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Natural Sunscreens

Natural sunscreens-why I made the switch from a chemical sunscreen and you should too!

Can’t you just feel it in the air…summer is so close!  With summer comes lots of time spent outside, which equals lots of sun exposure.  I love the sun, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized the importance of what a good sunscreen can do.  Not only for blocking harmful rays, but also for anti-aging benefits.  Hello, I don’t want to look like I’m 45 when I’m 32…can I get an Amen?!  Since a lot of people don’t know the difference between chemical sunscreens and natural ones, I’m going to break it down.  Check yourself into sunscreen school…

Ok, chemical sunscreens contain these big long words.  They can have one or a combination of these six ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate.  Instead of blocking the suns rays, like natural sunscreens do, they absorb the rays, and turn them into heat, which are then transferred from skin to the air.  These chemicals are known hormone disruptors.  The scary fact about these chemicals is the high absorption rate, compared to other ingredients.  Hormone disruptors with high absorption rates is not something you want coupled together.  Chemical sunscreens can also produce free radicals, which cause skin damage, irritation and aging.  Can you say NO THANK YOU!

So what’s the alternative??  Natural sunscreens also known as physical or mineral sunscreens.  These sunscreens either use titanium dioxide, zinc oxide or a combination of both.  They are natural minerals that are ground up.  Mineral sunscreens reflect the sun’s rays instead of absorb them, and they offer broad spectrum protection.  Not only that, but they start working the moment you apply them to your skin, unlike chemical sunscreens where you have to wait 20 minutes.  Who wants to wait anyways?!  Plus, these aren’t going to irritate your skin compared to chemical sunscreens.

Now that you know all the deets on sunscreen, here are my top mineral based picks (the non-toxic ones).

Beautycounter

This is the newest natural sunscreen for me.  I was so excited to try it!  I had only  heard rave reviews about the formula.  I love that it comes in a spray form first of all.  Making it so easy to use.  Literally, you know if you’re a mom how crucial this is!  My kids are practically in the pool before I’m able to even say the word sunscreen.  It’s mineral based using non-nano zinc oxide and antioxidant-rich California Poppy.  What’s cool about this formula is that it shields you from not only UVA and UVB but also Blue Light rays- something that most sunscreens don’t.  We are learning so much about Blue Light rays and I’m so excited to see Beautycounter pioneering the movement to block them.  The propellant is also powered by air so no harmful chemicals are being released as you spray too.  They offer this in a travel size too!  Oh and if you’re not into sprays no worries, they also have a lotion an stick form.  Check them out here! 

Beautycounter Sunscreen review

This sunscreen not only blocks UVA and UVB but also blue light!

 

All Good-

I’ve been using All Good sunscreens for a year and it’s my favorite non-toxic sunscreen!  Everything about it, from ease of application to, great sun protection- it checks all the boxes and then some.  Plus, the ingredients are clean!  Often it’s easy to hit two of the boxes but not all of them.  Not with All Good sunscreen!  Not only is it organic, but non-gmo, gluten free, vegan and coral reef friendly.  It uses the mineral zinc oxide to block the suns rays.  It’s also water and sweat resistant up to 80 min. too.  But the real kicker- it comes in a clean spray! Yes, you heard me right.  There is a spray sunscreen that is clean.  Instead of using toxic chemicals for the propellant like most spray sunscreens they use a combination of jojoba and nitrogen(something that is already in the atmosphere).  The ease of use with a spray can’t be beat- it’s amazing!  The sprays come in a kid’s version that has an spf of 30 and adult version with spf 30.  I’ve used them both and can say they work so well.  They also carry sunscreen in tubes, in butter sticks with spf 50, in tins with spf 50, in lip balm form and even in large family sizes.  If you’ve been searching for a clean, effective sunscreen- this is it.  It takes the cake in every area!  Check out All Good sunscreen here!

