My Top 5 Sunscreen Picks for Summer 2018

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Its that time of year again where we need to be extra vigilent about protecting our skin from the sun. If you’re not already wearing daily SPF I am judging you through the screen. Just kidding, sort of…If you’re not, it’s never too late to start, especially now when the sun shines brighter, closer and longer.

Have a chronic illness like me? Check out this article I recently wrote (for RheumatoidArthritis.net) about the importance of wearing sunscreen.

 

I am a sunscreen hobbyist. I could go as far to say I collect sunscreen. There are never less than five different types in my room, or my purse…or my car. This last one is probably over kill because if I’m driving it probably means I’m taking my bag. But in terms of sun protection, more is always better. Do you need sunscreen? No problem. Have sensitive skin? I’ve got one for that. Need a stick version for under the eyes or the bridge of the nose? Yup, it’s in here somewhere.

I stand true to spray sunscreens because they are fast, convinient and RA-friendly. On the days my fingers are swollen and painful I don’t have to worry about protecting my skin; I spray and go and I’m all set. This being said, I can’t help but try sun protectant in any form, lotion, whipped cream or stick. I  want to try them all!! I want to catch ’em all!

So, I hope you like this post. Let me know in the comments if you have tried these but, before you do, don’t forget to…

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Top Favorite Sunscreens for 2018 | the Rite of Aging...Early - Chanel UV EssentielI absolutely love love love the Chanel UV Essentiel sunscreen. It is not exclusively a facial protectant but given the bottles small size and large price tag I use it sparingly. One bottles lasts me a full summer and a little beyond. The product is very liquidy and it only takes a little amount (read: 1-2 drops) to cover the neck, face and ears. Be warned though, since the main ingredient is Titanium Dioxide it does leave a white cast that eventually soaks into the skin.

 

Best Sunscreens for 2018 || the Rite of Aging...Early (Neutrogena Clear Face)I have naturally oily skin so most face sunscreens break me out. The Chanel one is one of the few that doesn’t but when I ran out I didn’t feel like spending so much money. On a whim and with low expectations, I tried the Neutrogena face sunscreen*. I gave it a solid two weeks and I was beyond surprised. It didn’t irritate my skin even though the product was pretty thick. It doesn’t leave a white cast but it does leave me quite greasy. Eh, nothing a oil-blotting sheet can’t fix!

 

Best Sunscreens for 2018 | the Rite of Aging...Early (Hawaiian Tropic)Hawaiian Tropic was never a brand I looked to for sun protectant since it’s more popular products were sun tan lotions. I saw this sunscreen towards the end of last summer and thought it looked interesting. I am so glad I tried it because I am IN LOVE. This sunscreen/moisturizer works beautifully and makes my skin glisten ever so slightly (sure, it could just be the grease, lol) but it also makes the skin look just a smidge more even-toned. The Weightless version is a little more difficult to find but there are other versions of the Silk Hydration* available.

 

I love me a good spray sunscreen because of the convinience and arthritis-friendly status. My favorite is the Coppertone Sheer Clear (now Defend and Care) specifically in SPF 30. I tried the SPF 50 a few times and each time the nozzle didn’t work because the product was too thick. You would think that with the introduction of the new line the brand would fix the spray issue but no, the nozzle is still a problem! In general, however, I do like most of the Coppertone products, especially the Sport* line. It is greasy but it covers well and does not “sweat off” too easily.

 

Best Sunscreens for Summer 2018 | the Rite of Aging...Early (Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen)And last, but certainly not least is the SuperGoop! Everyday sunscreen. This brand was so heavily talked about on social media I originally shyed awaay from it. However, after recieving a sample, I became a convert. The formula is not too thick and applies evenly. It absorbs quickly and does not leave a white cast. I haven’t tried any of their newer products but they are definitely on my list.

 

Best Sunscreens for Summer 2018 | the Rite of Aging...Early (Eucerin Daily Hydration with SPF)

This is just your run of the mill Eucerin lotion with added sun protection factor. It absorbs quickly, doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy and does not look chalky. I use it in the morning as a regular moisturizer every day of the year. It’s nice to know I’m at least partially protected from the sun if I forget my usual sun protection regime!

 

So, what do you think of these sunscreens? Have you used them? Let me know in the comments..But, before you hop on down there don’t forget to…

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Satisfied Sunday 6/3

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This week I am grateful that…

black and brown short haired puppy in cup…when I have an acute pain it only lasts an hour or two…

 

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Decorating the Robin’s Egg || Nail Art

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Spring screams the birth of new life, plants, and birds. And this year, the plummage on said birds seems so much more vibrant. Anyways, this look was inspired by the beautiful blue Robin’s egg.

I used the next Born Pretty Store stamping polish and a new to me stamping plate from the same company. I have to say, I honestly didn’t expect much from the polish because it looked rather sheer in the bottle. I was pleasantly surprised to see how opaque it was, especially over this blue!

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Dots: Zoya Goldie

Stamping: Born Pretty Store fireworks stamping plate (ID#42510)*, gold stamping polish (ID#39203)*

 

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Satisfied Sunday (5/27/2018)

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mocha4_edited-1…Mocha is almost fully recovered from surgery (she displaced a tendon in her ankle 7 weeks ago) and almost back to her old happy-go-lucky self!

 

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Once More Into the Depths…Once More

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The Orencia biologic is an IV drug that suppresses the immune system. There are multiple biologics on the market and each hit a different part of the immune response. So far, Orencia has worked the best for me.

I have been on it for nearly three years straight. I was initially on the subcutaneous self-administered injections but they did not work nearly as effectively as the IV. Now, I go to the clinic once a month and sit for anywhere between 15 and 30 minutes.

I schedule my infusions for Friday because I need the weekend to recover. I used to ask for the day off but now I am free and clear to work. I don’t generally experience any side effects except for varying degrees of fatigue.

This past week has been a bit weird for me. I experienced a very localized “flare”. I hesitate in calling it a flare because my increase in symptoms (pain, fatigue and joint stiffness) are usually globalized. I have extreme pain in my hips, knees and ankles. Joints north of the equator felt fine. I felt pain staying in any one position for more than a couple of minutes (including just standing upright). I almost have full loss of motion and just an overall heavy feeling.

I really hope it’s just the Orencia cutting out early. Even though it works the best, for me, it sometimes only lasts two out of the four weeks. But, after my infusion today, I feel worse. I slept for almost 5 hours, totally lost to the world and when I woke up I felt like I was dying.

I won’t really worry until Monday because it takes a couple of days for the medication to kick in but, if the pain doesn’t go away by the beginning of next week then it’s probably not a flare and there must be something else going on, right?

 

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Cop-per into Spring Eye Look || Makeup Tutorial Video

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Well, hello there, my Spring Bunnies! Today, I’m going to show you a super easy, arthritis-friendly copper look. Let’s hop into the season together. Enjoy!

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Milani Eyeshadow Primer*

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LORAC Mega Pro 3 Palette (LE 2016) – Shade: Maple

Morphe 35OS Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette

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*Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye PencilUrban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye PencilUrban Urban Decay 24/7 Eye PencilUrban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil – Shade: LSD

Urban Decay Electric Eye Palette – Shade: Gonzo

Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips – Shade: Vegas Strip/Light Bronzer*

YSL ‘Babydoll’ Mascara

MAC Fix+ Setting Spray

 

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Satisfied Sundays 5/20

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This week I am grateful that…

Leaves after a Heavy Rainstorm…it’s warm and rainy. It’s been raining for seven days straight. The world is green and well-hydrated. The brown lawns of winter and now growing wild and green. Springtime in Washington DC is a beautiful time of year.

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.