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New Fairface products and big dreams - Fairface Podcast Episode 13

New Fairface Products and big dreams - good for your skin products for sensitive skin
Fairface Podcast Episode 13: 

New Fairface products and big dreams

Listen now on Apple/Itunes  or on other channels here

Fairface Podcast transcript / show notes


Hi! Welcome back! It's been a while since I've recorded a new podcast so it's good to be back. I hope you and your families are doing well. 

Today is a beautiful fall day in Seattle. The sky is blue with some white clouds and we have gold, red and brown leaves that have fallen all over the grass from the trees in our yard and around our neighborhoods. Some leaves are actually still hanging on the trees. Every year it seems like just when the trees are looking so beautiful with their leaves changing, we get a huge wind storm and the next morning they're all on the ground. So enjoy them while you can.

New Fairface Products keeping me up at night

I wanted to talk to you today about something that's been keeping me up at night. For real, but in a good way.

Do you ever have times like that when you have so many ideas swirling around in your head that you can't sleep? Or wake up at odd hours thinking of the things you've got to do and can't shut it off even when you desperately just want to go back to sleep?

Well, that's been happening to me lately. 

It happens from time to time, especially when I have rushes of creativity and new ideas or new ambitions. And right now, I am planning out adding a bunch of new products to our Fairface line which I'm so excited about - and it's all the details of all the things that are keeping me up at night.

3 Types washcloths for your face

As you know, our main product has been washcloths for sensitive skin - we still have the 3 washcloth types:
  • The Original Fairface Washcloths, which we have recently re-named Fairface Duals , and rightly so, because they are our Dual-sided washcloths with one side with our soft white flannel and the other side with a scrubby absorbent white terrycloth.
  • We have our Fairface Delicates that are made with 2 layers of our double-sided, soft white flannel and 
  • We have others in that same style (the 2 layers of double-sided flannel) that also comes in black flannel - called Fairface Darks.

And most recently we just launched a new product called Fairface Mini's, which I'll talk about in just a minute... 

And the exciting news, is that I have several more new products that I want to introduce and I wanted to give you a sneak peek into those products today. I haven't shared most of them until right now, so you're the first the know.

Fairface Mini's: reusable soft flannel facial pads for sensitive skin

Okay, but first I want to tell you a little more about the product we just launched, Fairface Mini's.
They are cute little 3"x3" flannel facial pads, and in essence, they are kind of mini versions of our Delicate washcloths - 2 layers of soft white flannel (and we may also make them in black flannel) but I haven't decided yet, but these are the perfect little face pads for putting on toner (applying toner to your face) or other skin care products, or using them to take your make-up off. 

They are to be used in place of disposable cotton rounds, so you are able to use - wash and reuse them time and time again instead of using something that will just be thrown away and purchased again and thrown away again. So it's the zero waste idea of investing in products that are better for the environment and good for your skin. 

We decided to make these small flannel facial pads because several customers had actually reached out to me and asked us to make them. I love getting feedback from our customers because they are the best people to tell us what they need, and once we know what they need, we can try to provide that. 

So I decided that I would do a test run of this product, so what that means is, to do a smaller production run and have a more limited quantity available initially, and we'll see how it goes. We went with a square design and tight outside stitch all around the outside to keep the integrity of the product - the quality - so it would last a long time with a lot of washes.

So we've launched that and if our customers respond well and it's a helpful product and one that will compliment what we already offer and will be doable to continue making as a company, then we'll go from there. 

So for now, if you're interested in trying the Fairface Mini's you can grab a set while they're available, right now, as of today, Oct 26, 2020, we launched them just thru our Etsy shop Fairface Washcloths, and they come in sets of 8 or 12. Let us know what you think! I would love your feedback.

Up-and-coming Fairface Products

Ok on to our upcoming products...

Soft and stretchy bamboo Spa Headband

The first in the line-up of up-and-coming products that I've been wanting to make and share for a long time is a lusciously soft, stretchy bamboo fabric headband. Oh yes, it's as good as it sounds.

I made myself one of these headbands about a year or so ago that I use every night when I wash my face, to hold my hair back. The fabric is like butter - I love it so much - and it washes well and feels good against my face and head, doesn't slip back on my head, it has just the right amount of stretch - all the things that make a great nighttime headband to use when washing your face. I have loved it for a long time and have wanted to make them to share with you and am finally making it happen and can't wait to launch this product.  

I'm still in the design phase which means I'm currently making prototypes to see how to size it, sew it, basically the creation and construction of the product itself, to make the very best version of it (they call it the gold standard, in manufacturing) before making a bunch of these. Before making a bunch of these I want to perfect the design and the way that it is made.

I just got my fabric yesterday, so I am really excited to get the design and construction perfected so I can get to making a bunch and launch them. So stay tuned for these. They are fabulous.

Gentle for your hair scrunchies

In line with that, I'm also going to create a line of hair scrunchies, that will be gentle to your hair, that can help hold the rest of your hair back, while using your soft, stretchy headband at night. I'm still deciding on different fabrics. I want to try a couple out, but have the basic design figured out. 

Once I get the fabrics, I can make a few prototypes and test those out before moving forward. I am literally chomping at the bit to get these fabrics that I have ordered, so I can make these scrunchies for you.

Good for your skin Pillow cases 

Another new product that I'm really excited about are Fairface pillow cases 
Yes, I know. Seriously.

All our products are designed with sensitive skin in mind.

And since our faces spend at least 8 hours (on a good night) on a pillow, I want it to be good for your skin.

I'm looking at a few different unique face-loving fabrics and am still in the design phase. Once I get the fabrics to test out (which are also on their way), I will move to the beginning of the construction phase where I start making prototypes. 

I have one of the fabrics coming today that I've been waiting for and checking the door every 20 minutes to see if it's here yet?? And no, it is not. So I will stop checking the door like a fanatic. Fanatic? Frantic? Fanatically frantic?

So I have to check out fabrics, sew prototypes, wash them, use them, see how they hold up, if there are any changes that need to be made, and keep perfecting it until I do a big production run and sew a whole bunch of these and get them ready to launch. So I'm very excited about these pillow cases and can't wait til I can get them to a place where I can launch them.

I have a few other products that I'm considering and have to decide whether they make the cut, are they something that meets the needs of our customers or enough of our customers and is it something we can make that will be of worth to our customers and to our business so we can continue to operate and grow? So those are things I always have to consider.

Other good for your soul products

I'm also considering a few other types of products that aren't made of fabric, surprise, like bath salts, which I love, and candles that can be a nice way to retreat and give yourself some relaxation time. I'm still in the waking-up-at-night-with-ideas phase swirling in my head for those, among some others, but that's where I am at this point with those.

Fairface Big Picture Goals

And if I'm looking at the Big picture, which I guess I would call the Huge picture, I would love to come up with a Fairface gentle facial cleanser and moisturizer...that to me, would be my full circle moment - to have my own line of skin care products to go with our soft washcloths...but that feels like a much larger learning curve, but the truth is, I've always seen that further down the line and I hope one day to make it a reality. So you heard it here first! 

I would love to know, are there any products that you would love to see us add to our Fairface brand? I'd love to hear what you wish was on the market for sensitive skin but can't find, or something you love and would love for us to make it and add it to our product line up. So please contact me, you can email me directly shannon @ fairface washcloths (dot) com. I would seriously love to hear from you.

So you can probably see why I have a lot on my mind lately.  I am the type of person who wants it all right now. So it swirls around in a frenzy in my head. I'm so exited about what I have planned that I just want it to go at mock speed so I can get all the products ready and launch them all at the same time, but that just isn't how it works.

What it takes to launch a new product

There really are a lot of steps to launching a new product so you do it well. And that's really important to me. I am a perfectionist, which can keep me holding something back until it's perfect, which isn't the greatest sometimes, but I need to feel like it's the very best version of what can give you, so it just takes time and focus and review and consideration before I push go.

I thought it might be helpful in the next podcast episode, I want to share with you what it takes to take a product from an idea to selling in the online marketplace, so you can see behind the scenes what that looks like. And if you have your own idea for a product, it can be a place to start and help you see what that process might look like for you.

Hooray for new Fairface products!

So I hope you join me in my excitement for these products! For the launch of our newest product, Fairface Mini's - soft flannel face pads - and the upcoming very exciting products ahead, our soft and stretchy bamboo headbands, hair loving scrunchies, good for your face pillow cases and some additional self-care feel-good products.

I'm really excited to bring these products to you. It means a lot to me to be able to dream them up with you in mind, and then share them with you. It's a way to extend the sensitive skin care support that our Fairface brand is all about and already offers but bring even more products that can help you take care of your sensitive skin the best that you can.

You are why we do what we do every day. And I'm so grateful for you and your support of our Fairface brand. When I get happy reviews and customers who email me thanking me for our products - telling me we make their favorite skincare washcloths, it means a lot to me because it shows me we're doing it right! All our effort is producing exactly what we set out to do by offering the kind of support and products that you need and that help you. I'm so grateful for that.

And thank you for being here - and for listening and supporting our podcast. It's really nice to know you're out there and I'm not just talking to myself. I really appreciate you being here. 

If you love our Fairface brand, it would really mean a lot to me if you would share it with your friends and tag us on social media. Having a personal recommendation of our products is really how they are best shared and if you know someone with sensitive skin, will you share our brand with them, so they can try our washcloths and other products and see if they can help them too? I would sure appreciate it.

Everyone take good care of yourselves, thank you for being here, and I will see you next time.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook @FairfaceWashcloths so you don't miss our product launches! 

And to shop our products, visit our website or Etsy shop.

