October 29, 2009

In case you thought I was kidding about the sunscreen...

I was thinking about my post yesterday while watching bad reality television - The Real Housewives of Atlanta to be specific, and realized that I had my case in point right in front of my eyes!  If you aren't familiar with the show please meet Kim Zolciak one of the aforementioned housewives.  Now guess how old she is?  Whatcha think?  40ish?  Maybe a well preserved 50?  Ready...? 29, that's right, I said TWENTY-NINE!  This is the kind of haggard look for such a young age that seems to beg the expression "Rode hard and put away wet".  This is not the way we want to look at 29 now is it?  Keep in mind this is what 29 with lots of money from Big Poppa looks like.  This is what 29 with a professional make-up job and a big ol' wig looks like.  Of course it doesn't help that she also smokes, so if you are a smoking, non-sunscreen wearer, this is what you have to look forward to at 29...not pretty is it?!  Which is the perfect segueway into my favourite moisturizers containing sunscreen...

Biotherm Face Multi-Protection is more then just a sunscreen, even though you will find it in Biotherm's sun care section.  It also works as your moisturizer.  Best part, it comes in SPF 15, 30 and 50.  Oily/combination girls might not love this, I find it a bit heavy, but normal/dry girls should appreciate the texture.  And at $32.50, not a bad price for a face cream.

La Roche Posay - this line is much beloved by dermatologists and sensitive skin sufferers everywhere but not that well know by everyone else.  If you like your skincare to be free of unnecessary fragrance, colour and irritating ingredients then you really need to give this line a try and you might want to start with Hydraphase UV SPF 30.  It's light and fast absorbing.  Darker skin tones might find that it needs some extra rubbing in time as it does have a whitish cast when it first goes on.

My honourable mention goes to Lise Watier Hydra-City.  The only reason it isn't getting my full on approval is I think the SPF of 15 is a little too low, definitely the very minimum you should be wearing. Otherwise it's such a good moisturizer I couldn't leave it off the list entirely.  Now you all have no excuse to eventually/ever look like Kim!
- Lisamarie -

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