Protecting my skin is one of my latest obsession. It could be a worst kind of obsession, like a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough for instance. But no, it is all about my skin, ’bout my skin, no trouble… heuhm… do not go that way, Sarah! But I am kind of right, no trouble, I do not want trouble with my skin. I do not know why I suddenly started to think so much about my skin, but since I did I see multiple advertisements, videos, etc. about it.
Let me get it straight to you, I have been mistreating my skin for quite a while, but now that I am more and more into beauty I feel guilty about it. I have been struggling with my skin since I have reached puberty and two years ago I decided to start the Roaccutan treatment. With the advice of my doctor, I took the treatment for three months. My skin looked definitely better, and I was very happy. It did not last very long before my face got some new visitors, namely: pimples. My beautician told me that three months was not long enough, so I went back to my doctor’s and she did not mind to prescribe me for six months. It turns out that I am on this treatment for over 9 months now.
The problems with Roaccutan are: your skin dries out, you get cracked lips, your skin is itchy, bleeding nose, and your heart can beat faster. (these are my side effects, but the side-effects list is much longer) Basically, your skin becomes very sensitive, needs special lotions and butter that do not give your skin that burned feeling you get when you are allergic to a certain product. Of course, when the sun is shining you need extra protection because Roaccutan does not love the sun! Sunscreen is, therefore, a MUST! (Don’t worry Belgium weather never made me burn, even when I forget to protect my skin)
After some research, I discovered that even when the sun is not shining, you still need some SPF protection, as the UV’s are always shining through. I was flabbergasted! This meant I lived for over 23 years without protecting my skin correctly? I needed to change that! From that day, I pick up all the sunscreen I had put far away in a corner of my bathroom cabinet and started using them. I had gathered an entire collection but never used any of it, as I thought it was not especially necessary in this country, Oh boy was I wrong!
Here are some of the products I am using and testing for you:
Catrice – BB Allround Foundation SPF 30 // Garnier -Ambre Solaire Crème SPF 30
Ombra – Crème Solaire SPF 25 // MISSHA M Perfect Cover BB Cream No.23 SPF42
Review, anyone? 😉
Until Next Time,
Love | Sarah K.