Planning on visiting Hawaii and spending time on the beach? Make sure you have the right sunscreen packed in your beach bag. Scientists have discovered that certain sunscreens are harming the coral reefs because of these two specific ingredients: octinoxate (octyl methoxycinnamate) and oxybenzone which are found in 70 percent of the sunscreens on the market. Octinoxate has been shown to contribute to the bleaching of the coral reefs and oxybenzone exposure leads to the death of baby coral.
The coral reef is one of Hawaii’s largest attractions and Governor David Ige decided it was time to prevent more damage to the coral reefs by signing a ban on sunscreens containing octinoxate and oxybenzone. The ban is the first in the world on selling sunscreens containing those two ingredients. Although the ban does not go into effect until 2021, stores in Hawaii are pulling those sunscreens off the shelf and replacing them with sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
Manufacturers of sunscreen containing octinoxate and oxybenzone that are on Hawaii’s ban list are not happy about the ban. They are fighting back, claiming that without sunscreen, people will be susceptible to skin cancer which can develop with high amounts of unprotected sun exposure. Hawaii wants its residents and tourists to wear sunscreen, just the right kind of sunscreen that won’t cause harm to their coral reefs.
BB cream’s are one of my favorite make-up creations. BB stands for, Beauty Balm, it is a combination of 3 ingredients: a primer, a liquid foundation and a moisturizer. It’s a one-step application for a 3-step process and makes your face look smooth, feel soft and glowing.
How To Make Your Own BB Cream-
1.) Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. I use this primer because it is one of my favorite primers for the skin. It creates such an even-tone on the skin, which is great for a smooth application.
2.) Loreal True Match Foundation. Loreal has such a wide variety of shades to choose from that it is easy to blend with other products and create the best match for your skin. When making your BB cream, you will want a darker shade than what you usually wear because the shade will lighten when mixed with the sunscreen.
3.) Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Broad Spectrum spf 45 Sunscreen. Like this sunscreen says on the bottle, it is a Dry-Touch sunscreen and it feels similar to an oil-free, matte, foundation. I like to use a higher spf when I make my BB cream because the spf number will decrease when combined with other ingredients.
*When combining the three ingredients, use equal parts primer and sunscreen and start with equal parts foundation, adding a little more each time when mixing, until the shade matches your skin tone.
When people ask me out of all the skincare products, which one would be the most important one to purchase? I always respond by saying a vitamin C serum. Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) is the best all-around antioxidant for your skin. It can be used on all skin types and has great benefits.
Benefit One: SUNSCREEN.
Vitamin C naturally helps to protect your skin from harmful UVB rays with its 10% ability to screen the sun from your skin.
Benefit Two: ANTI-AGING.
Vitamin C helps to promote collagen synthesis within the skin contributing to prevent premature aging and collagen loss.
Benefit Three: INFLAMMATION.
Vitamin C when applied on the skin helps to soothe and calm down any redness within the skin.
Benefit Four: REPAIRING.
Vitamin C helps to repair damage within the skin’s cells.
Benefit Five: BRIGHTENING.
Vitamin C because of its acid properties helps to brighten the skin and make it look revitalized and glowing.
With all these wonderful benefits for the skin, vitamin C to me is one of the M.V.P.’s (Most Valuable Product) in the skincare industry.
Mesoestetic Solar Complete Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 50+ is in the top 10 of sunscreens for me. This product is white when it comes out of the container but blends in evenly and smoothly onto the skin. It is very soothing to the skin and I like to use it at night sometimes as a treatment for my skin to assist in healing the skin as I sleep. There is no streaking and it does not come off easily from my skin as I sweat during workouts.
This sunscreen is great for people who suffer from dry skin and/or receive chemical peels and laser treatments. Those who have oily skin will find this product to be too oily for them. It is non-comedogenic and has not caused my skin to break out from using it.
Mesoestetic Dermatological Sun Protection SPF 50+ is unfortunately, one of the biggest disappointments that I have come across. I was excited to try this product because I really like this brand of products and love every product I have used of theirs, until this one. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the tint as I was squeezing into my palm and was eager to put it on my face. As I started rubbing the sunscreen onto my skin, I felt like I was using spackle, it was not easy to apply the mattified sunscreen and I had to keep coming back to certain areas on my skin to spread the product more evenly. Once when I was able to finish applying it on my skin as best as I could, my skin looked two shades lighter. I am naturally a skin type III but have received a little bit of a suntan and am a skin type IV now, this shade still would not have been good for my untanned, natural skin type III. I looked like I was sick, with a greyish-hue on my skin.
This sunscreen is designed for sensitive and oily skin types, I am a perfect combination, where I am more oily on my t-zone and dry on the other areas of my face. Even where my skin was oily, it was hard for the sunscreen to apply and kept streaking. I wanted to add oil to help apply this product but I did not.
As far as wearing this sunscreen in the sun, I spent a few hours in the sun where I was active and the product was dripping off my skin like white milk. Landing on my clothes leaving white, dewy drops wherever it fell. The product was gone after that happened, leaving my skin where it had been removed, exposed to the sun.
To say the least, I felt like my skin was dry, too light in color and exposed.
I like that Mesoestetic understands the importance of physical sunscreens and set out to make this product one.
Protection from the sun is important when it comes to your skin. There are two kinds of sunscreen that can be used on your skin: physical and chemical. The difference between the two is that physical sunscreens use physical filters and chemical sunscreens use chemical filters.
The chart table below is data both the EPA (Environmental and Protection Agency) and FDA (Food and Drug Administration) have made for the “filter” ingredients used in sunscreen that are either chemical or physical.
Notice that most ingredients protect against UVB rays but not too many protect against UVA rays which are more damaging to the integrity of the skin penetrating deeper into the skin’s layering as seen in the graph below.
Physical sunscreen has two ingredients: titanium dioxide and zinc oxide which help protect against both UVA and UVB rays and make physical sunscreens the better choice to wear on your skin for sun protection. The physical sunscreen will reflect the sun’s light as it shines down on the skin and chemical sunscreens absorb the sun’s light providing no protection for the skin.
Physical sunscreen does not absorb into the skin easily when applied like chemical sunscreens do, often leaving a white film on the skin. When it comes to wearing sunscreen, a physical sunscreen allows to protect against a broad spectrum of rays; whereas, a chemical sunscreen will not add enough protection to the skin allowing the sun to pass thru the skin’s layers.