Luxury Sunscreen that Doubles as a Hydrator & Fragrance!
It is officially time to break out the sunscreen! FINALLY! It seems like I have been waiting forever for some sun and warmth...but then again when you live in Maine we really do wait forever for these 3 glorious summer months.
Now that I'm older (slightly) and wiser (on good days) I know how crucial sunscreen is on a daily basis. Long gone are the days where I naively went tanning just to fit into society and match my looks to magazine fashion models. I look up to actresses that have embraced their "paleness" with pride, like Nicole Kidman and Anne Hathaway. I hope the "tan is cool" phase goes out of style because if you have a skin tone like me, or a Franco American heritage, you know that tanning is impossible to do naturally and we would consider burns an improvement to our "whiteness".
Lupita Nyong'o gave an inspirational speech on black beauty at the Essence Magazine Black Women In Hollywood event that resonated with me in a way I could similarly could relate to. Looking at magazines at what we think is beautiful and then comparing yourself to that is something that has always happened and something that needs to stop. Learning to find beauty in your flaws and embracing them if something that comes with age, but it still doesn't make it easy to see images of what we are made to believe is beautiful. Especially now with all of the photoshop "scandals" becoming headline news, I can only hope that one day we can put regulations on photo retouching, or at least reject ones that are clearly overdone, much like they have in England.
With that being said, I rely heavily on sunscreen and making sure I follow the rule of applying before I go in the sun and then reapplying as needed. I'm not a totally angel, I admit I use blockers with only 15 or 20 in them, but something is still better than nothing! I also stay pretty committed to a particular brand once I find ones I love and when it comes to luxury ANYTHING I always turn to L'OCCITANE!
L'OCCITANE: Jenipapo Body Jelly Milk SPF 20 is a light jelly cream texture with SPF 20, this protective body milk enriched with vegetal ingredients helps prevent sunburns while moisturizing the skin with a non-greasy protective film. Containing a jenipapo extract from the Cerrado region of Brazil, this body jelly milk leaves skin delicately fragranced with a green, fruity floral scent.
The golden flowers of the jenipapo tree brighten the Cerrado landscape and fill the air with a floral-fruity fragrance. The Cerrado region, found in the heart of Brazil where three rivers meet, is embellished with leafy trees, sweet fruits, lively fauna and colorful sunsets.
Absolute heaven to put on! Very silky and light which makes it easy to apply. Intoxicating scent to give you a last fresh and fragrant feeling that lasts. It also is incredibly hydrating and melts into skin flawlessly. I've been wearing this every time I know I will be outside for long lengths of time, it like a 3-in-1; moisturizer, SFP and perfume! Worth every cent I just LOVE IT SO SO MUCH!!!
L'OCCITANE: Jenipapo Oil SPF 15 is another product I have to have in the summer! This light body oil with SPF 15 is also enriched with vegetal ingredients and is easily absorbed into the skin, leaving a non-greasy protective film that helps prevent sunburns. Same utterly amazing scent too :) I love using this product on my legs anytime I wear shorts, skirts, dresses or anything that shows my skin. I am protected with a nice glossy sheen that keeps my legs moisturized and healthy. I've also been known to combine this with the Jelly Milk too!
L'OCCITANE: Jenipapo Face Veil SPF 30 has an ultra-light texture and SPF 30! This matte-finish fluid is specifically
formulated to protect and help prevent sunburns on the delicate skin of the face. This gentle liquid veil can be used alone or as the last step in your daily skin care routine and is ideal for daily outdoor use. I apply this on my face before my makeup and I am protected from the sun daily with the high SPF level of 30. Butterly soft and blendable, it is a perfect step to add before makeup application or by itself. Completely non-greasy and matte, so no shine at all!
After a long day at work or the beach make sure you wash it away with L'OCCITANE:Jenipapo Soap! Clean, refreshing and leaves you with a glorious scent! I adore the entire line and I can not praise this company enough for the fine quality products they come out with. For sure one of my favorite brands!
Check them out for yourself at http://usa.loccitane.com
What are your summer plans?
Stay Beautiful You!
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