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Daily Sunscreen

I think its important to apply sunscreen daily regardless of whether you’re at the beach or anticipate being in the sun all that much.  The sun can do a lot of damage to your skin even if you don’t feel it.  For instance, the one and only time I got sunburned was on a cloudy day in 65 degree weather.

Since the sunscreen I use at the beach on a hot day is feels too heavy and sticky to use on a daily basis, I tried a couple more mild options.  The first one I tried was Olay Complete All Day UV Moisturizer with SPF 15.

Most people use this for their face.  But since I already have a favorite face cream, I took my friend’s recommendation of using it as a daily sunscreen for the rest of my body.  It got the job done but I didn’t love it.  So when I heard Lauren Conrad rave about Josie Maran’s Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 40 in her interview with Glamour, I decided to give it a try.

It was much more expensive than Olay but I thought it might be worth the splurge since it had a higher SPF and it smelled pretty good.  Not to mention Josie Maran products are known to be eco friendly – always a plus!  The product was good but I still wasn’t completely sold.  The way its packaged makes it difficult to scoop out every last drop, which is important if you’re going to spend $32 on 2 ounces of sunscreen.  Plus I found myself using it sparingly to make it last, which kind of defeats the whole purpose.

So when I saw one of my other friends using this:

A light bulb went off!

Its no secret that Asians in the far east love being pale and they will go through great lengths to protect themselves from the sun – carrying pastel umbrellas and wearing gloves that cover their entire arms in 90 degree weather.  So naturally, they have plenty of compact, inexpensive and pretty good quality sunscreen widely available in Taiwan.  My friend lived there for over 2 years after graduation and brought a couple of them back with her.

I had no plans to visit Taiwan anytime soon but as luck would have it, my roommate was going for two weeks in August.  She kindly agreed to help me buy $30 worth of sunscreen that would be similar to the one in the image above.  She came back this week and brought me these:

High SPF, inexpensive, feels good, smells good AND has cute packaging.  Sunscreen doesn’t get much better than that.  The next time I go back to Taiwan, I’ll be sure to stock up on sunscreen in addition to socks, tights and lashes.  Sigh…why is Taiwan so awesome?  🙂

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