In my blog, sun care and skincare are probably my most talked about topics after makeup. Reality is when your skin gets sun damaged, no amount of makeup or creams can bring that back, only laser treatments. There is also the risk of melanoma, no matter what your skin color and tone is, not wearing sunscreen makes a difference. On that note, skincare and sun awareness are not just in the face, it is all over the body (neck, hands, feet, basically wherever your skin is exposed now in summertime especially). Here, I am bringing you my personal summer must-haves!
Cotz Pure SPF 30 Sunscreen – This is the kind of sunscreen that you’d want to wear outside when you are going makeup free. I actually met the creator of Cotz at a press event and this is how I discovered this brand now available at Ulta and online. Some of the ingredients are Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide which help prevent sunburn and decrease the risk of skin cancer. On application it doesn’t feel creamy, white pale or oily even but one definitely feels the presence of the sunscreen. Cotz products are 0% synthetic ingredients, preservatives or chemicals, excellent for those who are looking for an alternative to drugstore brands. I found the consistency lightweight and easy to work with on the skin. FYI, there is also a formula for those with sensitive skin, eczema and rosacea.
Bloxsun Sun Glove SPF 50 – Gloves with sunscreen! I love the idea of protecting my hands when outside. On both sides of my family, age damage spots are very common in the hands so am really trying to avoid having them. Age spots are dark brown moles, very typical in the face, hands, shoulders and arms — areas most exposed to the sun. What Bloxsun has created is a special accessory for the hand which completely covers the hands. The fingers have a nonslip fabric perfect for holding items, sports and for when you are driving. Bloxsun also has a line of scarves with sun protection, ideal also for protecting the neck area which often gets very neglected like our hands.
Coolibar SPF 50 Shapeable Pool Wide Brim Hat – I purchased this awesome hat a couple of years ago and LOVE it. My son plays soccer so when I am outside this is the look, a hat that covers my face, neck and offers a 7″ brim for maximum protection. It is easily foldable, very lightweight, travels well and washes so easily by hand. What I love about this hat is that the wide brim allows me to gage the coverage according to the position of the sun, blocking rays from touching my face and neck. Pair this with some sun shades, sunblock, and you are 100% taken care of outdoors.
In that 2nd photo, that’s me wearing my trusted hat, no makeup and Cotz sunscreen.
What are your favorite sun protection items?
**The sunscreen and gloves were given to me for editorial consideration, all opinions are my own.