Saturday, May 23, 2009

Sunscreen Rave

Those of you that know me well know that to say I have sensitive skin is an understatement. Things that most people don't even have to worry about (like the buttons on their jeans) are a daily issue for me. Facials are out of the picture, as are using any sort of product without testing it on a discreet part of my skin first. I'll never forget the time in high school that I tried using a self-tanner and proceeded to break out in a rash over my entire body.

Anyway, sunscreen has also been an issue for me for a long time. I've tried hundreds of sunscreens (YES, I've tried the Neutrogena brand...which I know most people love, but it doesn't work for me), and the problem was that they'd give me a chemical burn, which was worse than the burn that I'd receive from the sun if I didn't wear sunscreen at all. On the other hand, I don't want to expose my skin to the damage that un-blocked sun can do. So last year, I finally went to the dermatologist. She told me that some people are highly sensitive to the preservatives in sunscreen, and suggested the La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX sunscreen. I believe it's actually a daily moisturizer that includes an SPF, so you could use it as sunscreen. It's pretty spendy (20-30 for about 3oz), but let me tell you...since having it the past year, I have not been burnt once. And I only have to apply once a day, about 30 minutes before I'm outside. It's incredible, and I HIGHLY recommend it if you tend to burn easily!


  1. I know EXACTLY what you are talking about with the buttons on jeans. Not fun with a weird looking circular rash right on your stomach.

  2. you do have sensitive skin! Maybe even more than me! Can you wear band-aids? They always burn me. But I have yet to have a problem with jeans. ouch!

  3. A little nail polish on the back of your buttons will fix that jean problem :) I try to do it with colored nail polish so I can tell when it wears off!

  4. My sister has the same problems with sunscreen that you do...I will let her know about this!


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