Summer Skin Savers — Part 1

Summer is coming!  To get ready for it, I have been stocking on some fab products to protect me from the sun’s harmful rays, and to sooth my skin afterwards.

I have received so many great products for my honest review, that I’ve had to split this up into two long posts.  I hope this gives you some great ideas!

Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum
Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum

Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum ($42; travel size $20) – City Sunscreen Serum is a multitasking broad spectrum SPF 30+ daily repair serum for skin exposed to the sun, both in the past and the present. This ultra-light, Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ simultaneously protects skin, moisturizes on contact and combats premature aging. with Antioxidants E and B5 to optimize skin health, promote nutrient absorption and cell renewal and HYDROVOTIN 24 to simulate the skin’s natural moisturizing factor for hydrated and moisturized skin without a rich cream or thick lotion. The perfect first step SPF primer, post cleansing.

What I think:  This is the first serum with SPF I have tried.  It is a very lightweight serum that soaks right into the skin. I love that it gives anti-aging skin care benefits plus the SPF of 30.

Available at www.supergoop.com.

ate Somerville Daily Deflector Waterlight
Kate Somerville Daily Deflector Waterlight

Kate Somerville Daily Deflector Waterlight ($48 USD) — This ultra-fluid, waterlight sunscreen—that blends effortlessly into skin—provides hydration, SPF50+ broad spectrum protection, and anti-aging benefits. A cutting-edge delivery system ensures that the Sunscreen stays in a reservoir on the skin’s surface, while Advanced Ingredients penetrate to restore optimal moisture levels and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.          

  • Provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 50+ sun protection
  • Unconventional, ultra-lightweight texture absorbs easily
  • Contains physical, mineral sun blocking ingredients, without any chemical sunscreens
  • Utilizes a unique reservoir technology that keeps sunscreen on the surface of the skin

What I think:  This is a wonderful sunscreen that is so light you can use it over a heavier moisturizer if you need one.  It also has great anti-aging benefits.  Great if you are looking for a sunscreen to use with your normal skin care regimen.

Available at www.katesomerville.com

Naturals Skincare Sheer Zinc Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 by Peter Lamas
Naturals Skincare Sheer Zinc Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 by Peter Lamas

Naturals Skincare Sheer Zinc Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 by Peter Lamas ($44 USD) -offers the ultimate sun protection, this lightweight moisturizer is packed with powerful antioxidant-rich ingredients that help nourish and protect complexion from sun damage. A synergy of active ingredients, which includes natural Mineral Sunscreen Zinc Oxide, defends against free radicals and hydrates the skin while Grape Stem Cells help increase cell turnover rate to rejuvenate skin and repair damage caused over time by harmful UV rays. Zinc Oxide creates an invisible barrier against the sun to provide broad spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays, while photosomes help reverse UV-induced damage and help repair the skin’s DNA. Olive leaf extract—loaded with polyunsaturated acids—maintains moisture to help create a supple, more youthful-looking complexion.

What I think:  I have been using this for a couple of weeks now.  I love the SPF, but since it contains Zinc in it, you need to blend it well so white residue doesn’t appear on the skin.  I also like to let it sink in for a few minutes before I apply my makeup.

Coming in June to PeterLamas.com.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 ($42 USD) – Many women prefer a light foundation when lounging by the pool or on a beach, as anything too heavy tends to melt away. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 offers sheer coverage, light moisturization and sun protection-! Toss this 3-in-1 multi-tasker in your beach bag to achieve the perfect dewy glow.

What I think:  I have heard great things about this moisturizer, and I was not disappointed.  This is so moisturizing that you can skip your normal moisturizer if you wish and apply it right over serum.  It covers well, but is light enough to look natural.

Available at www.lauramercier.com.

Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone BB
Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone BB

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone BB Cream (Beauty Balm Cream,$11.99 USD) is a multifunctional formula that targets discoloration and spots while providing natural pigment-perfecting coverage and SPF 15 protection from the sun.  Formulated with our Tone Enhancing Complex + Mineral pigment to even skin tone, renew radiance and leave skin with a flawless finish. It:

  • Targets discoloration
  • Provides superior moisturization
  • Protects skin from the sun
  • Provides lightweight coverage to conceal imperfections
  • Prevents discoloration from recurring
  • Brightens complexion
  • Reduces redness
  • Primes skin for makeup application

Available in two shades: Fair/Light and Medium/Dark.

What I think: This is the lightest BB Cream I have used.  It is very moisturizing, but the coverage isn’t for those who want full coverage.  It you want to wake up in the morning and just put this on, you will look very natural and receive skin care benefits.

Available at drugstores and mass-market retailers near you.

eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm
eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm

eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Lemon Drop with SPF 15 ($3.29 USD) – Pamper your lips while you protect them from the sun with this irresistibly refreshing Broad Spectrum SPF 15 lip balm that’s bursting with natural flavor.

What I think:  I love eos lip balms.  These are fun and very moisturizing.  They also taste great.  This one is perfect for the summer since it has SPF.

Available at www.evolutionofsmooth.com and your local drugstore.

Enjoy!

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen

With its ultra-luxurious hydrating silk ribbons, Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ lotion sunscreen nourishes and pampers skin while providing broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, and 12-hour moisturization when out in the sun. Available in SPF 12, 30, 50!

I was given a deluxe sample of  Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ SPF 30 from www.influenster.com and their VoxBox program to review.  Check out their website and sign up to receive FREE products in exchange for honest feedback.

What I think: This is the perfect sunscreen for the person who wants to do double duty by moisturizing and protecting their skin at the same time!

It has a great coconut fragrance and it goes on more like a moisturizer than a sunscreen.  It does not leave white residue on the skin.  The protection is also great, it lasted a long time, and when I went camping, I didn’t get burned!

