So… this post has been a long-time coming, though nothing compared to how long you guys have been waiting for the Ideal Routine Page. And I really appreciate all of you who stayed with me and kept this blog alive with your enthusiasm, passion, and loyalty.
Unfortunately, I can’t seem to stop disappointing you guys with delays on top of delays. So it goes without saying that I have one more to thrust upon you all, and for that I am truly sorry.
I had originally decided to post the entire Ideal Routine Page in June and call it Jumbo June! However, to make a long story short, I landed a full-time 8-5 job that will (obviously) require a lot of my time and attention–I start tomorrow. It would be impossible for me to finish a majority of the content by the June deadline. Therefore, I’ve decided to push the launch date back an entire month to July.
Fortunately, Jumbo July works as well! I’ve also decided to attach the Sun Protection Page, which really is just an extension of the Ideal Routine Page, right behind the latter and publish that in August along with an updated My Story & Routine–another item that’s long overdue. Haha! But seriously, mea culpa.
Skin Care Changes
On another note however, an even bigger change that I’m sure will shock most of you is that I HAVE COMPLETELY SWORN OFF INORGANIC SUNSCREENS... I know, right?! WHAT?! Believe me, it took a lot of going back and forth for me to decide this, but it’s the truth! I mean, clearly I value inorganic sunscreens over organic ones, as demonstrated in the 5-part sunscreen battle that discussed all the relevant characteristics. Evidently for me however, one single factor (aesthetics) overwhelmed all others.
After two years of working through this issue, I’ve given up. (Scroll down if you don’t want to read a super-rant). I’m tired of looking like a white, dead vampire-victim; or vampire depending on the universe in reference: the kind of chalky, ashy, pasty, and cool-toned nightmare that looks and feels unnatural. The very dry finish that most inorganic sunscreens with high % of UV filters exhibit, also accentuates any dry skin, large pores, and the like. Furthermore, I can’t wear white shirts because the sunscreen with stain and yellow the collars. I can’t wear dark or colored shirts without the sunscreen whitening the collars. It’s just such a logistical headache that I will no longer deal with them on a regular basis!! God, I seriously debated if I should have written this entire paragraph in CAPS. But I figured I’ve already lost enough readers… As for tinted versions, none of them are as perfect as I’d like. Either they provide inadequate sun protection or are too pigmented to use at 2.0 mg/cm^2 without looking like I was wearing theater makeup.
Does this mean I’m going to recommend organic sunscreens over inorganic ones now? Of course not. I still stand by (almost) everything I said in the sunscreen battle. Personally however, I am simply not willing to deal with the whiteness.
Anyways, I have a few bottles of inorganic sunscreens that I’m definitely not going to use. Ever. So I figured I might as well give them away to you guys.
The giveaway will consists of two tubes of the discontinued Arcona Reozone SPF 30 sunscreen. One bottle is brand-new, the other is about 2/3 full. If you are the winner, let me know if you don’t want the opened bottle; I’ll just give it to someone else.
I found this product several months ago while I was looking for a new sunscreen to replace the Blue Lizard SPF 30 that I’ve been using years. With 7% ZnO and 7% TiO2, the Arcona provides about the same amount of overall sun protection as the Blue Lizard. The texture of the Arcona however, is more fluid and appropriate for oilier skin types–though certainly not for the very oily. I had used it as a body sunscreen. It’s slightly less white than the Blue Lizard, though still quite so.
This is an informal giveaway. If you’re interested in trying this product, just leave a comment telling me why you’d like to try it, and if you only want the unopened bottle or both. Also, this giveaway is only open to my US readers.
***The publishing schedule has been updated: http://thetriplehelixian.com/2013/06/28/updated-publishing-schedule-for-the-ideal-routine-and-the-sun-protection-pages/
At last, we have reached the meaty part of this article! After cementing the structure of the two Pages into place–via additional research and feedback from you guys, there will actually be a LOT more posts than the initial 30 that I planned for the Ideal Routine Page. Same goes for the Sun Protection Page and the updated My Story & Routine. However, I have managed to keep 30 and 10 respective “categories” that will be posted on a daily basis starting July 1st, 2013; I’ve added one additional section to My Story & Routine. So the schedules will follow as such:
Ideal Routine Page
Expect a lot of SPAM on days where there are product recommendations, as I plan to have individual posts for each product.
July 1: Jumbo July Kick-Off and Ideal Routine Introduction
July 2: Cleansers (1 categories; 5 posts)
July 3: Toners (1 category; 1 post); Moisturizers (1 categories; 4 posts)
July 4-8: Chemical Exfoliants (5 categories; 8 main posts + A LOT of posts (1 for each product)) (I THINK there are like 50 product recs….) So expect SPAM during these days.