 

Raw Elements-

This is a new line of sunscreen that I just discovered and I’m loving!  They’re the cleanest sunscreen I’ve found to date.  Made with only a handful of ingredients, all of which I can pronounce easily.  Their sunscreens use non-nano mineral zinc oxide as the sun protectant.  It’s also organic, non-gmo, Leaping Bunny Certified and Natural Products Association Certified.  They are safe for all ages, water resistant and never run or sting the eyes.  Most of their sunscreens offer a broad spectrum spf of 30.  They’re also reef safe- I mean does it get any better when it comes to sunscreens?  They even offer eco packaging!  I sampled 4 of their products.

Tinted Face Moisturizer-

Love this sunscreen!  If you’ve used physical sunscreen in the past then you know what I’m talking about when I say it usually leaves a white hue on your skin.  Unfortunately it’s not very attractive!  This is totally different.  It’s tinted with a bronze/tan hue and makes your skin look like it’s glowing-no white hue!  I especially loved this for my face.  It was as if I had on a tinted moisturizer and didn’t even need to apply any face makeup.  It comes in an eco friendly tin-I couldn’t get enough of this!  Snag your Tinted Face Moisturizer here!

Eco Formula 30+ Lotion Tin-

This formula also comes in an eco tin and is great for all over body.  It does leave behind a more white hue but when rubbed in well it’s not as noticeable.  I love how moisturizing it felt on my skin.  It’s also very water resistant-up to 80 minutes before you need to reapply.  Overall, I was impressed with the performance of this sunscreen.  I didn’t burn and my skin didn’t feel sticky.  A great sunscreen for kids and adults!  Get yours here!

Eco Stick 30+

Love that they offer the Eco Formula in a stick form!  So easy to travel with and use.  You can even apply the sunscreen stick under water-how cool?!  You can apply it straight to your skin for more of an opaque look or rub it in after.  I love the size of it for trips.  I found it perfect for when you’re at the beach and you have sand on your hands but want to reapply your sunscreen.  Now you can but without the mess!  Get your Eco Stick here!

Lip Rescue SPF 30-

This little lip balm is perfect for protecting your lips from the sun.  I love knowing that my lips are protected too.  Often it’s hard to find sunscreen in lip balms and if they have it in there, it’s not mineral based.  The skin on your lips is so fragile and needs an spf to protect them.  This is just the ticket!  Get your Lip Rescue here! 

DeVita Solar Body Moisturizer-

This is the perfect all over body mineral sunscreen.  It just contains zinc oxide, offering both UVA and UVB, an SPF of 30+ and is of course non-nano.  It doesn’t make you look like a ghost!  I love that this is fragrance free as well.  It feels more like a lotion, than an oily sunscreen.  They also state on their website that they’re safe for the “gluten sensitive.”  It also gets two thumbs up from me for it’s large size.  Sometimes on vacation I’ll need to bring a couple because the size is so small, but DeVita’s is a large 7 oz. tube!  Devita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30

Coola Naturals Baby SPF 50 Unscented Moisturizer –

I recently came across Coola’s Mineral Baby Sunscreen and was so excited to try it.  Coola offers a lot of sunscreens but they’re not all mineral based-so make sure you check that they’re chemical free.  This Mineral Baby Sunscreen is made with a combination of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for the sun protectant-both non-nan0.  It also offers a broad spectrum spf of 50-so you can rest assured your babe is protected.  It’s organic and water resistant as well.  I loved how easy it rubbed into my skin.  The tube size is perfect for travel too.  It didn’t feel greasy but like a good hydrating lotion.  Snag your tube here!

