Why Wearing Lipstick While Hiking Prevents Aging

I have to admit it: although it may sound vain, wearing a long-lasting lipstick while hiking has its advantages. The moment I pull out my lipstick before a hiking adventure, I usually get the comment “Seriously, you’re putting on lipstick before you go hiking?” And my response is, “yeah, do you like the color?”

After a multitude of years trying my best to enjoy the taste and feel of SPF-infused lip balm and chapstick I’ve finally found an alternative that is better. Something that doesn’t melt off or have a flavor that I ingest as I enjoy the outdoors: matte lipstick.

Matte lipstick stays on through the heaviest of perspiration, shielding my lips from the sun, blocking UV rays, and (here’s the vain part) prevents wrinkles. I have seen many women and men who have developed skin cancer on their lips and it isn’t a pretty sight. In fact, a common reason women get wrinkles on their lips is because the lip gloss they typically wear actually attracts UVA/UVB rays! The sun directly hits the shine of the lips kind of like aluminum foil did in the late 1970s for backyard and beach sunbathers.

Being obsessed with lip gloss myself, I now know to wear it over a lipstick base to keep my lips protected. The sun protection benefits of the lipstick and the hydrating feel of the lip gloss is a happy duo and it typically lasts for a couple hours, which is just the right amount of time for an energetic hike in Los Angeles. Oh, and did I mention I look and feel great? I believe lipstick can provide any woman a confidence boost and there’s nothing wrong with that!

Some lip products feature sunscreen with little to no chemicals, but I have yet to find one that offers a high enough SPF level of protection to make a difference, that tastes okay and that I don’t have to reapply every 30 minutes. So for now, go ahead and call me vain, I will stick to a natural shade of lipstick to prevent premature aging on my pout and look and feel great while doing so!

Now you know my hiking beauty secret, it’s time for you to share yours! Is there a makeup product you won’t leave the house without? What are your favorite lip products?

Written by: Mitzi Runyan 


Get Fancy This New Year With Sundriven Gloves

Every year, we make New Year’s resolutions, from losing weight to traveling more to saving money. This year, we have the perfect New Year’s resolution that every woman can accomplish: be more conscientious about our fashion, and Sundriven® gloves are the perfect solution.

What do we mean when we say “be more conscientious about our fashion?” We’re talking about incorporating healthy and eco-friendly practices into our style. A combination of beauty, health, and fashion, Sundriven® gloves keep your delicate hands protected from UV ray damage, feeling soft and luxurious, and looking stylish. Vintage-inspired, you can go anywhere and do anything with these all-weather gloves for that 1950’s timeless style. These Sundriven® UV wear gloves are made to stretch and conform to your unique hand shape and size. Made from a botanical fabric, they are so lightweight and ultra comfortable, it’s like a second skin. Once you try these, you’ll never wear another pair of gloves again.

Here are just a few reasons why Sundriven® gloves are eco-friendly:

  1. The fabric is all-natural and botanical. Sundriven® products are made from trees that are sustainably harvested, producing a lightweight, luxurious, ultra-smooth fabric. The fabric is eco-friendly, made mostly of all-natural fibers with zero chemical additives. During production, the fiber uses a non-toxic solvent that is recycled during the process. This reduces production plant emissions and other waste, making it very sustainable. Even the most sensitive skin won’t be irritated!

  2. You can wear them all year-long and incorporate them into countless outfits and styles. Thanks to its botanical, breathable fabric, Sundriven® gloves keep your hands warm in cold weather, and cool in warm weather. The fabric wicks away sweat while simultaneously keeping your hands moisturized and smooth. Forget clammy, sweaty, or dry hands! With two different styles - original and long - you can mix and match your gloves to match the mood of your outfit, whether you’re headed out shopping or attending an evening cocktail party.

  3. They are USA Made. Handmade in sunny Los Angeles, California, Sundriven® UV Wear’s production stays local to ensure quality, integrity, and consistency. USA Made products create jobs, support the economy, are made ethically, and reduce fuel emissions.

Furthermore, Sundriven® gloves have received the Seal of Recommendation from the Skin Cancer Foundation, a symbol of safe and effective sun protection that is recognized by consumers worldwide. In showing their commitment to educating women on skin cancer and keeping skin protected, Sundriven® donates thousands of dollars every year to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

With Sundriven® gloves, you can get fancy this new year and be more conscientious with your fashion all year long. Happy 2016, everyone!

The History of Gloves: 1950s

Gloves have been around since the beginning of fashion. The “clothing of hands,” gloves have evolved to coincide with changing fashions. In a series of articles, we’ll be looking at glove fashions throughout history. Today, we’re focusing on the 1950s.

The 1950s was an incredible decade for fashion, and gloves were particularly stylish and popular. Women typically had several pairs in different styles to match different outfits and occasions. Women weren’t considered fully accessorized unless they had their gloves on when they went out in public. Gloves served a dual purpose - they kept hands clean and warm, and they showed that the woman had the right social graces. Gloves were a sign of high class and etiquette, glamorized by movie stars like Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe.

Most often when women went out in public, they wore wrist-length gloves (nicknamed “shorties”) during the daytime and either wrist-length or long gloves in the evening. Gloves were available in all different colors, and women often had multiple shades so they could match their outfit each day. While women each had their preferred colors, white and shades of cream were a favorite for many, as they were considered elegant and clean. White gloves continued in popularity beyond the 1950s and were made even more popular in the 1960s when the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s was released.

Just as numerous colors were available, so were the fabrics. Cotton and nylon were affordable options, while leather gloves were considered a luxury. Even so, many women owned one pair of leather gloves they wore to special occasions. For women living in colder climates, they could have their gloves lined with rabbit fur. Often, women’s long gloves were made from a lightweight fabric, like cotton and nylon, while their short gloves could be made from a sturdier leather. And beyond their daytime gloves, winter gloves, and evening gloves, they also had a separate pair of driving gloves. When it came to buying gloves, Dents and Pittards were the most popular. For those who couldn’t afford to buy them, they could also make them, as there were many patterns created for gloves.

The 1950s were an incredible time for wearing gloves. While today gloves are less frequent, women still wear them throughout the year, during winter and while driving. At Sundriven, we make driving gloves that are stylish and functional. They look fashionable while protecting your skin from the damaging effects of UV rays. Give a nod to the 1950s the next time you’re out and about by wearing your favorite pair of Sundriven gloves!