After doing a lot of fake tanning in a tanning bed in my high school and college years, I am an advocate for safe sun! I love spray tans and SPF these days. Depending on your location, the very beginning of May either signifies the beginning of the really hot days leading to summer, or the first few warm days with a couple 40 degree days thrown in the mix as Mother Nature is still working it out. I have enjoyed a couple of 70 and 80 degree days, so I thought it appropriate to whip out the old sunscreen options so you can enjoy the weather fully prepared. Check out some of my favorite picks for below. There is something for everyone!
JASON products are perfect for summer. They truly have an option for everyone- in SPF 20, 30, and 45, they have options for Sport, Family, Kids, Mineral, and Facial. I am a diehard JASON fan after trying out their delish Mai Tai bodywash and I can assure you I will be hoarding these in every vehicle, beach bag, and purse in the house. They are reasonable in price (under $10) and come in a squeezy bottle.
I was a huge advocate for spray sunscreen last summer, until I was the victim of a bad sunburn after applying it on a windy day. The only true way I have found to make sure you get your whole body protected is to apply it with your hands. I recently did an Earth Day post
for JASON with some pictures of Kristin Chenoweth supporting their cause. Brooke Burke is also a fan!
Also, I thought it would be worth mentioning that the Kids’ sunscreen from JASON is a great option for babies. I did some research on whether my 7 month old would be safe using it. Their website indicated to ask doctors if you could use it on children 6 months and under, so I took that as meaning it was safe for my 7 month old. We have used it twice on her and made sure to get her head, behind her ears, back of neck, chin folds (LOL) etc. It has worked wonderfully on her sensitive skin. She has a little eczema on her skin, but using JASON has not irritated it at all.
Staying sun safe! I wear sunglasses to prevent squinty eyes when I see the sun (and future crows feet). My daughter wears a sunhat but doesn’t like it so I apply sunscreen to her head also since she has very little hair on her head to protect herself. My dog isn’t wearing a sun hat, he’s in a cone for a health issue.
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If you are looking for some face friendly SPF, look no further. I have three fantastic options for you, depending on your needs and price point.
Skinceuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50
is a product I am drawn to because of the high SPF. It is hard to find anything above SPF 30 for your face. A little goes a long way with this product, so the $34 price tag isn’t so hard to swallow. It has all the great qualities listed below and should last you all summer.
Sheer, mattifying texture with a weightless finish
All-physical, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
Increases skin defenses and resistance to UV and heat stress
Ideal for all skin types, even very sensitive
Vivoderm’s Zinc Repairing Facial Cream is another fantastic SPF option this summer. It’s made with 15% pure mineral Zinc Oxide, infused with vitamins, chamomile, and comfrey. This facial cream promises to maintain the skin’s moisture while diminishing the visible signs of aging and reducing acne breakouts. Zinc oxide is essential for tissue growth and healing, is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent to fight acne, balances the oil production in the skin, and is a natural, non-toxic sunscreen. I really didn’t expect to like this as much as I did. I thought it would be very blah, but it was extremely moisturizing and did improve the appearance of my skin. I think the fact that it’s natural, protects against the sun, AND acne, would make it the perfect option for pregnant women in the summer!
Also, because it contains zinc, you have to rub it in REALLY well because it leaves a whitish cast on your skin. Because of the white, it’s also not the greatest choice if you have professional pictures to be in. In other words, don’t wear it if you’re in a wedding that day.
Original Sprout Face & Body Sunscreen is a product I haven’t tried yet, but I wanted to give them a shout out because I use their shampoo and conditioner all the time on my baby and I love the company. They sent this to me last summer at the tail end of the summer and I never got a chance to bust it open. I will give a heads up once I try this, but for now, here’s the scoop on what this does/doesn’t have:
Free of Phytoestrogens Lavender & Tea Tree, Phthalates, Clove & Musk; No Soy, Gluten, Honey, Peanut or Dairy; No Nanoparticles or Titanium Dioxide; 100% Vegan & Cruelty Free; E.U. Compliant Ingredients; Biodegradable; Parfum Free
I’m excited to see how this performs under makeup, so I plan on using this a bunch this summer!
LAVANILA’s The Healthy Sunscreen
is a great option for those of us who like to go the natural route for sun protection. This does not have the telltale vanilla fragrance that many of LAVANILA’s products have, but it works just the same. You will have to spend some time rubbing this in for the white to blend in with your skin The active ingredients are titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, and youth promoting antioxidants for nourishing and replenishing of the skin. This also offers UVA/UVB protection.
Kate Somerville’s Body Glow Sunscreen
is a 3-in-1 product that smooths, protects, and firms. Broad spectrum UV protection helps fight against damaging free radicals, while rich Mango Butter provides intense moisture for a luxuriously soft and smooth feel. Caffeine and Light Reflective Pearls help refine texture and improve tone, creating younger-looking skin, with a radiant shimmer. I do pick up the slightest scent of mango within the product, but it’s quite subtle. My favorite part of this is that it contains the slightest bit of shimmer. My least favorite part is that the SPF content is rather low, at 20.
If you forget your SPF….
A couple other products that I’ve found useful if I happen to get a burn include Clinique’s After Sun Rescue Balm with Aloe, and JASON Soothing Aloe Vera. The Clinique product is soothing, has a fresh scent, and feels silky smooth and hydrating on my skin, along with drying fast. It feels wonderful on a sun burn, but it is a little pricier for every day use. JASON’s product is just plain Aloe Vera…no chemicals, and in a pump bottle. It’s pretty no nonsense, and will help soothe your skin if you bake yourself to a crisp by accident.
Brush on Block
is another product that I use in the summer, and it doesn’t leave my purse. Just because you put on SPF at 8 am, doesn’t mean the 3 pm sun won’t penetrate your skin and cause a burn or other sun damage. This is a weightless powder you can’t feel that you can use to touch up your sun protection throughout the day without ruining your makeup with a sunscreen part way through the day. So convenient!