Thanks again for being here! xo

Vanicream Face Cleanser Review for Rosacea and Sensitive Skin

Vanicream face cleanser review for sensitive skin
My Rosacea skin care routine is really quite simple. While some skin care bloggers and beauty influencers are showing off their clay masks or face-peel-spa-nights with the girls, I'm at home washing my face with the vanilla of all skin care: Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser. 

But don't get me wrong, I actually love all things vanilla. 

This is not a sponsored post. I just use Vanicream's gentle cleanser and love it so I wanted to share it with anyone who is looking for a good tride and true Rosacea or sensitive skin cleanser.

The Best Skin Care Duo for Rosacea and Sensitive Skin

I use Vanicream's gentle face cleanser [*affiliate link] every night and morning, along with my favorite soft face cloths from Fairface Washcloths. 

I generally use Fairface Duals at night, with a soft flannel front and scrubby terrycloth back, and in the morning, I use Fairface Delicate Washcloths (2 layers of soft, double-sided flannel) for a soothing, gentle wash (pictured). 

Vanicream's gentle face cleanser and the softness of Fairface Washcloths really are the BEST SKIN CARE DUO I've found, for Rosacea and sensitive skin!

What is in Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser?

Vanicream cleanser with Fairface Washcloths for sensitive skin

Lets look first at what Vanicream cleanser DOESN'T have in it:

+Fancy smells (thank goodness!) And it doesn't even have a masking fragrance!
+Harsh chemicals, soap or oils, botanical extracts, sulfates or gluten (I guess it's not just in bread)
+Pore clogging ingredients

What Vanicream gentle cleanser DOES have in it:

+purified water
+sodium cocoyl glycinate
+acrylates copolymer
+caprylyl glycol
+sodium chloride
+titanium dioxide
+sodium hydroxide
+disodium EDTA
+AND it is pH Balanced, Dermatologist tested and praised by the National Eczema Association 

This might seem like a long laundry list of chemically-sounding ingredients, but each ingredient has been specifically chosen to create a gentle, non-irritating facial cleanser that can be well tolerated by those with skin sensitivities.

BUT as with everything, I don't just take their word for it.

Vanicream Gentle Cleanser's EWG Rating

So I looked a little further into each ingredient to see what it was and how it rated on safety, and thanks to the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep database, I was able to gather the information I needed.

What is the EWG? They are an organization that aims to help consumers make safer, educated choices when it comes to what they use in their homes and on their bodies. Yay! 

According to EWG's safety rating report on levels of toxicity, allergens, etc, it rated an average score of 2 on a scale of 1 (Best) - 10 (Worst).  

I have to say, I don't love learning that it has some questionable ingredients, but I would like to look more into what this really means.  What I do love, is that this gentle cleanser has been SO good to my skin. It really is as gentle as they say it is. It glides across your skin, doesn't irritate at all, and cleans effectively and gently which is huge for me with my Rosacea.

What do you think? Have you tried Vanicream's gentle facial cleanser? Leave us a comment! We'd love to know what your experience has been!

And don't forget to pair your Vanicream gentle cleanser with the best washcloths for sensitive skin!

Visit or to learn more about our soothing, skin calming washcloths and face cloths!

The Story Behind our Name: Fairface Washcloths - Fairface Podcast Episode 12

The story behind Fairface Washcloths for sensitive skin - the real meaning behind the name

Fairface Podcast Episode 12: 

The Story Behind our Name- Fairface Washcloths

Listen now on Apple/Itunes  or on other channels here

Fairface Podcast transcript / show notes

In today's episode I share with you how we came up with our product name, Fairface Washcloths, and what it really stands for. The meaning may surprise you.

Hi everyone I hope you are doing well! It's finally summer! We had a bit of a rough start with cooler temps and rain, here in Seattle, but we've had a stretch of sunshine lately and I'm loving the mild summer temperatures that are in the lower 70's, which for me, is perfect.

Today I wanted to go behind the scenes of our business and share with you how I came up with our product name, Fairface Washcloths...that later became our company name, and what it really stands for.

I love behind the scenes stories of how businesses came up with their product names or company names, so I thought this would be fun to share.

Fairface Washcloths are not just for people with "fair-colored" skin

I thought it was a good time for me to talk about our company and product names because many might not understand what it represents. My guess is that at first glance you think Fairface products might only be for people with fair skin, but that is not the case.

We have a lovely variety of customers, both men and women, from many different backgrounds, different skin colors, and cultures, tho many of them do share one thing in common, which is sensitive skin (tho we also have customers who don't have sensitive skin but they just love a soft, gentle washcloth for their face).

Our washcloths are soft and gentle, for sensitive skin, and tho many people with fair skin do happen to have sensitive skin, the word "Fair" doesn't just mean fair-skinned as it might imply.

But before I get a head of myself, let me go back to the beginning.

I already had my product. I had started making my soft flannel washcloths and using them on myself, after being diagnosed with Rosacea (you can hear more about what it's like living with Rosacea in episode Ep 3 of the Fairface podcast) and I knew these washcloths were something I needed to share with other people with sensitive skin, because they had helped me so much and I knew they would be able to help other people with Rosacea and other sensitive skin conditions or skin sensitivities. It literally felt like a calling, as they say, something I had to do because it was that important.

At the time, Etsy was still fairly new and I had my first shop, which was the perfect creative outlet - filled with whatever sparked my creativity at the time - which was cute decorative pillow cases, baby bibs and burp cloths, baby blankets, nursery pillows, decorated baby onesies and ink blot designed t-shirts. So it was a plethora of goods.

When I was trying to come up with a name for my first etsy shop... Sometimes I can get lost in all the research. Everything I read was saying how important a catchy name was, so I was trying so hard to come up with something that was cute and clever and I was totally drawing a blank. I think I was just trying too hard.

But in the end I just decided on something easy for tax purposes, so I stuck with a version of my name, Shannon Sorensen Designs, which wasn't as cute or catchy as doodle bug designs or something, but it allowed me to open my shop, and allowed for some flexibility, since I hadn't really decided what products I wanted to focus in on.

So in addition to this mishmash of goods, I also wanted to start selling my soft washcloths. But I knew there was more to this product than just lumping it in with my decorative pillow cases.

Choosing a special name for a special product

I knew I had something special so I needed to take the time to give my product a special name. 

I remember sitting there trying to think of a name and really focusing in, trying to pretty much, channel inspiration. The thing about inspiration is that it can't be forced, sometimes the harder you try to force it, the farther away it feels. I remember just starting to brain storm and writing out different name ideas on an old white and black skinny notepad from some insurance company that I had probably gotten for free - you know, from one of those fair booths where they hand out pens and free note pads.

As I sat in "inspiration mode", I was trying to focus in on what I was trying to "do" with the product and who and what it was "for". I had a sensitive skin product. It was for the face, for the cheeks. It was gentle. It was soft. It would cleanse without irritation. It represented clean and pure. I liked the idea of a name using something with face in it, and maybe using 2 F sounds could be catchy.

I still have the original piece of paper that I brainstormed all over. I'm actually holding it in front of me right now. I'm a sucker for saving things like this to document, and it's fun to see how it all started and how far I've come.

I started out with things like Fresh face, Gentle glide (sounds more like a razor), I'm actually reading off my list...Facer, Gentle Glow...7 words down on my list I wrote "Fairfaces" and 2 more words down on the list, I wrote, "Fair-of-Face face cloths". And although I continued to write other words down on the list, there was something about Fair-of-Face that stuck with me.

Remember that old nursery rhyme that says, "Monday's child is fair of face" ... what did Fair of Face mean? And was that phrase trademarked? If it was used in someone else's poem, I felt like I couldn't technically use it as a product name, could I? So many things to learn as you are opening a business, hoping you're not breaking any laws or accidentally copyrighting someone else's name...

Fair-of-face... I knew there was something to it, but it was still too long, and part of a nursery rhyme, and just not totally right. So I sat with that and mulled it around and just tightened it in ever so slightly to become Fairface. And it finally felt right. You just know it when it's right, don't you? That's how it felt for me. I think my husband even said, are you sure? But I knew. I had found the name because it's just that feeling that sits right with you, when nothing else really does.

By definition fair-of-face generally means lovely to look at.

So, Fair of face can mean handsome, beautiful and appealing. That's part of it. 

We believe at Fairface, everyone has their own unique individual beauty, both men and women.

Although Fairface may imply it's about fair skin coloring, it includes all skin tones, including fair.

Fairface is about the nature of skin, being "more fair than most", meaning, "skin that is: in need of more care, more prone to sensitivity, more easily swayed by the elements, more susceptible to being harmed, more likely to be reactive, in need of more protection. Fair as in more tender, more vulnerable, and in need of gentle care."

"Our name, Fairface Washcloths, is not in reference to skin color. "Fairface" is about individual beauty and protecting the vulnerability of your skin." TM - Shannon Sorensen, Founder and CEO, Fairface Washcloths for sensitive skin

Does that make sense?
That truly is what Fairface is about for us.

I personally happen to have fair, as in light colored skin, that is sensitive, burns easily and is reactive to everything. But when you look at "fair skin" through the lens and definition of "beauty and vulnerability", it changes the meaning.

During this time of learning and supporting black lives equality, I wanted to make sure you knew that our washcloths and products represent all sensitive skin, no matter the color. Our products are for "fair skin", which like I shared, by our definition means, "skin that is more tender, more vulnerable, and in need of gentle care". We love our diverse customer backgrounds! I, personally, love to talk to our customers about their sensitive skin struggles and needs and if I need to be educated about something, I'd love to learn. I think of myself as a sensitive skin care advocate and that involves always learning and always supporting.