Adorable Baby Sunscreen (Babies/Kids)-

After having a baby I was especially picky with what I was putting on her skin.  Since babie’s skin can be even more sensitive and absorbent.  However, I found a winner with this one!  The sunscreen feels like a thick shea butter on the skin. It just contains zinc oxide.  Some studies have found titanium dioxide to be a skin irritant in some people.  Again, it offers both UVA and UVB and an SPF 30+.  It does say it’s water resistant (no sunscreen is “waterproof”) but I still apply often, and is non-nano.  The ingredients are so short in this little tube, something I love.  I literally can pronounce each one.  I feel so good rubbing this on my girl’s and knowing it actually works!   Adorable Baby All Natural Sunscreen

Jersey Kids Mineral Sunscreen Stick-

I had never heard of Jersey Kids until last year, but was excited to try a new mineral sunscreen.  Once I looked them up I read that their sunscreen had even rated #1 by Livestrong-pretty impressive!  This one has an SPF of 30 and offers both UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum Protection.   They only use zinc oxide as the mineral sunscreen.  It does go on white but once you rub it in it disappears.  I really love the stick option too!  Makes for easy travel and easy application. Overall I’m really impressed with the ingredients.  It even has a subtle vanilla scent to it which I love.  Jersey Kid’s Mineral Sunscreen Stick.

 

Sun Prep-

This product is amazing for the face.  It has a broad spectrum SPF of 30.  It’s perfect for in the summer or winter before makeup.  It doesn’t leave your skin with a white hue at all.  It feels like a nice day time moisturizer going on.  What really makes it standout?  It acts like a primer for my makeup!  It fills in all the lines and helps my makeup literally glide on and stay put.  The ingredient list is stellar-aloe vera gel being the first ingredient, say hello to hydration.  I really can’t say enough about this product.  It is non-nano too.  Get your Sun Prep here!

W3ll People BB Cream-

This is a newer product within the last year for W3ll People.  I like that it offers SPF30, some great protection, yet it doesn’t feel too heavy.  Great for summer, but also if you live somewhere that’s constantly sunny and want sun protection in your foundation on the daily.  I really appreciate that it is a little thicker and offers some decent coverage, more than a typical bb cream.  It feels thicker and creamier- gives a dewy look.   Get your BB Cream here!

 

Erbaviva Sunscreen SPF 30

This is a great sunscreen for adults or for kids.  It has a subtle lavender scent.  It goes on white as first but then fades and almost looks like you didn’t put anything on.  Something I can get behind! I love that it only has a handful of ingredients and doesn’t contain any of the bad stuff.  Easy to throw in a beach bag too since it works for both adults and kids! Grab your Erbaviva Sunscreen here!

Kari Gran’s Three Sixty Five SPF 28 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen-

This stuff feels like silk on the face.  It is perfect before applying your makeup.  It’s meant to be worn 365 days of the year.  My foundation literally glides on.  It really acts like a primer as well.  Filling in lines and creating an even surface.  I was so excited when I heard they were coming out with a sunscreen, and couldn’t be more thrilled with the results!  I’m in love with the ingredients too.  Non-nano zinc oxide, with non-gmo red raspberry seed oil are the sun protectants and there is only a handful of ingredients after that.  I couldn’t be more excited to finally find a sunscreen with such quality ingredients and performance!  Grab your Kari Gran facial sunscreen here!

Suntegrity “5 in 1” Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen-Tinted-

This BB cream is so good!  It definitely hits all the marks for a great tinted sunscreen.  From superb coverage, hydration and good tint.  Plus, it offers a broad spectrum spf of 30.  It’s made with non-nano zinc oxide.  It also comes in four colors which makes it easy to find one that matches your skin tone.  Trust me, you’ll love it!  Grab yours here!

JUICE BEAUTY SPF 30 TINTED MINERAL MOISTURIZER –

I’ve sampled this before but not enough to really have a good idea of how it would be.  My mom absolutely loves this tinted moisturizer!  She likes it because she says it doesn’t show her fine lines as much.  A lot of foundations she always complains the product settles in here fine lines.  This gives you some sun protection too with an SPF of 30.  It comes in 4 different shades.  I chose the Sand.  It feels really good on the skin- definitely hydrating.  It offers light coverage but does give an overall polished look.  A great option for spring and summer days but also for days when you’re not going anywhere and you just want some light coverage.  Get your Juice Beauty Tinted Mineral Moisturizer here

Marie Veronique Everyday Coverage Tinted Sunscreen with SPF 30-

Last but certainly not least is this tinted sunscreen that I’m also loving.  It is a SPF 30 full spectrum UVA+UVB, non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen.  I love that it has a tint to it-no white residue!  It goes on a like a day time moisturizer and isn’t heavy at all.  It sinks right into my skin.  The perfect base pre-foundation, or on it’s own before heading to the beach.  Even my hubs likes it!  It’s also rated #1 in EWG 2014/2015 Sunscreen Guide.  Grab your bottle here!

