One thing this pandemic is encouraging is more people to get outside, if you are able to. Riding bikes, taking walks, hiking nature trails, picnics in the yard….and we know this wont last forever. Summer is coming, and we are hoping and praying this is behind us by then. I have had alot of questions about safer sunscreen and self tanner options so I wanted to share some favorites of mine, and what to look for when shopping.
Sunscreen was my very FIRST product from Beautycounter 5 years ago. My son Jude was having all sorts of reactions to all the “baby and kid” sunscreens I was using on him. I had NO idea what was in sunscreen at all. This began my journey towards making safer swaps in my home. I tried probably about 7 different mineral sunscreen brands before finding Beautycounter and I was shocked at how great the performance was. It actually rubbed in clear, smelled good and it wasn’t chalky or pasty white and NO reaction from my super sensitive skinned boy.
The first product I bought is still my favorite to this day, and that is the Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Stick. My kids say this smells like a tootsie roll! ha! Glides on so smooth and clear, and it WORKS! It stays on for 80 min in the water. I cannot say enough good things about this product. I have one in my purse at all times, and one in my beach/pool bag.
My second favorite is our air propelled Mineral Sunscreen Spray– it comes in 2 sizes, one smaller for travel. I spray it in my hand and then rub it in, but I just love this for my family personally. If you want something that will last longer though, the Mineral Lotion is the way to go. It doesn’t run out as fast. The mineral sunscreen lotion also comes in 2 sizes- one for travel.
Something that is new from 2019, is our After Sun Cooling Aloe Gel for after you are in the sun- and it is INCREDIBLE! Not sticky, it smells like the beach, and it has cooling properties- it helps so much with healing sunburn. The size is VERY generous, I am still using mine from last year.
Another new option, that is less for your family but more for you, is our Tinted SUNSCREEN Spray to look more tan! Again, I spray into my hand and then rub in for more control of application but this is such a game changing product. It comes in light-medium and medium-dark. Avoid white swimsuits when using this. After it dries it doesn’t come off- even in the pool! It is literally like makeup for your body- and it has the coconut gardenia scent, super beachy!
The main thing to look for is NON NANO ZINC OXIDE for the active ingredient, with no synthetic fragrance. Avoid Oxybenzone and Avobenzone as the active ingredients. As always, hats and rash guards are super helpful when you are in the sun for prolonged periods of time. Don’t be scared of the sun, healthy Vitamin D levels are SO good for our bodies– but you can deep dive into that on my blog HERE. 15-30 minutes of direct sunlight a day is very healthy for us.
Next up is SELF TANNER I have tried a few brands and want to try some more for sure. My two favorites so far are Beauty by Earth and NKD SKIN, and both can be snagged on Amazon.
The NKD SKIN pre-shower tan is really cool if you don’t like the feel of sunless tanner, you can put it on at night and wait 10 minutes and then shower! I get a really even application if I use a mitt, and I personally love being able to shower after 10 minutes and by the morning you have a beautiful, natural glow.
For an instant tan, I love the NKD SKIN tanning mousse. I use shade Medium, but there is a Dark shade too. It isn’t sticky and doesn’t smell bad. I let it dry for 5-10 min before putting on clothes and it gives instant results! Its lightweight foam and I use a mitt to apply. I love it!
If you are looking for sunscreen at a retail store, Target has some good options now. Most are more white than Beautycounter’s but I am so thankful there are safer options out there on every budget!
Think Baby, Baby Bum Mineral Line, Bare Republic, Coppertone Pure & Simple,
Blue Lizard are a few I found last year.
For Lip sunscreen, I found these 2 options at Target that have good ingredients.
Remember to keep it FRAGRANCE FREE, look for NON-NANO ZINC OXIDE as active ingredient, and AVOID OXYBENZONE or AVOBENZONE.
As always reach out if you need help swapping your sunscreen or self tanner for a healthy option! I love using the EWG Healthy Living app as a tool as well. You can see how your product rates from a 1-10. I like to stay under a 3 for most all my products. If they are marked “EWG verified”, even better!
stay safe out there!
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