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How to Protect Yourself

Are you protecting the delicate skin on your face by wearing enough sunscreen? Chances are the answer is no. My morning routine of the last several years incorporated a daily facial moisturizer with an SPF of 15 or over, worn under a foundation with built-in SPF as well. Should be enough on any given day right? Wrong! According to dermatologists we should be applying sun protection at least every two hours. How do you do that without feeling sticky, greasy or ruining your makeup? Read on.

A few years ago while pregnant, my forehead went a darker pigment than the rest of my face. This condition commonly called pregnancy mask, is melasma gravidarum in medical terms. Post birth, I started noticing dark patches showing up on my cheeks too! Melasma is caused by hormonal changes and sun exposure worsens it. I tried in vain to cover the dark patches with lighter foundation, but it made my complexion chalky, and I didn’t like the feel of wearing so much makeup. I cut bangs to cover my forehead which hid part of my problem and continued trying to conceal brown spots on my face strategically with foundation. It worked, sort of.

Fast forward a few years, and I still have melasma marring my face, it really bothers me. At the beginning of the summer, I asked my girlfriend Sara who worked for a cosmetic physician about laser treatment to remove the melasma. She said the treatment would work, however, any exposure to sun and new pigmentation could appear. She explained I would need to apply sunscreen every couple of hours. The thought of applying greasy lotion to my face all day especially over my makeup disturbed me. Thank you Sara for clueing me in to powder sunblock! I usually carry, in my purse, a mineral powder to cut shine, so just swapping it to one with SPF couldn’t be easier.

Soon after my chat with Sara, I found Brush On Block at Anthropologie for $34.00 and didn’t hesitate to buy it immediately. Brush On Block was developed by Susan Posnick, a celebrity makeup artist and skin cancer survivor, to make it easy for every man, woman and child to protect their skin from the sun. It’s a mineral sunscreen with broad spectrum SPF 30 for UVA/UVB protection and is sweat and water-resistant for 80 minutes. It comes in a self dispensing applicator with a soft brush and a bottom barrel that you can twist open and closed so there is chance of spillage.  I love that Brush on Block is portable, easy-to-apply, translucent, hypoallergenic and refillable. The refill for the applicator is economical, selling for about half the price. I’ve been carrying my Brush On Block in my purse, using it all summer and absolutely LOVE it! I haven’t committed to laser treatment for the melasma yet, but I’m now committed to better protecting my skin.

Here’s a link to the Brush On Block website where you can read more about the product and order it direct –

You can also find Brush On Block in Anthropologie stores, or order it from them online with this link –

Amazon sells Brush On Block and the refills at this link –

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