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My Top 3 Sunscreen Picks for 2020

July 14, 2020

It can be quite the task to find a sunscreen that performs well! Through the years I have made the transition into non-toxic beauty products and sunscreen has been one of the most challenging for me. Reason being, it’s really hard to find a non-toxic sunscreen that doesn’t make you pasty white or leave a chalky residue on the skin.

Now that we are a few weeks into summer you will find yourself heading outside a lot more. Protecting your skin during the warmer months is a must but you still want some natural Vitamin D from the sun. Some people dread the sunscreen application because they find that it makes them itchy and/or they still burn while using it. Therefore, it is very important that you take some time to take a look at the ingredients in your sunscreen because it is going to be a big indicator as to why you are reacting to it. Our skin is the largest organ on our body and it will absorb these harmful chemicals from sunscreen into our organs. Therefore, when you know better you do better!

In the United States, cosmetic ingredients have not been regulated since 1938 – that is over 80 years! There should be more transparency in the beauty industry and unfortunately there is not. So, it is upto you to take a deeper dive into the products you’re using everyday and especially during this time of the year sunscreen is one product you should know more about. To clarify, there are two different types of sunscree:

  1. Physical Sunscreen: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide which lay on top of the skin and reflect the sun’s rays away
  2. Chemical Sunscreen: absorbs into the skin, then absorbs the suns rays, converting them into heat and releasing from the body (not good).

The ingredients I like to avoid in sunscreen are oxybenzone, ocitnoxate, avobenzone, retinyl palmitate, and fragrance.

This year I narrowed it down to three sunscreen products that I am loving! So lets get into it:

  1. Face SPF – Crunchi Sunlight Facial Cream SPF30: this is a physicial sunscreen with an active ingredient of zinc oxide that is non-nano. I love applying this to my face and neck because a little bit goes a long way and it does not leave my face with a white cast either. You can also apply this prior to wearing any face makeup and it will be a nice base for your application. It is also Leaping Bunny certified and reef safe.
  2. Body SPF 30 – Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Mist: this is a non-nano zinc oxide non-aerosol spray that will not leave your skin sticky but give you and your loved ones the protection you need. You will get 80 minutes of water resistent protection. It sprays on evenly making the application process super easy.
  3. DIY SPF: This year I took my research one step further and decided to make my own sunscreen. Making your own sunscreen is so easy and the best part is you know exactly what the ingredients are and what you are putting onto your body. With a few kitchen staples and some essential oils you will whip up your own sunscreen in no time. Please note that the essential oils I used are certified therapeutic grade with no synthetics. You do not have to use the essential oils I listed below – feel free to use others if you would like but never use citrus oils topically on the body during the summer months because they are photosensitive.

DIY SUNSCREEN INGREDIENTS:

The oils and the zinc oxide should be organic and good quality. Combine the coconut oil, avocado oil and shea butter in a glass pyrex bowl and apply it to the double boiler so that they can melt down. Once melted, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool down for a few hours. After it has cooled off then add 2 tablespoons of the zinc oxide and Doterra’s essential oils to it. Blend thoroughly with a silicone spatula. Place in a glass jar and store in the fridge so that it can solidify. You will get an spf of 25-30. Easy peezy!!

So tell me, which sunscreen are you using this summer?

In Good Health,

 

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