Posts Tagged Sunscreen

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.

You'll Never Skip a Day of Sunscreen Thanks to These 12 Sephora Bestsellers

We’re constantly told to slather on SPF year round to protect our skin. But many women (us included) are guilty of skipping the step because, despite its multiple benefits, traditional SPF doesn’t always wear too well on the skin. Many sunscreens have a thick consistency, which leaves your skin oily and creates a slippery canvas for makeup when applied to the face. Sunscreen also tends to leave behind an unflattering white cast, which can translate as chalky in photos (and on people of color), that alone causes most of us to nix SPF altogether.

But the bottom line is: sunscreen is essential for minimizing the risks of skin cancer, sunburn, and hyperpigmentation . So whether you’re an SPF devotee or a sunscreen skeptic, we’ve rounded up some of Sephora’s top-rated formulas so you have no more excuses when it comes to protecting your skin. These will guarantee your face is moisturized, guarded, and white-cast free!

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)

This Giant Waterslide Is the Most Fun Way to Apply SPF This Summer

We know how important it is to religiously slather on sunscreen , but actually adhering to an application schedule can be challenging. When we’re out frolicking in the sun, we often forget to reapply SPF until hours later – when we’ve gotten some serious overexposure to UVA and UVB rays . And, of course, we miss those little random spots, including behind our ears and those hard-to-reach patches on our back.

However, Nivea has a genius solution to all of these woes: a sunscreen-dispensing waterslide. According to AdWeek , the iconic skin care brand developed the “SunSlide,” which is loaded up with gallons of waterproof SPF 50+ and features hundreds of spray jets to coat riders from head to toe. Just one trip down the SunSlide provides 100 percent coverage! And, each person is provided with goggles, so they can enjoy the view as they glide down without the risk of getting SPF in their eyes.

The only bad news is that you’ll need to head to South Africa to try out the invention. It was developed in partnership with FCB Cape Town, a local advertising agency, after discovering that the country has the world’s highest rates of skin cancer . We hope the SunSlide comes stateside soon, as this would be a genius installation at any Summer music festival. Watch the video to see how it works!

10 Safe Sunscreens For Kids (Including Some You Can Find at Your Drugstore)

Slather on the lotion! If you thought the breast vs. bottle debate was polarizing, wait until you talk to fellow playground moms about sunscreen. Though lotions and sticks protect little ones’ skin from cancer-causing UVA and UVB rays, doctors advise new mamas to use physical barriers – SPF clothing, umbrellas, and shades – rather than lotions on babies younger than 6 months old.

Once tots reach the 6-month mark, though, we need to keep them protected from the sun without harming them in other ways. The Environmental Working Group’s recommendations for the best sunscreens for tots – products that do not contain potential hormone disruptors – is considered the definitive list of safe options. According to EWG Senior Scientist David Andrews, it’s inactive ingredients like retinyl palmitate (vitamin A) and oxybenzone that parents need to look out for. “By and large, the ones that do well in our database are the ones that are mineral-based products with a higher percent of zinc oxide, as well as some of the products with titanium dioxide,” he said.

While parents have been getting the message about switching from chemical sunscreens to mineral versions, one of the group’s biggest concerns is how parents are using them. “[Consumers] are looking to buy higher and higher SPF values,” Andrews said. “When people use higher SPF values, we’re concerned that it leads to a change in behavior and an increased time in the sun and that you apply less of it. Those products may not be as effective in blocking both UVA and UVB radiation. So we steer consumers toward SPF 30 to SPF 50 products and lower and we really think those are the sweet spot of the products that are available in the marketplace.”

He went on to explain, “The active ingredients in SPF 30 and SPF 100 products may be quite similar. So we’re going to be doing more over the course of the next year, investigating the inactive ingredients like the antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that may be reducing redness in the skin, but may not be reducing how much hits your skin. The way the SPF test is done is in changes in skin redness.”

So what’s a parent to do when trying to choose a safe sunscreen? First, check the EWG’s site and app for a list of the safest and least safe options for your family. If you don’t have that at your fingertips, Andrews recommends:

  1. Steering away from SPF products over 50. SPF 30-50 products depending on the situation are OK.
  2. Seek out products that use three percent avobenzone if they are chemical sunscreens or the ones that use zinc oxide as the active ingredient in natural versions. “[They] do the best job of filtering out UVA radiation across the spectrum of UVA radiation. Seek out products that use a higher percentage of zinc oxide – typically you’ll find 15 to 20 percent, or three percent avobenzone.”
  3. Look at inactive ingredients on the label. If possible, avoid products that use retinyl palmitate (vitamin A) and avoid products using oxybenzone.
  4. Avoid spray products – they’re convenient but not the best choice. Why skip the convenience of spray lotions? “You don’t get a uniform coating on the skin,” Andrews says. Plus, “Given the concern about the ingredients in these products, we really don’t want to coat the inside of our lungs with sunscreen.”

Read through to see 10 of the EWG’s top picks (many of which can be found at your local drugstore – not just at specialty stores).

12 Sheer Sunscreens That Blend Right In

Listen, I get it. I have dark skin, too. But not being easily able to find a sunscreen that doesn’t leave a gross white residue on your skin isn’t an excuse to skip the SPF . Sunscreen formulas have gotten lighter and sheerer, and there are now more options than ever to try.

Yes, it might be annoying to have to date your way around different SPF to find “the one,” but with sun rays getting stronger and a rise in skin cancer cases among Hispanics , it’s worth it. This list of 12 sheer formulas is a great start. They promise to blend right in, and from my experience, they do just that. Scroll ahead to find your Summer shopping list, and don’t forget to reapply every two hour !

7 Dangerous Sunscreen Mistakes Not to Make This Spring Break

You know about sunscreen, of course. You walk down the aisles full of them in the supermarket. You see the commercials. You read about new formulas when they launch. Maybe you’re still making excuses not to wear it every day or maybe you’re following the rules and slathering on SPF without fail. But are you confident you’re doing the best you can to protect your skin?

With an increase of 20 percent in melanoma cases among Hispanics in the past two decades, it sounds like Latinas might be making more mistakes that we think we are. Keep scrolling to find out what the most common blunders are and how to avoid them from Flor Mayoral, MD, a dermatologist and L’Oréal Paris ambassador.

Hugh Jackman Has Some Very Important Advice About Wearing Sunscreen

Hugh Jackman is without a doubt one of the toughest men in Hollywood, but even Wolverine is no match for skin cancer. After having a basal cell removed from his nose, the actor shared a photo on social media to enlighten his fans about the importance of wearing sunscreen and getting routine check-ups.

An example of what happens when you don’t use sunscreen. Basal cell. The mildest form of cancer. PLEASE WEAR SUNSCREEN and get check ups regularly!

Posted by Hugh Jackman on Monday, February 8, 2016

Basal cells are the most frequently occurring form of skin cancer , but luckily they are the most mild. Keeping your skin protected is a must no matter the season, and we’ve rounded up the safest sunscreens you can use all year.