Spring is here and Summer is just around the corner, so while we should always protect our skin from the sun's rays, it's time to up the protection a bit.
I've always been an avid sun screen user, as skin cancer runs in my family, and my fair skin burns easily. I've tested several different sun screens so now I'm happy to share my favourites and recommendations with you.
I use an SPF all year round to protect my skin. To simplify my skincare routine, I've always looked for hydrating SPF creams that will both protect and moisturize.
Argan Oil Facial Moisturizer SPF 30 // 100% Pure
Created to hydrate dry skin, this moisturizer is made with organic argan oil and rosehip oil, along with green tea for a healthy dose of antioxidants. Like all of 100% Pure's products, it's preserved with natural herbs, giving you hydration and sun protection without chemicals.
It's my favourite SPF out of the many that I've tried, and while I'm always trying new ones, this is the one I always go back to.
Not many of us think that makeup can protect your skin, but these days it can. Products like concealer and foundation powder and being infused with zinc oxide to naturally protect your skin.
Just like the SPF cream, my favourites are from 100% Pure. They've managed to create beautiful products with fruit pigments, herbal preservatives, and a nice amount of sun protection.
Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer // 100% Pure
This is my go to for a medium to full coverage product. It's lighter than a foundation but it gives you a good amount of coverage. It's also hydrating and protecting!
Fruit Pigmented Foundation Powder // 100% Pure
I've been obsessed with this for weeks. It's a very light powder that offers very light coverage, but it gives you an almost dewy, almost matte finish that I love. It's also got that sun protection!
Fruit Pigmented Brightening Concealer in Creme // 100% Pure
This is my everyday concealer. It offers medium coverage, and it's great for all over; on your blemishes, irritated areas, and undereye circles. Plus it's got sun protection!
If none of these fit your fancy, there are always more options! Andalou offers several different BB and CC creams, and Ilia just launched a complete line of makeup products infused with natural sun protection. There's a Radiant Beauty Balm, a Radiant Translucent Powder, and three lip products.
3. Lip Balm
The lips are easily forgotten when it comes to sunscreen. But thankfully, brands are starting to include them in their SPF line ups!
There are so many different options at different price points. You can go with the:
- 100% Pure Sweet Mint Lip Balm ($12 for .15 oz)
- Hurraw! SPF 15 Sun Balm ($4.29 for .15 oz)
- Badger Sunscreen Lip Balm with SPF 15 ($3.69 for .15 oz)
What's most important is finding one you like and using it often!
This is the one area I really need to work more on. I'm rarely out in the sun all day, so I rarely think about this one. But it's still important, especially if you're out and about.
But personally, my dry skin prefers a cream. I reach for the Badger Balm Baby Sunscreen Cream SPF 30.
Why the baby one? My skin is just really sensitive. And baby products are usually designed to be more gentle. This one is infused with organic calendula and organic chamomile to keep skin soothed.
I hope this helps you find natural ways to protect your skin this Summer! What are your favourite ways to protect your skin?
Until next time,