April 24, 2014 4 minute read
Guess what? My weather app is saying that the weather will be ABOVE 10 degrees Celsius for the next 10 days. It’s spring guys, it’s finally spring! So here’s a little post to remind you to protect your skin and find some good UVA and UVB blocking products.
I never really paid attention to the alphabet creams…I figured I have foundations, I have concealers and I have sunscreens – why mix them all into one? Then I realized that these are the answer to a lazy-girl’s prayers, and are a surefire way to get wrinkle banishing ingredients into your makeup and sun protection routine. While I don’t rely on them year-round, I am finding myself constantly throwing them in my beach bag.
Now the real question, which letter of the alphabet do you choose? I don’t really know that there’s a huge difference between a BB cream and a CC cream, but I’ve found the CC creams to be a lot nicer on my skin – I’m generalizing. They’re more of a moisturizer, less of a foundation. So on those days when you need something beyond a bare face and straight up sunscreen, these are a great alternative. Don’t be fooled though, they won’t take the place of your favourite foundation or sunscreen. A makeup artist on one of my jobs described them to me as being similar to what 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioners are for your hair. I think that’s the best way to think of them.
Supergoop CC Cream Daily Correct SPF 35
My favourite CC cream is Supergoop CC Cream Daily Correct SPF 35, $32 in light to medium.
I received a sample in my Birchbox and was instantly hooked. I wore it throughout my whole vacation in Maui (shown in these photos) when we were out on excursions that were going to be photographed. The light to medium is a little dark for my skin right now – it matched my subtle tan in Hawaii – but I do find its self-adjusting shade ability works quite well. The formula is on the thicker side and its finish is more matte than I would generally like, but it absorbed really nicely. Plus when you’re in the sun you’re bound to get that natural dewiness anyways.
This baby packs an impressive list of ingredients, lots of antioxidants (which are beneficial for anti-aging), and free of chemicals and parabens. Plus its PA+++ coverage is the highest rating for UVA protection. I should also mention it scores a wonderful 2 on EWG’s 2013 Guide to Sunscreens – the lower the better when it comes to EWG – but I take their ratings with a grain of salt. Notable ingredients are:
- sodium hyaluronate: aka hyaluronic acid, yay! Remember, it’s a powerful humectant that helps retain moisture levels in the skin.
- glycerin: another awesome humectant.
- pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract: this is an excellent antioxidant and a natural source of malic acid, a hydroxy acid which aids in exfoliation.
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream SPF 30
Another good, all natural CC cream is Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream SPF 30, $39 in natural glow.
This product has more of a satin finish than Supergoop, which I love. It doesn’t absorb instantly, but when it does it leaves behind a really nice fresh scent and a subtly corrected visage. But of course, the lightweight texture and hydrating formula are big selling points. I haven’t used this product as much as I’ve used my Supergoop, but I think it’s safe to say my Juice Beauty and Supergoop CC creams will become good friends in my beach bag.
I love that this brand doesn’t use parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. And hey, it also scores a 2 with EWG (pat self on back). Note: it does have oils in its ingredients, but when I have to choose between the harsh chemicals almost always found in sunscreen products or natural oils that may clog pores, I choose oils. Luckily the oils in this product didn’t break me out, but it is a possibility for anyone prone to acne. On a more positive note, it has pyrus malus (which seems to be the antioxidant trend for this post), grape-derived resveratrol, vitamin C, and fruit stem cells. All incredible skin-benefiting ingredients.
There you have it, a good CC cream can act as a moisturizer, serum, primer, sunscreen, and foundation – but it probably won’t have you cleaning out your makeup drawer. It’s just the perfect addition to your sun bag that provides some serious sun protecting, redness reducing, spot covering and anti-oxidizing benefits for your skin – beach style.