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To Sunscreen or Not to Sunscreen

I’m a beauty blogger. I’m supposed to wear at least SPF 20 underneath my makeup every day. I’m supposed to wear sunscreen no matter the season, to prevent premature aging of the skin and melanoma. To be honest, I could never be bothered with daily SPF, but this year I’m taking it a bit further. Yesterday I applied sunscreen for the first time this year, on my shoulders, nose, feet and calves.

For years I’ve been told by magazines and YouTubers and pretty much every beauty authority that wearing sunscreen daily is an absolute must. And I agree it’s super important to protect your skin from excess sun exposure, but that’s the key right there: EXCESS sun exposure. I live in a Northern European country where 60% of adults and one in three children suffer from vitamin D deficiency, and the sun barely ever shines; it’s not hard to avoid excess sun exposure over here, but avoiding sunshine altogether isn’t good either and has its own whole set of health risks. Research in Sweden has showed that the benefits of sun exposure might just outweigh the risk of developing melanoma in countries with a low UV index. In fact, vitamin D deficiency and insufficient sun exposure apparently make melanomas more malignant. This “pop” but cited article is also interesting and lists a number of health benefits to be gained from adequate sun exposure (always take things like this with a grain of salt, please). I personally used to wear sunscreen religiously in the summer for years, and I’d always feel blue in winter. Mind you, I haven’t gotten my blood tested, but I do know I’ve had the smoothest winter in ages since I started supplementing vitamin D and going outside daily in the cold, dark months.

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How To Clean Beauty Tools

It’s so important to clean your beauty tools regularly. They make wonderful breeding grounds for bacteria which, if you continue to use dirty tools, get applied right back onto your body. In this video I’m going to show you how you can clean your makeup sponges, makeup brushes, hair brushes and combs, and tools like tweezers and eyelash curlers. Enjoy!

I’m using some products that I got sent from The Brush Bar in this video, which help me take my brush cleaning game to another level. The brush board is a textured board that you can swirl your brushes on, dipped in some baby shampoo. The different textures on the board will help remove all makeup and dirt from your brushes perfectly, with very little effort. After rinsing the brush, use the Brush Bar to dry your brushes upside down, so that no water gets into the metal part near the handle. Constant exposure to water can break down the glue that attaches the bristles to the handle, causing the bristles to fall out. The Brush Bar dries brushes super quickly and safely. Definitely check them out! 🙂

Style Revival: Regency

Oh yes, Style Revival is here! I’ve had the idea for a series where I do modern takes on historical looks for a while, but it took me a while to figure out the format I wanted to do and come up with a good title. Now I’m all ready to go so I proudly present to you: the first episode of Style Revival! In this episode I’m going to pull the regency era style into modern times to create a wearable head to toe look inspired by the time of Jane Austen novels. Hope you enjoy! 🙂