Sunscreen – Help Needed!

I think most people by now have come across the article on 2015 sunscreens to avoid and what you should be using. (http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2015/06/neutrogena-sunscreen-toxic-avoid/)

I take sunscreen very seriously because of my Irish fair skin and family history.  In the past I only trusted Neutrogena particularly on my face.  I only use Neutogena face cleansing products on my face and have for years and years.  It’s Dermatologist recommended, right?

As you can imagine I was very disheartened to hear it may be toxic for my skin.  Whether that’s sunscreen only or all of their products, I decided to explore the suggested products according to the “Environmental Working Group” (EWG).  I don’t know who this group is and frankly sounds like a new category for the Westminster Dog Show but what the hey – they explored an important topic.

Reading through the list there are many brands on the “best” list that are familiar to me:  Bullfrog, Burt’s Bees, Earth’s Best, Jersey Shore Sun (GTL), and The Honest Company.  If you don’t know by now, The Honest Company was founded by Jessica Alba to make baby and home products available that are safe and healthy for all.  I’m sure there are many wonderful products people have tried but I can tell you the sunscreen is going in the garbage.

honest sunscreen lotion

One important feature of a product that is a must is that it’s not greasy/oily.  This was about as greasy as baby oil in the 70’s and totally skeeved me out.  I couldn’t get it off my face fast enough that I used Bath & Body Works antibacterial hand soap to wash it off.

So, I am asking for help on sunscreen recommendations.  If you know of any brands on the “best” list in the link listed above that not only is a good sunscreen, safe for the face, water-resistant and non-greasy, please let me know.  My skin thanks you…

 

Misfortune = A Lesson

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In the last few weeks I have come across some misfortune. Initially I was only sharing this information with close friends and family however I have learned so much in the last few weeks that I couldn’t help but share what I have learned.

In May, I lost my job and the grieving process started pretty quickly. The sadness and questions of why came first and then some anger started to creep in. Admittedly, I cried everyday for a week because I felt like a failure. I had always been a hard worker and have been working since I’m 14. I felt like I had lost my identity and I was incredibly embarrassed.

Eventually the sadness wore off and I realized one day that I was given an opportunity. I have more time to find something I really love or something that allows me to work to live and not live to work.

When life throws a curveball what is the best way to react? At first it may be sadness and anger but I’ve learned from many moments in life like this your actions truly show your character. The timing of my misfortune allowed me an opportunity to help others. By helping someone else, it has made me feel better about myself than I have in a long time.

It’s so important to help others in life and not expect anything in return. If you have that expectation you really aren’t helping anyone. Having that “if I scratch your back if you scratch mine” mentality is helping yourself, not others.

Sometimes blessings and opportunities don’t show themselves until time passes and like all things timing is everything.

Recognizing lessons in my journey helps me understand it all and if I can give others advice or help people feel less alone during these times then that makes me happy.

I’ll keep you posted as best I can with updates so stay tuned!