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My Favorite Nontoxic Mineral Sunscreens for Face

My Favorite Nontoxic Mineral Sunscreens for Face

Have you hit the mineral sunscreen section of your favorite online shopping spot yet this season? Let’s give you a boost.

Shopping for sunscreen may not be as fun as shopping for, say, a new lip gloss or personal fragrance. But it’s as necessary as deodorant or shampoo. Especially in summer months when you’ll be spending even more time hanging outdoors. Yipee!

I’m going to be honest here. While I stick with a clean beauty routine and do my best to make healthy choices, sunscreen is one area where I have been lax over the years. Growing up , my Mom laid out in the sun to get tan, so I did too. I absolutely love the way sunshine feels on my skin and spending time under it is one of my favorite things. I’m a true summer girl at heart.

And a tan looks great. When you have 18 year old skin. At forty something, I’m much more freckly than smoothly bronzed. Plus, I don’t love the brown spots that are showing up year round and know that many of my wrinkles were earned under the sun.

Time to invest in some decent facial sunscreen and make a habit of wearing it. Do you wake up and apply sunscreen to your face every morning? More and more women do, and that truly deserves recognition. No better way to protect your skin and keep it looking youthful.

Of course, mineral sunscreen is the way to go. Not only do minerals, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, protect against both types of UV rays, they don’t carry the dangers of hormonal disruption and potential carcinogenic attributes that come with chemical sunscreen ingredients. Minerals for the win!

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Next up, you need sun protection that is also free from other nasty ingredients. This is where the nontoxic part comes in and you need to put your label reading skills to work.

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My Top 3 Favorite Mineral Sunscreens for Face

Natural sunscreen brands keep getting better and better at creating protection that is easy to use, effective, and looks and feels good too. All three of the following feel good on skin (not heavy or sticky), are non-whitening (and I really mean that, no whiteness of any kind), and are not greasy on skin.

Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28

Kari Gran Three Sixty Five 28 :: I love this one and wore it every day while we were in Maui over spring break. You’d think that an oil-based sunscreen would be greasy right? Especially one with zinc. But oh no, this beauty sinks into skin nicely and my face wasn’t all parched at the end of a beach day. Will definitely use it all summer long.

Kypris Beauty Pot of Shade Heliotropic

Kypris Pot of Shade: Heliotropic SPF 30 :: The deluxe facial sunscreen, mineral and otherwise, hands down. This product goes on like a high performance facial cream, is moisturizing without being greasy, and makes skin look a little radiant. It is also scentless and super gentle, so everyone can get in on its goodness, and makes the perfect makeup primer. A must try.

True Botanicals Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF 20

True Botanicals Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF 20 :: It’s tough to shop mineral sunscreens without running into this guy. It seemed like every time I hopped on to Instagram, True Botanicals sunscreen was staring me down. Of course, I had to see what all the fuss is about. Since I’m no foundation wearer, the thought of putting a mineral sunscreen with tint on my face sounded a bit daunting. No worries, this beauty performs like a dream. Go for sheer coverage or layer it on for fuller coverage. You are going to love it!

Image :: Carlos Alberto Gómez Iñiguez at Unsplash.com

Reconstructed :: InStyle Best Beauty Buys Part IV

Reconstructed InStyle BBB Sun Care

June is here! Yipeeee!!

We’ve been going over the InStyle Best Beauty Buys guide with a fine-toothed wooden bristle brush and subbing out those picks for some much healthier alternatives.

Now let’s get down to the stuff we are really thinking about right now … sunscreens and self tanners. If you’ve not yet considered protecting and/or giving your skin a little glow, now’s the time.

You know that mineral sunscreens provide the best protection against both UVA and UVB rays. And of course, you want products that are free from junk ingredients. Shrivel at the thought of those gloopy, neon white, grease slick mineral sunscreens?

What if I told you the days of enduring the grossness of mineral sunscreens are over? Well, that’s the truth. Formulators have figured out how to make mineral sunscreens that are not sticky or greasy, go on skin with no white film, and still provide that same effective protection you want. And I am going to fill you in on which are best, along with some pretty sweet all natural self tanners.

And away we go…

SUNSCREENS + SELF TANNERS

Self Tanner for Body   My all time top pick in this category has to be Lavera Sunless Tanner. I’ve used it for years and have found no other I like better. It goes on like a lotion, meaning it is lightly hydrating and easy to apply. It also provides a super natural looking tan with no orange tinge or streaks. And it smells great too. Another popular choice is Chocolate Sun Self Tanner. I have yet to try this one myself, but it is on my list.

Invisible Sunscreen for Face with Anti Aging   Suntegrity Sunscreen Face Protection SPF 30 leaves no greasiness or white film on skin, provides UVA and UVB protection, and doubles as a makeup primer. It also contains anti aging ingredients, green tea, algae, and pomegranate. Woot!

Overall Sunscreen for Body   Sticking with Suntegrity because it is just that awesome, Suntegrity Sunscreen for Body SPF 30 is your new go to. Easy to apply, feels like lotion, and has a light citrusy scent.

Facial Sunscreen   Surprise, surprise… Suntegrity 5-in-1 Tinted Sunscreen is my pick for those looking to protect the face and also add a bit of makeup coverage. Think of this as your summer BB Cream. SPF 30 provides more than adequate UV protection, this baby is packed with antioxidants to support skin and prevent premature aging. Comes in 5 shades.

Overall Sunscreen   Think: A sunscreen you can use on face, body, kids … the whole enchilada. True Natural Zinc 30 Baby & Family Sunscreen is the only one you’ll need in your beach bag this summer. Gentle, unscented, and non greasy. White factor?, you ask. This one requires a bit more rubbing in, but you definitely won’t be the ghost at the beach.

Self Tanner for Face   I love Lavera Organic Self Tanning Face Creamfor the same reasons I love the Lavera for body. Easy to use, doubles as moisturizer, looks super natural, and is not at all greasy. Apply every few days to maintain a natural glow. You’ll fall in love with this stuff.

Okey doke. We are by no means finished with the greening of the InStyle BBB. Still have body and hair products to go, so don’t forget to come on back now, ya’ hear?