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It is hard to believe that it is already August! We have had some very hot temperatures the last few days. As a mom, I am the go-to person who makes certain that my family is stocked up on SPFs. There is still plenty of summer left for camping and boating, and It is my job to make sure that I have plenty of sunscreen on hand for everyone.
My all-time favorite sunscreens are from Australian Gold. They feel amazing, smell wonderful, feature reef friendly formulas, and are perfect for the whole family!
Here are my favorites:
Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen SPF 50 Tinted Face Mineral Lotion
($12.99; Ulta Beauty and www.AustralianGold.com)
This non-chemical sunscreen lotion delivers a refreshingly luxurious, powdery-clean feel, while the subtle tint seamlessly blends into any skin tone, yet washes away with water. Specially designed for sensitive facial skin, this lotion won't clog pores and is fragrance free. Rich in vitamins and antioxidants from native Australian botanical ingredients, it allows you to enjoy the sun your way, protected from both UVA and UVB rays, and water resistant for up to 80 minutes. Discover the non-greasy, non-sticky feel of the Australian Gold® Botanical Line and experience worry-free days in the sun!
Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen SPF 30 and SPF 50 Mineral Lotions
($14.99; Ulta Beauty and www.AustralianGold.com)
Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen SPF 30 and SPF 50 Natural Sprays
A refreshing, powdery-clean feel in a convenient 360° continuous spray. Features a non-sticky, antioxidant rich formula that provides UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection with Certified Organic Alcohol for a naturally luxurious sunscreen experience.
Australian Gold® Botanical Sunscreen SPF 50 Kids Mineral Lotion
($14.99; Ulta, CVS, Target and Walmart and www.AustralianGold.com)
Anultra-sensitive, quick absorbing, non-greasy, antioxidant rich formula that provides UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection made especially for kids. The InvisiTech™ Formula utilizes 100% mineral active ingredients Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide to provide a non-chemical sun protection option, designed to spread on smoothly with a powder-like matte finish that’s never greasy or whitening. Now even the most discerning parents can have the confidence of knowing their children are protected against UVA and UVB rays through the use of only the finest and safest ingredients!
Benefits of these Australian Gold formulas:
- Broad Spectrum UVA/UVA Protection
- Water resistant for up to 80 minutes
- Reef Friendly formulas are free of Oxybenzone, Parabens, Phthalates, Petrolatum, PABA, SLS, BPA, Alcohol, Dyes and Oils
- Hypoallergenic, Pediatrician and Dermatologist Tested, Not tested on animals
If you are like me, you enjoy a lot of quality time outdoors, especially when the weather is beautiful and sunny.
However, many women, (myself included until recently) are unaware of proper sunscreen usage guidelines. Sun exposure is the biggest cause of skin cancer. Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.
NO-AD would like to change that. Orlando-based NO-AD, is the sunscreen brand that costs less per ounce because "no advertising" means the brand doesn't buy expensive TV, print or radio ads, passing the savings on to consumers. I think that is a brilliant concept! Advertising by not advertising.
As a mom of four children, I thought I knew everything about applying sunscreen properly to myself and my family. It turns out that I wasn't doing things quite correctly. The infographic below gives a useful guideline for proper sunscreen application. Studies have shown that fewer than half of well-meaning parents know the correct amount to apply and more than half think the proper time to apply sunscreen is "as soon as they start feeling their skin burning."
I sure wish I had this information when I was a teenager. I was one of those girls who applied baby oil to my entire body and laid for hours in the sun without any form of sunscreen. I received many sunburns and I now suffer from sun spots and plenty of freckles. (Not many wrinkles though, thankfully!) I am sure that I will face skin cancer at some point in my life. At least it is not too late protect my children from the sun's damaging rays.
No-AD has a great variety of sun protection products. I have tried a few of them, and I completely trust this amazing brand. I have been using it for years now.
I love No-Ad's Ocean Potion sunscreen. Ocean Potion is known for easy application and a memorable orange-cream fragrance. This brand pioneered the use of innovative ingredients such as sea kelp extract and Vitamin D3.
I also love Clear Zinc Oxide Face Potion SPF45 . This creamy zinc makeup artist fave goes on clear, dries matte and works wonderfully under makeup. Provides SPF45 protection. Hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, and very affordable!
If you're thinking self-tanners, Ocean Potion EverGlow Extreme Self-Tanning Lotion has a terrific mango-lime fragrance. Ocean Potion Protect & Nourish Lotion is amazing as well.
Enter to win! Five winners will be chosen to receive a set of three NO-AD and Ocean Potion suncare products.
How? It's easy! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools form below for your chance to win. Good luck!
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Protect your Image - with IMAGE Skincare!
Summertime is officially here! It’s time to get smart and #ProtectYourImage! IMAGE Skincare’s new Prevention+ Sunscreen Sprays feature built-in broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and offer SPF 30 and SPF 50. Their ultra-sheer, light weight spray absorbs quickly for a non-greasy finish. Formulated to help protect against the aging effects of the sun, both the Prevention+ Pure Mineral Sunscreen Spray and the Prevention+ Sport Sunscreen Spray are paraben free, so you can protect yourself from the damaging ray of the sun, smarter!
