Entries Tagged as 'sunscreen'

August 27, 2014

natural beauty buff | garcy fry, eco diva beauty

In addition to all the founders I feature in this “natural beauty buff” series, I’m thrilled to bring you fresh beauty tips from the dear stockists who curate beautiful online (and sometimes, in-real-life) stores for us to let loose.

Many of you know, love and shop Canadian and U.S. green beauty store Eco Diva Beauty, but how well do you know co-founder Garcy Fry and the story behind this luxurious online store?

garcy fry of eco diva beauty

I had the pleasure of meeting Garcy in person at 2013’s “A Night for Green Beauty” in New York City, and was thrilled to chat with her again at this year’s event in Los Angeles.

During our quick conversation, it was lovely to hear about Eco Diva’s birth — the brainchild of Garcy’s whip-smart mother, Charlene — and how Garcy, a professional makeup artist, was leading the site’s growth.

It’s women like this (and especially these mother-daughter teams!) that excite me about the green beauty industry. If you see something missing out there, go forth and create it!

And while you may think “oh, there are plenty of green beauty shopping sites,” each one has a unique personality and style.

Shopping on one may not be the same as shopping on others, and I’ve enjoyed the luxurious experience of shopping Eco Diva Beauty myself. You are taken care of!

And you can only be taken care of by someone who truly knows how to take care of herself.

Below, Garcy shares her natural beauty and health rituals that keep her looking and feeling her best.

Be inspired.

Be healthy.

Be an Eco Diva.

green beauty products that garcy fry of eco diva beauty keeps on her nightstand

On Garcy’s Nightstand

Tata Harper Aromatic Bedtime Treatment

This has become a bedtime ritual for both my husband and me. It almost immediately puts my mind at ease and helps me sleep better.

Vapour Organic Beauty Lux Lip Conditoner

The last thing I do before bed is put on lip balm — I’m an addict. And I’ve been addicted since Lip Smackers were introduced to the market. I don’t know if that damage is reversible, but at least I’m eating organic lip balm now.

Earplugs

Now these are an essential piece on my nightstand, not because I love them, but because I love my husband. If they are not in my ears at night, then the love for my husband decreases ever so quickly.

Good Book

I need to read before bed to help turn my mind off and go to sleep. I love anything written by Khaled Hosseini and stories about life in the middle east.

Liquid Calcium Magnesium (kept in the fridge, but part of the nightly ritual)

Just recently I’ve had some troubles sleeping. I toss and turn all night long, so my naturopath suggested magnesium to help sleep better.

favorite green beauty product picks from garcy fry of eco diva beauty

In Garcy’s Purse / Beach Bag

Consonant Skincare “The Perfect Sunscreen SPF 30″

My sun-worshipping days are over, and this sunscreen helps block UVA and UVB rays without all the toxic chemicals. It’s ultra-smooth, grease-free and leaves absolutely NO white residue! And that’s why they call it perfect.

Soapwalla Deodorant Cream

This has been a staple for me for years now. I just love its creamy consistency, the fresh scent and how I can sweat my tush off and still smell dandy!

prtty peaushun lotion from eco diva beauty

PRTTY PEAUSHUN Skin Tight Body Lotion

I love to keep PRTTY PEAUSHUN in my bag and slather it on any parts of my body that are showing to give me a luminescent glow. It also helps soothe burns and is a natural bug repellant — how cool is that?!

La Bella Figura Tesoro Mediterranean Blend

In Garcy’s Bathroom

La Bella Figura Tesoro Mediterranean Blend

This summer I’ve used this oil more than anything else. I love how light it is and how well it hydrates without leaving my skin feeling greasy.

kahina giving beauty night creamKahina Giving Beauty Night Cream

This is what I call preventative medicine. Wrinkles can take a hike while I sleep, because I’m sleeping with collegan-boosting ingredients like resveratrol. This is by far the best night cream I’ve ever used. Its whipped texture is so lovely and the scent its magical, like all of Kahina’s products.

July 14, 2014

beauty secrets | the ultimate guide to natural sunscreens

No matter where you are in the “Should I Be Wearing Sunscreen?” green beauty discussion, I think everyone can agree that protecting your skin is imperative to keeping it youthful and soft, be it through mineral sun protection, shade, clothing or avoiding the sun at high-exposure times.

I’m in the “use natural sunscreen” camp, and I’ve tried several natural face sunscreens over the years.

I will admit that I haven’t found a natural body sunscreen that I love and do use conventional sunscreen sprays on my body to keep it burn-free.

However, I’ve found several wonderful natural sunscreen options for my face and neck and am excited to share my faves (and the duds) with you in this ever-growing post!

Keep this bookmarked to see what other natural sunscreens I add to the lists, and don’t forget to check out my other guides to natural deodorants and natural mascaras.

