RBJello’s Beauty Finds

Skin Analysis

Skin Analysis

When I was in Singapore, I did a skin analysis with one of those machines that look like they came straight off a UFO. The skin analysis was very in-depth with percentile rankings for wrinkles, UV damage, brown spots, bacteria and so much more. It was actually a scary exercise because it made me feel old!

I told my beauty consultant that I have extremely sensitive skin so I was limited by the products she could recommend to me. I wanted to share some of the products she introduced to me and some of my old stand-by favorites too.

Daily Exfoliating Cream

Jurlique Daily Exfoliating Cream $25 (and up) 

My mother actually introduced me to Jurlique’s hand cream a few years ago so this Australian brand has been on my radar for awhile. The beauty consultant recommended this as a daily exfoliator and I’m absolutely hooked. Most of the ingredients are natural, including oats, green tea, macadamia oil and honey. It comes out as a thick paste that smells sweet from the honey and you mix it with water in the palm of your hands. Afterward,  you apply it to your face in a “press and release” motion (no circular scrubbing). It is incredibly gentle to use every day and my face feels smooth and hydrated afterward.

Shiseido Multi-Defense UV Protector

Shiseido Multi-Defense UV Protector SPF 50 ~$48

If you’re a long-time reader of this blog, you probably already know how I’m a religious Shiseido fan. It is one of the few skincare lines that I’m not allergic to. After this skin consultation, I learned that my sunscreen SPF was not high enough. I was introduced to Shiseido’s Multi-Defense UV Protector. It’s incredibly lightweight (comes out as a very thin liquid) and my skin absorbs it really quickly without feeling oily. There’s a little bit of a scent and it’s not my favorite smell in the world, but I can live with it. It’s a small bottle (about 3-4 inches in height) so you can throw it in your purse and take it to-go easily.

Apparently, this particular product is only being sold in Asia, but Shiseido offers similar products in the U.S., like their Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector. Kiehl’s also sells a similar product, Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+. I used it many years ago, but I’m allergic to it now.

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RBJello’s Travel Tips

Vapur Bottle

Vapur Reflex Water Bottle ~$10

Summer is already in full swing and I’m sure many of you have upcoming trips. In the past few months, I’ve been really fortunate to travel to some amazing destinations like Eastern Europe and China. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite travel products and tips. Feel free to share some of your own!

Vapur Runway

Vapur Runway Bottle

Major shout-out and thank you to Larinna at iheartspandex who introduced me to the awesome Vapur water bottles. I bought mine almost a year ago and it’s still my go-to travel water battle. These bottles are light-weight, collapsable, freezable and dishwasher safe. Oh, did I mention they are also BPA-free? I love taking mine to the airport and filling it up at a water fountain after I pass through security (so that I don’t spend $4 on a bottle of water).

Colorescience's Mineral Powder Sunscreen SPF 30 Brush

Colorescience’s Mineral Powder Sunscreen SPF 30 Brush $50

As I’ve discussed in an earlier post, I have the most sensitive skin skin on the planet and I’m allergic to most lotions and sunscreens. Colorescience’s mineral powder sunscreen (I use the Medium 1300 shade) is a lifesaver and I love it because I can throw it into my purse and use it any time. I don’t have to carry a whole bottle of sunscreen or worry about refilling trial sizes of sunscreen. While it is expensive, once you buy the brush, the refills for SPF 30 are $19 (prices are higher for SPF 50). Don’t be fooled by the small brush. The sunscreen lasts a long time and its worth every penny.

Vaseline

Vaseline <$5

I swear by Vaseline and Aquaphor. They’re both miracle products and I always bring a small travel size Vaseline with me on trips. Not only can you use it for your lips, dry elbows and dry soles/heels of your feet, I use mine as a make-up remover. I’m not kidding about my skin allergies (I’m allergic to Cetaphil. The stuff that doctors recommend for babies). Vaseline is a great eye make-up remover. Since it’s a jelly, you don’t have to worry about it spilling in your bag and creating a mess in your luggage.

Baby Powder

Johnson’s Baby Powder (1.5 oz) <$2

My old co-workers always knew when I was going on a run because my cubicle would start to smell like baby powder. Besides adding baby powder in my socks before a run, I always bring some with me on trips. If you’re going on a trip that requires a lot of walking, I recommend picking up a travel size bottle of baby powder from your local drugstore. Baby powder helps keep your feet dry, preventing chaffing and blisters (plus your shoes smell good too). My sister clued me in on this tip about three years ago. My feet and I thank her.

Sensitive Skin

First off, get your mind out of the gutter. I’m talking about sensitive skin due to allergies. About two years ago, I started having reactions to my daily products, including lotions, sunscreens, cosmetics and shampoo. It was the most annoying thing in the world. Wherever I used the product, I would break out in hives. My skin would get bright red, itchy and feel like it was on fire.  My old products, like Cetaphil, Lubriderm, Kiehl’s lotion and shampoos, made me absolutely miserable.

I finally saw an allergist last week and did a hard core skin patch test (I could not get my back wet and could not shower for 3 days). I found out that I’m allergic to nickel and thiomersal. I’m hoping that I can avoid these and also avoid looking like a bright red tomato.

The past 2 years have been a vicious trial and error cycle to see which products I don’t react to. I thought I’d share my recommendations for products in case you have sensitive skin too!

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock ~$10

This is one of the few affordable sunblocks that doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy. I do not recommend Neutrogena Skin Sunblock Lotion SPF 60+ (made my skin feel clay-like) or Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunblock Lotion SPF 60 (the zinc oxide made my skin white and ghost-like).

EltaMD UV SHIELD SPF 45

EltaMD UV SHIELD SPF 45 ~$23

I use this sunscreen on my face and it has no fragrance. EltaMD is a popular recommendation from dermatologists.

The Skincare Night Moisture RechargShiseido The Skincare Night Moisture Recharge $42.50

It took me ages to find a night time lotion that I was not allergic. Worth every penny. The lotion is so lightweight that you can even wear it in the day. Doesn’t make my skin greasy at all but leaves a natural, luminescent glow.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing LotionAveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion ~$7

I have no idea what is in Lubriderm but it made me swell up badly. I got one of the worst reactions from it. I highly recommend this lotion from Aveeno.

I’m still looking for a good eye cream so if anyone has any recommendation, feel free to suggest one!