July 9-10: Chemical Exfoliants Product Recommendations
July 11-12: Important Ingredients in Skin Care: Retinoids and Product Recommendations
July 13-14: Important Ingredients in Skin Care: Vitamin-Based Antioxidants and Product Recommendations
July 15-16: Important Ingredients in Skin Care: Polyphenolic Antioxidants and Product Recommendations
July 17-18: Important Ingredients in Skin Care: Other Antioxidants and Product Recommendations
July 19-20: Important Ingredients in Skin Care: Niacinamide and Product Recommendations
July 21: The Ideal Skin Care Routine: In Practice-Generic Routine
July 22-23: The Ideal Skin Care Routine: In Practice-Acne Routine and Product Recommendations
July 24-25: The Ideal Skin Care Routine: In Practice-Hyperpigmentation Routine and Product Recommendations
July 26-27: The Ideal Skin Care Routine: In Practice-Rosacea Routine and Product Recommendations
July 28: The Ideal Skin Care Routine: In Practice-Very Sensitive Skin Routine and Product Recommendations
July 29: Common Negative Interactions
July 30: Body and Lip Care
July 31: FAQs
I think this updated schedule makes a bit more sense. I mean, there will still be SPAM, but the individual product reviews will be published at a more even pace, rather than being all done in one day.
Sun Protection Page and Updated My Story & Routine
There will be a short pause between the publication dates of the Ideal Routine and the Sun Protection Pages because everyone (including me) will need time to catch up and prepare for the second phase. The Sun Protection Page will begin on August 6, which just so happens do be the first day of a new lunar cycle or New Moon. While the moon is the dichotomous opposite of the sun, it paradoxically parallels the role of the various forms of sun protection, primarily sunscreens: to absorb and/or reflect sunlight. Therefore, it really fits our purposes here!
After the Sun Protection Page is complete, there will be a three-day intermission, after which the updated My Story & Routine sections will commence publication on August 20–the date of when the Full Moon occurs; it represents the culmination of all the Ideal Routine and Sun Protection Pages from my perspective; the purest form of manifestation. Finally, after everything is said and done, there will be three more days (agreeable symmetry anyone?) left of August during which you can finally catch some R&R and reflect on everything that has transpired.
Haha, now THAT was lame! But I hope it goes to show that I’ve definitely put thought into this schedule and that both its structure and content possess meaning–something that you will all soon partake and therefore, be a part of. :)
Anyways, here’s the schedule for August:
August 6: New Moon Kick-Off and Sun Protection Introduction
August 7: The Components of Sunlight and How They Damage the Skin (1 category; 4 posts)
August 8: Do Artificial Light Sources Damage the Skin? (1 category; 1 posts)
August 9: The Identity, Structure, Stability, and Toxicity of Organic UV Filters (1 category; 4 posts)
August 10: The Two Main Inorganic UV Filters Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide (1 category; 4 posts)
August 11: Common Positive Interactions in Sunscreens (1 category; 3 posts)
August 12: Common Negative Interactions in Sunscreens (1 category; 3 posts)
August 13: A Theoretical Approach to Sunscreens (1 category; 3 posts)
August 14: A Practical Approach to Sunscreens (1 category; 5 posts)
August 15: All Sunscreen Product Recommendations (1 category; A LOT of posts (1 for each product)) I haven’t actually gone through the sunscreens available from DermStore, Skinstore, Sephora, Beautypedia, and Nordstrom yet, so I can’t give you a rough estimate of how many product recs there are. Still, expect SPAM on this day! I’ll likely space out the individual review posts between this day and the next. (Edit: There are around 100 product recommendations… So yeah. There will be SPAM).
August 16: What Other Forms of Sunscreens Are Available Besides Sunscreens (1 category; 1 post)
August 20-28: I will just be updating the My Story & Routine sections. The only new section will be “My Makeup Routine,” since a few of you seem to be interested in what makeup products I use. Furthermore, note that any of the products in my old routine that are no longer used, will be given their own individual product review posts. So again, expect some SPAM during these days.
Okay, that sums everything up! Gosh, there’s so much to do! But now that everything’s pretty much set in stone, there will be no more delays.
I also realize that this leaves us just a little over a month to complete the other three Pages. They will be less extensive in depth, but will retain thoroughness in scope. Think of them more as epilogues of our skin care saga, rather than additional chapters.
Please let me know any suggestions you may have, and if you think I should add or remove something from the Pages! If you’d like to enter the giveaway, just tell me why you’d like to try it.