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All of Your Summer Skin Needs Are in This Sephora Sun Safety Kit

Seriously, can Summer just get here already? While we patiently wait for Mother Nature to get her life in order, we might as well get a jump on some warm weather shopping. If you’re unsure where to even begin, start with your skincare . You’ll definitely want to drop the 16-piece Sun Safety Kit that just hit Sephora into your cart.

Allure gave us the initial scoop on the set that includes both full and travel-sized versions of beloved sunscreen brands like Lancôme, Supergoop, AmorePacific, Dr. Jart+, Drunk Elephant, Clinique, Tarte, and more. There’s a mix of mists, creams, masks, facial pads, and a lip treatment. It’s more than just a batch of sun protectors – think of this as your week at the beach skin survival kit. It also includes an after-sun soothing mask and a self-tanner, so you can get your (safe) glow on!

With such a star lineup of brands stashed inside of a cute tassle-decked carrying case, you’d expect to pay an arm and leg to protect your arms and legs, but this kit is only $36 – even though it’s actually worth $161. Twenty bucks of each kit sale will go to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and $5 from each will go to The Skin Cancer Foundation . So you can shop knowing that you’re doing both your skin and the world a whole lot of good.

This Silky Mineral Sunscreen Doesn't Leave a White Cast – and I'll Never Turn Back

Not to brag or anything, but I have pretty good skin. I frequently get complimented on my complexion, which I appreciate, especially because I work hard at keeping my skin healthy. Whenever I get questions from friends regarding what they can do for better skin, I always mention two cardinal beauty rules that I never break: don’t go to bed with makeup on, and always wear sunscreen.

My obsession with sunscreen is almost comical, and many of my friends look at me like a psychopath while I’m screaming at them for tanning. Despite my dogmatic sunscreen habits, I’m also incredibly picky about sunscreen formulas. Luckily, the Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Sun Screen SPF 30 ($36) passed my test, and I have a new favorite item to add to my skin-care routine.

The tinted product is a broad-spectrum SPF with mineral sunscreen, meaning that its ingredients physically block your skin from being hit by the sun’s rays. This is different from chemical sunscreens, which use active ingredients that absorb UV rays. This creates a chemical reaction that changes into heat, releasing it from the skin.

Many people try to avoid chemical sunscreens because they are potentially irritating to the skin, clog pores, and cause skin discoloration. However, chemical sunscreens also are typically thinner and more comfortable to wear than their physical counterparts.

The problem with physical (sometimes called mineral) sunscreens is that the main ingredient, zinc oxide, tends to leave a white cast on the skin and have a chalky formula. Somehow, Drunk Elephant has found a way around this pitfall with Umbra Tinte. The physical tinted sunscreen contains 20 percent zinc oxide but manages to have a soft texture and matte finish and is a great base for the rest of your makeup. It’s not the least bit chalky and leaves behind no white residue or strong sunscreen smell.

The product comes out of the tube a beige hue but can be blended into the skin easily and is flattering on light-medium to deep skin tones. We tested the formula on both medium-light skin and deep skin, and the sunscreen blended in flawlessly on both. The lotion gives the wearer a glowy, filtered appearance with a light amount of coverage. If you have a very light complexion, Drunk Elephant recommends its nontinted version, Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 ($34).

In addition to sun protection, the cream is also packed with antioxidants to benefit and moisturize your skin. It contains sunflower shoot extract, raspberry seed oil, and marula oil, which help moisturize and prevent premature aging.

This is a great choice for those of us who prefer more natural beauty products, and I can’t wait to replace the white-tinted sunblock in my medicine cabinet with this one.

Frank Ocean's Mom Saw a Need For Universal Sunscreen – So She Created It

Image Source: Getty / Kevin Mazur

Katonya Breaux, mother to R&B artist Frank Ocean, was on vacation when she noticed five or six more moles on her face that hadn’t been there before. When her dermatologist attributed the moles to the extra sun exposure, Katonya saw a need in the market for a more inclusive SPF product for people of color . . . so she made it herself.

In a recent interview with The Cut, Katonya spoke about Unsun , her line of SPF products that protect a wider range of skin tones from fair to dark. Katonya explained feeling unsatisfied with existing sunscreens that were either too chemical (and thereby irritating) or natural but too white for her skin tone. She said, “It might be easier if you’re going to put a foundation over the white film, but for me it was just frustrating. It would get into my eyebrows, my hairline, it was just very frustrating.”

After linking up with a friend in the hair industry, Katonya spent two years creating her ideal (i.e. universal) sun protection product. Currently, Unsun only offers a tinted mineral sunscreen with SPF 30 , but Katonya does have plans to add body and lip products.

Unsun. Sun protection for ALL skin tones! Coming soon ..

A photo posted by Katonya Breaux (@katonya1) on Mar 24, 2016 at 7:28pm PDT

As for her son, who practically incited panic over his long-awaited album , he’s “very supportive,” according to Katonya. She said, “He’s been using sunscreen for a long time. He takes really good of his skin.”

While she plans on sticking to the sun protection sector of the beauty industry, Katonya hopes other brands will also recognize and address this need for more inclusive products. She said, “Women of color, we’re just underrepresented in many different areas of fashion and beauty. We’re one of the largest purchasing sectors, so we have to be acknowledged . . . The voices are getting louder, but of course there’s a need.”

Unsun SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Sunscreen ($29)

The Scary Connection Between Your Feet and Skin Cancer

Using sunscreen is one of the most effective ways to defend your body against harmful UVs , but turns out, skin cancer could be lurking in places you wouldn’t even think to apply SPF. Researchers say melanoma can be found on the soles of the feet due to damage from walking or running.

How can you get skin cancer on a place that rarely sees the sun? “Our clinical observation suggests that mechanical stress – such as plantar pressure and shear stress – is involved in the development of melanoma on the sole,” senior researcher Dr. Ryuhei Okuyama of Shinshu University School of Medicine in Matsumoto, Japan, told Health Day. “Plantar” areas include places that receive the most pressure like the heel, ball of the foot, and side foot arch.

Although rare (especially under the feet), melanoma can be a deadly form of cancer, and most patients with it on their soles discover it in its advanced stages. According to the study, the average age of those with this rare cancer was 73.5 years.

Consider adding a sole check to your routine screening, and look for any signs of melanoma such as moles, unusual coloration, or any other irregularities that change in size and shape.