 

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Best Antiaging Cream For Natural Skincare

Best Antiaging Cream For Natural Skincare

I’m sharing my thoughts on the Best Antiaging Cream For Natural Skincare.  Beautycounter’s Countertime natural antiaging line is finally here and their antiaging Supreme Cream is nothing short of amazing.  I have been on the edge of my seat to share this line with you.  As a Beautycounter consultant I had the pleasure of being able to give the line a test run before it becomes available to the public.

I’ve been a consultant for a little over 6 months and I’ve tried almost every product.  I know crazy but I’ve been able to dabble in pretty much everything.  I hadn’t found any of their skincare lines to really WOW me.  Being a natural beauty blogger I definitely have tried my fair share of products and I can spot something special the minute I use it now.

 

best antiaging cream

The Ultra Renewal Eye Cream and Mineral Boost Hydrating Essence are really changing the game when it comes to natural skincare.

 

Well, special is exactly how I would describe the new Countertime line.  It hits all the marks and some.  I’m not saying this because I’m a consultant, or connected with Beautycounter, although why not promote something I’m associated with but I’m sharing this line with you because I truly think it’s different.

If I was given this skincare line and it wasn’t Beautycounter I would still be wanting to share about it, when you find good skincare products, that not only work but also are natural you want to shout it from the rooftops- or at least that’s how I feel as a natural beauty blogger!

I’m going to break down the line by first the whole premise of the line- what makes it different, as well as by each individual product.  I really want you to be able to get a first hand glimpse into what makes Countertime unique and special.  If you’re really wanting to get to my review on the best antiaging cream in natural skincare- you can skip ahead towards the end but I encourage you to learn what makes it different first.

 

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Glass bottles, that are recyclable- Beautycounter’s Countertime line is next level!

What Makes Countertime Different?

Ok, This is Beautycounter’s first true antiaging skincare line.  By using a blend of plant-derived Retinatural Complex of Bakuchiol and alpine rose that support skin regaining youthfulness.  Top performing conventional skincare brands you will find use retinol in their formulations.  However, much research has shown that retinol is not only phototoxic, discoloration, can cause skin irritation, thin the skin, and even in some studies be carcinogenic.  I mean I’m all for keeping my skin looking good but at the risk of my health- I don’t think so!  You may have heard of tretinoin(I can just hear my dermatologist suggest this to me), which is toxic.  Tretinoin is a form of retinol.  Another form often used by many is retinyl palmitate, however, this can become toxic when exposed to sunlight.

If you’ve used retinol then you know how thin and irritated your skin can become.  What happens to the skin when retinol is used over and over is it is constantly producing new cells.  Which gives your skin that smooth appearance.  The problem with the rapid cell renewal is it doesn’t give the new cells time to create the correct barrier function because they lack the lipid and adhesion from normal cell production.  Therefore your skin becomes highly sensitive.  Wearing sunscreen and protecting your skin from the sun is parmount when using retinols.

As you can see there is a reason why Beautycounter has retinol on their Never List of Ingredients.  It’s not something you want to be applying to your skin and absorbing into your body.  Check out the full Never List of Ingredients here.

 

Best antiaging cream

The Tetrapeptide Surpeme Cream from Beautycounter’s new Countertime line is changing the game when it comes to antiaging creams!

 

Beautycounter wanted to create something that not only proved to be effective but safe.  This is where they created a plant-derived Retinatural Complex of Bakuchiol and alpine rose.  There’s been a lot of buzz lately about plant-derived retinols.  What are they and are they safe?  Let’s dive in.

