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Before you head out your summer vacation, don’t forget to pack your sunscreen and keep your skin protected from head to toe!
To help spread awareness for skin cancer and sun protection, Sun Bum invites you to put on a banana suit and join in the #BananaSuitChallenge.
Once you suit up, snap a photo and post it to Instagram using #BananaSuitChallenge and #TrustTheBum in support of Skin Cancer Awareness Month
Why a banana suit? Because a banana is covered, you know, protected from top to bottom – just like we should be.
No worries if you’re not able to suit up — you can also make a donation to Protect the Groms, Sun Bum’s non-profit that partners with elementary schools to provide sunscreen and shade to the next generation.
Dandelion Sun Launches "be free", a 4 in 1 Anti-Aging Moisturizer with SPF
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Dandelion Sun, a new leading anti-aging moisturizer brand made in California, has launched its first product in a vegan line to combat the most common skin issues facing women. Dandelion Sun's be free: 4 in 1 Face Moisturizer is an instant essential to be included in your daily skincare regimen. This multi-tasking moisturizer helps decrease the appearance of wrinkles, hydrate and brighten uneven skin tones, as well as provide Broad Spectrum SPF 30. be free is available now for $29.99 at dandelionsun.com and Amazon.
"90% of skin aging is caused by daily sun exposure," says Co-Founder and Head of Product, Marlena Chang, "incorporating a daily SPF can combat this." Combined with clean and effective ingredients like Vitamin C & E, Squalane from Avocado Oil, Japanese Green Tea Leaf extract (and more), makes this clinically proven formulation very powerful. be free is cruelty-free and contains no Parabens, Sulfates or Phthalates.
"Dandelion Sun was created with women like ourselves in mind," says Co-Founder and CEO, Stephanie Marks. "We have fast-paced, active lifestyles but are also mindful about our health and the products we use. If you remember to use only one skin care product in the morning, make it be free."
I have been getting facial peels recently, and my facial specialist could not stress enough the importance of sunscreen. I used to think that the sunscreen in my foundation was enough, but she told me that I was wrong! I need a stronger sunscreen, a broad spectrum SPF. Thankfully, Dandelion Sun provides that. The first thing I thought when I applied this product to my skin was that it smells very fresh and uplifting! It has a much lighter feel than sunscreen products usually do, and it completely absorbs into my skin. I apply it to my entire face, neck and upper chest area first thing in the morning. The formula feels extremely hydrating without leaving behind any shine or greasiness, which I love. Dandelion Sun keeps my skin feeling supple all day long.
ABOUT DANDELION SUN
Founded in Sonoma County, California, Dandelion Sun is an anti-aging moisturizer brand made to combat the most common skin issues facing women. Dandelion Sun is about an experience. Everything from the product to the packaging and fragrance are designed to evoke feelings of confidence, knowing your skin is nourished and protected. Delivering on the promise of healthy, beautiful skin using clean and effective ingredients is what drives Dandelion Sun. As innovators in antioxidant and sun protection technology,the clinically proven formulation has been shown to dramatically improve skin health by protecting against environmental damage and visibly improving skin's tone, brightness, and the appearance of wrinkles.
For additional information, please visit www.dandelionsun.com.
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
With the long holiday weekend fast approaching, have fun in the sun while protecting your skin with the IMAGE Skincare Prevention+ Collection.
The sun care line will shield you from the sun’s harmful rays as well as pollution and smoke (bonus). Prevention+ is an evolution of daily skin moisturizers with built-in broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun and infrared protection, so you’re always protecting your IMAGE. The line (priced from $33-$38) provides a range of products for all skin types, long term sun exposure, sports actives, and post treatment skin, including:
- Pure Mineral Sunscreen Spray SPF 35+ is an anti-pollution, anti-aging pure mineral sunscreen spray that offers superior UVA/UVB and infrared protection. The spray is ultra-lightweight for a non-greasy, weightless finish and is formulated for advanced protection against the aging effects of the sun.
- Sport Sunscreen Spray SPF 50 is formulated for superior UVA/UVB and infrared protection during sport and outdoor activities. Infused with organic ingredients including agave leaf extract, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil, this antioxidant rich spray provides advanced protection against sun damage.
- Daily Hydrating Moisturizer is a long-lasting, deep moisturizer for dry/dehydrated and sensitive/rosacea prone skin combined with a broad-spectrum high UVA/UVB sun protection. The formula is enriched with a blend of anti-oxidants, vitamins and green tea as an anti-inflammatory agent with high sun protection.
- Daily Matte Moisturizer features broad-spectrum protection with microsponge technology to absorb surface oils and leaves skin with a matte, shine-free finish. Great for everyday use, it contains a next generation blend of anti-oxidants to decrease harmful effects of the sun and environmental exposures.
- Daily Tinted Moisturizer features a built in broad spectrum UVA/UVB high sun protection and provides an even skin tone and healthy glow. The formula is lightweight and sheer to absorb quickly without any residue.
- Daily Ultimate Protection Moisturizer provides an ultra-sheer, lightweight finish with a built in broad-spectrum high UVA/UVB sunscreen. It contains zinc oxide, a key ingredient to prevent free-radical damage and protect against environmental exposures. It’s formulated to delay the aging effects of the sun on skin cells and is safe for post-procedure skin.
- Ultra Sheer Spray SPF 45 features ultimate protection with its water resistant, lightweight formula that dries clear. Next generation technology combines physical sunscreen ingredient transparent zinc oxide with powerful anti-oxidants to prevent free-radical damage and protect against environmental exposures.
IMAGE Skincare is available in spas and salons nationwide. To find a location near you, visit: https://www.imageskincare.com/pages/store-locator/
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!
What SPF do you use?
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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.