I know I haven't done my best at defining what Fairface means and who our brand is really for, but I'm going to do better.

I think Dove has done a beautiful job of communicating that their products are for everyone - despite their body type, body shape, skin color or background. I need to look more at what they've done so I can better represent all the beautiful people who use our washcloths.

I hope you understand I'm not telling you all of this to be saying what is popular right now, or saying what I think I should be saying. This has been a time of self-reflection and learning and re-evaluating and through that, I recognized that I have been under-representing who uses our products and who they are for and I'm sorry about that. And I will do better.

I am so grateful for every single one of our customers who chooses to not only spend their hard earned money on our products, but also that they trust us to be part of how they care for their skin. That is a big deal. That means a lot to me. Every customer means a lot to me. I recognize names that come through the orders and I appreciate seeing the customers who come back time and again as well as the new customers who are choosing to trust us and try our products. They say business isn't personal, but believe me, when it's your business, as this is mine, it is very personal. It means a lot to me. So I thank you so much for supporting us in our efforts to support you with your sensitive skin care needs with the very best products.

I want to leave you with this quote...

"Fairface products are not about skin color. Our Fairface products are for "Fair Skin", which by our definition means, "Skin that is more tender, more sensitive, more reactive, more easily affected, and in need of gentle care." "Fair" is not about skin color. It's about your skin's individual beauty and vulnerability." - Shannon Sorensen, Founder and CEO, Fairface Washcloths for sensitive skin

This has always been what Fairface means to our company and products, I just haven't done a great job at communicating that. I am grateful for this time of reflection so I can do better.

Thank you as always for being here. I really do appreciate it. I would love to hear from you if you have any thoughts to share about what I've talked about, or if you'd like to share your own personal experience with our products or your skin and what you've gone through, I would love to hear from you and share your experiences with our customers and followers because sharing can always can help someone else.

Please get in touch with me - you can email me or get in touch with me through Instagram or Facebook @FairfaceWashcloths.

Help us by sharing your photos on Instagram!

Do you know what would totally make my day? If you would post a photo of yourself using our washcloths - or even just holding them with your favorite cleanser, I know not everyone is excited about showing themselves on instagram without make-up on, me included, but posting those photos and tagging us @FairfaceWashcloths so people can see the who uses our products - that our washcloths really are for all types of people with sensitive skin, I would absolutely love that and be so grateful to you.

YOU are the reason that I do what I do every day and I appreciate you so much and would love to get to know you personally. I look forward to talking with you soon! Everyone take good care of yourselves and I will see you next time.

Sunscreen Diaries Part 2: Fairface Podcast Episode 11

common questions about spf and sensitive skin - Fairface Podcast Episode 11

Fairface Podcast Episode 11: Sunscreen Diaries Part 2

Listen now on Apple/Itunes  or on other channels here

Fairface Podcast transcript / show notes

Sunscreen Diaries Part 2

Short intro
Welcome to part 2 of the Sunscreen Diaries, (continued on from Episode 10 of the Fairface Podcast) where we'll get into answering the top questions around sunscreen - wearing it - re-applying it and even brand recommendations for the best sunscreens for sensitive skin, so let's jump back in where we left off!

Answers to common questions about sunscreen (as a sensitive skin type)

Ok, back to sunscreen

One skin care company that I really admire is Paula's Choice. I think they are so good at educating their customers about their products and all things related to skin care. I am really impressed with the way they communicate their messages and content, both on their website and in social media. They are often a resource I look to when I have questions, not just about their products, but about some skin care topic in general, whatever that might be.  They have quite a few good articles about sunscreen, so check them out as a reference.

A few questions that always come up for me, personally, about sunscreen are:

  • What's the difference between mineral sunscreens versus synthetic sunscreens?
  • What is the best sunscreen for sensitive skin (Rosacea, in particular)?
  • What is the best way to apply sunscreen (as far as timing with moisturizer, and make-up/ foundation)?
  • Do I need to re-apply it, and how do I do that if I'm already wearing make-up?

So let's take a look at those questions:

What's the difference between mineral sunscreens versus synthetic sunscreens? (and which ones are better for sensitive skin?)

Mineral sunscreens are ones best known to be well suited for sensitive skin. They are also known as physical sunscreens, that use ingredients like titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide as their active ingredients.

Remember seeing lifeguards with thick white or neon colored paste on their noses? That's most likely zinc oxide which is noticeably thick and pasty. With new formulations, companies have been able to create a mineral sunscreen that works well but is not so thick and pasty. This type of sunscreen usually is best tolerated by sensitive skin because the ingredients are more gentle.  This type of sunscreen works on the surface areas of your skin by scattering, absorbing and deflecting the harmful UVA and UVB sun rays.

Synthetic sunscreens are the ones also known as chemical sunscreens, and these are the ones with the potential of irritation to sensitive skin because of their ingredients. The way these sunscreens work, is to convert UV rays into heat so it deactivates them and they are scattered and deflected from the skin to prevent damage. I'll list the types of ingredients to look for in synthetic or chemical sunscreens, in the show notes.

*Ingredients to look for in chemical sunscreens include: oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, and avobenzone are used as active ingredients.

It's also important to remember to look for "fragrance free" on your sunscreen, that it does not contain "perfum" or "fragrance" because those are irritants to sensitive skin as well.

What is the best sunscreen for sensitive skin (Rosacea, in particular)?

As I mentioned earlier, I have been using Eucerin Daily SPF 30 on my face every day for years and I'm also trying to be better about applying it to my neck and chest daily as well, which you all should be doing as well.

It is a dermatologist recommended, lightweight, broad UVA/UVB spectrum protection SPF 30 moisturizer (that's from their website). It doesn't clog pores, it's gentle for sensitive skin and is fast absorbing and non-greasy. All of those things are true for me. This is what I've been using for years and really like it a lot. For me, there isn't really a reason to find another sunscreen since this works for me, but after reading about some of these other brands, I actually might give some a try.

I looked at the ingredients list of Eucerin SPF 30 and it looks like it actually includes both mineral and chemical sunscreen ingredients (Ensulizole 2.0% , Octinoxate 7.5% , Octisalate 4.5% , Titanium Dioxide 2.4% , Zinc Oxide 4.8% (Sunscreens)...which I'm surprised I can use it because I'm sensitive to so many ingredients, but this works well for me and doesn't irritate my skin. And I'm wondering if maybe it's because I use a moisturizer on my face and skin right out of the shower so that's already on my skin. Maybe that's kind of a buffer of sorts, before I put on my sunscreen so maybe that's why it doesn't irritate as much, I'm not sure.

But through my research for this podcast, it really is clear that even if we share skin sensitivities, or skin types, we can all react differently to the same products. So I decided that I want to give you a list of some products to consider, for sensitive skin.

Sunscreens suitable for Sensitive Skin and Rosacea

This list is compiled from a variety of sources, some from our Fairface Washcloths customers, others from different websites and some from a Rosacea and Sensitive Skin Forum. (*none of these brands or products are sponsored, just clean word of mouth referrals)

Paula's Choice
which is among those brands mentioned, has 3 different mineral sunscreens that they say are suitable for sensitive skin.

  • They have 2 in their CALM line, it's called CALM Redness Relief SPF 30 Mineral Moisturizers - one for Normal to Dry Skin and one is for Normal to Oily Skin.

  • They also have one in their RESIST line, called Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 -which they claim is the best tinted moisturizer with SPF for sensitive skin.

I haven't ever tried a tinted moisturizer, but I'm interested in maybe trying that. Have any of you tried these Paula's Choice products? I'm really curious and, like I said, I might try one of them myself and if I do I'll let you know.

Dermalogica Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30
Suntegrity Tinted sunscreen
In my interview with one of our customers and celebrity make-up artists, Christina Grant (that article is still on our website's blog and I'll link that: Actors, Make-up and Sensitive Skin: Behind the scenes with NYC Make-up Artist Christina Grant), she (who has Rosacea herself) said she likes to use the Dermalogica Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30; and she shared that the lead actress on the show, “Search Party” (who she did the make-up for) liked to use the Suntegrity Tinted sunscreen with its color coverage and light application.

Rosacea Care line
Another one of our Fairface customers, Debra, from Michigan, said she uses the Rosacea Care line and the un-tinted sunscreen but she said she doesn't love it, it "drags" a bit on her skin and she's actually searching for a better one.

La Roche-Posay
Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturiser SPF 47
One brand that came up a lot in the forums and websites, among those with sensitive skin and Rosacea, like if you've ever looked up websites on Rosacea, someone named the Talonted Lex, I think it's called, she's a well known Rosacea blogger, and she recommended the La Roche-Posay those sunscreens seem to be the right thing for her and several other people with sensitive skin or Rosacea said that they also liked the La Roche-Posay, I'm so sorry if I'm massecuring that name, but they also liked that brand and it seems like there are several different formulations so depending on what works for you I guess there's a few different ones that you can try.

And this blogger, Lex, also recommended the Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturiser SPF 47 and a few others so you can always check her blog out if want to read up on those.

Vanicream SPF
I use Vanicream SPF 50 when I go to the beach and, like I said, it is thick. Very thick. I use it when I go to the beach because I know I'll be out in the sun for an extended period of time. I mostly use it on my body but I have used it on my face before and it is really thick. My make-up goes on smoothly, but I look a bit shiny. Vanicream 50 is the big guns for protection for sure. I also want to try their SPF 35 and see if it's a bit less thick and slick. So I might try that, and if I do I'll let you know.

Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen
Neutrogena Sensitive Skin spf 60
I have also personally tried the Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen I don't remember if I've used it on my face before, but I have used it on my body. *It looks like, according to the ingredients list, that it is a chemical sunscreen, because it does not include titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.

