Must-Have Summer Sunscreens

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It’s summer!!!!!  

Wohooo!!!  Bring on the bronzed skin, beachy waves and all the amazing products that smell like coconuts! Well, with sun and fun, I figured there is no better time to do a must-have sunscreen list than right now!

Even when you’re not trying to soak up the sun, let’s be honest, you are getting lots, and lots of sun exposure in the summer months if you’re outside!  I gotta be honest, there are few things that feel as good to me as that fresh vitamin D on your skin after a long winter!  Buttttttt, we gotta make sure we are protecting our skin, because skin cancer is no Bueno, and it’s really expensive to try and get sun spots removed, trust me, I’ve done the leg work!

I’ve put together my list of my favorite sunscreens for this summer!  I love and routinely use all of these products!  The best part is, you can order most of these products on Amazon (hello free two-day shipping) Nordstrom or Sephora!  Click the links below to purchase!

If you have any great recs I’ve missed, please send them my way!  I love me some products, specifically a great SPF, because protecting your skin is in more than ever!!!

* I have received no compensation for posting these products, I just love them and hope you do too!


1-    Alba Botanica Fragrance Free Facial Sunscreen, SPF 30

I’m always on a quest to find a great SPF that I can wear with or without makeup that doesn’t make my face look white and alter the color of my makeup.  If you have the same problem, then this sunscreen is for you!  Thank you, Whole Foods, for enticing me with your products at the checkout or would have never found this sunscreen!  I wear this every single day, it goes on as soon as I’m up right after my eye cream!  I never walk out my front door without this on!  When I shower and get ready to do my makeup, this  goes on yet again!  Did I mention it’s only $9.52 on Amazon prime??

About the product:

This gentle facial sunscreen provides broad spectrum protection against sunburn, skin cancer and premature signs of aging. Made with preferred sunscreen ingredients, this light facial lotion is hypo-allergenic, water resistant, gluten free and won't clog pores. Powerful antioxidant rich Green Tea, Grape Seed and Vitamin E nourish skin while Aloe Vera and Chamomile moisturize and smooth. Free of oxybenzone, octinoxate, PABA, nano-sunscreens and Vitamin A. Alba Botanica® sunscreens are free of active ingredients that may harm coral reefs.

Made WITHOUT:

  • Artificial colors
  • Gluten
  • Synthetic fragrances
  • Parabens or phthalates

 


2-    Fresh Sugar Sport Treatment Sunscreen, SPF 30

Ummmm can you say love?!  This is not only for your lips but you can use it on your entire face!  I use it on my lips and my cheek bones/eye area since that is always what seems to turn red first.  Use this when you don’t have makeup on for cheeks/eyes, but use it all the time for your lips, it’s the perfect size to keep in your purse and reapply as necessary throughout the day.

About the product:

Sugar Sport Treatment Sunscreen SPF 30 moisturizes and provides UV protection for the lips, face, and eye area. The durable, water-resistant formula is ideal for an active lifestyle, offering a protective shield against damaging rays and other free radical environmental aggressors. Its wide-stick applicator glides on with ease making it perfect for on-the-go use.  “This water-resistant formula for lips, face, and eyes is perfect for active outdoor lifestyles. The oversized treatment offers a powerful shield against UV rays and environmental aggressors, so you can play and explore with protective nourishment.”—Lev Glazman, Fresh Co-founder     

  • Sugar is a natural humectant known to prevent moisture loss.
  • Avocado oil is a moisturizing and emollient oil that contains vitamins D and
  • Meadowfoam and black currant seed oils help moisturize.
  • Grapeseed oil helps to smooth and soften and is rich in antioxidants known to protect from damaging free radicals.
  • SPF 30 protection

Made WITHOUT:

  • Parabens
  • Sulfates 
  • Phthalates 

3. Coola Liplux SPF 30

If you’ve are noticing, I’m kind, really into lip sunscreens!  Thanks to a trip to the beach a few years ago when my lips burned so badly they blistered and I wasn’t able to be in the sun for days.  My smart self thought to put petroleum jelly on them to help, ummmm worst idea ever, and might I add, super painful!  Love to keep this in my rotation of lip sunscreen, they have tons of different colors too in case you’re into the tints!

This all-in-one lip treatment moisturizes and protects with SPF 30 broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. The vitamin and antioxidant enriched formula soothes and nourishes, while a unique blend of fruit butters like raspberry and avocado hydrate the delicate skin of the lips. Wear alone or apply over or even under your favorite lip color, transforming your signature shade into an antioxidant-powered UV protector. This product is formulated without gluten or oxybenzone. It is hypoallergenic, TSA-friendly, and cruelty-free.

Made WITHOUT:

  • Parabens
  • Sulfates
  • Phthalates 

4.  Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm, SPF 25

I love balms, so this one I usually put on top of another sunscreen, it just gives me that extra moisture that I often feel like I’m missing when I’m sitting outside (of course under my massive sun hat).  I love the grapefruit flavor because-it’s nice and refreshing on those hot days, guys love this one too, trust me!

About the product:

This hydrating lip balm is enriched with superior skin conditioners and antioxidants to heal cracked and chapped lips. Grapefruit and ginger refresh and soothe, while shea butter and avocado oil soften and condition lips. Vitamin E, green tea extract, and antioxidants help protect lips from damage caused by free radicals. 

