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It may be that you already traveled to some sunny, exotic locale during the winter holidays, or for “spring break” if you have kids. So yes, I should probably post my sunscreen picks a bit earlier in the year. But as they say, better late than never!

As I wrote up the post on our April trip to Tulum, Mexico I realized I hadn’t shared my sun protection product recommendations. I’m a big fan of applying suncreen every single day of the year–rain or shine, at least to the face. When you consider that the backs of the hands and decolletage are the first places to show signs of aging, those of us in age denial would be wise to cover those areas with sunblock as well.

I recently tried a mineral powder based product with an SPF 30+. I figured that at my age, it probably looks more youthful to cover any sun damage and have the skin looking flawless and age/sun spot-free. However, I thought the heavy layer of powder, despite being natural, made me feel too made up, which in turn made me feel older. So I switched back to my tinted sunscreens. They’re light, moisturizing and the sheerness makes me feel like I’m not trying to cover up anything (although if I could find a natural way to get rid of my age spots, I’d do it in a heartbeat).

I think Andalou Naturals and Juice Beauty make the best, reasonably-priced, all-natural tinted sunscreens available. Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Color + Correct and Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream continue to be my top picks for everyday sunscreen for my face. They’re both SPF 30+ zinc based–for the broadest spectrum of sun protection available, non nano particle, free of all the nasties (parabens, glycols, butenes, chemical sunblocks, etc.), and they both smell nice–something I’m very partial to seeing as I’m very scent-sensitive. Andalou offers a better price point, but Juice Beauty has a wider range of colors to choose from.

For my kids’ faces and for all of our bodies, I continue to love Burnout Sunscreen. It, too, is zinc-based, non-nano and moisturizing. Burnout offers several different formulations, but I usually get the Kids Physical SPF 35 or the Ocean Tested SPF 30. Burnout products are “reef safe” which is becoming a bigger deal in many parts of the world that still have viable coral reefs and/or reef fish populations. The faint white sheen it has when you first apply it sinks in about 10-20 minutes after application, which is perfect timing given that experts recommend applying mineral sunscreen at least 20 minutes before sun exposure. Another bonus: It doesn’t make you break out! There are no pore-clogging or other irritating ingredients, but if you’re prone to breakouts, always apply your sunscreen (or anything going on your fact) using clean hands. (But Burnout offers a Lightweight Oil-Free version if you’re extra sensitive.)

Of course, the best sun protection is no sun, or a long-sleeve shirt and broad-brimmed hat. (I love this inexpensive one featured above by Hinge at Nordstrom.) I don’t have a photo to share of her, but my 77-year-old aunt who grew up in Hawaii–but has always covered up, has an incredibly smooth, cream colored complexion. It’s too late to reverse some of the sun-worshipping naughtiness of my youth, but at least I make a point of putting on sunscreen everyday–rain or shine.

Happy summer and safe sunning!

 

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It’s already more than half-way through summer, and I’m just now sharing my top sunscreen pick for this year?? That’s what happens when one starts a non-profit while taking care of two little ones full-time. The new non-profit I co-founded is for a worthy cause, so when you have a minute, click over and check it out:  Empowered by Light.

Of course I had intended to make my sunscreen recommendation in the early part of June… We have at least three more months of sun here in Northern California, so I suppose it’s better late than never.

Previously I had recommended Badger Sunscreen, SPF 30+. While it used a good amount of zinc oxide and boasted good ingredients overall with few potential irritants, I also found it left too much of a white cast–the “casper” factor as some call it.

I tried BurnOut Kids Physical Sunscreen, SPF 30+ back in May and fell in love immediately. It’s rated as one of the top sunscreens for 2011 by the Environmental Working Group, and rates a 1 on toxicity–their lowest level. It has an amazingly light “lotiony” texture and is very easy to spread. It leaves no white cast unless you put on multiple layers throughout the day. While it is not waterproof, it is water resistant. Another thing I like is the very light, almost imperceptible smell. And of course, it’s all natural and contains no nano-particles.

BurnOut also makes an Ocean Tested Physical Sunscreen, SPF 30+ that is “very water-resistant, ocean safe, ec0-sensitive, etc.” My husband’s been using this on his face and body. We can’t actually tell the different between the two products. The ingredients lists vary only slightly in the plant extracts and natural oils used, but since the price is the same, I think it’s just a matter of personal preference.

Note: I also tried thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen, SPF 30+. EWG rates it slightly higher than BurnOut in its UVA protection due to it’s slightly higher zinc oxide content (20% vs. BurnOut’s 18.6%). However, the formulation is heavier, thicker and felt very drying.

You can find BurnOut at most Whole Foods Markets as well as on-line (e.g., Amazon). The regular price is $17.99 for 3.4 oz, but I picked up several at $12.99 when Whole Foods had a sale.

Safe sunning!

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