A Note About My Skin: I’m half-Asian, so I have olive / yellow undertones and can easily look very Casper-ish with natural sunscreens that don’t blend well.

Another Note: This little asterisk* indicates I received the natural sunscreen as a PR sample. So, yes, free stuff as well as paid-for-on-my-own stuff gets honest feedback around here!

best natural sunscreens

Natural Sunscreens I Will Repurchase

*Coola Mineral Face SPF 30 Cucumber Matte Finish

New to me in summer 2014, Coola’s Mineral Face SPF 30 Cucumber Matte Finish has everything you’d want in a makeup primer — including a high SPF! Dimethicone gives it that slip, though, so if you’re avoiding this ingredient, you’ll want to pass on this natural sunscreen. I use this as a base if I’m wearing heavier-than-normal makeup so that my skin doesn’t feel like it has a billion layers of product on it.

Pratima Neem Rose Face Sunscreen

Pratima’s Neem Rose Face Sunscreen is my absolute favorite that I recommend over and over again. I discovered this natural sunscreen in 2011 and have been a fan of its silky formula and subtly scent of rose, neem and licorice ever since. I can’t rave more and more about this sunscreen — it’s a deserted island staple for sure.

*Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen and Primer

Though it feels a bit sticky at first application, Suntegrity’s Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen and Primer blends beautifully into your skin and smells of fresh citrus. It’s perfect for those with oily skin that want a sunscreen whose texture feels like it’s “mopping up” excess oil. It’s also one of those fabulous multipurpose products thanks to its primer properties; no shine here!

Natural Sunscreens I Will Repurchase But Only Wear in the Winter

Badger Damascus Rose SPF 16 Face Sunscreen Lotion

Badger’s Damascus Rose SPF 16 Face Sunscreen Lotion is clearly a winner, but it stays in this conditional, in-between category because of its lower SPF rating. If your sunscreen’s not SPF 30, it’s kind of pointless to wear unless it’s not really sunny and you’re inside all day. Badger is reformulating all of its sunscreens for release in early 2015, so I’m crossing my fingers for this one to re-debut as an SPF 30.

*Consonant 100% Natural Matte Finish Sunscreen

I fell in love with the creamy, smooth texture of Consonant’s 100% Natural Matte Finish Sunscreen, but it suffers the same fate as Badger above. SPF 15 just won’t cut it. Consonant does, however, make a “Perfect Sunscreen” that’s SPF 30, so onto the wish list it goes!

Natural Sunscreens I Will Repurchase But Only Wear At the Pool or Beach

*California Naturel Sunscreen SPF 30

California Naturel’s Sunscreen SPF 30 took a bit to rub into my skin (and I feared the white cast for a bit until I really massage it in), but after one application and several hours in the sun, this natural sunscreen performed! I didn’t redden or burn, and though re-application was a bit of a pain (again, massaging it in), I didn’t feel like it immediately slid off my face when I sweat or took a dip in the water.

With that said, I reserve this for outdoor activities only because it feels kind of thick and does take that extra time to apply to the skin.

*California Baby No Fragrance SPF 30 Sunblock Stick

I’ve noted how cute California Baby’s No Fragrance SPF 30 Sunblock Stick is in my previous review, but for me, this cuteness is designated for summer beach bags only. It’s not an absolutely necessary product for year-round use. Instead, it’s a great addition to your beach bag that encourages you to remember to cover your ears, exposed moles and other random body parts with SPF.

Natural Sunscreens I Will Not Repurchase

*DeVita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30+

After this post went live, a lot of you asked about DeVita, and I totally forgot that yes, I have tried it, and no, unfortunately, it’s not a repurchase for me.

The texture was fine, and it didn’t leave that white cast, but I found that as I massaged it into my skin, the formula would “ball up” and these little white particles, similar in texture when you use a pencil eraser and the little nubby things would deposit onto the paper, would appear on my skin.

I do not like little white nubby things on my face. It kind of cramps my style and makes makeup application a nightmare.

*Eminence Tomato Sun Cream SPF 16

Besides the SPF being lower than my preference, I’m just not a fan of the packaging of Eminence’s Tomato Sun Cream SPF 16. A jar? No, no, no. When I’m outside, sweaty and reapplying sunscreen, the last thing I want to do is stick my fingers into a jar of sunscreen. Pumps, squeeze bottles or sprays only, please. If Eminence could re-evaluate the packaging, this one could move up to the “natural sunscreens I will repurchase but only wear in the winter” category.

*Sunday Riley Cashmere Mist SPF 30

I truly adored this sunscreen (read my review), but to be blunt, it’s just too damn expensive at $125 for 50 ml. My beloved Pratima sunscreen costs $28 for 60 ml, if that gives you some context.

November 25, 2013

beauty scoop | mvo everyday coverage spf 30

As a skin care junkie, my ultimate dream is to be able to go foundation-free.

