4 Reasons To Wear Sunscreen || Product Review: SunBum Sunscreen

You’ve probably heard/read about the reasons why you should wear sunscreen and gone right ahead to disregard the information especially if you have dark skin, just like me. It took a bit of convincing and my making the decision to cultivate a good skin care habit to finally start using sunscreen. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do a collage of photos when I’m in my 50s with the popular #BlackDontCrack tag.

For newbies, choosing the right sunscreen can seem like a difficult task especially when you have a wide range of SPF to choose from. Here’s a basic breakdown; SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and measures how long a sunscreen would protect you from UltraViolet (UV) B rays. The best kind of sunscreen to use is one that has “broad spectrum protection“, it protects you from both UVB and UVA rays so you get double protection. Typically, it’s best to use sunscreen with SPF between 30 – 50, any SPF lower than 30 might not be offering you good protection.

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Physical Vs. Chemical Sunscreens

Physical sunscreens are also known as sunblock and like the name implies, they create a physical barrier on the skin that prevents UV rays from getting past. Most sunscreens that sit atop the skin and leave a white cast are physical sunscreens with Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide as the primary ingredient.

On the other hand, chemical sunscreens contain chemical compounds like avobenzone, oxybenzone, octisalate, and octinosate that change UV rays to heat which is then emitted from the skin. It is best to apply them at least 15 minutes before going outside.

 Reasons To Wear Sunscreen

1.) Due to its protective factor, wearing sunscreen daily decreases your risk of developing skin cancer.

2.) Sunscreen helps prevent premature wrinkles and slows down the aging process.

3.) Wearing sunscreen helps with an even skin tone and prevents facial discolorations that are caused by sun damage,

4.) Sunscreen enhances the health of your skin by ensuring your collagens and essential proteins that keep your skin looking healthy are well protected.

SunBum Sunscreen

SunBum SPF 50 Review

Ingredients – Avobenzone 3.00%, Homosalate 5.00%, Octisalate 3.00%, Octocrylene 10.00%, Water, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Hydrated Silica, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Dimethicone, Polyester-8, Caprylyl Methicone, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Trideceth-6, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Fragrance, Sodium Polyacrylate, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethyl Capramide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Xanthan Gum, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Tocopheryl Acetate, BHT, Disodium EDTA, Methylisothiazolinone.

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The first thing that attracted me to SunBum was its name and the motto “Trust The Bum” which it lives up to. Another thing is that this particular sunscreen protects against both UVB and UVA rays.

It blends really well into the skin and doesn’t leave a white cast like some thick sunscreen lotions. It has a light floral scent that lingers. On colder days, I layer it with my Shea Moisture Hydrating Body Lotion.

Also worthy of note is that SunBum contains Vitamin E but doesn’t contain Zinc so if you react to Zinc, this might be a really good choice of sunscreen for you. However, it has Avobenzone and Octisalate as its primary active ingredients making it a chemical sunscreen.

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Hiking At Ado Awaye || A Visit To Africa’s Only Suspended Lake

These days I find myself jumping at opportunities to visit new places and create new memories. It didn’t come as a surprise to my friends when I impulsively decided to join a group of people to go hiking in Ado Awaye, Oyo State and visit the popular suspended lake – Iyake Lake. Did you know that there are only two suspended lakes in the world and the Iyake Lake in Nigeria is one of them?

Transportation

On the morning of the hike, we met at the bus park in Oshodi which is right next to the railway tracks and boarded a vehicle going to Ado Awaye through Ibadan. We initially planned to go through Iseyin but after weighing our options, we decided this would be a better route and it was.

After a bit of haggling in Yoruba with the driver, we paid 1800 Naira each as opposed to the initial 2000 Naira. The driver took his sweet time eating Amala after which we were on our way to Ado Awaye.

The journey took approximately 3 hours and came with all the joys of road trips in Nigeria including bad roads and the occasional bribe tips to police officers along the way. Our vehicle got stopped at a checkpoint because my friend who you might remember from The Guy’s Guide To Natural Hair Care For Men post had braids and apparently, looked like a member of the terror group – Boko Haram. I remember saying I wouldn’t go on any more road trips this year after going to Ondo State in July but look at me.

Hiking

We were dropped off at Ado Awaye on the path leading to the foot of the mountain and welcomed by a group of chanting school children. After filling a tourist book and negotiating an access + tour guide fee of 4000 Naira for the 5 of us, we began our hike at 13:00 hrs.

