Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Sensitive Skins Daily Calming Moisturizer SPF 30 Review on A Modern Lady Blog

Yes to Cucumbers Daily Calming Moisturizer SPF 30

 

AML & Sunscreen

I’m a time-jumping, shape-shifting, fire-breathing beast about sunscreen.

Why? In the foolishness of my (fairly recent) youth, I suffered three–count them: “One! Two! Three!” bouts of acute sun poisoning. Yes, you read that correctly. I suffered sun poisoning. At the time, I didn’t know sun poisoning was “a thing,” or even possible. (Also, I didn’t receive super powers for the trouble–so frustrating.)

After the third “event,” it took my skin ten months to return to its normal color and supple texture. That experience convinced me to make sunscreen a way of life. (The third time really is the charm, apparently.)

Thankfully, my melanin supplies issued me a Mercy Pass for my photo-insolence. Through each bout I suffered no peeling, perma-tanning, scarring, etc. However, I don’t want to rely solely on my DNA for graceful aging. I never want to take it for granted again.

The Quest for the Perfect Sunscreen

Since my teenage years, I have been on an (epic) quest to find the Holy Grail of sunscreens.

This sunscreen must: 

  1. Be reasonably priced for its quality per oz
  2. Cosmetically elegant (It feels good on the skin and easy to apply.)
  3. Layer under and on top of make-up without distorting its color and/or finish
  4. No Oxybenzone

(It’s no surprise that I am still looking, is it? Sigh.)

Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Sensitive Skins Daily Calming Moisturizer SPF 30 Review on A Modern Lady Blog

My Experience

T H E   G O O D

  • It’s non-chemical, which I and my skin loved.
  • It’s fairly cosmetically elegant: it added enough moisture to please my normal-to-oil skin, without feeling “greasy.”
  • While I do not care for fragrance in most products, the delightfully fresh, cucumber scent is calming and unobtrusive,

T H E   B A D

Unfortunately, applying this product requires more effort than its runny, thin texture would lead you to believe. It required effort to rub into the skin, unless you wanted a strikingly white, ashen cast–not good. This leads to irritation. Sunscreen that is non-chemical is best “patted” into skin, rather than rubbed.

Patting in just enough product for it to provide sun protection left a comically white cast on my normally golden brown/tan skin. I normally do not wear foundation or moisturizer; however, even adding full-coverage liquid foundation and power on top of this, did not prevent me from looking as though my face was three to four shades lighter than my body.

On its own, it was difficult to remove, even more so under make up. With or without make up, I had to use a make-up removing cleansing oil, and then a regular facial cleanser, followed by a deep-cleaning toner to remove all traces of it.

Adding insult to injury, higher-end sunscreens such as SuperGoop! clock in at around $7-8 an ounce. I’m surprised at this product’s similar price point for the amount (and formulation issues).

TL;DR

Is it for you? This was ash-inducing, irritating to my skin, and difficult to remove.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: ZINC OXIDE (11.0%), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (6.2%).

INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Hydrogenated Methyl Abietate, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phenethyl Alcohol, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Alcohol, Fragrance, Hydrated Silica, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tocopherol, Maris Limus Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate

A Modern Lady Yes to Grapefruit Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15 Review

Yes to Grapefruit Even Skin Tone Moisturizer SPF 15

 

Beloved readers, I was ten twelve kinds of excited to try this.

Why?

I bathe in sunscreen. I’ve done so since my third bout of acute sun-poisoning. Yes. Third. After my skin took a full TEN MONTHS to recover from the last episode, I changed my ways. What was I doing to poison myself with the sun–literally? I chatted with a friend on a sunny day for about five hours straight, catching up on the past four years. #ExtrovertProblems

This is why I constantly try various sunscreens forever searching for my Holy Grail sunscreen.

My HOLY GRAIL sunscreen:

  1. Be reasonably priced for its quality per oz
  2. Cosmetically elegant (It feels good on the skin and easy to apply.)
  3. Layer under and on top of make-up without distorting its color and/or finish
  4. No Oxybenzone

(Yes, I am still looking. #NotSurprising)

My Experience

T H E   G O O D

This sunscreen bears a lovely fresh, true grapefruit scent. (That praise is coming from a lady that does not care for citrus scents to begin with!)

T H E   B A D

  • Will cause you to appear extremely ashen and paler than usual
  • Very difficult to remove from skin.

This made me appear ashen to the point of illness, by 2-3 shades, with or without full-coverage foundation. More worrisome, I had to wash several times to remove it–first using a facial cleansing oil, followed by make-up remover, and followed by toner (when worn alone and with full-coverage foundation on top.)

As you may expect, my skin was less than enthused with it. I quickly halted use out of fear of breakouts, and a desire to look healthy and well-rested.

Reluctantly, I added this to my FAIL pile.

TL;DR

Sadly, this isn’t cosmetically elegant (a bit greasy feeling), leaves a white cast (thanks, titanium dioxide!), and alters the color of your foundation or tinted moisturizer by 2-3 shades.  Also, it’s difficult to remove. Its delightful, true-to-life scent is the best thing about it.

