Importance of Sunscreen Year Round | LimeLife by Alcone | Perfect Sunscreen | Christa Dowdy Law | Beauty Blogger | Lexington Kentucky

It’s August and the end of summer, so why all of the hype over sunscreen? I will tell you why! Because you don’t want skin cancer! Right? The sun doesn’t take a break and neither should you and the safest sunscreen,..LimeLife has just released the most incredible and most Perfect Sunscreen that I have been able to do any research on. It’s completely made from organic ingredients. It is a moisturizer, a makeup primer and it firms your skin as you wear it… PLUS an SPF 30. That’s 4 products in one. I would go on to say it was magic but I’m afraid someone would think I was being a little bit dramatic.

So why sunscreen in August? Well because we need to be wearing a sunscreen EVERYDAY that we aren’t in a completely blacked out room. Do you know that we aren’t even protected from the sun’s rays through a glass window? We would have to be in a windowless room 24/7 to be completely protected from the sun’s harmful rays.

Just what are those rays?

UVA: Ultraviolet A rays, also called “long wave” rays, make up 95 percent of the rays that reach the surface of the Earth. They can penetrate the skin much deeper than UVB rays, and are responsible for signs of aging (like dark spots and wrinkles). They also can initiate skin cancers. These are the rays that make you more tan. UVA rays can penetrate glass and clouds.

So in a nutshell, 95 percent of the rays that reach our skin are the harmful rays.

UVB: Ultraviolet B rays, or “shortwave” rays, don’t penetrate the skin as deeply. They’re what causes redness and sunburns. They are most intense from early spring to early fall, and during the day’s sunniest hours. UVB rays are not as likely to penetrate glass as UVA rays, but even though they dwindle in the winter, many can reach the Earth’s surface and are easily reflected off snow and ice. This makes them a bigger threat on the ski slopes, and at higher altitudes on sunny days.

Daily sunscreens are vital because of when we get the majority of our sun exposure. It’s not when we go to the beach or the pool but when we’re driving in the car and walking to work. As it turns out, sometimes those short bursts of sunshine are the most harmful. According to Cancer Research UK, short, intense exposure to the sun puts you at the highest risk of melanoma.

Besides wanting to wear sunscreen to prevent skin cancer, you want to wear sunscreen year around because you can take years off your skin!

Daily sunscreen use can prevent skin aging. A large study out of Australia were compared daily, those that used sunscreen daily and those that only used it occasionally. And after four and a half years, the group that used sunscreen only when they thought they needed it had significant brown spots and fine lines. But the daily group showed no detectable signs of aging.

So what is best? SPF 30 is perfect for everyday use. The FDA doesn’t approve anything with an SPF over 50 because nothing above 50 is any more effective than an SPF 50.

So in walks LimeLife by Alcone and the Perfect Sunscreen. Finally a product that not only protects our skin with the most perfect SPF 30 but also primes our skin for a perfect makeup application, it moisturizes our skin with only natural and organic ingredients, and it FIRMS our skin with anti aging ingredients which makes this sunscreen especially unique! It is LITERALLY “Perfect”.

So let’s talk about some of the ingredients that make our sunscreen so perfect! The Aloe is used as an emollient in our sunscreen to provide an easy application that hydrates the skin. It’s commonly used in sunscreens because it is easily accessible and is commonly a base ingredient in skincare. And we all know how aloe feels.

Buddleja has antioxidant properties and boosts the skins defenses against permanent UV induced damages!

Caprylhydroxamic Acid – an ingredient that may sound scary but this coconut derived ingredient naturally preserves the sunscreen so that we are able to avoid things like parables and other yucky (unnatural) ingredients.

Cetearyl Olivate – basically olive oil which is a great oil for the skin!

Chicory Root is the ingredient that boosts the anti aging benefits! It produces an IMMEDIATE firming effect while you will also see a collagen boosting effecting effect and the long term skin benefits of retinol, without using retinol! (NATURALLY) Do you see a trend here?

Helichrysum Italicum Oil is extracted from the Immortelle Flower, also known as the Everlasting Flower. This oil is known for its restorative and anti-aging properties!

Jojoba Seed Oil is an ingredient that is actually a wax but because it has such a low melting point, it exists as a liquid. What I love about this ingredient is that because of its antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties, this ingredient is often used to prevent or to treat acne. My conclusion, I don’t think I’ll worry about this sunscreen breaking me out like other (chemical) sunscreens.

Our sunscreen is vegan, cruelty-free, paraded-free, gluten-free and WORRY FREE!

The one an only active ingredient in our perfect sunscreen is zinc oxide. This mineral is the safest option when it comes to natural and broad spectrum sun protection.

Our sunscreen is only $38 and is so worth every penny. Especially when you consider the worth of your skin health! With all that this tube provides, why wouldn’t you protect your skin, firm your skin, prime your skin, and moisturize your skin? It’s simple! It’s PERFECT!

GET YOUR PERFECT SUNSCREEN NOW!

Back to School: Making A Great 1st Impression | Christa Dowdy Law | Beauty Blogger | LimeLife by Alcone | Lexington Ky

It’s that time! Back to school time! Everyone is scurrying for school supplies and new clothes and hair cuts! But what about makeup and skincare?

Teen years are the hardest for so many reasons!! Especially for girls (trust me, I was one!) The hormones, boys, making new friends, acne, eating disorders, depression, bullying, social media… so many issues face teens today. So many more then when I was a teen. So let’s make at least ONE area of her life perfectly PERFECT.

Let’s give her great skin and a great face of makeup!