One person mentioned they liked Neutrogena Sensitive Skin spf 60, which I haven't tried before.

Other sunscreen favorites mentioned in sensitive skin/rosacea forums were:

  • Avene SPF 50
  • Clarins light-weight spf 50
  • SkinCeuticals
  • Dr. JART BB balm spf 45 with added tint
  • Clinique City Block Oil Free SPF25 and SPF 50
  • Elta MD UV Clear SPF
  • Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen - which is supposed to be a really great body sunscreen, but it might be a little thick for your face
  • CeraVe AM moisturiser, spf 30
  • Clear Zinc by Ocean Potion (that sounds fun)

Those are just some of the brands that kept popping up in the forums that I read for those with sensitive conditions and maybe Rosacea, Eczema, any of those sensitive skin conditions.

So I would love to know if you have tried any of these and what you thought of it. I may try some and see how my skin tolerates it. And I will let you know if I do.

How and when to apply sunscreen, other moisturizers and foundation make-up?

Ok, on to the next question:
What is the best way to apply sunscreen (timing with moisturizer, and make-up/foundation)?

I've heard mixed things about this. An esthetician I follow on IG, said you can apply moisturizer and SPF immediately afterwards to get a smooth finish.

However, my Dermatologist wasn't pleased when I told her I use Vanicream moisturizer first and then apply my SPF after that. She said my SPF should be the first thing I put on.

Other sources say it should be the last thing you put on (before you apply your make-up).

So whenever things get conflicting and confusing, kind of like diets, this is what I think.
Don't stress so much about getting it EXACTLY right, and don't let it get you so stressed out that you don't wear it because you're afraid that you'll do it wrong.

The greatest thing I learned is that you can layer your you have a lot of chances to get it right!

My SPF / moisturizer / foundation routine:

I follow the rule of applying SPF of at least 30, liberally to your face and any part of your body that will be exposed at least 20-30 minutes prior to going outside or, I will also add, before sitting indoors by a window for an extended period of time.

This SPF foundational layer is important because the better you do this part, the less likely you are to need to re-apply later, if you're just under normal circumstances, and I'll talk more about that in a couple minutes.

Go for the highest number of SPF your skin and make-up can tolerate- for me, anything higher than 30 can start to get a little bit thick and greasy for my face, so I stick with 30.

Wait at least 5 minutes for the SPF to settle and sink in, because you don't want to dilute it with your make-up, and then apply your foundation.

If you have a foundation with SPF in it, as well as your first layer of sunscreen before you put your foundation, great! Even better! You get another layer of protection! And another chance to get SPF right.

Is wearing foundation with SPF enough?

It is a common misconception that you can just use foundation with SPF in it. What I've heard over and over is that foundation with SPF just really doesn't give you quite enough protection, so in general, you probably need more than what's in your foundation. So that's why applying SPF to your skin before applying your foundation, even if it has SPF in it, is important.

I'm still going to put on my moisturizer right out of the shower, after applying my metro gel to my face. I'm going to wait about 5 minutes, after putting the moisturizer on, before applying my SPF, because that works for me.

One thing I was going to tell you is that sun protection isn't just about the heat, it's about the light and that's why it is important to wear sunscreen 365 days of the year, even when you're inside. Just make it a healthy habit that is part of your daily routine.

Do I need to reapply sunscreen if I'm wearing make-up?

The last question is, do I need to re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours, and if so, how do I do that if I'm already wearing make-up?

For me, unless I'm at the beach or sweating a lot, I don't re-apply my sunscreen. And according to an article on Paula's Choice, that is ok. It says, "if you apply it (SPF) liberally in the beginning,"... [like I said, that important, foundational SPF layer]... "reapplication isn’t critical." So, I will go with that. And if I do happen to have, you know, if I'm at the beach and I have that extra can of spray sunscreen, that I can spray over the top of any existing sunscreen, I will use that, because why not make sure that I'm triple, quadruple protected, you know? So, keep that in mind.

Basically, if you're going to be outside in the sun, sweating, in the pool, in the ocean, it's best to reapply your sunscreen about every 2 hours. BUT under normal circumstances indoors or if you are just in and out, if you've started out with an adequate amount of sunscreen on your face, and body, you don't need to worry about reapplying it, according to the things I have read.

So, I've pretty much been doing it right. And you are probably doing it right.
Sunscreen is kind of like the whole drinking water debacle. Could we drink more? Yes. Could we wear a bit more sunscreen? Yes. So, ok, let's do it.

And remember that by adding other sun-protecting measures (like sitting in the shade, wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sitting under a covered chair, wearing a light-weight long sleeved shirt, or SPF clothing, to further protect you when you're doing everything you can with the sunscreen, then that's great, because sunlight begins to break-down the active ingredients in your sunscreen, so it's always best to have some backups.

What happens if you don't wear sunscreen?

So this was a lot of talk about sunscreen. Are you convinced you should wear sunscreen? I really hope that you will. I hope that you will wear it every single day, that it will become a healthy habit for you. No one wants sun damage, and no one wants skin cancer.

The hard thing is, that the damage that is occurring every day, you can't see it, you don't see the damage until it comes up on your skin maybe 10 to 15 years in the future, so because there's no immediate response, other than like a sunburn, that eventually heals, people get this sense that they are safe by not covering their skin, when really, they are not.

Unhealthy exposure to the sun can cause pre-cancerous cells, it can destroy the elastic and collagen tissue that cause lines, wrinkles and sagging skin, sun damage can cause freckles, and discoloration on your skin. So you can still go out and be in the glorious sunshine, which always feels so good. We just need to protect ourselves while doing it.

The best way to wash off sunscreen

Now, one last thing, as far as washing off the sunscreens... don't forget to use a soft washcloth, like Fairface Washcloths, to wash it off your face each night, because it can be harder to get off sunscreen than just regular moisturizer or make-up because it has a thicker, stickiness to it. Especially when you go to the beach and you might have extra thick sunscreen on. I know for me, I have to wash a couple of times to make sure I get all of the sunscreen off my face and body.

Let me know if you try some of these sunscreens that I've mentioned, for sensitive skin types. I would love to know how they feel on your skin, how your skin tolerates them, how well they work with wearing make-up with them. It's really nice to have some good resources and trusted products to recommend to those of us with Rosaea, Eczema, or any other sensitive skin conditions. So I would really appreciate it if you would get in touch with me and let me know if you've tried any of these, and what you think of them.

So, enjoy the sunshine, we still can enjoy it, cover up, stay safe, and thank you so much for being here - and I will see you next time!

Products & sources mentioned in this episode:

  • Eucerin Daily SPF 30
  • Fairface Washcloths
  • Paula's Choice CALM Redness Relief SPF 30 Mineral Moisturizers
  • Paula's Choice RESIST Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30
  • Dermalogica Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30
  • Suntegrity Tinted sunscreen
  • La Roche-Posay sunscreens
  • Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturiser SPF 47
  • Vanicream SPF 50 & SPF 35
  • Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Sensitive Skin spf 60
  • Avene SPF 50
  • Clarins light-weight spf 50
  • SkinCeuticals
  • Dr. JART BB balm spf 45 with added tint
  • Clinique City Block Oil Free SPF25 and SPF 50
  • Elta MD UV Clear SPF
  • Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen
  • CeraVe AM moisturiser, spf 30
  • Clear Zinc by Ocean Potion
  • Christina Grant
  • Talonted Lex

@PaulasChoice @eucerinus @FairfaceWashcloths @talontedlex @dermalogica @suntegrity @larocheposayusa @josiemarancosmetics @officialvanicream @neutrogena @aveneusa @clarinsusa @skinceuticals @drjart @clinique @eltamdskincare @babobotanicals @cerave @oceanpotionsunscreen @officialvanicream

Sunscreen Diaries Part 1:Fairface Podcast Episode 10

Sensitive skin and the sun, SPF tips and sunburn stories - Fairface Podcast Episode 10Fairface Podcast Episode 10: Sunscreen Diaries Part 1

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Fairface Podcast transcript / show notes

Sunscreen Diaries Part 1

Hello my friends! I hope you are all doing well. Here in WA state we haven't been able to completely open up all areas, activities and businesses yet, but we are slowly rolling out changes and I hope it's the same where you live.

Special Message in support of Black Lives Matter

At this time in the world, I'm recording this on June 8, 2020, and as for most of us, this has been a really emotional couple of weeks, with senseless deaths and brutality that have sparked both peaceful protesters and destruction in our cities.

I think we are all just trying to make sense of it. I pray every day for peace to return to our communities and that people will be more loving and more understanding of each other and treat each other with mutual respect and equality. It's easy to feel the things in my heart that I believe, but sometimes it's much harder to know how to say them, in a way that will be received in the way that I mean them. Sometimes it's easier to say nothing, in order not to say it wrong, or in hopes of not offending anyone, but then our voices of support aren't heard either.

I have learned a lot this past week as I have taken time to listen, learn and self-reflect. And just so I'm clear, I do believe that black lives matter. I believe that all lives of all people of color matter. I have grown up with a knowledge and belief that we are all children of God and are equal no matter our differences no matter our color, race, religion or background and that is what I believe and how I try to live. I'm not perfect, and I know that I've made mistakes, but I will try to do better. I am more aware now. I will keep listening and learning and trying to be as supportive and inclusive as I can so that my behavior will reflect how I feel, it will reflect my support and love for all human beings.

I sincerely hope that positive changes will be permanent and we will all learn the lessons we're supposed to learn through all of this. And that the people who do feel discriminated against or less-than will find freedom from all of that as we come together as brothers and sisters who are equal in the eyes of God and through each others eyes as well.