Active Ingredients Zinc Oxide (3.2%), Titanium Dioxide (2.9%)

Inactive Ingredients: Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Coco-Glucoside, Phenethyl Alcohol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Moringa oleifera seed oil, Limonene, Glyceryl Isostearate, Fragrance, Hydrated Silica, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tocopherol, Citrus

a modern lady review Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30

Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30

 

Beloved readers, I was rather impressed by this moisturizer/sunscreen. I first used this, in my early days of becoming acquainted with sunscreen and sun protection, after my last round of Sun Poisoning. I have since moved on to daily moisturizers with higher SPF, and more natural ingredients but, I will always keep this in mind, in a pinch.

My Experience

It didn’t irritate my face as I applied it in generous (SEVERAL quarter-sized or more amounts) layers.

I also loved that this washed away easily and cleanly, which some of my more heavy duty sunscreens (that I all but bathe in these days) don’t.

This was enough moisture for a Midwestern Summer, but would fail to protect my skin from Winter dryness.

T H E   G O O D

  • $12-$13.00
  • Scent
  • Available at your local drugstore, Target, Ulta, and Walmart
  • Moisturizes well

It has an extremely subtle, slightly creamy-sweet scent that I found pleasant. It didn’t have the tell-tale “chemical” scent of many sunscreens.

T H E   B A D

  • Mica can transfer to clothes
  • Doesn’t fade blemishes

Sadly, it did not lighten my few freckles or occasional blemish. This does have a bit of mica in it, hence the “positively radiant” part. It didn’t enhance my skin’s glow or blur imperfections as a highlighter or illuminating primer would.  Beware of getting its little “sparkles” on your clothes.

UPDATE: I currently avoid sunscreen with Avobenzone and Oxybenzone; however, for those unconcerned by those ingredients–enjoy!

TL;DR

Over all, this daily moisturizer didn’t irritate my skin; added sufficient, had an unobtrusive, pleasant scent and best of all: the bottle lasted for half of the summer.

Ingredients: Avobenzone (3%) (Sunscreen), Homosalate (12%) (Sunscreen), Octisalate (5%) (Sunscreen), Octocrylene (1.7%) (Sunscreen), Oxybenzone (3%) (Sunscreen)

a modern lady review hemp oil North American Hemp Co. Never Too Late to Repair Deep Treatment Oil

North American Hemp Co. Never Too Late to Repair Deep Treatment Oil

Beloved readers, among the many niceties I have to say about this product NAHCo sent my way, I wanted to note, in particular, that this is cruelty-free, vegan, and uses certified organic hemp oil.

My Experience

This is, essentially, beloved readers a collection of oils, including hemp oil, in a bottle. It’s a wonderful multi-tasker!

Beauty Hacks:

  • Moisturize skin
  • Scalp treatment
  • Hot Oil Treatment
  • Overnight Oil Treatment
  • Bath oil
  • Hair leave-in
  • Shaving

I was absolutely pleased by its performance in each of the above tasks–it does all of them well.

I know what some of you are thinking: “Well, gee-golly-wiz, can’t I make this myself?” You sure can. The question is: can you do it for ten dollars? I can’t.

I could buy a $7 dollar bottle of organic olive oil, a $15 bottle of unrefined organic coconut oil, a $9 sesame oil, a $12 dollar bottle of sunflower oil, and a $20 bottle of hemp oil.

These are the least expensive prices I could pay for these ingredients and at receive at least eight ounces of each. This does not include purchasing bottles. I personally, adore making my own perfumed oils. As much as I do like making my own beauty products the convenience and price of this product is hard to ignore.

For ladies that do not feel like footing the initial cost of making their own stash of “Blended Beauty Oil,” those that may feel uneasy about properly preserving their mixtures, or those who want it in a handy bottle for travel, or do not care to mix up things in their kitchen in general–this product delivers.

T H E   G O O D

  • Multitasks superbly
  • Nourishes skin and hair
  • Deeply moisturizes
  • Renews scalp
  • Adds shine and elasticity
  • Heals dry skin
  • Lasts for months
  • Pleasant, nutty scent (doesn’t linger)
  • Ample amount of hemp oil

T H E   B A D

  • Marketing
  • Packaging (updated)

I do have a bit of a hang up with its claim to “repair”. That said, it’s a semantic issue and a result of my being picky with companies over their product claims from time to time. Some of the oils in this product can penetrate your hair strand and return some invaluable elasticity that will help prevent breakage.

The packaging seen here is the old design. The new design is far more chic.

TL;DR

This multitasking blend of wonder oils can transform your hair and skin for the better from the very first use to the last. It’s a lovely way to add hemp oil to your beauty regimen.

Ingredients: Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Helianthus annus (Sunflower) seed oil, Sesame (Sesamum indicum) oil, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil, Olea europaea (Olive) fruit oil, Orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis) Oil, Flavor, BHT.