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Sun 101: SPF All Over

Beautycounter Countersun SPF

As we learn with age, we want to stay out of the sun for long periods of time, not in it! Do you cringe thinking of your younger self basking in the sun or laying in tanning beds for what seemed like hours just to get that desired glow? Our answer is yes.

Don’t get us wrong– We all look better with a little sun-kissed color and being in the sun is incredibly important for our health, however, it’s important to educate yourself on safe ways to be in those beautiful rays.

SPF has quickly become our must have beauty product. If you are sitting in the sun too long without it, you can expose yourself to harsh UV rays that cause dehydration, skin damage, aging and sun spots. Your skin is your body’s largest organ therefore it needs the most hydration and protection. We recommend implementing a sun-care routine in your self care regime as it is so important to lather on your face, neck, body and the back of your hands daily. 

So, what kind of sunscreen should you be using? We look for brands that use a non-nano zinc oxide, which sits on top of the skin and reflects the sun away from you. Chemical sunscreens are like sun filters because these types of ingredients absorb the sun’s UV energy and release it back as heat. These types of products can cause potential for skin irritations but are so popular due to their transparent application.

Some of my favorite mineral sunscreen brands with clean ingredients are Beautycounter’s Countersun Daily Sheer Defense For Face SPF lotion, Necessaire’s The Sunscreen SPF 30 PA +++, and The Organic Pharmacy Cellular Protection.

Grab the big sunhat and a thrilling book while you enjoy the rest of summer a little safer!

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