Thursday, May 22, 2008

cherry bits

cherry bits


Well, this is *cough* interesting. The cherries were beautiful, crisp and juicy, but not yet sweet.

With summer almost here, I am searching for the perfect chemical-free sunscreen. I am allergic to chemical sunscreens (oxybenzone, ketone, PABA). Think all the pain, redness and oozy itchiness of a sunburn without the fun in the sun bit and you'll have an idea of what happens when I just do a patch test of most sunscreens. I've tried Burt's Bees SPF 15 and 30, and while it's better than nothing, both formulas have a strong fragrance. Anyone have recommendations to share?

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10 comments:

Harper said...

I've started using Juice Beauty tinted moisturizer with spf 30 and so far I like it. It has a mineral-ly smell when first applied but that quickly dissipates. They also have an untinted version.

Em-En said...

Oooo, thanks Harper!

I've been hesitant to use the Burt's on my face, so this sounds like it will be just right for me. I'll check it out next time I'm at Sephora. :)

Claire said...

Try Nature's Gate "Sport Block" SPF 30. It doesn't smell like anything and it dries so you don't even know you have it on. This is my all purpose sun block, and I love it!

Em-En said...

Thanks Claire. I'll take a look at that brand/formula. :)

adelle louise said...

Dr.Hauschka is the cleanest most organic and lovely skincare line available (Burt's Bees products are inspired by them).I used to be a buyer for a natural foods co-op and this company blew my mind. Google them and then buy them, you won't regret it. The only pain you will feel is in your wallet. Oh yeah, and their sunscreen is awesome!!

Em-En said...

Thanks for the reco Adelle. :)
I'll check them out. Nice to know that I just might have more options than I thought!

greeblygreebly said...

This summer I bought my kids rash guard shirts to wear when they go swiming. They are SPF 50 and don't wash off. :)

Em-En said...

Hi Greebly.

I wish I could just be covered up all the time (there's a reason why autumn and winter are my favorite seasons).

Harper's suggestion of Juice Beauty products has been fabulous! The facial moisturizer with SPF 30 has been working wonders for me, as has the body moisturizer with SPF 20.

jennibinks said...

I'm also very sensitive to chemical sunscreens, I've found that "clear" zinc oxide is the best for my skin. Its not completely clear, looks like a haze on your skin, but it has an SPF of 45 and its not absorbed by your skin and is an actual block, not just a sun screen like the chemical stuff.

Em-En said...

Ah jennibinks! Another who shares my plight.

When I first found I had this allergy in my teen years, my dermatologist's advice was to either wear the thick, white zinc oxide and look like a ghost or stay out of the sun. I chose the later. I can't complain too much, as sun avoidance has kept me looking younger.

I really have fallen in love with the Juice Beauty moisturizer/sunscreen that Harper recommended. And it's great that companies are becoming more aware and offering non-chemical alternatives these days. The advances in science that have allowed for more refined zinc oxide makes my vanity very happy. ;)