We all know the golden rule of a healthy complexion: apply sunscreen daily, rain or shine. In the past, that might have been a rule that we didn't always abide by, since many products were the equivalent of slathering a formula that was like butter onto the skin. Today, there are so many wonderful iterations in the category that make it very easy to layer on a shield of protection before your foundation or even worn alone. We have rounded up some of our new favorites that we can assure you will fit seamlessly into your beauty routine.
For a Dose of Color
The perfect sun shielding product for those low key days when you want your skin to have a healthy glow. A host of antioxidants protect the skin, like grape juice extract that soothes redness and sunflower shoot extract that helps to neutralize free radical damage. Plus, unlke most sunscreens, this product is a formulated without harsh chemicals, rather it is a physical sunscreen chock full of minerals like zinc oxide, which work to deflect the sun's harsh rays.
A year-round favorite; we could go on and on about our love for this magical product. When squeezed out of the tube, the formula appears white; it isn't until it is pressed into your skin does it impart just enough coverage to make your skin look insanely healthy with just enough glow. Plus, we love that it has a SPF of 45 and it doesn't make your skin greasy, which is the last thing we want when it is hot and humid outside. In a word, this product is perfection.
We have tried quite a few of Belif's products and have been incredibly happy with the way they hydrate or work to correct the skin. The brand recently debuted a cushion makeup compact that offers ample coverage (a buildable light to medium), a cooling senstation when patted onto the skin that leaves behind a velvety finish. The skin stays soft, hydrated and protected -- we just hope they come out with additional shades for darker skintones.
FOR WHEN YOU WANT TO GO 'AU NATURAL'
When it comes to applying sunscreen daily, if you haven't found the right formula - read one that isn't greasy or thick - you will probably not make it part of your morning routine. The Green Screen from Farmacy is a great option because it is very lightweight and is powered by echinacea GreenEnvy™, which promotes an overall healthy glow. The best part about this lotion is that it sinks instantly into the skin and you won't even know that you applied it.
We have wanted to dabble in the world of Biossance for quite some time, so we thought one of their sunscreens was a great place to start. Powered by squalane, a potent ingredient that our body actually produces (but diminishes with age) that helps to seal in moisture and create a supple complexion. Unlike tradional forms of the ingredient, it be found in olives, the brand's pioneered a 100% sustainable version made from renewable sugarcane that has been bio-fermented. The brand's mineral-based sunscreen with SPF 45 can be used as a primer, plus the addidtion of Thermus Thermphilus Ferment, an enzyme harvested from the ocean that fends off potentially damaging infrared lights - computers and phones we are looking at you.
The product to tuck into your bag for a day at the beach or pool. A slather of this lotion protects from UVA/UVB rays, while raspberry seed and marula oils keeps the skin moisturized, but without weighing the skin down. The addition of grape juice extract lends anti-microbial properties that prevent pores from getting clogged that can inevitably lead to breakouts.
The sunscreen for those that like to stay active while the sun is shining bright or even when it is not! This 70% organic formula stays on the skin for 80 minutes after splashing around in the water and works for all skin types including those that tend to be sensitive. The addition of evening primrose and linseed oils work to even skintone and help balance moisture.
THE 'SO GLAD THEY THOUGHT OF THAT' PRODUCT
What if your setting spray was laced with sun protection? Well, you know have your wish thanks to COOLA's Makeup Setting Spray that is comprised of over 70% organic ingredients, moisture-boosting hyaluronic acid and SPF 30. Spritz liberally after applying your foundation to lock your makeup in place.
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