Bakuchiol is derived from the seeds and plants of the babchi plant.  This plant has been used in Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic for diseases.  Bakuchiol is one of the very few plants shown to actually work(scientifically proven) in the same way as retinol but without the side effects.  (Source here) It helps to add firmness to the skin, fade pigmentation, improve skin elasticity, and improve fine lines and wrinkles.  Plus, it helps to stimulate collagen production.  Did you know your face from your mid 20s and on loses between 1-1.7% of collagen a year?  You could say I’m all about upping my collagen production with a little Bakuchiol!  Bakuchiol helps to repair the skin.

The other all star plant-derived retinol is alpine rose.  Alpine rose helps to protect the skin.  It is grown in the Swiss Alps, where it has to protect itself from harsh climates.  When scientists saw how well the plant protected itself from the environment they wondered if it could do the same thing for human skin cells.  If you think about the human skin it’s much the same way.  When we are able to fight against environmental stressors and protect the skin while at the same time keeping barrier function intact and fluids in the skin is less likely to age.  The whole process protects the skin from fine lines and wrinkles- yes you can read that again!  Aren’t plants SO cool?!  Read about alpine rose here.

 

Best antiaging cream

Say hello to your new favorite cleanser- Countertime Lipid Defense Cleansing Oil is changing the natural cleansing game.

 

 

As you can see Bakuchiol and alpine rose are a match made in skincare heaven.  Not only repairing what’s been lost but protecting skin from future damage. What’s even better is you can find this Retinatural Complex of bakuchiol and alpine rose  in the new Countertime line of Beautycounter products!

It’s obvious this isn’t a line that was casually made but intentionally and thoughtfully created.  I love how every detail didn’t go unnoticed.  Even the glass jars are sourced from North America, eliminating the 5,000 mile travel from China where most beauty containers are made.  The jars are also recyclable too.  Overall less impact but greater performance!

The line was formed in a new lab with over 100 trials performed to test for contamination as well.  Beautycounter didn’t want to win some awards for best in natural beauty but they wanted to be the BEST in beauty.

Countertime has been in the works for 3 years- not an after thought.  Beautycounter brought research and development in house, along with 5 chemists.  The goal is to create natural products but in the end people want products that are going to be effective.  Countertime definitely delivers on this front.  This quote from the founder, Greg Renfrew really sums it up.

 

The company was founded on me wanting to get safer products into people’s hands… But at the end of the day a woman is going to pull out her credit card because of performance. -Founder of Beautycounter Greg Refrew

 

Clearly this line is going to create waves and a new generation of natural skincare products that lead with performance!

Of course I couldn’t leave you without sharing all my thoughts on the new skincare line. I mean what kind of natural beauty blogger would I be?!

 

Best antiaging cream

The new Beautycounter Countertime line has plant-derived retinols that are bringing natural skincare to a whole new level.

Countertime Review + Best Antiaging Cream In Natural Skincare

First the full Countertime line consists of 6 products.  Spoiler alert: the Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream is the best antiaging cream I’ve found in natural skincare.  It’s that good!

  • Lipid Defense Cleansing Oil
  • Mineral Boost Hydrating Essence
  • Tripeptide Radiance Serum
  • Antioxidant Soft Cream
  • Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream- (Best antiaging cream in natural skincare)  🙂
  • Ultra Renewal Eye Cream

 

Lipid Defense Cleansing Oil-  This cleanser is unique and so good.  The cleanser is a spin off of Asian skincare.  You apply it to dry skin as an oil but as you add water it emulsifies into a milky consistency.  It removes all my makeup effortlessly, no stinging and my skin doesn’t feel stripped after using.  I’m hooked!  I literally want to use this every night- it’s that good.  Trust me I have a variety of other products I could use but I keep reaching for this one over and over.  Did I mention the smell?  AH-MAZING!  Get it here.