So that is my hope, my prayer and what I believe and I just wanted to share that with you.


My Dysfunctional Relationship with Sunscreen

Today I want to talk to you about the most important thing you can do for your skin. There are so many important things you can do, but if you're not doing this thing, you may as well not be doing all the other good things, in my opinion.

I'm talking about Sunscreen. It's one of my favorite things to talk about, besides soft washcloths, because it is SO important for the health and appearance of your skin!

Now, I'm not going to say that I've had a perfect relationship with sunscreen, because I haven't.

When I was about 7 or 8 years old, my family went to Disneyland for the first time. It was a magical, amazing place, but also the place of my first blistering sunburn on my sweet little unprotected shoulders. I know. The exact opposite of what you want.

Now keep in mind, this was the 70's and sunscreen wasn't really talked about or encouraged like it is today. Back at that time and even growing up, advertisements for a Coppertone Tan were really popular - it was all about getting the best tan - and these advertisements even went so far as to say getting a tan was healthy for your skin. I know, scary. I don't remember ever seeing commercials for sunscreen back then. It was all about how to get tan without getting burned (which for me and my fair skin just wasn't possible).

I remember one summer when I was around 12 or 13, my friend and I went to a pool at a hotel they were staying in while their house was being renovated and we swam all afternoon. It was so much fun, until we got out of the pool for the last time, and realized we were both burned to a crisp. I remember vividly how hot I felt and that we both laid on the beds in the hotel room with cold, wet washcloths draped all over our bodies, hoping somehow to find relief.

Flash forward to age 16 and a family trip to Honolulu. If I could give the trip a title, it would be "Baking on the Beach". I know. I'm not kidding. Now, don't get me wrong, it was an awesome vacation and one that I have many happy memories of.

But the thing is, the other members of my family love being out in the sun. They all tan. I joke that I'm the only one who got my grandpa's fair skin and that is true. I also don't like being hot. I really just have a different relationship with the sun than the rest of my family does, but still, this was Hawaii, and it was absolutely beautiful. I remember how good it smelled, how good the air felt, it just had kind of a magical feel about it. And when you're in Hawaii, generally you spend time at the beach or at least outside.

I remember the day that we went to Waikiki beach and we're walking out on the hot sand and I'm thinking, hmmm, there is no shade anywhere...and there are no umbrellas...but, there we go, walking with our towels out to find a spot among all the people on the beach.

Now by this time, we're in the late 80's, or mid-80's I guess, and the promotions of coconut oils at this time were huge - I do love the smell of those coconut oils though, they smell so good, but there was still not a lot of promotion of sunscreen. And of course, you can't go to Hawaii and come back pale (that's what I told myself), as I layed unprotected under the blazing hot sun, baking like a pan of white sheet cake. Yah, that was me.

It didn't take long for me to get really hot and really burned. But where could I go? I was literally on a long sandy beach, with hoards of people, no shade in sight, under the hot Hawaiian sun. We have pictures of me, of all of us sitting there on the beach, but there I was, covered in beach towels, to avoid getting more burned. I didn't look comfortable. That's real. It was hot under those towels, but at least I was covering my skin in those places, at that time.

Unfortunately for me, I did get very sunburned. So burned, in fact, that my arm swelled up and I couldn't straighten it. Literally, every move I made was uncomfortable. Even walking next to a car's exhaust felt like fire shooting out on my legs. I don't remember whether we even had sunscreen I could have put on. So the rest of the trip you could see me in pictures, bight red skin, cradling my arm in the perma-bent position...which sadly, if I was still in the sun, I was technically still burning my skin. Burn on top of burn.

Oh, and I can't forget going in to the convenience store in Honolulu and I was walking down the aisle, and I remember asking my mom, "What does it mean when you see black spots in front of your eyes?" Yikes! She quickly sat me down at the pharmacy and asked if they had any ice water. I think I had heat exhaustion, or was at least close to it. Or maybe I was just really, really dehydrated. My poor little body was burned up. What on earth?

Well, I read up on that, and it turns out, when you get a bad sunburn, the heat can increase the flow of blood to your skin and rush to your legs, which can cause a sudden drop in blood pressure. So I don't know if that's what was happening to me. It can lead to feeling light-headed and faint. As we know, heat exhaustion is a serious condition that can also lead into heatstroke if it's not treated. That was a doozie.

Through the rest of my high school years, yes, I too, tried tanning beds thinking if I got burned in a tanning bed that it wasn't like being in the sun because it was a machine. I know, hello. Honestly, that whole sunscreen, getting burned, getting tan, covering up, where you can get sun, what's ok, it was all very confusing - and companies and the media just didn't education us like they do now - so there were a lot of mixed messages.

The Sunscreen Song that brought me to my senses

You might remember the song by Baz Luhrmann I think his last name was, it came out in around '97 or '98 that was called Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen, the lyrics were taken from that famous essay — that gave great advice for life, I just remember it starts out saying, "Ladies and gentlemen of the class of '97, wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. Long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proven by scientists..."

Check it out on Youtube. It's kind of fun to listen to. That's the first time that wearing sunscreen stuck out to me. It felt like the first time I'd really been hit over the head about how important it was to wear sunscreen, from this little song.

I eventually did try self tanners, which some of you probably have done, but honestly, they smelled so bad and some of them even made my skin itch and get rashy, so that wasn't fun. And it was kind of orange, it's never going to be the real tan color, which for my pale skin, I don't really know what that would look like. I remember my cousins used to put shoe polish on their legs instead of self-tanner, which made me laugh, but who knows, maybe I should have tried it!

For the rest of my young adult years, until I was probably around 27 years old, I don't remember wearing much sunscreen. I know, I cringe. I'm not happy about that. I used to even get heat rash on my skin, sometimes, where my skin would get red itchy bumps that itched like crazy and it was really embarrassing to have that all over my skin and I would try to hide my hands, arms and it even showed up on my feet.

Really, it's so sad to think back at how much I could have helped myself, how much sun damage I could have prevented, if I had just worn sunscreen.

Forget the past, just start wearing sunscreen now

It wasn't until I went to graduate school where I met a girl (who eventually became one of my roommates) who had lovely porcelain skin. And I found out she wore sunscreen on her face every day. I remember being surprised by that since I hadn't ever really thought about doing that, and I think I even asked her why she did it? I don't remember what her explanation was, but something about that struck me and I started to wear sunscreen on my face. I can't remember if that's when I started using Eucerin daily spf 30 or if it was something else, but I think that's what she wore and so that's what I started wearing on my skin. And I have used that sunscreen on my face every day since then.

As far as all those years I didn't wear sunscreen, I know I did damage. The Skin Cancer website says most skin damage is done before the age of 18 and I know I did myself a doozie, many times. I have lots of freckles on my arms and hands. I have weird spots that have appeared on my skin. I have damaged pores that no longer know how to function properly because of sun damage. I know people in their 40's that are suddenly aware of strange things happening to their skin and don't know where it came from. I long to be back at a time where I could prevent all of this, where I could turn back the clock and start wearing sunscreen every day since I was young, but I can't, so I just try to do what I can now.

That's one thing I think that sets people back sometimes, it's worrying about not having protected their skin all this time so they think, I give up, there's no reason to start now.

But that is simply not true. You just need to let the past go. There are things we can't change, we can't go back. There are treatments that can be done to help ease the wear and tear we've put our skin through. Every day you wear sunscreen you are preventing future skin damage from showing up on your skin years from now. It matters.

If there's one thing you learn from this podcast episode, it is to start wearing sunscreen today. And wear it every day. Don't worry about what you have or haven't done in the past, just start today and never look back.

I remember hearing an interview with Paula, from Paula's Choice Skincare and she was asked, "What is the best sunscreen?" and her answer was: "The one that you'll wear." She has often stated it is the number one thing you need to be putting on your skin.

I was also listening to a skin care podcast, I think it was Pure Skin Talk, which I've mentioned before, that said something like, there is no reason to try to fix existing damage if you are not, first, protecting future damage from existing.

Ok, so now you know my horrible history with sunscreen, now lets talk about how to protect your skin with some great sunscreens.

How to protect your sensitive skin from sun damage

I see wearing sunscreen like this:
Applying Sunscreen essentially creates a barrier or a block between the sun's damaging rays and your skin. So, if you were dressed head-to-toe in clothing that blocked all UVB/UVA rays, you would be 100% protected from sun damage. You'd also be really hot and not living a normal life.
So the next best thing, to being all covered up, is to block the sun's damaging rays with something that can be smoothed on the skin - think of it like a really thin cloth. The thicker the ointment or cloth, and higher spf, the higher level of protection we get.

I've tried some pretty chalky, thick sunscreens in my time. I can't remember the SPF number that I've gone up to, it's been high, maybe 85? I don't know, and the sunscreen was THICK, maybe I even did 100, I don't know.  I wear the thick stuff when I'm going to spend a day at the beach, because who want's to have "Baking on the Beach" in Waikiki part 2? No thank you, I certainly don't.

My Beach Day Sunburn Prevention Routine

So I slather myself with thick sunscreen, I wear a wide brimmed hat, I wear polarized sunglasses to prevent glare, I bring bring lots of water and ice packs, and even extra spray sunscreen that I can spray on top of my existing sunscreen if I've been out for a while. We even have a chair that has an's a covering, not really an umbrella, but it has a nice kind of umbrella thing that shoots up over the chair to block the sun, which is really nice when it's really hot out, and pretty much I have all the comforts of not burning myself even a little bit when I'm sitting out in the sun.

