Salubrious Selection: Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen SPF 50+ PA++++

Salubrious Selection: Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen SPF 50+ PA++++
I've used this particular sunscreen for years, and I haven't used any other sunscreen that I think even comes close to how comfortable this is on the skin or how effective it is for sun protection.

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Consistency and How it Feels

Shiseido's Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen has a very thin, liquid consistency, so be very careful when squeezing it out of the bottle. This milky consistency might be different than the more oily or creamier sunscreens that most people are used to, but it is still incredibly effective. When spread evenly, the sunscreen seems to adhere to the skin immediately and feels very comfortable. It isn't greasy, and to the touch it almost feels as if there is a powdery barrier there, but it doesn't leave a white cast on your skin.

Effectiveness

I haven't encountered any other sunscreens that are as effective as this one. When used properly per its instructions, it really does block out the sun. What really proved it to me was once having seen someone I know simply pat some of this sunscreen on his back without bothering to spread the product evenly across his skin. He did not reapply the sunscreen after an afternoon at the pool, and at the end of the day he ended up with very visible hand and fingerprints all over the areas he managed to reach, while other areas that weren't protected were either tanned or burned.




Pricing

This sunscreen is a bit more expensive than most, but I think it's worth it, especially if you spend a lot of time in the sun and would like to prevent sunspots, uneven skin tone and most importantly, skin cancer. It's about US$30 on Amazon.com for a 60 ml bottle of the SPF 50 PA++++, but it's a price I gladly pay to protect my skin.

Salubrious Selection: Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen SPF 50+ PA++++Downside

I'm not sure if this is really a downside, but this product can be rather hard to wash off. I'd recommend removing it with Shiseido's sunscreen cleansing cream or a makeup remover (I personally prefer using my olive oil makeup remover). However, I rather appreciate the fact that it's hard to remove as it means it has really great staying power and stays effective for much longer.

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I highly recommend this sunscreen, especially for those who have fair skin like I do. I've been spending a lot of time doing laps at an outdoor pool this summer and this sunscreen has done wonders to protect my sensitive skin.

How to Tighten Plastic Glasses/Sunglasses that are Too Wide for Your Face

How to Tighten Plastic Glasses/Sunglasses that are Too Wide for Your Face
I recently purchased a pair of plastic-framed sunglasses that I simply love and look great when I put them on. Unfortunately, I was so excited about my find that I didn't realize until I got home that they're actually a bit too wide for my face. Although they look fine when I put them on, they're just wide enough that the earpieces don't fit snugly around the sides of my head, meaning the sunglasses easily slide down my nose, slip off my face when I lean over, and fall off if I push them up to wear on the top of my head.

This means no amount of tightening the screws or rubber nose pads would fix the problem since it was the actually size of the frames themselves that was the issue. This was really frustrating to me considering how much I like these shades.

One solution would be to bring them into an eyeglass repair shop where an expert could heat the plastic just enough to bend the frame into a shape that would fit my face better. However, I'm wary of doing that, since I feel heating the plastic alters the integrity of the material, which may cause it to more easily snap or brake (this is what happened to the bridge of my previous pair of sunglasses).

I refused to believe there was absolutely nothing I could do to solve this problem. Then I came up with an ingenious idea. You should only try this if you're comfortable altering your glasses yourself.




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You'll Need:

- a thin piece of rubber (no more than a couple millimeters)
- scissors
- super glue

To Do:

How to Tighten Plastic Glasses/Sunglasses that are Too Wide for Your Face
This part.
1. Look at the ends of the earpieces on your glasses, near the screws. Then cut a thin piece of rubber to the exact shape of these ends.

2. VERY CAREFULLY superglue these rubber pieces to the ends of your earpieces. Be very careful to avoid getting any glue on any other part of the glasses (or yourself!), or you could damage your glasses.

3. Let the glue dry completely.

To Use:

How to Tighten Plastic Glasses/Sunglasses that are Too Wide for Your Face
You can trim the rubber a little bit more
after you've already glued them onto the glasses.
When the glue has dried, you should be able to wear your glasses as you normally would and it will fit more snugly around your head. This is because the rubber you've attached prevents the earpieces from fitting flush against the frame of the glasses. This means they turn in just a bit more so that they fit tighter around your head.

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If you still feel your glasses are too loose after you've implemented this DIY hack, then by all means try adding another layer of rubber. However, if your glasses are only slightly loose, just one layer of a piece of rubber that is only a couple millimeters thick should be fine (especially since you're adding them to both earpieces). Furthermore, adding too many layers, or rubber that is too thick, might put a lot of tension on the frame, which might also cause them to break.

I wouldn't recommend using any material that is firmer than rubber, since you want it to have a little give to prevent putting to much strain on the screws and the sides of the frame.

I'm actually quite proud of myself for having thought of this solution, so I hope this was helpful to anyone else out there also faced with this problem. Good luck!