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....