Unless you find that spot, which I always have a spot, that the sunscreen accidentally rubbed off like, sometimes it happens on my feet. Like I've slathered my feet with sunscreen and then I slip my sandals on while my feet were still wet so that somehow I get this burned spot on my foot...yah, that happens, I don't know why. I keep trying to prevent that. But in my slathered state, I feel a cross between sticky and happy because I know that I'm protecting my skin but I see myself a bit like a senior citizen at an assisted living pool party. But I'm embracing it but I know I kind of stand out sometimes. You see people that are basking in the sun and then there's me sitting in the sun but all covered up with all sorts of protection that I can find. But it works, and I don't get burned anymore and I haven't let myself get burned for a long time and that feels good.

When I worked at the elementary school, one of the kids arrived and immediately sniffed out my sunscreen and loudly questioned, "Ok, who's got on sunscreen?" It totally made me laugh, and I answered, "It will always be me." ha, it really will be.

Okay, sorry I jumped back into sunscreen diaries, lets get back to the nitty gritty of sunscreen.

What is SPF?

A basic question that always comes up is, What is SPF?
I found a great article explaining SPF, which I will link in the show notes, from The Skin Cancer Foundation.

I feel really inadequate trying to summarize this great article because it is written by a dermatologist and photobiologist, but basically, the SPF number on sunscreen refers foremost to the level of UVB protection it gives. Since UVA rays also cause skin damage, you want a sunscreen that provides full spectrum protection.

The SPF number basically tells you this: If you were in the sun wearing SPF 30, it would take you 30 times longer to get a sunburn than if you weren't wearing any sunscreen at all. If you were wearing only an SPF of 15, it would take you 15 times longer to get a sunburn than if you weren't wearing any sunscreen at all; whereas, if you were wearing SPF 50, it would take you 50 times longer to get a sunburn, and so on.

Did I confuse you yet? Please read the article if you want to hear their words explaining it. Like I said, I will link it. It was really good, it's a short article and they explain it well enough that you can kind of wrap your head around. They do say that it's more complicated than just saying SPF 30, so if what I said didn't help, head to the article.

The author also mentioned in that article, that even when you wear SPF exactly as indicated, you still get a small percentage of UV rays hitting your skin. That's why he also said that it's important to incorporate a variety of ways to protect yourself from the sun, not just relying on flashback to me, all covered up like a senior citizen on the beach. These things are good! Using things like clothing, shade, wide-brimmed hats, UV-blocking sunglasses (which I'll talk more about in a second) should also be part of protecting yourself from sun damage.

So basically, if you don't really understand what SPF is, the bigger number, the more protection you receive and make sure you have full spectrum protection to protect you from both types of damaging rays - plus other protective measures.

Protecting your eyes from the sun

Ok a quick plug about protecting your eyes from the sun. One thing I just found out, while reading up on sun protection, is that the sunglasses I've been wearing religiously for years, which are polarized sunglasses - which I got specifically to help reduce glare because my eyes are really sensitive, I'm assuming that they do, but I don't know if these polarized sunglasses are also UV blocking. I'm going to have to check the brands...and they do say that most sunglasses now have UVB protection embedded in the lenses so I really hope that's the case, but make sure your sunglasses actually are UV blocking lenses and they aren't just cute dark sunglasses.

I loved this quote from the University of Utah Health, that said, "Sunglasses are to the eyes what sunscreen is to the skin."

Very good. Very important.


Since this episode turned out to be so long (see, I told you I like talking about sunscreen), I decided to break it up into 2 episodes so I wouldn't totally put you to sleep...

So tune in to Episode 11, part 2 of the Sunscreen Diaries, where I answer common questions around wearing sunscreen - how to apply it, whether we need to reapply it when wearing make-up and how to do that and what types of sunscreens are best for sensitive skin types - I even share brand recommendations.

So when you're ready and you've taken a stretch, jump on over to Part 2 of the Sunscreen Diaries, Fairface Podcast Episode 11 for the rest of our discussion around the most important thing you should be putting on your skin, right now.

Products or sources mentioned in this episode:
Eucerin Daily SPF 30 - @eucerinus
Paula's Choice @paulaschoice
Pure Skin Talk podcast - @pureskinoc
Skin Cancer Foundation - @skincancerorg
University of Utah - Health - @uofuhealth
Baz Luhrmann Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen) - @bazluhrmann

Soft Face Masks for Sensitive Skin - Fairface Behind the Scenes: Podcast Episode 9

soft flannel face masks for sensitive skin by the makers of Fairface Washcloths

Fairface Podcast Episode 9: 

Soft Face Masks for Sensitive Skin - Fairface Behind the Scenes

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Soft Face Masks for Sensitive Skin - Fairface Behind the Scenes

Hi there! I know it's been a while since I've posted a new podcast. This certainly has been a strange few months, hasn't it? At this point, it's May 8th today, and many states are starting to re-open in different ways. Here in WA state, they have re-opened state parks and will be phasing in different businesses but not for a while. Our stay home orders go through the end of May so we're still taking it one day at a time, but our weather here in Seattle today is gorgeous - this weekend it's supposed to get up into the 80's - which is amazing. So will take it!

What have been doing to stay occupied? We're almost finished watching Anne with an E on Netflix - the Anne of Green Gables series - it's so cute I often joke I should have been born back in the late 1800's I still love watching shows like this and Little House on the Prairie episodes...or I should have been born in the 1930's with big band, I don't know!

We've also played some games - I was shocked that my husband would actually play some games with me, but we've done that and we've taken bike rides and a few we're all really ready to just get back to normal life. We miss visiting family members and all of that, but we're just trying to stay safe and keep others safe and we have just been adjusting our lives accordingly, so I hope you are all doing well and are hanging in there too.

All about Face Masks

I wanted to talk to you today about face masks. Did you know we started making face masks? As you know, many companies have forgone their regular manufacturing to start make cloth face masks, and we are one of them, although we do still have a good amount of inventory and are still selling our Fairface Washcloths.

The reality of face masks is, that it has become the new really has become the new normal to wear a face mask while you are out in a public place, like when I go to the grocery store, which I still just do when I absolutely have to, I wear a cloth face mask. And honestly, it really looks strange when I see people not wearing them. And even stranger, when they are wearing a face mask, but it's below their nose. I can't help but think, you've almost got it! You are so close! Just pull it up over your nose.

The thing about cloth face masks, is that they really are there so that we can protect each other - it's not just about me protecting myself, it's about me protecting the potential of sharing my germs with someone else, and they should be wearing a face mask, so they don't share their germs with me.

I really see wearing a face mask as a selfless act to protect each other.

You may have heard that COVID-19 virus particles are so small that you can inhale them if you're standing next to someone who is coughing/speaking/laughing or even just breathing them out. We all know that's the most likely way to catch the virus - is by proximity to an infected person.

So by putting on a face mask, you are creating a barrier in front of your nose and mouth, to prevent virus particles from entering your body.

Although these minute particles can still get through fabric, the more protection you have between the particles and your nose and mouth, the less likely they are to enter your nose and mouth.

How a Mask Can Protect You and Others

So imagine the face mask fabric weave like a grid, and the virus particles like a grain of sand - if you have 2 grids overlapping each other, you know, not right on top of each other, but you've got 2 grids kind of overlapping each other (like 2 layers of a cloth mask) the virus particles (or a piece of sand thrown at you) have a harder time getting through an opening in the grid (or weave) than if it was just one layer of fabric or if there was no protection at all - if your mouth and nose were completely exposed.

So while cloth face coverings cannot be said to be 100% effective at blocking out virus particles, even if they give you a 50% better protection against breathing in the virus particles, that's better than zero.

I think wearing a face mask will be around for a long time. For a while, we'll all be required or at least strongly encouraged to wear face masks when we enter any pubic places, like grocery stores, post offices, restaurants or many employees are required to wear face coverings while at work right now.

I think wearing face masks will be the norm for many years to come, especially during flu season, and may even be required or chosen throughout the year for the foreseeable future. And again, I really see wearing face masks as a selfless thing to do because we're really protecting ourselves from sharing our germs with other people, just as much as they should be wearing them to protect us from their germs.

Fairface Washcloths now makes Face Masks

I wanted to talk to you next about the 2 options we have for face masks -

1st, our face masks for sensitive skin, are made with an inner layer of our signature, soft flannel to comfort and protect your facial skin as you wear it.

Our soft flannel is not only comforting against your skin, but flannel has also been found to be even just a bit better protection because of its tight weave and breathability. If you think of the grid example again, if the weave of your fabric is tighter, or closer together, you're going to get even more protection. And on top of that, you add another layer of tight weave cotton to the outside, and you'll have that much more protection.

The reason we chose to do a woven cotton on the outside of each flannel mask, is for a 2nd layer of protection and also, since it's a different fabric from the inside layer, you will always know which side of your mask has been against your face and which has been exposed to the outside. So you don't accidentally pick it up and put the outside of the mask, which has been exposed, against your face.

The outer cotton layers that we've chosen are fun fabrics - right now we have a few different prints available - a white fabric with mini white polka dots has been really popular, which is a traditional classic that you can wear with anything and we have a really cute blue and white striped seer sucker that's also been really popular, and a fun aloha flowers print that just makes me happy when I look at it, and that's been popular as well, so we narrowed it down to those 3 outer prints because they were the most popular.

So the 2nd type of face mask we have is a lighter-weight option, without that inner layer of flannel - so it's made with 2 layers of a tight weave cotton, that still provides protection but a lighter-weight option for people who don't necessarily want that flannel inner layer.

I personally like having both options - it really comes down to personal preference. I think the flannel masks will be maybe what I grab most during the cooler months and even in the spring and summer when I'm indoors in air-conditioned buildings or even at the grocery store where it can been a lot cooler than outside temperatures.