You can find Hawaiian Tropic products at most major retailers.

Suggested retail price: $8.99 for a 6oz bottle.  http://www.hawaiiantropic.com/

Sunscreen For Both Moms And Children

Of course, mom’s and kids can use the same sunscreen, but below are two brands that make specific sunscreens — one makes pastel colored sunscreens that smell like bubblegum the other creates wipes that smell like Italian blood orange.  They are:

Sunbow Sunscreen Spray ($9.99) — SPF 30,  Provides a non Oxybenzoate formula with Homosalate (Organic Compound),         Antioxidant protection, Continuous hydration, Bubblegum fragrance, and are available in SpongeBob SquarePants (yellow formulas) and Dora the Explorer (pink and blue formulas) packaging.

Sunbow Sun Stick ($7.99)  — SPF 45, Antioxidant protection, Continuous hydration, Bubble gum fragrance, SpongeBob  SquarePants (yellow formula) and Dora the Explorer (pink formulas). Sunbow products are available at www.sunbowsunscreen.com and www.drugstore.com.

The coveted gentle, physical-based formula of TOCCA’s SPF 30+ Multipack protects against UVA and UVB rays while leaving your skin glistening and delicately fragranced in TOCCA’s classic Italian blood orange scent, Stella.  With ten Towelettes to a pack, it is perfect for individual use or to share among less sun savvy friends. (Retails for $24 at www.tocca.com.)

Australian Gold Continuous Spray SPF 30

Australian Gold Continuous Spray

Australian Gold Continuous Spray SPF 30 ($10.49 USD) — Apply evenly and liberally to all exposed areas 20 minutes before sun exposure.  Reapply as needed or after towel drying, swimming, perspiring or vigorous activity. Use in well-ventilated areas.  Do not spray directly on the face.  Spray into hands and rub on the face.

Features are:

  • Helps prevent sunburn.
  • Retains SPF after 80 minutes of activity in the water or sweating.
  • Provides high protection against sunburn and tanning.

What I think: This is a really effective sunblock.  The spray is easy to apply — it imparts a fine mist so that it covers very well.  It is not greasy and stays on for almost a couple of hours.  Perfect for hot summer days!

Visit  www.australiangold.com to learn more and to find out where to purchase.

It’s Sunscreen Time — Try One of These Amazing Choices!

It’s almost summer, which means time to get out the sunscreen! Whether you are gardening, running errands or will be at the pool or beach all day, grab a new sunscreen for face, body or even hands and enjoy the outdoors without damaging your skin!

Avon ANEW SOLAR ADVANCE Sunscreen Face Lotion SPF 45 (Reg. $34.00, Sale $24.00) Sun exposure can cause visible signs of aging. UV Rays penetrate skin’s surface, damaging DNA and creating harmful superoxide free radicals that attack skin cells. The best protection is to avoid sun exposure. When this isn’t possible, broad-spectrum sunscreen is a must to help protect skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

Formulated with RepairShield™ Technology. Dramatically reduces the look of wrinkles and visibly diminishes discolorations. Broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Lightweight, quick-absorbing. Very water-resistant. 2.6 oz. net wt.

Also available is ANEW SOLAR ADVANCE Sunscreen Body Lotion SPF 30 (Reg. $34.00, Sale $24.00).  Visit www.youravon.com/brittbowman to learn more and purchase.

If you would like to try a newer brand that has received a lot of praise — Supergoop! uses the latest technology to provide easy-to-use sunscreen options. Some I have tried are:
   
Supergoop! SPF 30+ Lip Balms (AcaiFusion and MintFusion) $8.50  USD) Toss those low SPF formulas and grab these unique SPF 30 lip balm solutions! They protect against broad-spectrum UV rays in a super-antioxidant and regenerative formulation.
Supergoop! SPF 30+ Sunscreen Swipes ($34.00 (for 21 individually wrapped swipes) $34.00 (for a pack of 40 swipes) $10.00 (for a pack of 8 swipes)  An extension of their ever-so-popular 40 count and 8 count swipe packs, these soft, pre-moistened, paraben-free and water-resistant swipes, that deliver powerful UV protection for the face and body, are now available in individually wrapped packets – to keep it easy for you and your little ones to stay covered on the go!
 
Supergoop! SPF 30+ Everyday UV Lotion Spray ($19.50 USD) A favorite among both men and women everywhere for its incredibly “clean” formula, this lightweight, water-resistant sunscreen lotion is great for all skin types, and is now available in a convenient, TSA-approved 3 oz. spray bottle for a broader application range!
 
Supergoop!’s NEW summer 2011 Collection is available for purchase at Sephora/Sephora.com, Nordstrom/Norstrom.com, Barneys NY/Barneys.com andwww.Supergoop.com.
 
Hissyfit Body Double body moisturizer plus SPF 30+ ($38.00 USD) The singular Body Double. Enjoy a luxurious body moisturizer that cares for the body in so many different ways – protecting against sun damage, fighting free radicals and hydrating precious skin. Rich in anti-oxidants, it also contains broad spectrum SPF 30+ protection to guard against UVA/UVB rays and environmental damage while enveloping your skin with an energizing fragrance.
 
Another neat product from Hissyfit is the Handy Work Hand Cream ($22.00 USD) This is a decadent hand cream containing moisturizing ingredients and sun protection all in one. Its advanced formula relieves dryness and delivers intense hydration, nourishes with Vitamin E and aloe extracts, and provides broad spectrum protection from environmental damage with SPF 30. The beautiful orange mint fragrance pampers the senses with every use. Visit www.hissyfit.com to learn more. Enjoy!