This week the lovely Lipstick League members are asking what's the best skincare product that you use year-round?
I forget sometimes that I live in a strange bubble filled with information that is taken to heart mostly by other people in the same arena. Granted, this particular item can be classified as "less frivolous" than a lot of topics we cover, but even then, few outside-the-beauty-bubble folks care as much as we do about UV protection.
They care even less when it's winter, when the sun's rays are weaker despite its position closer to the earth. (I'm in Winnipeg, Manitoba right now, and let me tell you this sunshine is no wimp. According to the Internet, although nicknamed "Winterpeg" and tagged in national news for being colder than Mars and the North Pole on Boxing Day last December, this is the second sunniest major city in Canada, with 2353 hours of sunshine per year. Toronto, where I live, is the 10th sunniest, with 2066 hours.)
The thing is that harmful UV is sneaky. It has a dual personality: UVB is the fun-loving, reckless life of the party everybody knows because it lives in sunshine and we can feel it on our skin; UVA is the stealthy, silent infiltrator that slips easily through windows and clouds and the top layers of our skin all. year. long. to cause insidious damage we see and feel only when it's too late.
The other thing to remember is that sunscreen can actually reverse the skin-aging process. It allows the skin to remain in repair mode because it doesn't have to defend itself from UV during the day. If you've always worn sunscreen every day and continue to do so, it seriously delays the appearance of visible aging.
So, because I know all this and I live in this skincare-obsessed bubble, I'm all about sunscreen all the damn time. I use an SPF 50+ daily, either in the form of fragrance-free Avène SPF 50+ Ultra-Light Mineral Lotion, my favourite for complexion protection, or It Cosmetics SPF 50+ CC Cream, which also defends with mineral UV filters as it evens out skin tone. #thisis49
And I can't wait for this: three shades of tinted Avene SPF 50+ Ultra-Light Mineral Lotion are launching this May! Watch the @imabeautygeek Instagram stories in the Instagram app for a sneak peek.
Aside: I doubt it'll happen, but wouldn't it be great if all windows in houses, office buildings and cars, by law, had to be coated in UV-protective film? If I had a car, I'd do all the windows. Wonder how expensive it would be to do my apartment?
lipstick league links of the week
EauMG This “nude” perfume smells like clean skin and Victoria's totally down with that. Here’s her review of the newest from French perfume house Les Parfums de Rosine.
My Beauty Bunny is sharing her favorite cruelty free facial sunscreens that WON’T make you break out!
Painted Ladies Sheila spills the beans and shares 8 makeup tips she learned from working for MAC Cosmetics.
Prime Beauty has been reaching for the cute Give It Me Straight Eyeshadow Palette from ColourPop again and again. She loves the mix of matte and metallic, warm orange tones and cool mauves and thinks you will too!
Phyrra Looking for a budget friendly foundation? Check out this Cruelty-free Drugstore Foundations guide!
Realizing Beauty The Too Faced White Peach Eyeshadow Palette is a dream come true for those looking for softer shades in a buttery smooth and pigmented formula.
Slashed Beauty Miranda’s rounding up all of the best new drugstore makeup releases that have launched in February. Which ones will you be adding to your shopping list?
we heart this Would you believe Steph if she told you advanced anti aging skincare can cost less than FIVE DOLLARS? It’s true…click and see!
Blushing Noir If you’re prone to breakouts then you NEED to check out this customized skincare routine for oily, acne-prone skin. Emme Diane Skincare changed Brooke's entire routine and the results prove that it WORKS!
(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)
EauMG is Currently Craving: Victoria absolutely does not need another warm, neutral eyeshadow palette in her life. She knows this. But, have you seen the Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat?! It looks perfect. Maybe she could use another…
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Now you: what's your favourite skincare item that you use year-round?
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