Over the summer I’ve been trying and using a LOT of different skincare. One brand I was super grateful and excited to try out was For Beloved One, which is a top-selling premium skin care brand from Taiwan.

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For Beloved One

In Canada, you can find For Beloved One products at T&T locations across Canada and also online at YesStyle.ca, and Amazon.ca as well.

For Beloved One Hyaluronic Acid Tri-Molecules Moisturizing Surge Cream($94.99)

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For Beloved One Surge Cream

This is a face cream that can be used daily, morning and evening. It’s kind of the hallmark moisturizer of For Beloved One. It combines trace elements found in minerals with water to activate the skin’s protective mechanisms. So lightweight, this gel melts instantly into skin with a cooling effect. Rich in copper, the malachite essence found in the cream helps to keep moisture in to relieve dryness. There’s also aquaphyline that hydrates skin and forms a protective layer to lock in moisture, which also helps to keep that moisture in your skin. It also contains an interesting ingredient called Exo-H. Exo-H increases the production of hyaluronic acid in the dermis and activates the skin’s self-hydration mechanism by drawing water from the deeper layers of the body to the skin’s surface. As you can tell, everything in this cream is for hydrating and KEEPING your skin hydrated. I REALLY like this one! After a couple of weeks of using the Surge Cream, I noticed that my skin was so well hydrated and not flaky at all. I think any skin type could use this one too, even oily skins. But if you have a oilier skin I’d use it only once a day not twice.

For Beloved One Melasleep Brightening Daily Defense Cream($55)

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For Beloved One DD Cream

A DD Cream! My first one I think! There are three DD creams(rose, peach and lavender), all of which offer skin SPF45.

  • Rose tint adds a healthy skin complexion to fairer skin tones.
  • Peach tint strengthens foundation for a natural and even skin tone.
  • Lavender tint improves dull, sallow and blemished skin.

For Beloved One Melasleep Brightening DD Cream contains a revolutionary ingredient, Purisoft® LS 9602, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract. This is really cool science actually! It’s a positive micro-protein that forms a protective membrane on the skin’s surface which carries a micro negative electron. Dirt particles are positive charged, and since like charges repel each other, pollutants and dirt are unable to adhere to the skin! Neat huh? There’s also Aquaphyline in the DD Cream as well, to help retain and replenish moisture.

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For Beloved One Peach DD Cream

I have the peach tint, and I really like it! It does a pretty great job at evening out skin tone and it really brightens it up too. You can kind of feel a protective barrier on your face when wearing it, but it doesn’t leave my face greasy at all. It works well under makeup too as a primer/sunscreen. My only problem with it is that it’s a bit pricey for the amount you get I think. Would I rely on this as JUST my sunscreen? Yup! To effectively cover your face you need at least 1/4 of a teaspoon. And I say at least that much, because it does depend on the dimensions of your face. But also remember that most of us don’t apply ENOUGH sunscreen. So, I always imagine 1/4 of a teaspoon when I dispense SPF into my hand, and that’s what I apply, sometimes more. 1/4 teaspoon is about 1 ml, so that’s about a month and half or so one tube will last. Oh, and the active sunscreen ingredient is Titanium Dioxide which is another plus for me as I prefer mineral sunscreens on my face. Because it is on the pricey side, I prefer to use this on no makeup days, setting it with a bit of powder and that’s it. I’ve just finished the tube I was sent, and have re-purchased another to take with me this week on our 3 week road trip so, that should tell you that I like it a lot.

For Beloved One Hyaluronic Acid Tri-Molecules Moisturizing Bio-Cellulose Mask($63)

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For Beloved One

These masks are AMAZING. For me they rank right up there with the Tatcha Sheet masks that I love, but those babies cost $34 each. Definitely special occasion masks only. These are expensive too-you get 3 masks for $63, but $21 per mask is a bit more tolerable. Yeah, I know still expensive! But if you want to whip your skin into shape fast these masks will do that! Made with a web-like fibre that’s actually 1/133 as thick as other sheet masks, they hold a lot of serum which is great. The combination of this fibre with the serum allows the mask to actually hold onto the contours and grooves of your skin, actively seeking out wrinkles and fine lines. It’s a smart mask, and its like getting an extra huge shot of the Surge Cream. It infuses your skin with hyaluronic acid, malachite and copper peptide to energize, hydrate, and firm your skin in 15-20 minutes. I leave my masks on for as long as possible, until I feel there isn’t much product left, and this one I leave a good 45 minutes on. SO SO GOOD you guys. Worth every penny!