This sunscreen spray enriched with plant-derived stem cells is formulated for superior UVA/UVB and Infrared protection during sport activities and fun in the sun. Infused with organic ingredients like agave leaf extract, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil, this antioxidant rich spray provides advanced protection against the aging effects of the sun. Paraben free.
This anti-pollution, anti-aging pure mineral sunscreen spray offers superior UVA/UVB and Infrared protection. Infused with antioxidants and plant stem cells, this continuous spray nourishes and hydrates skin with organic ingredients like agave leaf extract, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil. Formulated for advanced protection against the aging effects of the sun, this sunscreen offers paraben and chemical-free sun protection.
About IMAGE Skincare:
Image Skincare is an evidence-based clinical skin care company, providing professional skincare products and effective skincare solutions. The most innovative brand in the industry, Image Skincare consistently produces the latest anti-aging, balancing, hydrating, and illuminating technologies to further its mission of helping the world to Age Later™
Coppertone is my number one, most trusted brand of sunscreen. I love it. Coppertone sunscreen has protected my family's skin ever since they were little. In fact, as my children are growing up (and yes, getting married now!) Coppertone remains our favorite!
My oldest daughter, Kendallyn, just married her sweetheart, Samuel in Hawaii on February 25th. I had never been to Hawaii in the winter months before, (but plenty of times in the summer) and I was uncertain about how strong the sun's rays would be. I still wanted to make sure we were all protected from getting sunburned.
My beautiful daughter, Kendallyn with us (Mom and Dad)
How exciting it was that I was given the chance to try out Coppertone's newest products just in time for our trip last month! There was not one sunburned body in my group! I received the following products to review:
Coppertone Whipped Sunscreens: Available in the CLEARLYSheer and WaterBABIES lines, these sunscreens offer a luxuriously light, breathable formula that provides trusted broad-spectrum protection in a rich and creamy lotion. This water-resistant sunscreen glides on easily and absorbs quickly, leaving skin feeling velvety soft with a refreshing citrus scent. Coppertone® WaterBABIES® Pure & Simple Free Sunscreen: provides trusted, broad-spectrum protection and is free of fragrance, parabens, PABA and dyes. Coppertone® Sport® Stick SPF 50 and Coppertone WaterBABIES® Pure & Simple Stick SPF 50: Offer the same broad-spectrum protection for athletes and babies, now with wider and easier-to-use packaging that makes sunscreen portable and application mess-free. Coppertone Sport® Lip Balm SPF 50: Delivers quick, convenient sun protection with a new formula, which helps moisturize lips with aloe and Vitamin E while providing broad spectrum protection.
The Makers of Coppertone® Create New Sunscreen Form with First-Ever Whipped Sunscreen
Coppertone continues legacy of transforming sunscreen industry with 2017 product launches
Bayer, the maker of COPPERTONE, announced today the release of a transformative new sunscreen form that’s unlike any other. It offers a light, creamy texture that absorbs quickly into skin, leaving it soft and smooth. Over five years in the making, new Coppertone® Whipped formulas are now available in the CLEARLYSheer® line and the WaterBABIES® Pure & Simple line, delivering consumers broad-spectrum protection and an entirely new sunscreen experience from a trusted brand.
Gone are the days when consumers had to compromise between strong sun protection and desirable product feel. COPPERTONE® Whipped products’ luxurious, gentle formulas surprise and delight while still emphasizing what is most important: broad-spectrum sun protection that should be worn every single day.
“For my patients, one of the biggest barriers to using everyday sun protection is that they dislike how the products feel on skin,” said Dr. Elizabeth K. Hale, Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at the New York University School of Medicine and consultant to the makers of Coppertone® products. “Whipped sunscreens not only solve this problem, they also improve the likelihood that people will reapply to themselves and their children, which is essential for protecting their skin against UVA and UVB rays.”
COPPERTONE® CLEARLYSheer® Whipped Sunscreens, available in SPF 30 and 50, won’t clog pores or cause breakouts, feel clean and light on skin and glide on easily, transforming the experience of applying sunscreen from a mandatory task to something consumers can look forward to doing before they head outdoors.
Coppertone® WaterBABIES® Pure & Simple Whipped Sunscreen is free of fragrance, parabens, PABA, dyes and oil and spreads easily on babies’ skin in a light and soft formula. Available in SPF 50, this water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen makes applying sunscreen much simpler and leaves baby’s delicate skin feeling soft and smooth.
“ At Coppertone, we challenge ourselves every day to transform the industry, to create a product unlike any other, and to give consumers the sunscreens they need,” said Lisa Perez, Marketing Director, Suncare at Bayer. “Our Whipped line meets all of the criteria. We pride ourselves on our long heritage of expert sun protection, starting with the introduction of today’s SPF system and introducing entirely new forms that meet the evolving needs of our consumers.”