Luckily for us, the weather was quite lovely but it is advisable to arrive in Ado Awaye a day before, lodge overnight and arrive early the next morning, say 08:00 hrs to start your hike. Also, wear comfortable shoes with a good grip and light, stretchy pants, no jeans!

Our tour guide was able to communicate only in Yoruba so we didn’t get the kind of education & history I was expecting. A member of our group was able to translate to English the few times we all stopped at the same levels.

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An important part of hiking is to go at your own pace. Because of the excitement of hiking for the first time, we started off at a fast pace and my burnout literally smacked me full on. I whined and refused to continue with the hike at 5 different points but my friend wasn’t having any of that, he provided the right motivation and support I needed to go on.

The Seven Wonders of Ado Awaye

If you ever go hiking at Ado Awaye, there are 7 important landmarks you should look out for also known as the 7 wonders of Ado Awaye. It was fun trying to look out for these landmarks while on the hike.

1.) Oke Ishage

This translates to Ishage Rock. It was the first wonder we came across on our hike. The people of Ado Awaye believe that it is the bringer of rain to the community and so, whenever there is a drought, the Chief Priest ties a white cloth round this rock, prays and brings down the rain for days.

2.) Esè Àwon Àgbà

This translates to footprints of the elders and can be found at different points on the mountain. I wear a size 38 and there was a footprint that was 4 times the size of my foot. It is believed that the mountain was home to gods many years ago.

3.) Agbómofúnyàké

This translates to collects child and gives to Iyake. It is a small body of water located next to the Iyake Lake and it is believed that anything that is dropped into it is passed on to the Iyake Lake.

4.) Iyake Lake

This is the main attraction – the suspended lake. Asides this, the only other suspended lake in the world is the Hanging Lake in Colorado, U.S.A. The lake is believed to be bottomless as its depth has never been truly measured, any object or person that attempts to enter the lake is dragged to the bottom and never seen again.

5.) The Elephant Tree

It took me several tries and squinting to be able to point out  the head of this Elephant tree which is made up of branches and trunk of a fallen tree.

Unfortunately we didn’t get to see the remaining two – Ìyá Aláró Lake & Esè Kan Aiyé Esè Kan Òrun because we were exhausted and needed to get to Ibadan before it got dark. The climb downward was definitely easier and the thought of finally eating kept me going without making any stops.

Accommodation + Feeding

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Because no journey to Oyo is complete without a taste of Amala we decided to make a stop at Amala Skye in Ibadan to sample their notorious Amala. See, I used to be one of those people that would be quick to condemn Amala because I just couldn’t get past its appearance but my tiredness on this day did not allow me to be picky. If you follow me on Instagram (if you don’t, wyd?), you’ll know this particular Amala changed my mind towards Amala in general. Looking back now, I’m not sure if it tasted great just because it was my first meal that day and I was starving. I’ll have to try Amala again just to be sure.

For reasons unknown to me till this day, the trip convener did not make our hotel reservation. On getting to the hotel at 20:00 hrs, we discovered the rooms were booked except the “Penthouse Suite” at Gulliver’s hotel which was slightly over our budget. After walking around and checking out other hotels, we ended up right back at the penthouse at 21:00hrs, celebrated our first hiking experience over wine and called it a night.

The next day we moved around Ibadan with Taxify. We had breakfast at a lovely little place called Chrysalis then proceeded to the bus park at Ojoo where we boarded a bus for 800 Naira back to Lagos.

Have you ever gone hiking? What was the experience like? Are you a fan of Amala or not? Tell me in the comments!

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How To Deal With The Jetlag

Traveling can be very exciting right from the planning stage. The D-day arrives and armed with your itinerary, travel documents and travel luggage, you’re ready to explore a new country then you land and the jetlag hits! If yours isn’t like one of those cheap flights to Dubai, you’ll be left wondering if the journey and expensive plane ticket are worth the discomforts that come with being jetlagged. Fortunately, a while ago I curated a list of measures to take before, during and after a long flight to tackle these discomforts and decided to share.

What is Jetlag?

Jetlag is extreme tiredness and other physical effects felt by a person after a long flight across different time zones. Symptoms include disturbed sleep, daytime fatigue, difficulty concentrating and functioning, and even the occasional stomach trouble.

