Amber Van Court
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It’s Summer, the sun is out, the clothes are shrinking, and skin it’s making it’s appearance all over the place. Summer is the perfect time for swimming and beaches and barbecues; but it’s also a good time to think about suncare. I know many of us want to get tan during these warmer months, but it’s not worth it (at least the sun-rays way) to your skin and health. I’m a pasty girl so I know the allure, but the science of beauty has given us other options. Or you can keep it pasty!
Either way, sunscreen is crucial on sunny or cloudy days. Remember UV rays aren’t bothered by clouds, they can get you either way. I just got back from a vacation in Costa Rica where I layed and played in the sun and the clouds. To protect myself I brought a lot of sunscreen – all of it natural, green and cruelty-free… even better!
For the Body
I need a spray for body sunscreen… I don’t know about you but I don’t have time to play around with rubbing a cream in. This Alba spray was great to get to (almost) all my nooks and crannies. It doesn’t have a “sunscreen-y” smell, which I appreciate!
For the Face
I bought a Coola travel pack from Ulta with tinted and non-tinted options. Both worked well and my face never burned, though they do have weird texture you might have to gete used to. It almost feels like a mineral makeup is mixed in with the cream… odd but effective. Also, if you’re buying the full size I would suggest the one that’s not tinted as the tint doesn’t show up on the skin at all.
For the lips, I used this tinted lip balm by Coola with an SPF 30. I’ve never burnt my lips but it doesn’t sound fun so I don’t think I will. This gives you a little color, a nice slip, and is moisturizing, so overall it’s just a great lip balm.
For After the Sun (aka when you’re burned to a crisp)
In Costa Rica I made a dumb move and didn’t but sunscreen on my legs (ah! The shock and horror) so I got burned. It was lame and hurt and I totally learned my lesson. But luckily this Coola Environmental Repair Plus makes the healing process better. It feels nice and cooling on the burn is moisturizing and does help with the pain a bit. Much more comfortable to put on than lotion. Love this stuff!
All these products helped me enjoy my vacation safely and I would recommend them to anyone. I hope you all get to have fun in the sun this Summer. And if you do, remember your protection!