Additional 2017 Launches:
Alongside the new Coppertone® Whipped launches, consumers will see additional new products from Coppertone on shelves this year:
- Coppertone® WaterBABIES® Pure & Simple Free Sunscreen provides trusted, broad-spectrum protection and is free of fragrance, parabens, PABA and dyes
- perfect for protecting precious skin from the sun every day with a light, non-irritating formula.
- Coppertone® Sport® Stick SPF 50 and Coppertone WaterBABIES® Pure & Simple Stick SPF 50 offer the same broad-spectrum protection for athletes and babies, now with wider and easier-to-use packaging that makes sunscreen portable and application mess-free.
- Coppertone Sport® Lip Balm SPF 50 delivers quick, convenient sun protection with a new formula, which helps moisturize lips with aloe and Vitamin E while providing broad spectrum protection.
Usually, I cannot stand the feel of sunscreen on my hands, but using COPPERTONE CLEARLYSheer Whipped Sunscreens, (which I had in both SPF 30 and 50) felt like a creamy mousse rather than a greasy lotion. I was very happy to apply it to anyone that asked. Both bottles that I received to review were almost used up because everybody was intrigued at the whipped texture, and how easily it blended into the skin without a lot of rubbing.
Baby Gracie sat patiently as Mommy applied her Coppertone WaterBABIES Pure & Simple Free Sunscreen
My beautiful daughters on the beach, all slathered up with COPPERTONE CLEARLYSheer Whipped Sunscreen (30 SPF)
My beach boy, Braxton was well protected. I kept him covered in Coppertone® WaterBABIES® Pure & Simple Whipped Sunscreen
Although I am sad that my tropical vacation came to and end, there are plenty of warm days ahead of us, and Coppertone will always be a part of them. Bring on the sun!
Enter to win! One winner will receive Coppertone's CLEARLYSheer Whipped sunscreen, the new Sport Stick and WaterBABIES Pure & Simple Lotion. (ARV: $30)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
For more information on the exciting new products from COPPERTONE®, visit www.coppertone.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Malin + Goetz, Sun Bum and ColorMetrics have you covered this summer with products that are perfect for the hair and skin before/after sun exposure.
FACIAL SUN PROTECTION
Try Malin + Goetz spf 30 face moisturizer for a water-resistant SPF moisturizer that strikes the perfect balance between hydration and protection.
- Delivers essential moisture and powerful broad-spectrum
- Features vitamin E to further protect against free radicals and environmental toxins, and aloe to sooth
- Formula dries to a clear, comfortable finish
Try Sun Bum SPF 30 Baby Bum Premium Natural Stick which was created in Australia for people with extremely sensitive skin.
- 100% Mineral based
- Water Resistant / 80 Minutes
- Broad Spectrum UVA / UVB Protection
AFTER SUN PROTECTION
Try Sun Bum 'Cool Down' Hydrating After Sun Gel great for those summer days that you stayed a little too long in the sun.
- Vitamin E enriched with Aloe Gel
- Rehydrates sun-baked skin
- Eases the pain of a burn and helps prevent peeling
HAIR COLOR REVIVAL
Try TouchBack Color Depositing Shampoo and Conditioner to restore hair color and shine after sun exposure.
- Temporary hair color for use between permanent colorings
- Provides instant color and shine
- Repairs damage and smoothes hair
- Contains natural botanical ingredients: extracts of sunflower, chamomile flower, rose hips, green tea leaf and lemon peel
BOOST OF HYDRATION
Try Malin+Goetz Recovery Treatment Oil which combines nine natural oils to help renew skin’s appearance.
- Evening primrose, argan and jojoba oils help to boost hydration
- Grapeseed and rosehip oils deliver essential vitamins C and E restore a healthy complexion
- Geranium and borage oils help to reduce inflammation and balance skin by normalizing oil production
*Products being sent. Any opinions are my own.
With summer in full swing, it’s important to load up on the SPF. Finding the perfect formula for every skin combination and concern is equally important in order to ensure the best possible coverage.
Please see below for a round-up of coverage for every skin type and lifestyle:
FOR OILY SKIN: JAN MARINI PHYSICAL PROTECTANT SPF 45
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
If you are like me, you always want to have at least a hint of glamour even while going something outdoorsy. And, being in the great outdoors requires SPF to protect your lips. It can be a hassle to coordinate the application of lip balm while you are hiking, snowboarding or cross-country skiing, however. What if you could just swipe it on single-handedly without messing with the cap? Well, Vault has created just the thing.
Developed with athletes in mind, Vault created a lip balm that would open and close with the ease of one hand. No tiny caps to lose, just one push to open and one push to close. Vault Tinted Lip Balms are made leak proof so they won’t mess up gear and are easy to use while wearing gloves.
Disclosure: I received a sample of this product to review and to keep. The opinions are my own.