Pre Flight

While planning your itinerary for your trip, be sure to schedule in extra time to get a little rest in between flights and avoid scheduling activities for immediately you land. Other things you could do include:

  • Sleep or rest well before your flight. If you’re Nigerian, chances are relatives would keep you up all night before your trip and still attempt to smuggle you into the airport a good 4-5 hours before your flight. Try to get enough sleep before the flight.
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks before your flight. Alcohol is well known for its dehydrating effect, throw in the effect of altitude and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. Wait till your plane lands before knocking back those drinks.
  • Avoid coffee and caffeinated drinks

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During Flight

There’s not much you can do during your flight but these should help:

  • Resist the urge to take sleeping pills especially on long trips and try to get as much sleep as you can, you would feel well rested and your body would thank you when you land!
  • Try to move around and take as many bathroom breaks as needed to keep your blood circulation going.
  • Set your watch to correspond to your new time zone, it’ll help you to psychologically start adapting to your destination.

Post Flight

Try to stretch to get rid of the kinks from sitting for a long flight, get a few hours of sleep and you’ll be ready to be out exploring in no time! You’ll want to give yourself time to rest in between your planned activities and stay off strenuous activities for the first few days. Developing and maintaining a good sleeping and eating pattern would also do you a world of good.

Although these tips would be helpful in significantly reducing the level of discomforts experienced with jetlag, they won’t completely eliminate it. However, choosing destinations with shorter flying hours can completely take out your chances of experiencing jetlag. Booking cheap flights to Dubai and other nearby vacation destinations would have you enjoying all the perks of traveling minus the jetlag!

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5 Places To Stay On Your Next Vacation In Benin Republic

There’s this thing about Nigerians when we travel, we like to duplicate other people’s travel experiences instead of creating new ones for ourselves. For example, the most popular destination for Nigerian travelers seeking to unwind for a couple of days is Benin Republic, quite easy to get to without a flight ticket and doesn’t leave a hole in the pocket.

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Life Lately + Burgers ‘N’ Shakes Restaurant Review

I feel like I owe you guys and myself this Life Lately post. It’s an attempt to explain my absence from the blog and encourage myself to get back to writing. There’s a review of Burgers ‘N’ Shakes with a ton of food pictures all the way down, it’s part of my apology. At the beginning of the year, I really thought I would be able to put out at least one blog post weekly knowing fully well I had a very busy year ahead but a girl can dream, right? But life happens and sometimes sheer will just isn’t enough. Here’s what I’ve been up to; Continue reading “Life Lately + Burgers ‘N’ Shakes Restaurant Review”

Weekend Getaway In Lagos: Jaybee Beach Camp At Tarkwa Bay

As with most adventures that involve money leaving my pocket these days, Cassie brought up the idea of going to Jaybee Beach Camp to spend a night camping on the beach, having fun by a bonfire and just generally forgetting the daily struggle that comes with living in Lagos.

It didn’t fit into my budget at the time so we decided to shift the staycation to August. Come August, we started calculating the cost of the staycation and it didn’t fit into both our budgets so we decided to throw it open like we did The Lakehouse Vacation and after a few back and forths, increasing our original number of 5 because quite a number of people were interested, we had more women join us to share the cost and fun.

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Budget-friendly Lakehouse Vacation in Ouidah, Benin Republic

This Lakehouse was love at first sight and I just knew I had to visit upon seeing pictures of it. After calculating the cost of a road trip from Lagos to Ouidah, cost of the Lakehouse and adding other miscellaneous expenses including tours, tips and souvenirs, I knew the only way a weekend vacation here wouldn’t leave me in penury was if I went with other people. If you’re living on a budget like I am but still like to travel, you’ll understand. I put the word out on Twitter that I needed travel buddies, selected a few people from the replies I got, created a Whatsapp group and we were on our way three months later! Continue reading “Budget-friendly Lakehouse Vacation in Ouidah, Benin Republic”

My Big Chop on 4C Natural Hair + Answering Related Questions

Ever since I posted the picture below on Instagram, my comment section and Dms have been filled with a thousand and one questions! I anticipated some of the questions while others like “Were you heartbroken?” and “Did you have lice?” had me in stitches.

I’ve tried to answer most of the questions about my big chop in this post but you can send me a mail hello@nappyhaired.com if you have further questions.

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