I’ve spent the last week working on a location shoot. This means I've spent an inordinate amount of time standing around outside in the blazing sun, working out of a broiling wardrobe trailer that gets parked wherever the Teamsters damn well feel like it. (Which is usually the worst, hottest place they can think of.)
So far we’ve shot scenes at the beach, a middle school and a mall parking lot. Locations up next: a random house deep in the Valley, a public park and a landfill. Hollywood glam, obvs. Did I mention the last 12 days have been some of the hottest of the entire summer here in Los Angeles?
The bulk of my costuming career has taken place on a nice, safe, cool, controlled soundstage, so this all outdoors-all-the-time gig has been a shock to the system. And it's taught me that I needed to up my sunscreen game, stat -- because I came home from my first day of shooting burned to a proper crisp.
It never really occurred to me that I needed to wear sunscreen every single day of my life, no matter the weather. And I've called myself an adult all this time? What a dumbass. I quickly broke down and started wearing a stupid straw hat like an annoying jock bro who riots after surfing competitions.
I also decided to get serious about wearing sunscreen. I researched everything I could find and then invested in the crème de la crème of sunscreens made by a company called Supergoop! (Exclamation point theirs.) Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d find myself paying $42.00 for a tube of face lotion, but I did -- and I love it.
My problems with sunscreen always stems from the fact that they are greasy, heavy and cake-y. They just sit on top of your skin and don't allow for the rest of my beauty regime -- three different serums and 10 different types of makeup. I want to avoid getting a sunburn like a good girl, but regular sunscreens don't make it easy.
The Supergoop! SPF 30 City Sunscreen Serum is lightweight, non-greasy and absorbs ASAP. I don’t have to wait around for it to sink in and stop looking all streaky and white. It lets me get on with my day (a.k.a. application of a dozen more products). Supergoop! claims that it has anti-aging properties, but I kind of think that’s all mumbo jumbo. I just love it because it works well with all the other junk I put on my face. I also love it because it's totally cruelty free!
I also bought and started using their SPF 37 Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream. Again, I could do without the anti-aging business, but the eye cream is something truly special.
There are very few eye creams that have any SPF in them to begin with, and the ones I've tried are way too heavy and greasy. You can't apply eyeshadow over them for hours afterwards! They also tend to irritate your eye area, possibly due to an overload of chemicals -- but the all Supergoop! products are free of parabens, fragrances, and oxybenzone, a chemical found in almost all sunscreens.
This may be a bunch of BS, but the Environmental Working Group has recently warned consumers to avoid sunscreens containing oxybenzone, as it is a potential hazard. Ever since I had a crazy allergic reaction to an article of clothing, I've tried to be as aware as possible about what I put on my body without becoming a total chemo-phobe.
The Supergoop! eye cream formulation is really light and airy -- you can't feel the added weight of sunscreen, and it absolutely never leaves a white raccoon ring under my eyes. Plus the applicator tip is randomly made of metal -- I keep it in the fridge so it gets nice and cold. I swear it helps with puffy morning eye syndrome, which I suffer from.
I went from using zero sunscreen products to using three different ones daily. So I finish off my three-pronged sun protection assault with the Supergoop! SPF 30 Antioxidant Infused Sunscreen Mist. It's an intensely moisturizing, superfine spray that has great aim. It only gets on the targeted area -- not all over your clothes. Again, it's super light and absorbs instantly. No stains or greasy streaks.
The sunscreen mist is meant for use on your body -- but I've taken to using a light dusting of it on my face mid-day and haven't had any breakouts. That's what has always fouled me up with attempting to wear sunscreen -- the reapplication every 5 hours or so. Who has time to wash their entire face in the middle of the day and start over? Your only option is a spritz and go scenario. All the Supergoop! products I bought have the faintest citrus scent that doesn't clash with your body lotion or perfumes -- which is a big deal to me.
The Supergoop! spray is the best value out of all their products. I paid $9.00 each for three different cruddy cans of greasy drugstore spray sunscreen that I hated, and the Supergoop! spray is just about double one of them at $19.00.
Supergoop! is a magical marriage of top-notch beauty cream performance and cutting edge sunscreen science. It's obviously created with babes who wear makeup and love beauty products in mind, because it goes hand in hand with everything else you may wear/use. I don't ever feel like I have to sacrifice sun protection in order to use my favorite products.I'm finally wearing sunscreen religiously for the first time in my adult life! It's ridiculous that it took me so long.
The gig I'm currently on goes for another 3 weeks, so I’ll be posting here a little less frequently than usual. Either rejoice in the streets or be really sad at this news, I guess? (And a big XO to the lovely Aisha, who I met over the weekend. Thanks for saying hi! You made my day.)
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