This summer season I’ve been using two sets of sunscreens. The first set is made by SUN BUM. I’ve been using this on days when I’m at the beach for 2-3 hours or less with little time spent in the water. The second set is made by COPPERTONE. I’ve been using this set on days when I’m at the beach all day with lots of time spent in and out of the water. I love both sets. Sun Bum smells great, works well and is paraben free, hypoallergenic, oil free/ PABA free, won’t clog pores and is anti aging. Sun Bum does require reapplication immediately after swimming to prevent sunburn. Coppertone is a brand I’ve been using for many years. The Coppertone Sport high performance ultra sweat proof spray is my favorite product. It’s waterproof, sprays at any angle, goes on clear with little rubbing required and works against sunburn with 2-3 reapplications in an all day sun exposed/prolonged swimming period. I’ve tested this product 5 times since summer started and it really works.
Hair maintenance. It’s a monthly up keep that can get very expensive depending on your hair dresser and hair products. I made some expensive purchases lately on things I had on my wish list. Typically when I make an expensive purchase, I cut costs else where to balance my finances out and not get myself stuck in a hole. To cut down on maintaining my hair for the next 6 months, I’ve changed hair stylists. I found one close to where I live that will cut my hair for $25. Other than the high end shampoos, conditioners and products that are used during my time at the salon, I don’t see the difference in my hairstyle with the cheaper hair stylist than my normal $50 hair stylist. Also, instead of spending $50-$100 coloring my hair every 6-8 weeks at the salon, I’m coloring it myself at home. I’ve used several brands so far so that I can figure out which one I like best. I was very pleased with my most recent hair color results from Clairol called NICE ‘N EASY COLOR BLEND FOAM in the color medium ash brown. The application process was super easy and the wait time was 20 minutes for the color to set. It’s been a little over a week since I colored my hair and the color is still very rich and my hair is very soft. Living in Hawaii, I’m exposed to the sun almost everyday so using shampoos and conditioners with a color shield is a hair care priority for me so that I can protect my color treated hair and keep its color as long as possible. The shampoo and conditioner I’m currently using and have used in the past is the GARNIER FRUCTIS COLOR SHIELD SHAMPOO and CONDITIONER. With the use of this combo, I will extend the life of my color for up to 8 weeks.
At this time of year, I’m not in the sun as much as I am between the months of April-September so I do give my skin a break from wearing sunscreens with high SPF protection. I still have to protect myself because I’m still exposed to the sun when I’m going from place to place. One of the products I use year round that I love is the WATERMANS APPLIED SCIENCE LIP BALM WITH SPF 33. The lip balm is silky and smooth with a sheer color. My lips are left feeling very soft and immediately healed if they are chapped and damaged from the weather. It has been a product that I use almost everyday and I also have one in my beach bag for days at the beach as well. For more information, go to WATERMANS APPLIED SCIENCE