My Favorite Sunscreens

July 12th, 2013

Favorite Sunscreen Summer 2013

Although I love getting my daily dose of vitamin D, I have committed to diligently protecting my face and to never bake it in the sun again (remember when I told you that I have lots of sun spots?). Therefore, this one has become my main Summer beauty goal: to find the perfect sunscreen for my face. Appropriate SPF, compatible texture, mattifying finish, and of course a nice and clean list of ingredients. Here are my current favorite facial sunscreens along with a body sunscreen at the end of the list, since I only have one favorite in that category.

Coola SPF 20 Face Mineral Sunscreen Rose Essence (Tinted) Moisturizer*: This is perfect for low maintenance days when I just want to wear one product on my face instead of layering moisturizer, sunscreen, concealer, foundation, etc. The shade is light/medium and the coverage is very light but is good for evening out the skin tone. It has a pretty luminous but matte finish. I wore it today and I thought it looked pretty good! SPF 20 works well for me unless I am going to the beach or jogging.

Coola SPF 30 Face Cucumber Mineral Sunscreen with Matte Finish*: Another lovely option from Coola. Being more of an oily skinned gal, I was sold at the word matte. It leaves a silky finish on the skin so I like it under makeup. It has an SPF of 30, which is great for me on sunny days so I have been using this one a lot, especially when I go for a walk outdoors.

Badger Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen SPF 16*: This one has such a nice texture, and works very well under makeup too. No sticky residues, no greasiness, no white cast. A very lightweight formula that blends beautifully. This is a great everyday option for me, since I only go for a higher SPF if I actually plan to be outdoors. It is also more budget-friendly.

Marie Veronique Organics Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF 20*: Like the Coola tinted moisturizer, this is a great option if you like to use makeup face products that contain SPF. It is also one of the best rated makeup products with SPF on the EWG.org sunscreen guide. It provides a very sheer coverage with a matte but luminous finish given by the pearl powder that is in it (doesn’t that sound sweet and fancy?)

Marie Veronique Organics Moisturizing Face Screen SPF 30*: Similar to the Everyday Sheer Coverage, but with SPF 30. A great deal in terms of protecting the skin and also providing skin care benefits. With red raspberry seed oil and green tea, I feel like I am also getting an anti-aging treatment while wearing this sunscreen. Yes, please!

Badger Aloe Vera Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30*: This is my #1 and only sunscreen option for the body (as opposed to the face). I believe that it was recently reformulated and now it has a lighter and more comfortable texture. It is non-comedogenic, so it could also be used on the face. However, I do not find it to be appropriate for my skin type, as it does make me a bit shiny. I have been using it for a very long time and it has been a trusty companion for my tanning days.

I will come back to this topic with more in depth reviews of these products, but I would love to know: what are your favorite sunscreens? And most important: do you remember to re-apply your sunscreen every hour or so? I am getting better at remembering :)

*PR Samples


  • http://www.rainbowfeet.blogspot.co.uk/ Tammy

    What a lovely post Lilly! I am intrigued about coola, but they don’t sell them over here. Badger sunscreens are pretty good and I also like the green people, and they are in every health store near me :)

    • http://genuineglow.com/ Lilly

      Thank you Tammy! I am liking these two Coola a lot, and I will publish more information about them in a review. So which sunscreen are you using right now? x

      • http://www.rainbowfeet.blogspot.co.uk/ Tammy

        At the mo I am using badger balm sport face stick SPF 35 and green people unscented SPF 25 xx

        • http://genuineglow.com/ Lilly

          Great, I will check those out. I probably don’t need SPF 35 but a face stick sounds pretty good!, xx

  • Kirsty Barrett

    im all about the malibu x

    • http://genuineglow.com/ Lilly

      Hi Kirsty, I have never heard about their sunscreens, I will look into it. Thank you for your comment! xx

  • sugarpuffish

    the Coola products sound very good, I’m using Badger Balm

    • http://genuineglow.com/ Lilly

      Hi Sarah, I will publish a review of the Coola products so that you can read more about them. I love Badger sunscreens!

  • yourdailybreak

    I have always been one to skimp on the sunscreen. Will definitely be investing in a good sunscreen this summer! xo

    Your Daily Break

    • http://genuineglow.com/ Lilly

      Yes, please protect your face :)

  • Jennica

    Hi Lilly! Those Marie Veronique sunscreens look very intriguing. I am unfamiliar with that brand so may have to check it out! One word of caution – just be careful with the Coola products, they are known to use silicone in many of their sunscreens. I have been using Eminence Organics Persimmon & Cantaloupe Day Cream SPF 32, which I looooove. It’s super lightweight and very mattefying for my insanely oily skin.

    • http://genuineglow.com/ Lilly

      Hi Jennica! Thank you for your comment :) I am aware of the fact that some Coola products contain silicone. I am going to publish a full review and list all the ingredients, and I will definitely check out the Eminence Organics Cream with sunscreen, thank you for your suggestion! xx

  • smarty

    I love Coola, fabulous products. Have you tried the plant uv sunscreen yet? It’s amazing!
    Would love if you checked out my beauty blog: http://www.smartysbeautymark.com
    xx

    • http://genuineglow.com/ Lilly

      Hi smarty, I haven’t tried the plant uv sunscreen yet, and of course I would like to, I am such a product junkie! However, I have enough sunscreens for now so I will wait a little longer ;)
      I will definitely check out your blog as well, thank you for your comment, x

  • Amelia

    Thank you for doing this post. I love your blog. Very informative & helpful.

    • http://genuineglow.com/ Lilly

      Thanks so much Amelia, I am very glad you found it helpful! Stay tuned for more in depth reviews of these products :)

  • Gayle

    Hi Lilly! I use the Coola Plant UV spf 30 for the face and it’s the best I’ve found so far. My second favorite is Supergoop—their City Face Serum spf 30 is really lightweight too!

    • http://genuineglow.com/ Lilly

      Coola definitely makes some really good ones, but I wish that Badger would make their face sunscreen with a higher SPF as well because that one is so so great!
      I will look into Supergoop, thanks for the suggestion Gayle! :)

  • jparrish

    You should check out MD Solar Sciences :)

  • Jenna

    Arcona based in California, all natural cold pressed ingredients. They have a real nice Reozone 20 SPF that works great!

  • Laura

    Nice one! Could you do a more in depth review of the marie veronique spfs? I wonder how lightweight they are and how they spread. I am also interested in the finish. I like the ingredients/philosophy, the only thing that puts me off slightly is the emu oil….

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