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Summer fun and shade!

This post is inspired by the latest SkincareRx giveaway at jet-girl.blogspot.  Summer is here in Pasadena, and it’s that wonderful weather where its cool in the early morning and evenings, and then the sun comes out to play in the afternoon.  It’s a great time of the year to take a walk in the middle of the day and just bask in that California glow (well, at least before the evil heat comes in August).

Despite the fact that I’m of Indian descent (and God just loves me a little more to give me this awesome brown skin protecting me from burn), it doesn’t mean I don’t think about sunscreen.  Sunscreen protects us from UV rays which in turn protects me from skin cancer.  That’s right — the C word.  If putting on some SPF protects me from skin cancer, I’m doing it even if I never have had had the experience of burning or peeling in my life.  And the providing further evidence that opposites attract, I ended up marrying one of the palest men alive who burns very quickly and doesn’t think to put on any sunscreen before he walks out of the house.  So, its up to me to find sunscreen for his and my needs.  I was looking up information about La Roche Posay Anthelios, a French company that claims to have the world’s best sunscreen, when I stumbled about the Yinnie’s post about sunscreens which then in turn motivated me to post about our favorite sunscreens so far.

Sunscreen, like any skin care products, has its organic and non-organic products.  I wouldn’t knock either.  Zinc Oxide is a pretty bad-ass natural sunscreen and Octisalate/ Oxybenzone are highly effective to those who are not sensitive to it.  (Titanium Dioxide has been around as a “natural” sunscreen for  awhile as well but has come under fire for some recent irritation issues.  I don’t have an irritation at all to titanium dioxide, in fact I adore it, but I do remember attending a talk about the toxicity of titanium dioxide to realize that the studies were regarding inhalation instead of skin contact.)  When choosing a sun screen for you, I think its pretty important to find out what works for you and what doesn’t.

With no further delay, here are my favorites (until I try La Roche Posay!):

  • Favorite Organic/Natural Suncreen: SPF 30 Bader (face and body). Badger is a wonderful company that produces high quality, natural products.  The key to this formulation is Zinc Oxide which protects well against both UVA/UVB Rays.  Honestly, its pretty nice and they’ve made a bug and sunscreen formulation which I’m very excited to try.  Only real problem — it’s pretty expensive in my opinion.  Not at the La Roche Posay level, but it can get up there.  (Thank you SkincareRX/Skinbotanica for your sales!)  Active Sunscreen Ingredient: Micronized Zinc Oxide 20.5%; Inactive Sunscreen Ingredients: *Olea Europaea (Extra Virgin Olive) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Essential Oil of *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), and CO2 Extracts of *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), and *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn Berry).
  • Favorite Mineral Based (“Natural”) Makeup Sunscreen:  Powder-Me SPF™ Dry Sunscreen – SPF 30 &  PurePressed® Base Mineral Foundation – SPF 20. I love Jane Iredale products and I’ve been pretty happy that I add some SPF to my face while I’m trying to beautify myself!  As I mentioned, I don’t really burn that much so having SPF 20 or SPF 30 is just perfect to protect my face.  Jane Iredale is crazy good for “global” shades as well — miles and miles ahead of the non-mineral based makeup solutions you find at your Macy’s counter.  Beauty plus protection = summer fun!  You can get Jane Iredale at a lot more retailers now both online and brick & mortar stores.  Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 14%, Zinc Oxide 3%. Ingredients: Mica, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Plankton Extract, Algae Extract, Pinus Strobus (Pine) Bark Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, Chromium Oxide Greens.
  • Favorite “Natural” Moisturizer Based Sunscreen: Immortelle Very Precious Fluid SPF 40 & Immortelle Brightening UV Shield SPF40. I’ve been recently getting into the L’Occitane products.  They’re a little bit more accessible to buy.  I don’t actually consider L’Occitane to be truly natural…they certainly have some baddies in their ingredient list but its a nice cream that incorporates titanium dioxide.  I like their Immortelle line and you can get their products from a variety of sources like Amazon, Beauty.com, Dermstore, etc.   Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 12%   Other Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclomethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Corn Starch Modified, Alcohol Denat., PEG-12 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, Helichrysum Italicum Extract, Disodium EDTA, Methyl/Ethyl/Butyl/Propyl/Isobutyl/Paraben, Retinyl Palmitate, Sucrose Palmitate, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Glyceryl Linoleate, Butylene Glycol, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Morus Bombycis Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Metabisulfite, Benzyl Salicylate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Stearic Acid Aluminum Hydroxide, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Citral, Disodium EDTA
  • Favorite Drugstore Sunscreen: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer. Before I started going natural/organic, I used Neutrogena exclusively for my sunblock needs.  My husband at first didn’t trust the Neutrogena brand for sunblock, opting more for Coppertone or Banana Boat.  But their sunscreen felt nice to the touch — either as a cream or as a spray, and protected the both of us from the sun’s harmful rays.  I didn’t darken as quickly and my husband did not turn into a strawberry and peel.  Neutrogena goes on sale all the time at any of your local drugstore like Rite-Aid or CVS.  (And don’t forget your coupons in the Sunday flyers!)  Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (15%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (10%)  Inactive Ingredients: Water, Styrene Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyglycerin, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, PEG 100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Acrylates/C10 30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, BHT, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (Licorice Root), Disodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Methylisothiazolinone, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance (Parfum) (1334-164)
  • Favorite Water-sport Sunscreen: Coppertone Sport. I don’t really use it this one as much as my husband, but I did get to try it at the pool and on a boat.  I like the spray more than the cream, but its non-greasy and doesn’t irritate my husband’s skin.  It seems to really work when he’s in the water (when he remembers to apply it!).  Again, you can find this at most any local drugstore.  Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (13%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (5%), Oxybenzone (6%)  Inactive Ingredients: Water, Styrene Acrylates Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Ethylenediamine/Neopentyl Glycol, Stearyl Hydrogenated Dimer Dilionleate Copolymer, Benzyl Alcohol, Acrylates/C10 30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Acrylate Crosspolymer, Triethanolamine, Chlorphenesin, Oleth 3, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E), Fragrance (Parfum), Disodium EDTA

Are there any big ones that I’m really missing?  I’m always up for trying more (especially if SkincareRX gives a decent sale)!!

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