxide in a hydrating Olive Oil base. It sounds like it’d be heavy and greasy as heck, but nope. It’s a bit thicker than the Every Morning one, but it still apples smoothly and easily and absorbs quite quickly. I think my skin looks a bit shinier than when I use the Every Morning, but nothing like other mineral sunscreens I’ve tried in the past. No white cast at all! This is a great sunscreen if you have drier skin(like me) and if you have really sensitive skin(like me). It’s also a great choice for those of you that suffer from Melasma or hyperpigmentation(like me again LOL) because it gives strong and consistent protection against UVA and UVB rays. Simply Zinc also gives you some anti-aging benefits since the olive oil provides some anti-oxidants and for good measure, CyberDERM added some tetra-peptides in there for a bonus. This is the sunscreen I wore when I was at Disneyland all day. And I mean walking around outside-ALL DAY. I applied in the morning, and was fine all day long. Honestly, you should reapply to make sure you get consistent protection, but like I said, I find that mineral sunscreens last longer on me so I didn’t feel the need to. I didn’t get a sunburn at all, and more importantly-no BREAKOUTS. My skin hates the combination of high heat and sunscreen and whenever I’m in California, I usually break out. Not this time!

CyberDERM sunscreens are amazing and I urge you to pick one up. You’ll love them. You can find them online at Detox Market, or from the CyberDERM website HERE.

I wish I had found CyberDERM sunscreens earlier before I plunked down cash for another expensive sunscreen. Sigh. Such is life, hey?

Welcome back to Sunscreen Week! Today Let’s talk about some of the new sun protection offerings from Avène, which is of course one of my favourite skincare brands!
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Avène Sunscreens contains a unique UVA(those are the sun rays that AGE you)/UVB(the sun rays that BURN you) filter system called SunSitive Protection. Sunstive Protection is courtesy of the Pierre Fabre Research team, and it means very broad spectrum protection that’s photostable and enhanced with powerful antioxidant protection from Vitamin E(Pre-tocopheryl, a vitamin E precursor) to protect against free radicals. PLUS there’s Avène Thermal Spring Water to soothe the skin too! All of them are highly water and sweat resistant as well, while still being gentle on the skin.

So to put it simply, Avène sunscreens are triple duty sunscreens: protection from burning, protection from aging free radicals that can cause damage,  AND they soothe and moisturize your skin with Avène Thermal water. Win, Win, Win!

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Avène High Protection Mineral Lotion SPF 50, Avène Very High Protection Spray SPF50 + and Avène Very High Protection Lotion SPF 50+

The Avène Very High Protection Spray SPF50 + and Avène Very High Protection Lotion SPF 50+ are formulated especially for those with hypersensitive skin-those of us that burn as soon as we step outside in the summer. If I don’t wear sunscreen, I burn in under 10 minutes. What makes Avène Very High Protection Sunscreens so good for those that burn easily is that they are stable and effective for quite a long time. They are highly water and sweat resistant. The spray is an alcohol-free non aerosol spray, which is much appreciated for sensitive skins, because no irritating and drying alcohol! Both versions are lightweight and absorb easily into the skin without leaving a white cast. There’s a slight flowery fragrance I can’t put my finger on, so they doesn’t smell like “sunscreen”, if ya’ know what I mean. I like the fragrance, but I also like the smell of sunscreen too-yeah, I’m a freak.  😛

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Avène High Protection Mineral Lotion SPF 50

Avène High Protection Mineral Lotion SPF 50 is a mineral or physical sunscreen containing Titanium Dioxide (10.78%) (Sunscreen), and Zinc Oxide (2.40%) giving broad spectrum protection. I personally prefer a mineral sunscreen for my face especially, as I find them less irritating and less likely to break me out. Plus, I’m on the camp side that chemical sunscreens actually bring out and cause hyper-pigmentation. Yeah, I know-it’s controversial but I swear it happens to me. And it makes sense too, since chemical sunscreens absorb UV radiation, so wouldn’t that cause brown spots to say HI? Does for me! If I use a chemical sunscreen on my face, spots reappear and I have to do damage control and correct those dark spots with skin lightners. But, if I use a mineral sunscreen? UV rays are REFLECTED off of my face, and not absorbed so I get NO spots rearing their ugly heads. Mineral sunscreens are my personal choice, and of course-it’s up to you in the end. Whatever works for you, WORKS. As long as you wear sunscreen!

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Avène High Protection Mineral Lotion SPF 50

Avène High Protection Mineral Lotion SPF 50 has a light peachy tint to it, and it’s thick and creamy. And like most mineral sunscreens it does leave a bit of a white cast on the skin. But I don’t mind that. I like the glow factor it gives! It does take a bit of time to soak in, but it’s worth it for me. It’s moisturizing enough that I don’t need another moisturizer on top, and wowza does it stay put! All I do then is just add some mineral powder and Bazinga! I’m protected from the sun all day. Oh, and no breakouts at all. I used Avène High Protection Mineral Lotion SPF 50 all the times I was at Disneyland this past year and it was perfect. No worries or fear of getting a burn, or a tan. In fact, I think I came back from every California trip even paler than I was before I left HA! First time in years that has happened!

Prices range from about $25-$30 or so depending on where you buy from, so keep your eyes out for sales! These are great choices for hypersensitive skins that have problems tolerating sunscreen.

What do you prefer for sunscreen on your face? Mineral? Or Chemical? Also….chemical sunscreens…unless they are specifically touted as being photostable as these ones from Avène? I won’t go near. But truthfully, most do claim to be photostable these days which is good! There’s a lot to know about sunscreen, hey? It’s important to know ALL the facts! I hope I’m helping, and not confusing you! If there’s anything you want to ask-DO IT! I’ll get you the answer TOOT SWEET. Man, it’s amazing how many times a day I can use TOOT SWEET. Makes me  😀