For Beloved One is a skincare brand that I’m so glad I got to discover and share with you guys. These three products are top notch. Yes I know, they are on the pricey side. But they work and work well. I’ve scouted out the brand at T&T, and sometimes you can find trial sets so that’s what I would do if you’re interested. When I repurchased the Peach DD Cream, I actually bought it in a set that came with 2 mini DD Creams in lavender and rose which was cool and it didn’t cost more than just getting the DD Cream on its own. So there are deals to be found! Personally, I tend to spend my money these days on skincare, and not on makeup. But that’s me, as I’m more on the side of trying to keep my skin at its best so that I don’t have to wear a lot of makeup as I age. For Beloved One has a few other interesting products that I’d love to try and probably will once I get back from the road trip.

What do YOU spend most of your beauty money on? Skincare? Or Makeup? 

 

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.

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And here’s what was inside:

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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.

I WORE NONE OF IT. NONE. OF. IT.

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?

Happy Long Weekend everyone! I hope you’re having a fun time with family and enjoying the last hurrahs of summer! Whether you head to the beach or enjoy a backyard cookout, I just want you to remember to protect yourself from the sun. Even though summer may be winding down, UV risk is real, ALL year round, and being diligent about sun safety is as important as ever!

This video features NYC dermatologist, Dr. Joshua Zeichner, who shares information on how to best protect ourselves & our families from the sun. Dr. Joshua Zeichner also addresses a lot of misinformation that’s out there about sunscreen too. It’s a great watch.

 

This past week and half we were in California as you know, and the heat and the sun were BRUTAL. And my fair skin? And Marky’s? Burns instantly. Our sunscreen of choice was the Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport Sunscreen range. I’m sure Dr. Joshua Zeichner would approve!

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Neutrogena COOLDRY Sport Sunscreen

Neutrogena COOLDRY Sport Sunscreen($12.99-16.99) is the newest line of sunscreen offered by the #1 Dermatologist recommended sunscreen brand. Neutrogena has created a technology that eliminates that basted turkey glaze feeling most sunscreens leave with COOLDRY SPORT. Neutrogena COOLDRY Sport Sunscreens have MICROMESH technology, which is clinically proven to allow perspiration and moisture to pass through the sunscreen without compromising the full strength SPF protection. As soon as you put it on, there’s an immediate cooling sensation on the skin and it smells SO good-like a refreshing shower gel! And your skin feels fresh and dry, and to be honest I can’t even tell I’m wearing sunscreen at all. And it leaves a pretty sheen on the skin too. And I can tell you this-nobody got a sunburn in that ugly California heat!

So, remember to protect yourself! And educate yourself and family and friends as well. Show them Dr. Joshua Zeichner’s video. And if you haven’t, check out my  summer posts about sunscreen HERE, where I explained a LOT of sunscreen science in easy to understand terms.

HAPPY LONG WEEKEND ALL! xx Tracy

Welcome back to Sunscreen Week! Today’s the last day-kind of. I still have one or two face sunscreens I want to review, but I’m kind of sunscreened-out at the moment. 😛  I promise to share them soon though!
Today I have a new sunscreen from one of my other favourite skincare brands, Vichy!

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Vichy Idéal Soleil Invisible Mist SPF50

Vichy Idéal Soleil Invisible Mist SPF50($31.95) contains the #1 filter recommended by dermatologists, Mexoryl SX. Mexoryl SX is a synthetic sunscreen agent developed and patented by L’Oreal originally. Mexoryl SX does not degrade after hours of sun exposure at the same rate as avobenzone. Although it still will breakdown after a couple of hours, which is why the photostabilizers Parsol 1789 and octocrylene are added to it. Read about why photostabilizers are needed in yesterday’s blog post HERE. Vichy’s UVA photostable filtering system gets Health Canada’s stamp of recognition. You get other skin benefits such as more luminosity, better skin quality, and fewer wrinkles and spots with Vichy Idéal Soleil Invisible Mist SPF50It’s like a bonus skincare effect, which is kinda’ nice!

Vichy Idéal Soleil Invisible Mist SPF50 helps to protect against all UV rays, is quick drying, light in texture and leaves no white cast at all. The formula has been upgraded this year and is nicely hydrating, soothing, yet has a mattifying effect. It dries to the touch within seconds, so you can get dressed toot sweet! Perfect for those rushed mornings!

