Can I share with y’all something that might be a little quirky?!
I LOVE sunscreen, it's one of my very favorite smells in the world, and I'd buy candles that smell like it just so that my house smells like summertime. I grew up basically in the water -- every day of the summer was spent swimming with my cousins and early morning swim team practice followed by swim meets on the weekends. We were always applying sunscreen, and I think the smell is even just comforting and reminds me of some really amazing memories of my childhood.
My favorite smelling sunscreen is actually not really sunscreen at all, but it’s tanning oil. Unfortunately being tan was always desirable growing up, and I loved to apply Banana Boat tanning oil with 4 or 8 SPF, but let’s all agree it probably wasn’t the best thing to be putting on my skin from middle school on. To be honest, I still desire to be tan in the summer and all year long, but as I get older I really am starting to really pay attention to how I am caring for my skin. This actually leads into the fact that May is actually national skin cancer awareness month, which I found out only about 2 days ago. It seems like a perfect time to tell you all about our favorite sunscreens and the products that we will be lathering up with all summer long.
There are a few things I’ve learned about sunscreen over the years, the first being that it's important to find a sunscreen that is Broad Spectrum, which means it protects you from all of the dangerous rays that the sun emits like both UVA/UVB rays. Also, the best sunscreens are high in zinc oxide. Another misconception I believed for a long time was that the higher the SPF the better the coverage I’ll be getting, so I should really splurge for the 50 SPF or better yet the 100 SPF. I learned that really the best bet is 30 SPF, it provides 97% protection against UVB rays, where SPF 50 provides 98%, so paying the extra for “higher” coverage isn’t really all that important as the label lead you to believe. Here are our favorites, and great news they are mostly chemical free, and are all great for sensitive skin.
Ashley specifically loves this product because it is made without using chemical screens or silicones. This physical sunscreen is formulated without any chemical sunscreens, which can be sensitizing and not as beneficial to skin as the naturally-derived physical alternative, zinc oxide. Umbra Sheer is non-irritating, free of fragrance and essential oils, and suitable for all skin types, including the most sensitive. You can purchase on their website or they have DE products at Sephora!
This sunscreen is also made with zinc oxide and aloe, and you can find it in a lotion, a mist, and a stick for your body or face. I’m super excited to be using this product this year, and shameless plug you can actually order it on my website www.beautycounter.com/sarahleafgren to try it out for yourself! This sunscreen is a mineral sunscreen that also contains no chemicals that cause skin sensitivity and can irritate skin.
Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 60
I recommend this sunscreen because it’s probably the one I’ve used the longest, and bonus it’s chemical free! The best thing about this one, is that you can get it for the low price of about $10.
We both of used this sunscreen for a couple years now. We love how it isn’t greasy at all, and I personally love the way it smells. Both Ashley and I have sensitive skin and we love how this feels on, and that it doesn’t cause any type of weird skin irritation that some sunscreen causes.
Happy (almost) summer time friends! If you live in Texas, you know it's already super warm, and it feels like we totally skipped spring and jumped straight into summer. If you're headed to the pool or are going to be spending some time outside, please don't forget your sunscreen!