Made WITHOUT:

  • Parabens 
  • Sulfates 
  • Phthalates 

5. SUPERGOOP! Defense Refresh Setting Mist, SPF 50

I love this sunscreen and my husband is actually the one who ran across it on a trip to Disney of all places!  Since first falling in love with this, they have reworked the pump so it sprays more evenly and doesn’t clog as easily.  This mist is so refreshing and the scent is heavenly!  I love that you can set your makeup with it, but also reapply throughout the day without smudging your makeup.  I use this sans makeup too, and spray it on my collarbone, shoulders and chest also, such a great find!

About the product:

Defense Refresh Setting Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is a unique three-in-one, weightless mist that sets makeup, helps control oil and shine, and refreshes your defense against photoaging UV rays. With antioxidant-rich rosemary and mint to help improve skin’s complexion and deliver an invigorating essence, this is your perfect pick-me-up for fresh, flawless, sun-safe skin throughout the day. New spray technology delivers finer, more even coverage that will never disturb your makeup.

Optical diffusing silica silylate further helps to control oil and reduce shine—leaving skin feeling soft and smooth with a matte finish, not oily nor greasy as with many sunscreen products. The formula features an invigorating essence of antioxidant-rich rosemary to help improve the complexion and soothe redness.  This product is cruelty-free and does not contain synthetic fragrance or oxybenzone. All Supergoop! products have been clinically tested and determined to deliver broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection.

Made WITHOUT:

  • Parabens
  • Sulfates
  • Phthalates 

6. SUPERGOOP! Defense Refresh Setting Mist, SPF 50, mini

Okay, yes, it’s exactly the same thing as above, just the mini version!  I keep this one in my purse to reapply as needed throughout the day.  The larger one stays in my makeup bag to set my makeup immediately after I finish applying.


7. SUPERGOOP! City Sunscreen Serum, SPF 30

This was a recommendation from someone at Sephora when I was telling them what a hard time I had finding a great sunscreen for under my makeup.  I wear makeup that has SPF, but I personally like to know I have an additional SPF under that.  This was such an AMAZING rec!  It is super lightweight, ultra-hydrating and layers amazingly under makeup.  I think it actually works well as a primer.  If you like a very sheer lightweight sunscreen on your face, this is it!

About the product:

The ideal morning multitasker. This lightweight, silky formula delivers moisture, defends against UV, pollution, and environmental damage, and is power-packed with antioxidant protection from vitamins E and B5. Built for year-round use, it’s the must-do last step in your skincare routine.

This product is clinically tested, cruelty-free, and does not contain synthetic fragrance or oxybenzone. All Supergoop! products have been clinically tested and determined to deliver broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection.

Made WITHOUT:

  • Parabens
  • Sulfates
  • Phthalates

8.  Sun Bum Original Spray Sunscreen-

I don’t remember when I fell in love with this sunscreen, but it has been my go-to for years.  Not only do I love the smell but I love how lightweight it is and all the junk that they leave out!  If you haven’t found a great spray sunscreen that actually works, try this one!

About the product:

This easy to use, ultra-sheer/dry touch continuous spray formula will protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays while enriching your skin with Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals, which are the main cause of premature skin aging.  It is reef friendly, hypoallergenic, cruelty free and vegan.

Made WITHOUT:

  • Gluten
  • Parabens
  • Oil
  • PABA
  • Oxybenzone
  • Octinoxate
  • Reinyl Palmitate
  • Propylene

9. Sun Bum Zinc Oxide

I love zinc based products!  When I know I’m going to be in the sun for multiple days, this stuff is always in my beach bag.  The best part is, it rubs in clear so you don’t have to run around the beach looking like a ghost.  Like I previously said, sun bum is awesome!

About the product:

This popular zinc oxide formula with added Aloe and Vitamin E adds a protective barrier between your face (or other sensitive areas) and the sun.  Slather it on your break and watch it disappear.

Made WITHOUT:

  • Gluten
  • Parabens
  • Oil
  • PABA

 

Lemons

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Lemons, if they're not your skins best friend, here's why they should be!

I love, love, love lemons, and anything lemon flavored. I now have a whole new found love for lemons, for skin!  I had no idea the benefits of lemons for your skin until I had a facial a few years ago and the esthetician used fresh lemon juice on my face. At first it may tingle a little but trust me it’s worth it.  

Replace your astringent or toner with lemon for a week and notice how your skin will absolutely glow.

Benefits of lemon for your skin:

  • Shrinks pores 
  • Reduces black heads
  • Brighten skin
  • Kills germs (naturally antibacterial)
  • Reduces pigmentation 
  • Oil control
  • Exfoliating (the citric acid exfoliates the skin)
  • Aging (rich in vitamin C)

My favorite way to use lemon on my skin is to slice the lemon thinly (as pictured) and then sweep over your face like you would your toner pad. Let sit for 30 seconds and then dab off pulp and excess. Follow with your regular skin care routine or moisturizer.  

Whenever my skin is looking dull or needs a little pick me up, a coffee mask and lemons are my go-to’s. If I don’t have time for the mask, I simply use the lemon slices.