Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Sun Care Favorites!

Some of my favorite Sun Care products I've been loving this summer! I'm quite picky about sunscreens and hate the greasy film most of them leave, than anything else. I'm not perfect with my sunscreen routine, but these products definitely make it much less of a chore for me without having to deal with greasiness or waiting for it to dry.

Face & Body

Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF40 ($14-$32) - One of my favorite moisturizer/sunscreen all in one. I've been using this for about 2 years and have gone through multiple bottles. I always tend to get the small bottles as the bigger ones tend to smell funky about half way through. Love this stuff and I keep it exclusively for my face/neck. There's no greasy residue and it protects really well! Read full review here.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF70 ($11) - Another one of my favorites and it does what it says - sheer veil of protection with a matte finish. It is a tad runny, texture wise, but feels ultra light on the skin. Neutrogena sunscreens are now formulated with the new FDA guidelines for sunscreen in mind wherein not all broad-spectrum sunscreens are created equal. They exceed expectations and provide superior protection. Neutrogena is one of my favorite brands for sunscreen from the drugstore - they have something for everyone! 

Shiseido Extra Smooth Protection Lotion SPF38 PA++ For Face & Body ($34) - Shiseido sent me a few products from their sun care range to try out recently and I'm very impressed so far. The Shiseido Extra Smooth Protection Lotion SPF38 PA++ has the smoothest texture for a sunscreen I've ever tried. It absorbs super quick, just like the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid and feels ultra light on skin. The only problem though, is that, it is a lot more watery than most liquid sunscreens and also since it is for Face & Body, the small bottle would probably not last a very long time. I din't tan or burn quite as much as I do with this on and I don't have a problem reapplying since there's no greasy residue.

Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen with SPF30 ($9.95) - Although meant for face, I use this for my body. It is a tad greasy on the face and I don't even have oily skin to begin with. I find this better for my hands and feet since it is one of the more moisturizing sunscreens out there. It doesn't leave a whitish cast, but feels just a tad heavy. I still like it though, just not on my face.

Lavanila Healthy Sunscreen for Face SPF40 ($28) - A 100-percent natural, chemical-free, moisturizing sunscreen with UVA/UVB protection. I like the natural formulation and the not so sunscreen scent, but it is a tad too creamy for a sunscreen. Quite gentle on skin, doesn't leave a whitish cast, but again, like the Aveeno Protect + Hydrate, I like it better on my hands, feet and elsewhere as it can get a tad oily. There's absolutely no whitish cast, which is a plus and the formula, although creamy and thick, doesn't feel overly heavy. Definitely a good pick for sensitive skin.

Tinted Protectors 

Tinted Protectors are probably a step above for me, a little more convenient without having to skip makeup. I've been trying out quite a few, but these are what I reach out to the most these days.

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream ($34) -  Definitely one of the best CC creams I've tried so far. The coverage is awesome, so there's no need for foundation/powder. It has great sun protection and quite a few good for your skin ingredients. Full review, here.

Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-light Skin Perfecting Makeup ($45) - When I talk about a summer foundation, this probably is the only "foundation" that comes to mind. I wear the shade B40 and it is perfect for my medium/dark skintone. It also is water-based, sheer and super light weight, you'll forget you are wearing foundation! Coverage is more like that of a tinted moisturizer, but buildable. For something with SPF, it photographs pretty well too.

Shiseido Sun Protection Compact Foundation SPF34 ($35) - Great powder foundation for summer - it also doubles up as a sheer setting powder for me and keeps my face quite matte. If you have oily skin, you'll love this one. Read full review here.

For The Lips

Laura Mercier Hydratint SPF 15 ($20) - I'm not too particular about SPF in my lip products, but this one, I love! Its a little more pigmented than a regular tinted lip balm and moisturizes really well. Crimson Tint is a medium red that I like to blot for a sheer, stained effect. It goes on pretty pigmented right out of the tube. My only gripe with this lip balm is the minty scent, thankfully there's no tingle. That apart, its a great lip balm with sun protection and the texture is light and easy for summer!

What are some of your favorite sun care products?

*Some products mentioned in this post are press samples.

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