I love it when I discover skin care companies that use all natural ingredients in their products.
Be Natural Organics’ mission is to be a leader in the organic skin care market by utilizing innovative methods to develop competitively-priced products of superior quality. They are committed to using the purest ingredients available, pioneering novel and natural formulations, and honoring the trust of consumers through the safety of their products. Be Natural Organics thrives because of passionate, resourceful, and collaborative employees who are devoted to this vision.
I was given the chance to review Be Natural Organic's Gentle Foaming Cleanser.
This gentle, yet powerful, cleanser is enriched with botanical actives to provide nourishment and protection every time you cleanse. It is a perfect option for those who want a simple, traditional cleanser with clean, non-toxic ingredients.
Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser is as valuable for what it doesn't contain as for what it does; you won't find any potentially irritating ingredients here so it's a great choice for truly sensitive skin. Rosehip seed oil soothes and treats damage from overexposure to the sun. Sea kelp conditions, hydrates and helps detoxify the skin.
- Great for sensitive skin, mature skin, men and children
- Cleanses thoroughly without stripping the skin
- Rosehip seed oil and sea kelp treat and hydrate as you cleanse
Saponified Olive Oil – A natural, gentle cleansing agent. Helps maintain elasticity of the skin, highly moisturizing with anti-inflammatory properties. Olive oil contains one of the best sources of oleic acid which is known for strengthening cellular membranes. Its potent antioxidant properties make this oil highly effective in fighting free radicals and reducing the amount of oxidative damage to the skin.
Rose Hip Seed Oil – Is cold pressed and high in bio-available vitamin C and vitamin A which promote collagen and elastin levels to increase. This results in firmer, smoother, and more youthful skin with greater elasticity. It contains a high concentration of GLA which helps reduce the fine lines around the eyes (crow's feet) and lines around the mouth, as well as combating the drying effects of the sun, environment and climate.
Sea Kelp Extract – Nourishes the skin with several beneficial vitamins and minerals. Helps bind moisture to the skin leaving it hydrated, youthful and supple. Reduces inflammation.
I love this amazing cleanser. I usually bring it into the shower at night and wash my face there. The luxurious foam feels heavenly on my skin. It is gentle enough to even wash away my eye makeup without stinging my eyes. My skin is left perfectly cleansed and hydrated.
For more information or to place an order go to: http://www.benaturalorganics.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
With the heat index rising, keep yourself looking and feeling your best at all times with these beauty must-haves. Each one is perfect for a weekend getaway or picnic in the park. Feel calm, cool and confident.
Stay protected from the sun with Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Sport Luxe SPF. This 100% Natural, Sport Luxe SPF 30 was created for an active life in motion. A new generation of mineral sunscreen is infused with SmartSport™ Technology for high performance, ultra-sheer protection that resists wear off from water and sweat. Packed with skin saving antioxidants, this formula delivers superior, water resistant SPF 30 to face & body while nourishing and replenishing the skin ($22; Lavanila.com).
If you develop irritation from the sun, don’t worry – grab KORRES Greek Yoghurt After-Sun Cooling Gel. This is an ultra-cooling cream gel that provides long-lasting freshness and comfort to the face and body. Ideal for after sun exposure, yogurt hydrates the skin, instantly relieving excessive heat and stinging ($26; Sephora.com).
Keep your underarms fresh with Ban Roll-On Deodorant. Ban’s breakthrough technology specifically targets and virtually eliminates (not cover up) spicy and s-odor that other antiperspirant/deodorants may leave behind. Ban Roll-On Deodorant glides on easily with a formula that provides an outstanding 24 hours of invisible protection against odor wetness ($4.99, Drug and Mass Retailers).
Always keep a sweet summer scent on hand. Katy Perry’s Mad Love is a sexy floriental fruity fragrance that opens with the succulence of Lady Apple Sorbet and Mara Strawberry blended to perfection with freshness of delicious Pink Grapefruit. Middle notes of Peony Petals, smooth Sun-Kissed Jasmine, and the hypnotic pull of the Bleeding Heart flower captivate the senses. The essence of the Bleeding Heart flower is said to purify and strengthen the Heart Chakra, bringing an open-hearted attitude, soothing emotions, and re-inviting the spirit of love into one’s body and soul ($29.98; Kohls.com).
Show off skin that’s smooth and glowing all day long thanks to Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub. This ingenious concentrated powder cleanser is specially formulated to foam up on contact with water, leaving skin 2.5 times as clean as a basic cleanser. The formula gently exfoliates while forming tiny bubbles that dive deep into pores to break up oil and impurities. When you rinse the foam away, oil, debris and dead cells are swept away, for instantly smoother, softer texture and visibly tighter pores after just one use ($9.99; Drug and Mass Retailers).
If you’re beach bound for Memorial Day weekend don’t forget to toss these must-have beauty and skincare items in your bag before hitting the sand.
1.Sun Bum Natural Browning Lotion ($15.99, trustthebum.com) – this premium darkening lotion was developed to accelerate the sun’s triggered tanning process in the skin.
2.Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water ($42, smashbox.com) – lightweight foundation with a water-like texture which contains SPF 30.
3.Sun Bum SPF 15 Original Sunscreen Lotion ($9.99, trustthebum.com) – moisturizing sunscreen formula will protect skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays while enriching skin withVitamin E. Apply 10 minutes prior to applying Sun Bum Natural Browning Lotion!
4.Sun Bum Beach Formula 3 in 1 Leave In ($14.99, trustthebum.com) – controls frizz, prevents split ends, slows color fading and will leave your hair silky-smooth and shiny
5.STREEKERS ($11.95, colormetrics.com) – add some festive color to your hair with these temporary liquid hair color shades. The sponge-tip applicator ensures perfect coverage and control!
*Product sent in exchange for post