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Vichy Idéal Soleil Invisible Mist SPF50

Vichy Idéal Soleil Invisible Mist SPF50 is also great for sensitive skins as it’s hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and paraben free. And of course, it has Vichy Thermal Spa Water which soothes the skin.

Since there are so many spray sunscreens these days, I want to make sure you are applying them correctly and applying enough! Because again, most people don’t apply enough sunscreen and are getting half of the SPF protection out of their sunscreens. And I think sprays are deceiving in how much sunscreen you’re applying.

My tips are to first, SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE that can! Start spraying in CIRCULAR motions because that’ll make sure you don’t miss a spot. Stay on one body part at a time before moving to the next. And here’s the recommended spray time for each body part :

ARMS: 3 seconds on each
FRONT: 4 seconds
BACK: 4 seconds
LEGS: 7 seconds on each

So many sunscreens, so little time hey? 😛

What do you prefer-lotion, creams, or spray sunscreens? I think personally I prefer a cream for my face and neck area, and a spray for the rest of me. You?

Welcome to Sunscreen Week! Today is going to be a real Science of Sunscreen post thanks to the people at Coppertone! And I’m going to share some of my faves from the brand, PLUS their new Coppertone Sensitive Skin SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion! 

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Coppertone Sunscreens

 

BUT FIRST! It’s time to get HARDCORE SCIENCEY TIME my friends!

A sunscreen’s ability to protect is a function of two key factors: SPF & UVA Protection, AND the formula’s  inactive ingredients that do things like make it water and sweat resistant and form the barrier film on the skin’s surface. Sunscreens form a barrier between the sun and the skin to reduce UV penetration into the skin. They literally coat you with an invisible sun protection coating.

 Avobenzone is the most efficient UVA Absorber used today. But, the molecule is really unstable, and when it’s used alone in a sunscreen, it loses nearly 50 percent of its sun-screening ability after just one hour of UV exposure. So, that’s why photostabilizers have been added to sunscreens to stabilize avobenzone.

Sunscreen brands like Coppertone stabilize the avobenzone in their formulas with other ingredients. Coppertone commercialized the first photostabilized product in 2001. Pioneers they are! Coppertone avoids using incompatible ingredients, especially octinoxate. Octinoxate, a common UVB filter that’s added to sunscreens containing avobenzone, really accelerates the breakdown of unstable avobenzone. Coppertone adds other UV sunscreen actives for their photo stabilizing benefits, and also uses non-sunscreen photostabilizers too. What’s a photostabilizer?

Photostabilizers are organic compounds that help to prevent UV filters from losing their effectiveness in sunlight. Some of them help to stabilize UV filter molecules structurally which makes them less likely to want to party and participate in chemical reactions. NO PARTIES ALLOWED IN SUNSCREENS. Another type of photostabilizer protects UV filters by helping to dissipate(release) the energy from UV, and reducing or even stopping those party chemical reactions. That’s a process called energy transfer, and it takes place when the UV filter and photostabilizer molecules exchange electrons. Like an energy KISS. 😛

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UV filters are then freed up to do their job of protecting the skin by absorbing the harmful rays, while the photostabilizers do the work of getting rid of the energy that causes ingredient breakdowns. SCIENCE WORKS! And now, you understand how and why sunscreens are photostabilized, and why I said yesterday that I wouldn’t go near a sunscreen that wasn’t photostable.

Ok, let’s talk Coppertone Sunscreens now! Coppertone, the sunscreen of my youth! It’s probably the first sunscreen brand I remember using in the 80s. Before that, we hardly used sunscreens, which explains why every summer, whiter than white little Tracy burned and burned and burned…seriously I’m not kidding. I’ve even had second degree sunburns, which I can tell you is NO FUN. Nope. And I don’t blame my parents, as they were immigrants and had no idea that sunscreen was a needed thing if you took your kids to the beaches of Lake Manitoba every weekend in the summer. And then one day, I discovered Coppertone and their sunscreens. Saved my skin they did, because ever since then I’ve worn sunscreen. Thank you Coppertone! 🙂

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Coppertone Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion, Coppertone AccuSpray Sunscreen SPF 30, Coppertone Sport AccuSpray Sunscreen SPF 50+