And maybe the lighter-weave cotton is what I'll grab most often during the summer - I'm not really sure - but I really like having options and keeping a few masks in the car, one or two in my purse and a couple in the house.

As far as the design of the masks goes, although the pleated face masks we make take a little longer to make, this style has been found to be one of the most versatile styles to fit the most sizes of faces, since due to the pleats, they can be opened up wider or not opened up quite as much to be adjusted for different face sizes.

We also chose to use elastic ear bands to secure it to your face so that you don't have to wrap anything around your head and it will stay nicely in place.

So while it's nice not to have a big crease through your hair from big pieces of elastic, it also can be a necessity not to have your mask bands go around your head.

Take for example, hair salons, you need a face mask that doesn't wrap around your head, so they can work on your hair. Some states have recently opened salons, I know I made some masks for a woman who bought them specifically so she'd have one to wear at her salon last week.

Now here in WA we are hoping they will re-open hair salons around the first of June (and yes, I am one of those people that is kind of counting down the days as I look in the mirror every day and see my dark roots growing longer and longer and I'm discovering a bit of new gray in my hair, so I'm looking forward to getting back to the salon - but there's also a baseball hat in a pinch, or just embracing the "au natural", if you know what I mean.

Obstacles to Making Face Masks, as a Maker

Now the interesting thing about the sudden need and demand for making face masks, from the perspective of a maker, is the supply chain. The elastics supply and fabric supply have been hit hard - we're still waiting for our normal channels of supply to get elastic back in stock - we put in our order quite a while ago, but it might not be available for a few months.

We were lucky to find some supplies in stock through other means, so we've been able to have what we need, but I talked to my normal supplier and he told me how hard they've been hit and everyone is scrambling to get the supplies in that are needed and the stress level is definitely up because of this big surge and pressure on the market for certain materials.

So what are your feelings about wearing a face mask? 

It's certainly a new experience for most of us, and I definitely have a new level of respect for all of the professionals in the world who have to wear a face mask every day for their jobs. When I first wore a face mask to the grocery store, I'll admit, I did not love it. Breathing my own breath for the 40 minutes I was in the store, was not my favorite. That's the truth. But now, after wearing a face mask every time I go to the post office or to the grocery store, I am totally used to it now and, yes it's still nice to take it off once I get back in the car, but it really has become just a normal part of being out.

Tips for Wearing a Face Mask if you prone to Anxiety

For those people who are prone to anxiety, wearing a face mask may kind of produce some anxious feelings.

I've heard some people say they started panicking a little bit when they first put on a face mask because they were afraid they couldn't breathe...but they actually could breathe it was just a new and uncomfortable experience breathing their breath through cloth.

...or they were afraid that they'd pass out from breathing their own breath for so long so they began to panic...and again it was all about regulating their breathing, so they didn't create that sense of panic and rapid breathing that can then cause light-headedness is that a word? Anyway, that feeling of being light-headed or the actual being light-headed because they have started that unnatural breathing.

So there might be some psychological hurdles that some of you might have to go through, because this is all new.

Fabric masks are breathable, so if you are in a healthy condition, you really can breathe through the fabric, it's just about recognizing and managing those new feelings and sensations that come with breathing through a face mask.

Some tips to adjusting to wearing a face mask, if you are prone to anxiety might include:

Adjusting the way you breathe when you wear a face mask. An article I read said by breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth, it may help you feel less panicked and it might create a more comfortable experience overall, wearing your mask.

You also might want to practice wearing your mask when you are at home. You could set a timer for even 1 minute, and wear it, and then the next time you wear it for 2 minutes, and you might want to play some fun music while you're doing it to just give yourself some positive associations while wearing it, if it really does bother you.

Just give yourself some time to adjust to the feelings and different sensations it brings.

If you find yourself starting to get uncomfortable while you're wearing it, talk positively to yourself using positive statements like:

  • I am safe
  • I can breathe just fine
  • I am wearing this as a gift to protect myself and others
  • I will be able to take this off after I leave
  • Breathe in through my nose and out slowly through my mouth 

So, what has been your experience wearing a face mask?

If you are looking for a face mask, we are currently selling ours through our Etsy shop, since that was the quickest way to get the listings set up and available to the public.

As all of our Fairface products, our masks are made with high quality fabrics and quality craftsmanship, just as we do for our Fairface Washcloths. And our soft flannel is a great option for sensitive skin if you want that inner layer of flannel, soft against your face.

So whether you need soft washcloths for your face or a soft face mask for your face...Look for us on under our shop name Fairface Washcloths, that's F a i r f a c e Washcloths on Etsy.

I'd love to hear what your experiences have been around wearing face masks.

Are you on Instagram? That's where I tend to hang out most - so come and find me - I'm @FairfaceWashcloths and you can leave a comment or even send me a message. I would really love to connect with you there!

So as always, my friends, I really appreciate you being here. I hope you are doing well and I send my best wishes to you! Soon enough this will all be something we look back on. And for me, truly, this hasn't been all bad. There have been some really special, meaningful times as well and I hope that's been the case for you.

Until next time, take care and I will see you then.

Sensitive Skin Care Top 5: What you should be doing for your skin right now - Fairface Podcast Episode 8

Top 5 ways to keep your sensitive skin healthy during stressful times - Fairface Podcast Episode 8

Fairface Podcast Episode 8: 

The Sensitive Skin Care Top 5: What you should be doing for your skin right now

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The Sensitive Skin Care Top 5: What you should be doing for your skin right now

Don’t let your sensitive skin suffer during stress!
Today I share 5 actionable things, that don’t take a lot of effort, that can make a big difference to your skin’s appearance & health - that you should be doing right now.

Hi there!
Thanks for joining me for another Fairface Podcast!
How are you guys doing?
Have you gone a little stir-crazy yet being stuck in your houses for weeks?

I've had my moments, as I've shared before, but right now I am doing ok. I am grateful that my family and I are healthy - that is a huge blessing. And I feel really lucky that I can keep working and have been able to ship our washcloths from my home office, so that has been another huge blessing.

I do have to admit that I have made, probably way too many casseroles and sweets at this point, but I'm trying to think about a more healthy approach to meal planning from now on, and the exercise part is kind of tough. I mean, it's funny, now we have time to do that, but that's really the last thing I want to do.

So, anyway, I hope that you are doing well. I know it's strange that this home stay is kind of becoming our new normal but hopefully it will do what it needs to do so that we can get back to a place of health and safety again for the United States and across the world. So I know it's worth it and I appreciate each of us doing our part.

Today I want to talk to you about what you should be doing with your skin right now.

With our lives kind of turned upside down, our skin care routines should not be.

For most of us, it's probably not be possible to get to your esthetician or dermatologist right now, so it's important to keep up with the health and wellness of your skin from home.

I have identified the top 5 things you should be doing for your skin right now to keep it as healthy as possible.

This first tip is new to even me. I had never done it before and I didn't really know it was a thing. Until now. But I decided that instead of feeling regret and worry for all the years I haven't been doing it, I just decided to start from where I am and hope to make a difference from now on.

So, what am I talking about? I'm talking about wearing sunscreen every day even when you are indoors.

[1 Wear sunscreen every day even when you're indoors]

Maybe some of you have been doing that. If you know me, you know I'm obsessed with wearing sunscreen. I wear it every single day without fail...but I realized I needed to add a disclaimer, and that disclaimer would have been, "I wear it every single day without fail...unless I don't leave the house."

Honestly, on the days that I was working at home, I would look forward to just being able to moisturize and not worry about putting on sunscreen or dealing with make-up.

But according to Johns Hopkins Medicine, if you work indoors with windows, you should still be wearing sunscreen.

According to, just because your skin doesn't get burned, doesn't mean your skin doesn't get damaged.

Although windows can block most incoming UVB rays...UVA rays can still get through.

So you need to wear sunscreen every day, even on the days you don't leave the house. Which for most of us, is a lot of days that we are in our houses.

We should all be wearing SPF of at least 30 (which has been the most common recommendation). And technically you should be applying it every 2 hours if you are sweating, or outside or you work next to windows that get direct sunlight, according to

So while many of us are spending most of our hours a day during our home-stay quarantine time, in our homes, it's still important to wear sunscreen every day.

So after this home-stay situation ends, just make sure you wear it every day forever and ever no matter what. The end. That is what I'm telling you about sunscreen. It is an every day, 365 days a year kind of thing. No matter what.

The 2nd thing you should be doing for your skin right now is to try to keep up your regular skin care routines as much as possible...

[ 2 Keep up your regular skin care routines]

...which is especially important right now for those of us who have skin conditions like rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, acne etc. Our skin really counts on these routines and consistency, so irritation from our conditions don't re-emerge, you know, if we suddenly stop doing our normal routines, our skin can act up.

If I suddenly stopped my topical medication or stopped using my Fairface Washcloths on my skin or stopped using my favorite cleanser and moisturizer (which happens to be Vanicream, that is free from most irritants) my skin would definitely start to act up.

And the hard thing is, once the cycle of irritation begins, it can be hard to get it calmed down again. So let's not find out what that might look like for you. Keep up your regular sensitive skin care routines as much as possible.

If you use any medications, whether topical, or otherwise, like I do with metro gel - it's a topical that I put on face, and if you can't or don't want to get in with an esthetician or dermatologist right now, call in and see if they can give you an extra month prescription.

I did this with my dermatologist and she called in an extra prescription for me so that during this whole stay-home period of time, before COVID-19 gets under control, I can have the medication I need and then return to her office at a later date when I can get in.