That day has come and gone a few times during good skin weeks, but the majority of the time, I need some help evening out my skin tone, covering blemishes and hiding dark undereye circles.

MVO Everyday Coverage SPF 30 has been helping me out in all of those areas and has been providing SPF 30 for me — something we tend to let slide during cold-weather months (the sun still gets through those clouds and zaps your skin, y’all).

kimberlyloc without makeup and wearing mvo everyday coverage spf 30 medium tint

{My friends at OpenSky sent me a sample size of MVO Everyday Coverage SPF 30 in Medium to review and share with you. The full-size bottle retails for $40 for 2 ounces.}

You can see my before (left) and after (right above). I took these pics two weeks ago and was in the middle of chin-breakout-recovery (it’s almost healed now).

MVO Everyday Coverage SPF 30 easily slid across my face and offered a light coverage and a supershot of moisture thanks to a concoction of oils high up on the ingredients list.

You can see the nice coverage it gave without “masking” my skin; it’s not a heavy-duty foundation, and it’s not supposed to be. My skin could breathe, yet looked even and healthy.

MVO Everyday Coverage SPF did, however, feel a bit too oily on my skin because of all these oils combined with my normal pre-makeup oil primer.

If you get MVO Everyday Coverage SPF 30 and have oily skin, you can easily skip your usual pre-makeup facial oil. This stuff has you covered. I would definitely recommend setting it with a loose powder / setting powder to help keep it from slipping around on your face.

Let’s look at the ingredients list:

Non-nano zinc oxide 20% Camellia sinensis (green& white tea), non-nano zinc oxide, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, prunus armeniaca (apricot kernel) oil, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil, emu oil, tocopherol (vitamin e), vegetable glycerin, elaesis guineensis (red palm) oil, rubus idaeus (red raspberry) seed oil, lecithin, potassium sorbate, allantoin, polyaminopropyl biguanide*, xanthan gum, mica, hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) oil, calodendrum capense (yangu) oil, rosemarinus officinalis (rosemary) oleoresin, pearl powder, daucus carota (carrot) seed essential oil, cistus incanus (cistus) essential oil, helichrysum italicum (helichrysum) essential oil, iron oxides

Final verdict on MVO Everyday Coverage SPF 30? I like it. This is an ultimate, all-in-one product: SPF, oil, color. Talk about a time-saver!

I think it’s one to reserve for those good-skin days, though — you don’t need much of it to even your skin, but if you’re looking to mask blemishes, it’s not going to do much there … it will just help them look a little less intense.

Oh yeah! This is another opp to shop via OpenSky and redeem a $10 credit or 20 percent off coupon, max of $10 if you join as a new member — and no, I don’t receive any compensation if you shop through OpenSky … just sharing a good deal with you!

Have you tried MVO Everyday Coverage SPF 30? What did you think of it? Tell me in the comments section!

 

August 14, 2013

beauty scoop | suntegrity natural moisturizing face sunscreen & primer

I’ve been in Las Vegas since Sunday and wow has it been a departure from the overcast, mid-80s and 90s days we’d been having in Kansas City.

Though I knew I’d be spending most of my time working at a conference indoors, shaded from the sun, I still brought my sun protection A-game for the days where I was able to get out and enjoy the pool and walk down the strip, sun beating down on my skin.

Thanks to my lovely Goodebox subscription, I had a stash of Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen and Primer samples for my trip (I love taking mini products during travel!).

Using Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen and Primer throughout the week has solidified my love for this product (and I mentioned it here, too), which I will be ordering a full size of for year-round use.

Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer, Broad Spectrum Spf 30

{I got to experience Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer because it was included in a recent Goodebox. I pay $16 a month for Goodebox and highly recommend it! Photo Courtesy Suntegrity}

Upon first application, you’ll notice that this sunscreen feels a lot thicker than what you may be used to. This alarmed me at first — I was sure I’d experience the dreaded “white cast” that many zinc-based natural sunscreens deliver — but after massaging it into my skin, I looked like my normal self. My skin also felt soft and smelled great, like a light bouquet of citrus fruits.

The primer effects that this Suntegrity sunscreen boasts are legitimate. The natural sunscreen doesn’t leave skin sticky or gummy; instead, it has a smooth finish that is ready to receive a perfect application of minerals or whatever makeup you choose to dress yourself in each day.

Beyond a glowing recommendation from me, Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer is an EWG/Skin Deep top-rated face sunscreen, earning honors in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Now that is legit.

