Summer Skin Needs Sunscreens! Six Sunscreen Brands You Should Try!

I love summer! It’s my favorite time of year. I used to live on the beach and my favorite thing to do was to “lay out” and catch some rays.
When I was growing up, my mom would partner up with her best friend (another mom) and take all of us kids to the beach for the day – and I mean it was all day. Mom wasn’t much for sunscreen – and I have learned a lot about the outcomes of not using sunscreens to protect your skin. It’s not just about anti-aging; it’s about preventing cancer!

I am featuring 6 different brands with some specific choices from each brand. There are other product options included but not all are reviewed!

Disclosure:
I was provided most of the products listed (but not all!) for review. Those that are being reviewed will have a REVIEW within each brand section to indicate that it’s something that I have tried.
There are a few brands that I have reviewed before (Colorescience Sunforgettable) and I am updating my content/review here. Since my relationship with Colorescience goes back several years, I happily buy it and wear it since I know how versatile it is.

Australian Gold Botanical Mineral Sunscreens

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Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotions SPF 50

Review:
The best thing about these two sunscreens besides their respective SPF (50 and 30)is that they apply easily and vanish into the skin quickly. They have a pleasant scent (non-chemical type scent). The botanical formula gives you 2 different physical sunblocks which makes it broad spectrum with both UVA and UVB protection. The texture is matte so that you won’t be greasy if you have oily skin. Might be a good option for everyday usage.

Details:
Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotions SPF 30 & SPF 50
($14.99; SPF30 – Ulta.com, SPF 50-Ulta.com, Ulta, CVS, Walmart)

Feature a non-greasy, antioxidant rich formula that provides UVA/UVB broad-spectrum protection. This formula includesTitanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide to provide a non-chemical sun protection option, with a powder-like matte finish that’s never greasy.
Broad Spectrum UVA/UVA Protection
–Water resistant for up to 80 minutes

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Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotions SPF 30

Key Ingredients:
Eucalyptus to calm, reinvigorate and oxygenate skin
Protein-packed Red Algae to nourish with Vitamin A and Amino Acids
Kakadu Plum which contains significant amounts of Vitamin C which helps protect against free radical damage
Vitamin E to maintain moisturized, healthy looking skin

Eco-conscious formulations:
-Packaging is designed to use as few materials as possible in a recyclable container to reduce any potential waste.
-Reef-Friendly Formulas are free of Oxybenzone, parabens, phthalates, Petrolatum, PABA, SLS, Dyes and Oils
-Hypoallergenic, Dermatologist and Pediatrician Tested, Not tested on animals
-Citrus Oasis fragrance with notes of Pineapple and Pomegranate

Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen SPF 50 Tinted Face Mineral Lotion
($12.99; Ulta.com, Ulta, CVS, Walmart)

 

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Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen SPF 50 Tinted Face Mineral Lotion

From the brand:

This non-chemical sunscreen lotion delivers a refreshingly luxurious, powdery-clean feel, while the subtle tint seamlessly blends into any skin tone yet washes away with water. Specially designed for sensitive facial skin, this lotion won’t clog pores and is fragrance free. Rich in vitamins and antioxidants from native Australian botanical ingredients, it allows you to enjoy the sun your way, protected from both UVA and UVB rays, and water resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Key Ingredients:
Eucalyptus to calm, reinvigorate and oxygenate skin
Protein-packed Red Algae to nourish with Vitamin A and Amino Acids
Kakadu Plum which contains significant amounts of Vitamin C which helps protect against free radical damage
Vitamin E to maintain moisturized, healthy looking skin

Eco-conscious formulations:
-Packaging is designed to use as few materials as possible in a recyclable container to reduce any potential waste.
-Reef-Friendly Formulas are free of Oxybenzone, parabens, phthalates, Petrolatum, PABA, SLS, Dyes and Oils
-Hypoallergenic, Dermatologist and Pediatrician Tested, Not tested on animals
-Fragrance-free

What does Reef-friendly formula mean?

From the brand:

According to the EWG, an estimated 25 to 60 million bottles worth of sunscreen chemicals wash off into coral reef areas each year. About 25 percent of sunscreen applied to the skin is released into the water within 20 minutes of submersion. When we shower, these chemicals wash off our skin and can pollute wastewater that ends up in the ocean as well.

The issue is becoming increasingly more serious. On January 20, 2017, Hawaii state senator Will Espero introduced a bill which would ban sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate in Hawaii (except under medical prescription) to the state Congress. Espero argues that a ban is important to preserve the state’s tourism industry- because Hawaii relies heavily on tourists attracted by its coral reefs.