I want to mention, as part of my clear skin habits that I don't want to leave out, it also includes my pillow cases! 

You may not have thought about this before, but sleeping on a clean pillow case every night can do wonders to keep your skin clear. When we sleep on our pillow cases all night long, we can leave bacteria behind and that just gets on our faces and leads to break-outs.

I, personally, like to follow a nightly pillow case, kind of a flip rule. I put on a clean pillow case and I sleep on that side of the pillow that night. The next night, I flip my pillow to the other side and sleep on that side of the pillow case (which is still clean). And then the 3rd night, I actually change my pillow case and throw it in the hamper, and put on a new clean one, and the next night I flip it, and so on.

I know this might sound extreme to some people, but as I've mentioned before, having Rosacea and sensitive skin really is high maintenance so sometimes you have to do things that seem a little extreme, but this works, so I keep doing it. And yes, I do own a lot of pillow cases, in case you were wondering.

The other thing that I'll mention, is that I've found sleeping on a silk pillow case can be something that's really soothing to my skin and my hair. The thing about silk pillow cases is that they don't leave creases on my face like cotton pillow cases can and man, if you've ever had a crease on your face from a pillow case, those are hard to get out.

I looked up how to fix, or how to get rid of creases in your skin from a pillow case, and it said that you should slap your face, you should pinch the areas that are creased, so I did that, and tried to plump my creases back to normal. But it also can irritate my skin because it's sensitive and not so good to be slapping and pinching my face!

But the silk pillow case also makes my hair really smooth when I wake up. I know that it helps to prevent breakage and I can tell my hair looks better after a night on a silk pillow case.

Oh, and one more thing, be sure to use a sensitive skin friendly detergent like the kinds that are free and clear, the ones that don't have perfumes or dyes so you don't get the possibility of irritating your facial skin. Often there are remnants of the detergent left behind after doing your laundry and you just don't want that to be an irritant to your skin.

The 3rd thing you should be doing for your skin right now, is actually to lower your stress.

[3 Lower your stress]

And I know right now this is easier said than done. With many of you trying to work from home and manage your homes, and your kids, and doing home schooling, entertaining them, and the cooking, and the cleaning...and all the things. So you you're probably thinking, how in the world am I going to lower my stress right now? For real! You're crazy!

Lets get to the nitty gritty and I will tell you how stress affects your skin.

I did some research, so I would have the most correct information to share with you.

You know, although we make soft washcloth for sensitive skin and have done a lot of research on that, I am not a skin care professional. So when I want to share podcasts or articles or information with you about a particular skin condition, I do my research so I can give you the best, reputable sources of information I can find.

A common factor of sensitive skin conditions such as Rosacea, or Eczema, or Psoriasis and Acne, stress is highly correlated with flares or break-outs in all of these conditions.

I'll start with Rosacea flares, since I have shared before that I have Rosacea, so - Rosacea flares are highly correlated to stress. The National Rosacea Society has done countless studies and many have found that emotional stress is a huge trigger for Rosacea flares. I know it is for me as well. 

According to the National Eczema Association, Eczema flares and increased itching (which leads to scratching) can also increase among those with higher stress levels.

According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, stress is a common trigger for Psoriasis - and not only have people reported that their Psoriasis first started during a time of high stress in their lives, but it also tends to get worse during stressful times.

You might ask, so does stress also cause acne?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the answer is yes. It is due to our body's response to stress, by way of hormones, which stimulates our hair follicles' oil glands, which can cause acne.

I will include all of those *sources in the show notes.

So stress can definitely affect our skin.
What are you doing to lower your stress right now?

One doctor, sited in a National Rosacea Society article, suggested some ideas to manage our emotional stress to help minimize or prevent the stress from triggering our skin.

He suggested caring for both your mind and your body with things like meditation, relaxation and even visualization. Making sure to eat healthier and drink more water, making sure you are taking time to exercise, and getting enough good sleep.

And right now, maybe all the de-stress time you even get is taking a walk in the morning before everyone in your house wakes up, or taking 3 minutes longer in the bathroom for the only quiet time you can have.

Maybe you like to read in your bed for 1/2 hour every night before you go to sleep, and after everyone else is in bed, or you literally tell everyone you need 15 uninterrupted minutes, and unless somebody is dying, you don't bother me, and you go in a dark room and sit there by yourself.

So I don't know what it looks like for you, but it's important that you try to get at least a little bit of time that you can try to de-stress.

Stress, we all know, effects our health and it effects our skin so whatever you can do to lower your stress right now can be helpful to your overall health as well as your skin's health. And we know that if your skin does start reacting to the stress by breaking out and flaring, that just adds more stress. So we don't want that.

This leads us to the next thing you should be doing for your skin, which I actually mentioned a few minutes ago, that relates to a healthy diet, and that was to drink more water.

[4 Drink more water]

Now I know there has been controversy over whether or not drinking more water actually helps the appearance of our skin or not. Some say it makes their skin more dewy and plump, others say they don't really notice anything.

I know personally, when I was testing out healthy eating habits for a Rosacea diet, I drank a lot more water and I really did see a difference in my skin. I think it had been dehydrated, so drinking more water really did make it look better.

The University of Washington- Health explained that since your skin is an organ, which is made up of cells, which are made up of water, in order for your cells to function their best, they need water - they need to stay hydrated.

They went on to say, that while most of the water you consume may get to other organs first, it can still help our skin. Some people, like I said, have said their skin looks and feels better when they drink more water, that has been my experience too.

If your skin is dehydrated, it might start to get dry, feel tight or even get flaky. And a tip for anti-aging, so if this doesn't convince you to drink more water, I don't know what will, is that dehydrated skin is more prone to wrinkling.

Not only that, but dry skin can also cause micro cuts to the skin that let bacteria in which can cause redness, irritation and inflammation. So drinking more water is overall, a very good choice.

And right now in particular, while many of us are off our normal routines with the stay-home measures, we end up drinking less water as a result, just because our habits have changed. Like when I used to work at a school, along side my business, I used to carry around a water bottle and I drank from it all day long.

Once I transitioned away from the school and just working on my business, I had to remind myself to drink even a few glasses of water a day. Even now, I still have to make an effort to do that or, really, I just forget.

For Rosacea, drinking water has two benefits. First, cool water can help to bring down your body temperature, which can help reduce flares and flushing, and 2nd is to keep our skin hydrated.

For Rosacea, we often have dehydrated skin on our faces due to an impairment in the barrier function of our skin. So in order for our facial skin to stay hydrated - we should not only drink more water, but we also need to apply water to our skin followed by moisturizer, which actually leads me to my next point...which, the 5th thing we should be doing for our skin right now, is to keep your skin moisturized.

[5 Keep your Skin Moisturized]

This really does go hand in hand with drinking more water and staying hydrated.

In addition to not drinking enough water and risking dehydration, our skin can also start to feel dry with the use of indoor heaters. Many of us are spending a lot of time inside our homes right now, and, here in Seattle, it's still chilly, so we have our indoor heaters running and it can make the air dry and dry out your skin.

Besides drinking more water, locking in moisture to keep our skin hydrated is an important line of defense. Why? Because if the majority of the water we drink ends up going to our other organs first, we have to get moisture to our skin somehow and not let it just evaporate.

So, the University of Washington- Health, again says, that it is by moisturizing our skin within 2 minutes of getting out of the shower when our skin is still moist, so we trap that moisture in. They even suggest you could try adding a product with hyaluronic acid, just before applying your moisturizer since this type of acid attracts and holds water to the skin. I have not personally tried this, but I might consider it.

And all the hand washing we're doing right now? It's helping us to stay healthy, but it is totally drying out our hands!

And, yesterday I was listening to a podcast called, **Skin Care Talk (correction it is called Pure Skin Talk - see below), that is lead by a licensed Esthetician in California, and she shared a tip for kind of a DIY moisturizing treatment for our hands, and I wanted to share that with you.

[ DIY moisturizing treatment for your hands ]

Basically she said, after cleansing your hands, you apply a generous amount of grapeseed oil - which I haven't personally tried, but I think I probably will, and massage it into your hands really well.

Then, she suggested applying a hydrating mask (she recommended a hydrating mask by Le Mieux that she has in her shop) or she said if you don't have that, you can apply a body or hand cream to your hands.

Then you put on gloves or socks or even a plastic bag to warm up your hands, that area that you've slathered with oil and cream, so that it can push everything deeper into the skin. She said it's kind of like steam, so warming that up and sealing it off will push everything deeper into your skin.

Leave it on for about 20 minutes, and then afterwards, you can get the excess off but otherwise leave it on your hands. And she said it's really, really moisturizing. So I think I want to try that this weekend, although I don't have grapeseed oil, but I might start using that because she really likes it and recommends that a lot.

So just to review, it's important to keep an eye on your skin's health, as all of our stress levels are higher than normal. And I hope you'll try these 5 things:

1 Remember to wear sunscreen every day even when you're indoors, no matter what, 365

2 Keep up your regular skin care routines as much as you can

3 Do things that can help lower your stress

4 Make sure you drink more water throughout the day

5 Remember to keep your skin moisturized 

These 5 things really don't take a lot of effort, but can make a big impact on the health of your skin.

Thanks so much for being here! Again, I wish all of you the best for you and your families - take good care of yourselves! Thanks again for listening and I will see you next time.

National Rosacea Society

National Eczema Association

National Psoriasis Foundation

American Academy of Dermatology

University of Washington Health

**Podcast correction - Pure Skin Talk [ PureSkinOC ] see the March 17th episode, "Pamper Yourself"  for moisturizing hand treatment and other pampering ideas for your skin.