Here’s the entire (clean!) ingredients list:

Active ingredient: Zinc oxide 20%

Other ingredients: Water, Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Coconut Oil Extract, Sorbitan Stearate (Plant Derived), Glyceryl Stearate (Plant Derived), Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate (Plant Derived), Hexyl Laurate (Plant Derived), Organic Jojoba Seed Oil, Cetyl Dimethicone (Mineral Derived), Epsom Salt, Organic Sunflower Seed Oil, Organic Cucumber Fruit Extract, Astaxanthin (Algae Source), Hyaluronic Acid (Plant Derived), Red Algae Extract, Organic Green Tea Leaf Extract, Organic Pomegranate Oil, Grapefruit Essential Oil, Sweet Orange Essential Oil, Tangerine Essential Oil, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Ethylhexylglycerin

As I continue to attempt to streamline my natural beauty product collection (good luck with that, right?), I’m doing double takes on multi-use products. Suntegrity’s Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer definitely fits the bill! What sets it apart for me is its primer effects and SPF 30 rating (my SPF 15 sunscreens get very little use, sadly).

What are your favorite sunscreens? Do you wear sunscreen year-round? How do you layer your daily skin care products? Tell me in the comments section!

 

May 22, 2013

beauty secrets | how to find the best natural sunscreens

With area pools opening in the coming weeks, most of us are thinking about our bikini bodies — but are you thinking about how to protect the delicate skin under your swimsuit?

Besides wanting to look fit and chic in our swimsuits, we want our skin to stay naturally beautiful and burn-free — and that means finding healthier sunscreens that protect us head to toe.

Here’s what types of products and ingredients to look for and avoid when seeking out natural sunscreens for the summer (and year-round!).

Sunscreen Products to Avoid:

Sprays, Powders, SPFs Higher Than 50

Why:

  • Spray and powder sunscreens increase your risk of inhaling toxic chemicals (ever wonder why the instructions say to apply in well-ventilated areas?).
  • SPFs higher than 50 tend to give you a false sense of security about how long you can stay in the sun and may discourage you from reapplying.

Sunscreen Products to Choose:

Creams, Broad-spectrum Protection, Water-resistant for Beach, Pool and Exercise; SPF 30+ for Beach and Pool

Why:

  • Creams eliminate the risk of inhaling potentially dangerous sunscreen ingredients.
  • Broad-protection sunscreens keep your skin shaded from both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Sunscreens that are water-resistant for beach, pool and exercise allow you to have a little more fun in the sun before having to reapply.
  • SPF 30 means you can stay out in the sun and be protected 30 times longer than without any protection — but you will sweat and towel off, so you may be more aware of the fact you may need to reapply.

Sunscreen Ingredients to Avoid:

  • Oxybenzone
  • Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A)
  • Insect Repellent

Why:

  • Oxybenzone is linked to hormone disruption and potentially to cell damage that may actually lead to skin cancer, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and other toxicology experts.
  • Retinyl Palmitate, or vitamin A, is a wonderful antioxidant in skin care products made for use indoors, but may increase the risk of skin cancer when used on sun-exposed skin.
  • Insect repellent should be applied just once a day, not reapplied the way sunscreen should be, because it can cause skin irritation and other more serious skin concerns.

Sunscreen Ingredients to Choose:

  • Zinc Oxide
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Avobenzone
  • Mexoryl SX

Why:

  • Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are both natural mineral sunscreens that provide a physical barrier to the sun’s rays.
  • Avobenzone and Mexoryl SX both provide sun protection with low skin penetration risk.

Now that you know some do’s and don’ts, it’s time to dig into a few sunscreen options.

You can find more sunscreen reviews in the archive and look forward to more this summer!

best natural sunscreens kimberlyloc better kansas city

{Here’s the array of natural sunscreen options I took on set with me for “Better Kansas City.”}

Makeup with SPF

Just because it’s finally sunny outside doesn’t mean you should just now be pulling out the sunscreen.

Make a commitment to wear sun protection every day — it’s as easy as finding makeup that already includes SPF 30.

A Few Favorites

Face Sunscreen

You can choose separate face sunscreens if your skin is particularly sensitive or if your favorite makeup just doesn’t include SPF. I prefer SPF 30, but general recommendations call for at least SPF 15.

You can find face sunscreens anywhere in-between, and even ones that include matte finishes.

A Few Favorites

Hand Lotion with SPF

They say that your hands tend to give away your age no matter how beautiful and youthful the face.

The way to get around this sneaky giveaway is to regularly use hand creams that have SPF!

A Favorite (Do you have any other recommendations?)

Sunscreen Sticks

Sun sticks may seem a little frivolous at first, but these catch-all protection sticks are wonderful for spot-applying and reapplying to ears, noses, lips and other tricky spots.

They’re also pretty easy to find in a crowded beach bag or purse!

A Few Favorites

Body Sunscreen

Regardless of whether you’re lying around the pool or actually swimming and playing water volleyball, you need at least an SPF 30 for your body and you want it to be water-resistant.

A Few Favorites

What are your sun-care protection tips? Which sunscreens do you use? Tell me in the comments section!

 



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