AccuSpray is a technology that Coppertone Continuous Spray products now have and it’s all about the nozzle. It gives a more targeted and thorough sunscreen application and helps to reduce overspray which I appreciate. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sprayed a sunscreen on, and then slipped and slid on the tile floor. 😀 😀 Thank you Accuspray for helping me to not break a hip! Also, it has a lock function on the nozzle, which is great too if you throw it in a bag because it won’t go and spray all your clothes with sunscreen. Yup, that’s happened to me too and that’s why I usually pack sunscreen in a plastic ziplock baggie. But Coppertone Accupray LOCKS off, so I don’t have to do that anymore. WAHOO! The AccuSpray nozzle has recently been added to Coppertone Sport AccuSpray Sunscreen SPF 30 or SPF 50+, and to Coppertone AccuSpray Sunscreen SPF 30 or SPF 50(about $13.99) The Coppertone Sport AccuSpray Sunscreen has a cooling sensation when applied and I really like that. It’s sweat and water resistant too, and both have a fresh scent. They get absorbed into the skin quickly and don’t feel greasy at all.

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Coppertone Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50

Coppertone Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50($13.99) is the brand’s first sunscreen developed specifically for sensitive skin. It’s gentle and hypoallergenic and provides broad-spectrum UVA-UVB protection with a blend of active ingredients that includes the highest concentration of zinc oxide (14.5%) of any sunscreen in the 70 year history of Coppertone. This is the body one, but there’s also a Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion Sensitive Skin Faces SPF 50 too. Since it’s a blend, it’s not as thick as some mineral sunscreens, so it rubs in a little easier. It does leave a white cast though, which again I don’t mind because I like seeing that physical barrier on my skin-makes me feel protected! Smells good too! There’s a bit of a citrus scent added which makes the sunscreen smell which I love even better!

Also, be sure to use ENOUGH sunscreen. Most people don’t apply enough to get the SPF factor protection of the sunscreen they choose. To cover and protect your whole body with sunscreen if you are going to the beach, you should be using about 30 millilitres of sunscreen — roughly one quarter of a typical bottle. Slather it on thick for the best protection. AND REAPPLY. Like say you’re golfing on a gorgeous day and you were a good sunscreen cookie and applied sunscreen before playing. YAY YOU! But when you get to that ninth hole? TIME TO REAPPLY. And don’t forget your ears! They need to be protected too! And, wear a hat-it’s a must for me now. Before I wore hats, I’d ALWYAS get a burn on my scalp at the part.  It’s the worst thing I’m telling you, so now I wear a hat if I’m outside for long periods of time.

Learning is fun hey? And empowering! Especially when it’s about something as important as sunscreen. I’ve been applying sunscreen to Marky her whole life. She has NEVER had a sunburn. NEVER. She’s going to get carded at age 60 when she orders a beer I swear. Also, I used to ALWAYS put a hat on her when she was little. She never left the house without a hat. Hats and sunscreens I swear are the key to NEVER getting wrinkles and sun damage. Proof is in the Marky hahaha. 😀 

What was your first sunscreen brand? And do you reapply? 

UPDATE: How to check if your sunscreen is photostable:
Look at your sunscreen ingredient list and see what the active FILTER or filters are in it. Some companies are nice and list the UV filters separately with their percentages.
If your sunscreen does contain avobenzone, check to see if there is octinoxate, which like I said makes it even more unstable. Avobenzone, however, can be stabilized with octocrylene or other UV filters and stabilizers. If octinoxate is the only other active besides avobenzone, your sunscreen is not stable.

These are some commonly used photostabilizers(taken from Wikipedia)
4-Methylbenzylidene camphor (USAN Enzacamene)
Tinosorb S (USAN Bemotrizinol, INCI Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine)
Tinosorb M (USAN Bisoctrizole, INCI Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol)
Butyloctyl Salicylate (Tradename HallBrite BHB – [1])
Hexadecyl Benzoate
Butyloctyl Benzoate
HallBrite PSF (INCI UNDECYLCRYLENE DIMETHICONE)[7] Mexoryl SX (USAN Ecamsule, INCI Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid)
Corapan TQ (INCI Diethylhexyl 2,6-Naphthalate)[8] Parsol SLX (INCI Polysilicone-15)[9] Oxynex ST (INCI Diethylhexyl Syringylidene Malonate[10] Polycrylene (INCI Polyester-8)[11] SolaStay S1 (INCI Ethylhexyl Methoxycrylene)[12]