What can you do?
It’s simple. Get your UVA/UVB protection from products that have “reef safe” claims that do not use the ingredient oxybenzone.
Enter Australian Gold’s New Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotions, whose reef-friendly, antioxidant rich formulas are free of Oxybenzone, Parabens, Phthalates, Petrolatum, PABA, SLS, Dyes and Oils. Their non-chemical sunscreen lotions deliver a refreshingly luxurious, powdery-clean feel that is never greasy and always safe for the entire family!
Doing your part for Mother Earth has never been so easy!

 

AllGlamR Tinted Sunscreen
$38.25

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AllGlamR Tinted Sunscreen- Medium.

From the Brand:

Broad spectrum, non-irritant, hypoallergenic formula protects from harmful UVA/UVB rays, provides moisture and gives skin a sheer, even glow (available in light and medium)

REVIEW:
I have to say I was hesitant about this product when I got it. I was sure it would never work for me– as a tinted moisturizer. I was surprised – and happily so– to find that this product does self-adjust. I found that the light was the perfect one for me – which I am not very pale, it does adapt well. It blends into my skin-tone and doesn’t look fake. It also lasted quite a while. Perfect if you are camping, at the beach or the pool for the day. It’s not greasy- which is a huge plus. APPLICATION TIP: Do apply thin layers and add in more necessary.

APPLICATION TIP: Do apply thin layers and add  more if necessary.

Description:

By incorporating skin refreshing moisturization, color-dispensing toner, and sun-rejecting ingredients, our antioxidant-enriched tinted moisturizer balances skin tones while providing protection against the harmful rays of the sun.
Our Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30 is available in two radiant shades, light and medium, that blend to match most skin tones.

Benefits:
– Powerful SPF 30 protects from UVA and UVB rays
– Non-irritant and nonallergenic
– Re-hydrates with natural oils providing moisture while under the sun
– Antioxidant enriched with safe and natural ingredients
– Provides smooth, even complexion

 

La Roche-Posay Anthelios

Gearing up for the hot, humid and sweaty days ahead is a real trial – especially for sunscreens. If you have problems finding a great  all-purpose sunscreen, turn to this terrific Anthelios product from La  Roche-Posay.

 

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La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Milk

From the Brand & Consumer Reports:
Consumer Reports released their  Consumer Report’s 2017 Annual Sunscreen Guide  and La Roche-Posay Anthelios  SPF 60 Melt-in Sunscreen Milk  received a perfect score of 100 for the third yeain a row! 

Consumer Reports tested and rated over 60 lotions, sprays, sticks and lip balms with SPF claims of 30 or higher—30 being the minimum level recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology – and 23 of them tested at less than half their labeled SPF number (which doesn’t mean the products aren’t protective at all, but you may not be getting the degree of protection you think you are). La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-in Sunscreen Milk was the top-rated lotion sunscreen by Consumer Reports – thus solidifying La Roche-Posay’s leading expertise in UV protection and their commitment to developing only the most highly effective sunscreen formulations.

View the full article here: http://www.consumerreports.org/sun-protection/get-the-best-sun-protection/.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-in Sunscreen Milk ($35.99, http://www.laroche-posay.us/store-locator
The only lotion sunscreen to receive a perfect score from Consumer Reports!

Screenshot of the Consumer Reports page for the La Roche-Posay Anthelios  SPF 60 Melt-in Sunscreen Milk
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From the brand:

It’s a fast-absorbing, velvety texture that melts into skin seamlessly. Formulated with Cell-OX Shield XL™ technology and an optimized combination of UVA/UVB filters chosen for its more synergistic effect to deliver broad-spectrum protection. A powerful antioxidant complex to help protect skin from free radicals caused by UV rays.

REVIEW:
This Melt-in Sunscreen Milk does what it says. Since I discovered La Roche-Posay products ( about 5+ years ago), I have been in love with this product collection. Non-greasy, absorbs quickly and you can see and feel the difference with this product compared to most sunscreens. If price is not an issue, this is my go-brand and go-to product.  I keep tabs on the Anthelios products because it’s carried by many stores and Anthelios will go on sale! I like to have a variety of these products because sometimes I want a different presentation.

Promise Organic SPR 30 Coconut Sunscreen Lotion

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REVIEW:
I saw this product first at the Natural Products Expo West in March 2017. What an insanely great product this is. It’s natural. Despite the name, the product does not have a coconut scent; it’s scent-free. The texture of the product isn’t matte. It’s a great sunblock but it has a moisturizing feel. It will leave a sheen for a bit till it soaks in. It’s ideal for the body and particularly great for hands. My hands never felt that soft and moisturized after using a sunblock till I tried this product. Love that! It’s particularly good for those with dry skin since it will provide sun protection and deep hydration. If you have oily skin, you might want to see if you can try a tester on this product before using. Otherwise, it’s great for guys, kids, anyone who wants/needs a more organic, naturally based sunscreen.

