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Updating Your Summer Skin Routine

It’s that time, ladies. Summer’s here, and it’s time to reevaluate our makeup and skincare routines. I was flattered when my friend Carrie (who’s a big-deal fashion blogger) asked me to write a beauty guest post on WEAR + WHERE + WELL, so please head over there to read my full post! Find out the makeup product I refuse to leave home without, as well as the serum that you need in addition to sunscreen every morning. Please head here to read the lowdown on my summer skin routine:

I hope you enjoy reading Carrie’s fashion and travel blog as much as I do! And have fun on your summer travels. For our family, this summer is all about the kids. We just got back from Disneyworld, and are heading to Santa Barbara and Charleston in July. No exotic tropical locales for me this year! I’ll just have to live vicariously through Carrie.

You better believe my trusty SPF roll-up visor came off only briefly for this obligatory Disney castle photo op! The rest of the time it was practically glued to my head to shield my face from the harsh Florida rays. And, bonus: the adjustable tightness of the visor kept it from flying off during rides! See:

  • Claudia

    Love your blog so much! I have been a trusting user of Elta MD facial sunscreen (and all the mineral based sunscreens in general for me and my kids), so I was shocked to read the sunscreen article on consumer reports. You should read it, basically it said the mineral ones don’t work very well :( I’d be really interested to hear your thoughts!

    • Beautynowapp

      Claudia– thank you so much for calling the alarming article to my attention. Definitely warrants additional research on my part. Did you happen to find a list of all the sunscreens they tested, and was Elta MD on there? I do know that the Elta MD UV Clear that I wear on a daily basis has both mineral and chemical sunscreen (oxytinoate I believe), so hopefully I am covering my bases???? Anyway, very scary. I have suspected that about my kids sunscreen– it doesn’t seem to be working very well.

      • Claudia

        Here is a snippet: “In our tests over the years, so-called “natural” or mineral sunscreens—those that contain only titanium dioxide, zinc oxide or both as active ingredients—have tended to perform less well than those that have chemical active ingredients, such as avobenzone. None of the mineral sunscreens in our tests this year did well enough to make our list of recommendations.”

        There is a long list of rated sunscreens, pretty much all of which contain the controversial oxybenzone, but here is a meta-analysis of various studies on the harms of that, written by an Econ Professor at U of Chicago, which basically says its worth the risk:

        You can tell Im a total sunscreen nerd.

  • Carrie Colbert

    I was so honored to have your great insights on Wear + Where + Well! Thanks, Kathleen. You are the best.