My good friend, Tom, recommended a SPF his mom gave him last summer. I tried it out at a pool party in August and immediate went out to purchase. And on my trip to Mexico last week, I didn’t hesitate in stocking up on this now Belle Belle favorite.
The Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen comes in multiple SPFs (30, 70, 100+) but I have stocked up on 30 and 70. The mist works well on my sensitive skin and protects without being heavy. The Neutrogena Helioplex Technology is a stabilized sunscreen that is non-greasy. And this spray works at all angles. There is little to no fragrance. And the protection is powerful and long-lasting. Win-win. Don’t forget to pack on your winter vacation.
Available at Amazon.
I battle a red skin tone all year but these colder days, it really seems to flare up. While I found a prescription solution that works well, it is expensive and not pleasant to use. So I thought I would give La Roche-Posay Rosaliac CC Cream Daily Complete Tone-Correcting Face Cream SPF 30 a whirl when I spotted it on the web.
This tinted cream provides nice coverage with a dose of moisturizer. I thought I would need to layer a separate moisturizer under this, but on more humid days, this is actually enough on its own. The natural extract, Ambophenol helps reduce visible redness. The shade works perfectly on my light-to-medium skin and I think would work on a wide range of tones. Note: might be problematic on those on the edges of the skin tone spectrum.
The creamy texture lends to a dewy finish that lasts through the day. I add just a little powder on my nose for added coverage but that’s it. And most of my redness is neutralized. The little bit that does show through looks more like a rosy glow. I love that this serves as both makeup and skincare. And the significant SPF adds to peace of mind.
Available at Amazon.
I am absolutely bonkers about sun protection on my lips. So I am always in search of something that works well but also is pool appropriate. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment (a favorite of mine) is only SPF 15 and sometimes is just too pigmented for hot, sticky weather. I have used their Sugar Sport Treatment Sunscreen SPF 30 briefly until I left an almost new tube in a life vest in Colorado early this summer. 🙁 For the one use I got in, I liked it but not enough to give a full review. For now, I am sticking to my (safely-guarded) new Coola Suncare Mineral Liplux.
Cupuacu butter and mongongo oil give this formula a creamy and conditioning texture while boosting moisture. The SPF 30 doesn’t appear chalky despite it being powered with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. And for my fellow pool-goers, the Liplux is water resistant for 40 minutes.
I have been wearing Skinny Dip which is perfect for me because I prefer very little color in the summer. This nude and sheer tint is naturally flavored with Earl Grey. Note: I cannot detect much of a scent in the tube. The packaging is elegant metallic that screws into the cap, similar to Fresh.
Made in the USA. Available at www.coolasuncare.com.
We are almost to the end of Melanoma Awareness Month and I couldn’t let it slip by without a friendly reminder for sun safety. I have Melanoma in my family and strive to wear sunscreen all the time. I also go for yearly skin checks from my dermatologist. One of the brands I often turn to when pool weather comes around is Shiseido. Not only are they great for active coverage but everyday use and specialty protection. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends these Shiseido products.
Some of my favorites include:
Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion WetForce Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
This water-friendly SPF becomes even more effective on the applied area when exposed to water for 15 minutes. It also helps a ton with dryness – my beef with hot summer weather. It is high, effective protection without feeling heavy.
Sun Protection Eye Cream SPF34
How unique! I had never heard of an eye SPF, but I am in. This is part of my new, everyday summer routine. The rich formula protects and minimizes the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It also fights dryness and adds a radiant finish – something I definitely wouldn’t mind around the pool or at the office.
Available at Sephora and Nordstrom.
I realize Carmex can be a little divisive. But I am more than happy to admit I am a total devotee. I love the classic tub, especially in the cold winter months. But for those who don’t care for the medicinal taste, Carmex’s newest launch could be a perfect solution as the winter months start drying out our pout. And this option is adorably trendy!
Carmex Moisture Plus Lip Balm has new package designs inspired by prints, textures and even Pantone’s official color forecast. All four patterns house an ultra-hydrating formula with a soft vanilla flavor that provides beautiful shine. Plus a bonus dose of SPF 15. The slim stick uses aloe, vitamin E and shea butter to nourish chapped lips and moisturize will still offering a fashionable polish. These would also be adorable for those of you with young daughters – a totally appropriate beauty item for the start of school.
Carmex Moisture Plus is available for $2.49 at Walmart, Walgreens or Dollar General.
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