Awhile ago, I wrote about my (perhaps unnatural) love for sunscreen (which I’m tonguing in the pic above), but then I found out some sunscreens might be causing cancer. In this case something may be WORSE than nothing. What a bitch.
Since every doctor in the world will tell you to protect your skin form the sun, I now avoid anything with Oxybenzone (supposedly bad active ingredient/suncreen) and retinyl palmitate (a form of vitamin A often found in the inactive ingredients list) and only use products with avobenzone, Mexoryl SX, octisalate, Tinosorb M & S, titanium dioxide, and/or zinc. Why does everything have to be so f**ing complicated?
Life, I guess. Those are the rules! To add even further frustration, there’s the smell and feel of wearing sunscreen. What to do? Sometimes people send me questions, so I answer them:
Q: How do you keep your skin from being a greasy shiny mess after applying all that SPF cream several times a day? I break out just thinking about it… Do tell me the secret.
A: I’ve found a couple brands that don’t leave you all greasy. One of them is the Trader Joe’s brand I’m holding/licking in the pic above, plus they have another one that’s pretty good too (in the orange bottle). The best sunscreen I’ve ever used (so far) is what I keep in my bag at all times: Vichy Liftactiv CxP UV. It is super light and fluffy like a moisturizer and only has a slight scent. There’s no slick or shiny aftermath. Generally, I’ve found it best to avoid generic grocery store brands. Those are cheap, provide poor coverage — and most of them are potentially toxic!