From the Brand:

Combining the latest skincare science with high-performance NSF/ANSI 305 certified organic ingredients to provide full spectrum UVA/UVB sun defense for powerfully effective sun protection for the face and body. A unique and natural formula, free from all synthetic and harmful ingredients.


Details:

-A creamy formula combining Zinc Oxide, Shea Butter and a blend of essential oils
-Water resistant (80 minutes)
-Non-toxic sunscreen, safe for all skin types including children and babies
-Packed with naturally derived ingredients
-Dermatologist tested; safe for sensitive skin; pH balanced

Find this at CVS Pharmacies. MSRP $12.99 and right now it’s on sale for less than $10. (limited time on sale!)

Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50, SPF 30

 

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Find Dermalogica products including Dynamic Skin Recovery at Dermalogica stores and Ulta/Ulta.com or use the Dermalogica Store Locator.

 

About the product:

-Help minimize skin-aging triggers with this medium-weight, emollient daily moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF50.
–Antioxidant White Tea, rich in polyphenols, inhibits lipid peroxide formation and helps neutralize free radicals (ROS), Advanced Glycation End-Products (AGEs) and Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs).
-Patented Oleosome encapsulation technology boosts sunscreen effectiveness for critical protection against UV rays, -A unique polypeptide helps encourage collagen-producing activities.
-Blends smoothly over skin to create a perfected finish.
-Formulated without artificial fragrances, colors or parabens.

Benefits:
-Provides long-lasting hydration and critical protection against UV light.
-Helps control the triggers that lead to skin aging.
-Blends smoothly into skin for a perfected finish.

How to use
After cleansing and toning, apply a generous amount to face and neck, preferably 30 minutes prior to sun exposure.
Quick Tip:
No matter the weather, shield your skin with SPF daily to protect against skin-aging environmental assault.

 REVIEW:
I love this product.  It has a light texture and it has no fragrance. It spreads easily and feels silky on finger tips and on the face. It is absorbed quickly and doesn’t feel sticky or gummy. It also doesn’t look chalky or pasty.  The “bonus” components of this sunscreen are the additional ingredients that go far beyond sunscreen activity by helping to  nourish and rehab the skin.   The brand offers a choice of SPF 50 or 30 which makes the question of product selection one of price since the SPF 50 version is more expensive than the  SPF 30.

Sunforgettable Colorescience SPF 50, SPF 30

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Colorescience Sunforgettable is available in SPF 30 and SPF 50

From the Brand:

The Sunforgettable Brush-on Sunscreen SPF 50 is a self-dispensing mineral powder sunscreen brush recommended by over 1,000 physicians to their patients. It provides dry, convenient, broad-spectrum sun protection that reapplies easily over makeup, and fits conveniently into a purse or pocket. See below for all of the reasons that customers, physicians, and magazine editors love this unique product!

– Goes Anywhere: Our SPF brush feels weightless and fits easily into your purse. Perfect for on-the-go-women!
– No-Mess Powder: Skip the mess of traditional liquid sunscreens and upgrade to our mineral sunscreen powder. No spills, non-greasy. What  every sunscreen should be.
– Worry-free Physical Protection: Our active ingredients are mineral-based and benzone-free… have you read the chemical ingredients in your sunscreen?
– Self-dispensing brush: Our all-in-one brush applicator makes it easy to apply throughout the day. Just use a circular motion to brush on for lasting protection.
– Healthy Ingredients: The active ingredients –titanium dioxide and zinc oxide- in Sunforgettable provide non-irritating, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 50 protection.
– Lightweight Coverage: Light coverage perfects your look while protecting your skin. Perfect for touch-ups on the go.

Want my review on Sunforgettable? Here are three posts from my archive that feature Colorescience: Colorscience #1; Colorscience #2; Colorescience #3. If you want more Colorescience posts, let me know! I go back to 2006 on this brand!  I love this stuff. It’s something that I can carry in my handbag or take onto a plane that’s so easy .. and it’s not liquid!

You can find Colorescience online at https://www.colorescience.com. There is an array of products that provide a variety of sun protection. You can also find products at Sephora.com, Dermstore.com, Skinstore.com, Amazon.com and many other places!

 

So there you have it. FIVE different brands of sun protection for you for right now. Don’t wait to think about it. Buy one of these great brands because they are really good for your skin!
Stevie Wilson,
LA-Story.com

 

 

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