Weekly Skinspiration August 14, 2017
Dermatology Pearl: Easy Tips for Sun Safety
It has been REALLY sunny in NYC lately, and I find myself having to pack extra accessories and sunscreen with me to keep me protected throughout the day! Here are a few of my trusty items to prevent too much sun exposure:
- Large hat with a sizable brim – You want to make sure that the brim is large enough to provide shade for your face and hopefully neck too. I use the hat above for short walks but for beach days I would opt for a hat with a way bigger brim. You’re creating your own shade! Baseball hats may block the front of your face but it misses the sides. Also, a straw hat with too many holes won’t do much for blocking UV radiation.
- Sunglasses – Too much UV radiation can damage your retina, promote cataracts, and even cause tissue growth OVER your eye. Plus, the skin around your eyes is very thin, and you don’t want to squint and make wrinkles in that area!
- Chapstick – I wrote at length about loving your lips and protecting and nourishing them in my last post here, but in case you missed it, your lips need SPF too! My favorites are the Kaplan MD lip balm, which contains hyaluronic filling spheres, marine collagen peptides, and provides SPF 20 sun protection (not pictured) and the fresh sugar lip therapy (pictured above in Rose) with SPF 15. You can get precancers or even skin cancer on the lips, so don’t forget to protect those areas too.
- Sunscreen – I always talk about sunscreen and the importance of reapplying every two hours, but let’s be REALISTIC here. If you have a full face of makeup on, how the HECK would you reapply sunscreen on top of your makeup? ColoreScience’s Unforgettable loose mineral sunscreen powder in SPF 50 is the answer to all your sunscreen woes. I’m just introducing it here but read on for my full product review below.
As I mentioned above, the ColoreScience Unforgettable brush-on sunscreen (c/o) has changed my life. I’m not even being dramatic. I never leave the house without it. They sent me the above samples to try, but I know that I will be purchasing these for the rest of my life because they are THAT. GOOD. I’ll admit something here. I’m really bad at reapplying liquid sunscreen because I already have makeup on, and when I’m getting ready to go outside, the last thing I want to do is reapply runny sunscreen liquid all over my face, smearing all my makeup everywhere. That all changed once I found out about ColoreScience powder in SPF 30 or 50. Now, whenever I go outside, I can reapply sunscreen super quickly in a way that complements my makeup! It takes less than 1 minute to reapply the sunscreen all over my face, ears, and neck. The loose powder comes in three shades, fair, medium, and tan, and it provides very light coverage, not so much to replace makeup but more than your average non-tinted sunscreen. It is broad spectrum, meaning it blocks both UVA and UVB radiation, and consists of physical blockers, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which are perfect for people prone to sunburns or those who have sensitive skin. My only warning with this is that you have to make sure you are applying enough of it to get the benefit; because it is lightly tinted, it can be hard to tell if you are putting on enough to get the full SPF 30 or 50 effects.
So do yourself a favor and get yourself one of these brush on sunscreens from ColoreScience, and don’t forget to tell your friends and family too!
Nothing new this week – check out my Nordstrom sale picks here and skin/beauty picks here.
In terms of work:
Work has been great! I am thoroughly enjoying being a third year (or PGY-4), as I’m finally feeling very comfortable seeing a wide range of dermatologic diseases and conditions in clinic. Last week I spent some time shadowing Dr. Shari Marchbein. It’s so fun to see how different doctors run different clinics, and to see the variety of skin conditions each doctor treats. Dr. Marchbein is an acne expert and I really enjoyed hearing her counsel her patients on how to put together a good skincare regimen, what products to use and when, and which prescription strength topical and systemic medications are the best. For those of you who aren’t following her on IG already, Dr. Marchbein is also the most stylish attending I know, so check out her instagram for your daily dose of fashion + dermatology.
Last week I attended an event with Marie Claire and Vichy at Hearst headquarters. Aside from this amazing latte art, we also heard from Dr. Erin Gilbert about skincare trends and how Vichy skincare products fit into your daily routine. It was a really fun event and I hope that one day I can also be the dermatologist that shares with all of you how to build your skincare regimen. I also got to meet several other fun skincare bloggers and received several Vichy products which I hope to review for you guys soon.
I also got a haircut I finally decided to chop off all my long hair and go for a lob (long bob)! So far I am loving it for summer. My head feels so much lighter, perfect for summer. For those of you asking, I got my haircut at V One salon in Chinatown with Kenny. It is super affordable and he is a great stylist who does both color and cut.
Have a good week!