We’re in the middle of the summer months and that means more time at the beach or on your outdoor patio. And, whether you like to sport some glam sunglasses like me, or a fabulous hat like Lainey, we all need that extra protection when soaking up the sun.
Beauty expert Nathalie Smith is here to help us say goodbye to sunburns and hello to a safe, healthy summer glow with some of the seasons most unique sunscreens.
Sunblock tends to leave a white residue on darker skin, which is one of the reasons why people of color don't enjoy using it. So if you’ve ever felt that whoever made your sunblock probably didn't have you in mind – this one’s for you. Josie Maran's new sunscreen is an updated version of her Argan Daily Moisturizer. It's fast-absorbing, non-greasy, and lightly tinted to provide a warm, lively look to skin -- you won't see any white casts here. What you will see is the beautifying benefits of argan oil and green tea, and a radiant glow from this all natural sunscreen.
I break out from almost every sunblock. Just one day by the pool can leave my chin a battle zone. Then I found CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF30! It’s a lightweight, non-greasy moisturizer and sunscreen with SPF 30, that won’t clog pores, and also plays nice under makeup. I have long been a fan of this line! All their products contain essential ceramides and the MVE (multivesicular emulsion) technology in this one gradually releases these ingredients into skin over time, meaning while you’re working -- it keeps working to hydrate, nourish and protect long after you’ve applied.
LOOSE POWDER FOUNDATION
Sweat, sunscreen and makeup is pretty much a recipe for disaster. But Sweat Cosmetics has an answer for that – it’s literally in their name. Their Mineral Foundation Twist Brush is breathable, light coverage meant for sweating in and is designed with active women in mind, because it’s water-and sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes. It’s dermatologist-approved, won’t clog pores or cause break outs, and is packed with skin-loving antioxidants and vitamin E. There are zero parabens, talc or fragrance. The delivery system is pretty convenient and comes complete with magnetic twist-up brush and soft antibacterial bristles. It’s great for on the go touch ups and totally eliminates the need for taking makeup off even prior to a workout!
I also have the BB Cushion Hydra Radiance from La Neige. This pressed foundation features SPF 50 protection housed in a cushion makeup compact! It contains brightening technology with micro pearls and moisturizer to create a luminous, even finish, and ensures long-lasting hydration. It comes in a 6 shade range (double the options of most BB creams) that I can really get behind. This one wins the award for most portable formula! Toss the little round disk in your car, purse, or beach bag for easy application (with zero threat of spillage) on the go. So you can glow responsibly all summer long! It even comes with a refill cushion – so you’re actually getting 2 products for 1.
You can use regular sunscreen on your lips, but there are so many fun shades out there now that incorporate SPF in them. Shisedio is an amazing Japanese brand that has a great line of products that incorporate SPF. I really like their Lip Color Splash – it has an SPF of 30, which protects lips against UV damage, but also gives you a nice splash of color. It’s easy to use, wear, and reapply, it adheres to the lips with a gentle, comfortable application and allows natural movement—soothing chapped or rough lips and protecting against dryness.
Most of us are great about applying sunscreen, but it’s the reapplying that we slack on, and it’s usually down to that big reason: we don’t want to ruin the contour. So If you're diligent about wearing sunscreen on most days, but not occasions when you decide to go with a full-face of makeup, this is for you. This is a vegan formula made with 70% certified organic ingredients and is for anyone who doesn’t want to sacrifice their makeup for the beach or brunching al fresco. It sets and seals your face with a lightweight matte-finish, and contains hyaluronic acid for moisture, and cucumber and aloe vera extracts to soften, soothe and refresh skin.
FULL BODY COVERAGE
We all know and love Coppertone for their amazing sunscreens and now they have raised the bar yet again. Their classic sun care line has been formulated in a luxurious whipped format. It absorbs quickly into skin, leaving you feeling soft and clean, and provides great protection with an SPF 50.
Frequent sun exposure can lead to dry; brittle, frizzy locks, and chlorine and salt water can only make matters worse. If you opt for professional color, you’ll definitely need extra protection since the sun can fade hair dye over time and leave you looking brassy. Enter this lightweight, non-greasy, nourishing spray, formulated with lightly hydrated sesame and castor oils, plus a KPF protection rating of 90! (KPF to hair is basically what SPF is to skin) A single application blocks 90 percent of bleaching rays. It prevents hair from dehydrating and adds softness without weighing hair down.