Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Even though you’re probably a sunscreen wiz, since I know you’ve already read our Sunscreen 101 series, sometimes over exposure occurs, and you’re left with reddened skin. What to do?  Follow up with a cooling treatment with high aloe vera content.

Liz Earle Sun Shade Botanical Aftersun Gel ($23.50) is a very lightweight gel to help soothe skin that’s just seen too much sun and needs some cooling treatment. My boyfriend, who is much fairer than I, also burns easy compared to me (I don’t think I’ve ever had sunburn). I put this on his shoulders, and he was a happy camper. It has 92% hydrating organic aloe vera, which is a must-have in your beauty closet when it’s summer (if not year-round!). I sometimes use this on itchy or raw skin, and I find it gives me enough comfort and cooling to keep me from making it worse on myself.

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Olay Total Effects Touch of Sun Moisturizer ($18.99) is an anti-aging daily moisturizer with subtle self-tanning properties. This is good for those who just want to slightly brighten and tan the face, but do not want an actual self-tanner. I find gradual and subtle self-tanners to have a great effect on brightening up the skin, and they do not require nearly as much maintenance as regular self-tanners need. You should see a noticeable color difference within three applications, and after a week, you will get to the darkest you will get. Similarly, Olay Touch of Sun UV Defense Regenerating Lotion ($18.99) works like the moisturizer does, only this has SPF 15 in it.

Olay Touch of Sun Daily Body Lotion ($7.99) comes in light/medium and medium/dark, depending on how deep and dark you want your tan to be. For those who do not want to apply a regular self-tanner after a shower (which can take an hour or two from start to finish), try this moisturizer with just a touch of self-tanner that works while you sleep. Within two or three applications, you should notice that your skin tone has deepened slightly. From there, you can control how dark you want to be or how dark you want to stay. If you want to go darker, apply nightly. If you want to maintain your current color level, apply every other night or less.

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Saturday, May 24th, 2008

If you’ve been reading Temptalia for a little while, you’ll know that we are strong advocates of preventing aging by using sunscreen everyday and everywhere. And not every sunscreen is made equal. Make sure you get introduced to sunscreen and learning about what ingredients and things to look for in your ideal sunscreen. You can also check out our Sunscreen 101 series.

Renee Rouleau’s Daily Protection SPF30 ($30.50) is a lightweight sunscreen that boasts 7.5% octinoxate and 7% micronized zinc oxide. The best part about this sunscreen is that it is designed to be your daily moisturizer as well as your daily sunscreen. If you’re like me, you are all about products that can multi-task so that you can save a few minutes in the morning. SPF30 is a good level of protection, and I’ve found that an overwhelming amount of daily moisturizers have no SPF or only SPF15, so it is great to see a product that has a higher level of protection.

I am a huge fan of Renee Rouleau products, so it’s no doubt that I enjoyed using this product. It’s a gentle moisturizer that helps me achieve the sun protection I need throughout the day. I would say in winter, I’d probably just use a moisturizer with SPF 15 and save this for spring and summer, since I’m not outdoors much when it gets cold! Renee Rouleau as a brand avoids using harsh ingredients, including mineral oil, sulfates, synthetic fragrancse and dyes. They concentrate on making quality products, rather than fancy packaging. Personally, their packaging is clean, sleek, and all I need in a product.

My only concern with this product is that you only get two ounces of the stuff for $30.50, which makes this a bit pricier than I’d like–of course, you don’t need too much, but when it comes to sunscreen, you don’t want to attempt to stretch the product in an effort to stretch your dollar.  You want a sunscreen you can use liberally enough that you don’t under-cover your face.

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Olay is one of those brands that everybody has heard of, but you may or may not have tried. It has been around for so many years, you may have tried it eons ago, disliked it, and written it off (or loved it and have forgotten about it!)–but now is the time to head to your nearest drugstore to peruse Olay’s Definity line.

Definity is Olay’s line for “highly defined anti-aging” products. In just eight weeks, consumers should see a difference in their skin when using Olay Definity products–from brown sputs, dullness, unevenness, and wrinkles. These days, so many products tout scientific breakthroughts, miracle ingredients, and jaw-dropping pricetags. It’s hard to keep up, and I have always found that Olay makes it easy to figure out the right skincare regimen for you. For Definity, Olay is emphasizing its usage of the Glucosamine Complex, which is meant to help your skin retain moisture better, increase the regeneration of collagen, smooth lines and wrinkles, and increase your skin’s luminosity.

What products are in the Definity range? Continue reading →

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

C’watre is a brand that labels itself as “oceanic skin care,” which does make you think of spas, gentleness, and natural ingredients. They use “molecularly stimulated ocean water” as an essential ingredient in their products. They also mention that they are sure to only use ingredients in such amounts that they are effective. As an interesting aside, the nutrients and minerals found in sea water are incredibly similar to the molecular makeup of human blood plasma and spinal fluid (you learn something new everyday!).

C’watre as a brand embodies a fusion between Japanese traditions and American innovation to create an enjoyable line that is easy on the skin. Whenever I learn or try out a brand that often utilizes scientific terms or special ingredients, like sea water, I get a little nervous about the cost. C’watre isn’t cheap, and while some of their products are affordable, others are more of mid to high range in terms of skin care. They’re no La Mer, but they aren’t your Olay, either.

I tried the Kanreki Wash… was it worth it?  Continue reading →

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

If you’ve been reading Temptalia for a little while, you’ll know that we are strong advocates of preventing aging by using sunscreen everyday and everywhere. And not every sunscreen is made equal. Make sure you get introduced to sunscreen and learning about what ingredients and things to look for in your ideal sunscreen. You can also check out our Sunscreen 101 series.

Skinceutical’s Active UV Defense Sunscreen Cream SPF 15 ($29.00) uses 3% Mexoryl SX as one of three active sunscreen ingredients, which is proven to have good protection against short UVA. It then has 2% Avobenzone, which protects against long-wave UVA. To protect you against the UVB spectrum, it contains 10% Octocrylene, which stabilizes the Avobenzone. (Yes, sunscreen is actually much more complicated than you thought!)  This sunscreen is meant for face, so you’ll want something else for your body (and with the size of the tube, you’ll probably realize it’s not meant for body), but I would recommend using it on your neck and decolletage area, too.

While it is only SPF 15, it is also water and sweat-resistant, comes in a fragrance-free formula, and it is lightweight. Ideally, you should apply sunscreen 15-20 minutes before you head out into the sun, and you should re-apply every two hours or more often, depending on your skin type.

Find it at www.skinceuticals.com.