Mineral Boost Hydrating Essence- This is similar to a toner/hydrosol.  Instead of spritzing it on your skin you shake some into your hands and press it on your face.  I apply this right after cleansing before I use serums, oils, moisturizers. It has a milky consistency compared to other toners I’ve used.  This has of course the plant-derived retinols bakuchiol and alpine rose but also mineral-rich sea water, and a fermented blend of sugars.  It gives your skin hydration but also an overall glow- you’ll love it.  It’s so refreshing especially in the morning- wakes up my skin .  Get it here.

Tripeptide Radiance Serum- This serum is jam packed with active ingredients from the plant-derived retinol to tetrapeptide.  Tripeptide is a peptide with three amino acids.  Amino acids are the building blocks of protein.  Our skin loses collagen every year as I mentioned earlier.  By adding peptides to your skin you are tricking it into thinking it’s lost collagen recently and it signals your cells to make more.  When collagen production happens, then you notice your skin feeling plumper, and repaired, making your skin look overall more youthful.

Basically amazing when it comes to creating effective skincare for aging skin.  The Tripeptide Radiance Serum comes in a pump bottle, which I love. The formula is milky and sinks right into the skin.  I apply this after the Mineral Boost Hydrating Essence.  This serum is doing the heavy lifting when it comes to creating natural skincare that performs.  Get it here!

Antioxidant Soft Cream-  Say hello to your new favorite day cream.  This cream is hydrating enough to give your skin lasting moisture.  But light enough to wear during the day time.  I also love how it’s in a pump form.  It also contains the plant-derived retinol combination of bakuchiol and alpine rose.  Plus, antioxidant Nasturtium Flower extract known for it’s ability to help guard skin from environmental stressors and keep the skin hydrated.  My skin feels so moist and supple after using.  Great under makeup too!  Get it here.

Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream- This cream is what skincare dreams are made of- no joke!  Yes, it is the best antiaging cream I’ve found in natural skincare.  Move over LaMer.  There’s a new skin cream in town and it doesn’t contain the toxic ingredients!  I have tried hundreds of natural skin creams in my day, yes as a clean beauty blogger my shelves are filled with product, after product.  This one is in a league of it’s own.  I just dare you to try it and tell me otherwise.  The consistency is like softest most decadent cream.  It literally melts into the skin and creates skin that feels so completely perfect from hydration to overall smoothness and radiance.  My skin LOVES it.

Not only does it contain the plant-derived retinol bakuchiol and alpine rose but also a tetrapeptide.  Meaning it has four amino acids.  Your skin will be repaired, protected and stimulated with increased collagen, all while being completely hydrated.  Sound like something amazing?  It’s because it is.  Since being pregnant my skin had been extra dry.  I normally have dry to combination skin more in the summer has it gets more humid but since being pregnant my skin has just been so dry.  There was nothing that would truly hydrate it…until the Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream.  My skin has not felt better!  I finally feel like my skin is back to where it feels normal.  Get it here!

Ultra Renewal Eye Cream- An eye cream that really performs.  Anyone else feel like it’s hard to find a natural eye cream in clean beauty?  Yeah, I’m right there with you.  This eye cream isn’t your average eye cream.  With the powerful plant-derived bakuchiol and alpine rose giving any other eye cream a run for it’s money!  I use this am and pm and gently tap the product into the undereye area using my ring finger(the ring finger has the least amount of muscles so less pulling).  Say goodbye to crow’s feet, undereye shadows and hello to brighter eyes.  Get it here.

As you can see this whole line has definitely won me over!   If you can only try one product definitely try the Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream- best antiaging cream in natural skincare. Beautycounter has really done so well at creating an effective line that doesn’t compromise natural beauty standards. Get it here!

Check out the whole line here!

Also, if you’re curious about my favorite products from the line, check out my blog post I did on Beautycounter favorites.  

I also have a full review of the Beautycounter line here.  

Wanting to be part of the Beautycounter movement?  Email me- [email protected] if you want more information on becoming a consultant and how it’s changed my life!  Also, check out my blog post on why I joined Beautycounter here.

What are some of your favorite Beautycounter products?

 

Beautycounter Countertime Review

Sharing all my thoughts on this natural antiaging skincare line.

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