It’s Spring Break season, and soon your days will be filled with beach days, reading by the pool, outdoor BBQs, or sailing on a boat. But, before you grab your beach bag, make sure it’s stocked with all of your sun care needs.
I have never been a fan of sunscreen, when I was a kid, it would make my face sting and burn as if it was on fire this happened well into my teens and 20s. In my 30s I learned that I have very sensitive, rosacea prone skin, which could have been what I was feeling all those years before.
I’ve researched and tried a lot of various brands to find the perfect sunscreen for me. And, though there isn’t a perfect one, there are a few that I do enjoy. My most recent obsession is just about everything from Color Science. These products have been very tolerable and comforting. Since many SPFs can make my face feel like it’s on fire, especially when combined with the salty water at the beach, I was very happy when these didn’t cause a reaction. An added perk is, that when you use these products together, you have a full face of natural-looking makeup all armed with plenty of SPF. Another added bonus is that all of the sunscreens by Color Science many of the optons are natural and vegan sunscreens, which means they contain zero animal products or by-products.
I first bought a few of the products last summer and LOVED them. They’re perfect for a makeup look using all SPF products, which is ideal for summer BBQs, weekends on the boat or beach, or even just running around doing errands out in the sun.
During the Black Friday sale, I added the under eye SPF corrector, the bronze toned SPF and the powder brush for reapplying on the go
I have to say that the Glow version—Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield Glow SPF 50—is perfect for a NO makeup natural look with a pretty glow that does not look sparkly or glittery. Every time I use this alone or in combination with the Flex version (which has tinted color that adapts to your skin tone), someone comments on my skin looking moisturized or that I look like I have a “happy glow.” (The latter came from my mom who actually asked what had me looking so happy.)
The Flex version—Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield Flex SPF 50— is great to use in combination with glow or on its own. There are currently four shades (I use medium) and it covers like a light CC cream would— coverage is buildable. I use this alone as my foundation a lot for daytime use. It protects against UVA/UVB, Blue Light, pollution, and Infrared radiation, and is combined with antioxidants as well as nourishing, hydrating ingredients. The FLEX version contains iron oxide pigment that transform on your skin to a buildable, tone-adapting color, that delivers a demi-matte finish
The cream sticks are easy to use as blush or bronzer shades (all with SPF) that you can use on your cheeks, eyelids, and lips. They come in three colors: a nude shade, a berry tone, and a shimmery, golden bronze.
The undereye coverage—Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35—covers under eye circles, while also providing SPF. It also helps with puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles. Though it does cover my under eyes for an everyday look, when I need a bit more coverage, I do add a tad bit of my concealer over it.
The Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield Bronze SPF 50, can be mixed with either FLEX or Glow for an added bronze tone. This is perfect for a day after the beach, when your skin looks a little more sun-kissed and you might need to darken your face shade a bit. Right now, I don’t have a tan, so I’ve been using it like a bronzer to contour a pop of color on my cheeks. You can use this alone or in combination with one of the other products.
And finally, the powder brush—Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50—lives in my purse. I use this to matte down the liquid sunscreens after I finish applying them and the cream stick blush. Other times I’ve used it for on-the-go touch ups if I’ve been in the sun for a few hours and feel like I need a little bit more but don’t want to mess up my makeup. I’ve also used this in a pinch when watching my nephew’s soccer game to ease my niece’s rosy cheeks. Their website claims that it’s “the only powder sunscreen recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation for Active use.” This powder sunscreen comes in four color options. I use the medium shade.
Many of these are all mineral formulas, so it’s perfect if you’re going to be near coral or snorkeling.
SPF is your biggest defense against lines and wrinkles, and for those with sensitive skin or have rosacea prone skin, it’s one of the biggest essentials to help prohibit a flare. My dermatologist stresses the importance of daily SPF at every visit, even if I’m going to be sitting at the computer by a window all day or driving around doing errands. That bit of sun exposure can harm your skin even if you think it’s really not that much. You don’t need to be sitting on the beach for the sun to harm your skin. I use these products year-round, and not just on beach days or days I’m out in the sun.
Did you know the blue light that comes from your computer & devices also causes damage to your skin? Using SPF can also help defend your skin against blue light, too.