First of all, we need great skin! I would have given anything to have had LimeLife in highschool. The products I used were so harsh my eyes would literally swell out of my head. And it’s as simple as this:

🌱The Fresh Start collection allows you to choose a face wash and moisturizer. For $44 you can get the BEST cleanser and moisturizer for your skin type. Choose from Dream Clean (oily or acne prone skin – most teens) or Quench Cleanse (normal to dry skin). And then your moisturizer, Skin Therapy and Calm Balm. I almost always recommend Skin Therapy as it is practically the most PERFECT moisturizer for every skin type.

🌱The Skin Confidence Collection allows you to choose a face wash, moisturizer and a mask of your choice for $82. So its basically the same as the Fresh Start Collection except you’re adding a mask – either the Mask of Zen or the Skin Polish. Both are fantastic for acne prone skin but again, depending on what type of skin you have. So your customization is endless!!!And then makeup!! You can’t go wrong with The Teen Collection! Not just for teens but a perfect place to start for anyone!!For $136, This collection includes your choice of

•one Botanical Foundation (I will color match her to her perfect shade)

•two Complete Concealers (one for concealing and one for highlighting!)

•one Perfect Blush, Bronzer or Pressed Powder

•two Perfect Eyeshadows

•one Signature Jeweled Lip Gloss (with built in mirror)

(I recommend adding perfect mascara of course! For $20 you can’t go wrong!)

The Teen Collection really is our most affordable “starter” collection for ANYONE (even adults!) wanting a little bit of everything LimeLife but this will give your teenager’s school year a fresh start!!

Summer Wrap-up | Christa Dowdy Law | LifeStyle Blogger | Lexington KY

The End of summer is here. It’s August and I feel like this is the month that signals things like back-to-school, fall weather and the acceptance of all things pumpkin. (Accept it friends, it’s coming) I don’t know about Cade but I doubt that this summer will go down in history as my best summer ever. For me it started out painfully. June seemed to last 3 months and then July was difficult in it’s own way. For Cade, I hope that he somewhat enjoyed his summer. Days at grandparents. Hours in the pool. Mornings at summer school with his favorite teacher (even though she might not think so).

For me the summer started with a little accident that earned me a nice, 2 or 3 inch scar down my wrist, a metal plate and 6 screws, all of which cost more than anything I currently own. Falling backwards for no real reason isn’t exactly embarrassing, but it is something that you just have to own. Do I wish that I had a more exciting story to tell? Yes. Maybe that I fell while trying to save Cade from a rabid squirrel? (That just came to mind) Anything would be better than – I lost my balance when I was backing up trying to get a wider angle taking pictures. Someone give me a cookie.

Did I mention this happened on my mom’s birthday? Yeah. Happy Birthday mom. But the good news is, we got to spend some really great quality time together that night and for the next 4 weeks. I kind of miss her now that she’s gone home.

But that day could not have been more beautiful. The sky and the drive “home” was gorgeous. I even snapped a photo of my favorite spot on the interstate looking towards the hills of Eastern Kentucky as I approached. It was going to be a long day.

I had no idea that in 12 hours I’d be laying in a hospital bed with my hand swelled triple. It’s amazing what morphine does for you though. And just look at that makeup! Really held up 🙂

Fell around 7:00 p.m. To the ER in Lexington around 9:00 p.m. And home by 6:00 a.m. What a whirlwind. And the next week wouldn’t be any better. Waiting for surgery was an eternity. I missed my little boy. He spent a lot of time with his papaw and would come visit me. It was so hard for him to see me just sitting there unable to really do anything. I was so heavily medicated because of the pain and nauseous and weak, he didn’t understand. I was part of his routine. I WAS his routine. And suddenly everything was different.

Our entire summer was turned upside down after that. I had surgery a few days later. Cade never knew where he was staying, who was taking him to summer school. My mom stayed with us for almost a month (which me and Cade both loved) and I didn’t drive at all. When I did start driving I could only use one hand and that made things difficult. It took me weeks to realize that not everyone was out to hit me. I was so paranoid of getting hit or falling or getting hurt again.

I am just so thankful for all of the support that we had through it all. I have never felt so much pain. At one point after the surgery, when my pain block began to wear off, I literally wanted to cut my own arm off. My dad was with me and I think he honestly couldn’t stand to see me in that much pain. I know he couldn’t. He left the room. And I don’t blame him. I wanted to die. Cade was afraid of me with my arm in a cast. I know he worried about why mommy had a giant bandage on her arm. The kid worries himself to death when he has a bandaid on his own arm. He thinks we use scissors to take them off.

After surgery I spent a lot of time back “home” and a lot of time sleeping.

It was relaxing to be there where I could just relax and Cade could be outside and with papaw and still see me in a semi-normal environment. It was the best part of the summer for me, even in the cast, even without any privacy, not being able to dress myself or take a shower without putting a garbage bag over half of my body. It was time spent with my parents and my son that I hadn’t had and it was time spent in thought and meditation and prayer and thankfulness.

Cade was able to attend summer school this summer. We called it “summer camp” just to make it sound more fun. Whether that worked or not is anybody’s guess. But he did get to meet a pig, Waffles, who Cade called sausage, and he got to spend a majority of the summer with his favorite teacher.

He swam in the pool at the YMCA. He played with his caretaker, Tori and her twins. Went to all of his favorite places. I think he had a pretty good summer. Once momma was able to get back to routine, things started looking brighter for him. He realized that the dark clouds weren’t forever, things would go back to normal again.

I realized that too. It’s a tough lesson to learn sometimes. I will be in physical therapy for the foreseeable future. My wrist is super stiff. We are hoping to get my full mobility back in 6 months. Right now it’s very painful but so much better then it was in June! But this too shall pass. And soon it will be pumpkin spice time.

Except for me.

I’m doing Keto.