beauty, health, product review

in which we read an article about skin cancer, go to the dermatologist, and create a roundup of suncreen products

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So I get my May Lucky Magazine and I’m all happy, just lying around reading it and then I read an article about a black girl who got cancer. Hello? Crisis mode. My mom was a registered nurse and I was born a hypochondriac. Black women get skin cancer? Nah, not this one.

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I proceeded to look at every inch of skin that I could see and decided that this spot on my breast, which has what to me are irregular edges and has doubled in size over the course of a year, was a melanoma.

I. Was. Convinced.

Then began the comedy of trying to schedule a skincare screening. For some reason their computer system was down (for 8 hours? I could be dying!) and then they were really snotty and gave me an appointment in JULY. No- I might be dying of skin cancer, so this is me filing a complaining and letting Lutheran Medical know that even a hypochondriac has feelings. My appointment was rescheduled for the next week.

Sorry, but I’m dying if I don’t have to. What would the world do without me?

I went in, checked in, and when I saw the doctor I showed them the article and asked for a skin cancer screening. This consisted of being gone over by eye and with light up magnifying glass, including my back and the soles of my feet. I showed her the thing on my breast, and she said it was nothing, but to make sure to make a skin-cancer screening a yearly addition to my checkup list.

So now that I wasn’t dying, I needed to do something about my situation. Meaning? I ransacked every drawer of skincare products and found no sunscreen anywhere in my house. Um, that’s not happening. So I reached out, did some emailing, did some nagging and voila! The Sunscreen Roundup is a thing!

That’s how I roll.

Sunscreen:

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So this was my haul, not bad, right? I love PR ladies. Let’s do this!!

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Equitance Sunscreen SPF 36 ($30) safeguards against UV rays and free radicals and also acts as a makeup primer. Goes on light and sheer, dries quickly.

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This h20+ Green Tea Antioxidant Lotion from the Marine Collection ($42) is an SPF30 broad spectrum suncreen that tingles like fire when it first goes on. It feels like someone’s building a firewall on your face. Also lightweight, dries clear, and I love the scent.

Ok- I have to admit that h20+ is one of the first skincare brands that I spent money on. I felt so grown up. My bathroom smelled like the beach, which is ok because I lived in Far Rockaway (Coney island land) as a kid.

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UPDATE: This one came in a little late, but I still wanted to reccomend it. Elemis Liquid Layer Sunblock SPF30 ($41.50). Elemis states that Liquid Layer ‘guarantees reliable sun and pollution protection’. I got it last night and smoothed some on this morning, 6/5/2015, before my workout. It doesn’t absorb into the skin, but sits right up top acting as a barrier to UVrays. It doesn’t feel greasy or anything, so even though it makes me look like a zombie because of the white Ttaniam Dioxide in the formula, I bet it could be covered with makeup like a primer without messing up my skin.

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The Obagi Medical Professional-C SPF30 ($42) sunscreen comes out in a thin, almost powdery stream, so be prepared for that. I guess that you could use this anywhere, but I put this in the face category along with the Equitance and h20+ suncreens. I used all three of them in rotation, applying 15 minutes before going to the park for my morning workout. My skin feels soft, and I haven’t broken out, so there’s no downside so far.

The Obagi Medical Sun Shield (approx $30) is a thicker lotion that contains zinc oxide and left white smears all over my skin. It sticks, even after taking a shower, I still had white smears on my ankles.

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This is so cute! Australian Gold has a Hello Kitty line, featuring this Mineral Sunscreen Lotion in Sweet Starfruit scent ($9.99). The Butterfly Bush Extract a native Chinese shrub is supposedly  providing the photo-protective activity. I slathered this all over my arms before hitting the track (all of these products ask that you wait 15 minutes before going out in the sun, so plan accordingly). About halfway through my workout, I had to stop and re-smooth the lotion over my skin because it had caked in the creases of my inner elbow.

I will continue to use this and the Obagi Medical Sun Shield for exercising, but I might just make sure to wear long sleeves for days when I feel that I need this much protection. I can use these products to protect my neck, the back of my hands (sun is so aging in that area!) and on my ankles if I have on cropped leggings or rolled up sweatpants. For those who run in Teva style sandals, I would use this on exposed feet.

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This Austrailan Gold Lotion Sunscreen with Kona Bronzers ($8.99) is actually my favorite for body, since it enhances my skin color. I received SPF15, but it’s also available in SPF30 and SPF50. It’s thinner than the other sunscreens, goes on like a moisturizer and I’m probably going to end up buying the higher SPF formulas to use when I’m wearing a bathing suit, simply because it doesn’t leave the white smears.

Cooling lotions:

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In case you do get a burn or start to or just need to cool down after being out in the sun all day, here are three cooling lotions you may want in your beach bag:

1. Red Door Professional Olive & Mint Cooling Gel- smooths on like lotion, creamy and luxurious.

2. Australian Gold Hello Kitty Frozen Aloe After Sun Cooling Spray ($7.99) is supposed to spray on like snowflakes, but maybe I just haven’t practiced enough to make that happen. Either way, it cooled me down after an hour and a half of running around outside, so I know I’ll be glad to have it when it gets really hot at the park or beach.

3. Aubrey Pure Aloe Vera ($7.95) the person who sent this over recommended leaving it in the fridge, so that’s a thought. You really can’t get much better than pure aloe vera for skin care or burns, so this is an instant win.

I’m hoping that you’ll take the hint that I did and make sure to use sunscreen, no matter how dark you are. Skin cancer is an equal opportunity disease, don’t forget,

Next up: Finally looking at those Closet re-organizing tips from Jennifer Eve Eisner and going to the Container Store (so many shoe boxes!!!)

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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