That scaley spot on my forehead, I've seen it every day for months and just kept hoping the blasted thing would rack off .. well it's turned. Red. Sore. And yep, I'm pretty sure it's a skin cancer. Appointment booked at the Dermatologist pronto. I'm predisposed to these nasty little BCC suckers.
Spotting that (alleged) Skin Cancer led me to start thinking about my hunt for the perfect BB Cream. BB equals Beauty Balm. I like the BB concept. I love the tinted BB-with-a-SPF 30+ concept even more. You may not want to hear this but ... here it is ... once a chick gets over a certain age, ahem 40, it's time to start putting a little something-tinted on your face before heading out the door.
Call me old fashioned. Call me what you will but I'm just laying it out on the table - you look better, fresher, younger with a little bit of tinted-something on your face to even out your skin tone.
Enter BB Cream.
BB cream is a skincare/makeup hybrid that provides the hydration of a moisturiser, coverage of a light foundation and, sometimes sun protection factor. The texture is creamier than most tinted moisturisers - hence why they are better for mature skins - and BB creams generally offer more coverage than tinted moisturisers. Another reason they're great for us.
Loving the La Mav Organic BB Cream. No hidden chemicals. Rose Hip oil and Vit C to feed my skin, treat dryness and pigmentation. Good coverage. Creamy yet melts beautifully into your skin. Just not loving that it's only SPF 11.
Definitely my best pick for now.
RRP $39.95 Purchase from Vivian at Boundless Organic and quote 'Amanda' before 14 November to get a FREE gift with purchase. xxx
Which brings me to my quandary. Do I choose better sun protection over toxic chemicals like Phenoxyethanol and PEGs (Polyethylene Glycol)? It's a touch one. I've already had several skin cancers removed so perhaps I should choose the higher sun protection factor. For now I'm going with the organic alternative. Zero nasties, lower SPF ... so I'm throwing on a hat. Problem solved.
I mention the Think Dirty APP in my Facebook Live Video. Think Dirty is the easiest way to lean about the potentially toxic ingredients in your personal care products. Like . Check it out, it's free from the App Store and dead simple to use. Educate yourself. Education just enables better choices. And yes, it's a bit scary.
My mantra for the moment is feed your skin in order to strengthen it and provide some protection from pollutants.
So the hunt for the perfect BB continues ... stay tuned.
My makeup kit has cost me a small fortune to build over the last 13 years. Detoxing it will be a slow process as we aren't all made of money. But the intention to make better choices is there. Onwards and upwards. You do what you can do, little by little - we aren't perfect and that's ok with me.