Hi, friends.

I'm Rhea-Allyson, 
makeup and skin care enthusiast.

Summer's Ending, But Sunray's Are Here To Stay!

Summer's Ending, But Sunray's Are Here To Stay!

Whether you care or not, you're going to care after reading this blog post!

Sunscreen is SO important to wear on a daily basis whether you're indoor or outdoors since UV rays not only come from the sun, but lights too. You want to protect your skin from UV damage because skin cancer is becoming a common issue and UV rays also accelerate AGING! The first places on your body to see aging is your face, neck, chest, and tops of your hands. I'm sure we have all seen wrinkles and those brown sun spots on elderly people and guess what? Those very much do come from being exposed to the sun overtime.  I'm very picky when it comes to choosing the right SPF for me. Mainly because I want to make sure the sunscreen sits well on my combo- oily skin and under my makeup. Things I look for when choosing my sunscreen is first the ingredients, second the SPF measure, and third the finish (preferably a matte). 

Let's talk about a few of my favorite Sunscreens, shall we?!

The first sunscreen I ever invested in for myself is COOLA's SPF 30 Mineral based sunscreen. I purchased this because I was sold at "matte finish" and the fact that this formula is made for oily skin types.  It is tinted with a universal shade that you can hardly see with a matte finish AND it has antiaging benefits. It helps to smooth out lines while protecting your face from environmental damage. This formula is infused with antioxidant Farm to Face sourced broad- spectrum and organic rose hip oil. It is water resistant up to about 40 minutes and is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, and Pthalates. I have to say that I'm not 100% impressed with this sunscreen mainly because it does not sit well under my makeup and I find that when the formula separates in the tube, it gets runny/liquidy. But hey, it's safe for your skin so I can't complain about that! This is the type of sunscreen I'll use when I know I'm not going to wear any makeup at all.

Second, is the Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting sunscreen with an SPF of 35. This formula is definitely one of my favorites because the silk extract allows the sunscreen to spread pretty evenly onto my skin without making my face feel gunky. Another huge plus is that this leaves no white cast on my skin even with flash photography. The Japanese wild rose does smooth & slightly tighten my pores, but I feel like this is something I have to reapply throughout the day to keep my fine lines and pores in check, otherwise I don't feel this lasts all day (as with any other SPF, you need to reapply but I ain't got no time). This product is great for all skin types as well as it being formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, and Pthalates.

Third, is the Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer with an SPF of 30. This product is one of Allure's Best of Beauty Award Winner! Although this product claims to be non- greasy, I have to disagree because it is very rich which means it's consistency is pretty thick. I find that I rheally have to work this into my skin in order to spread it all over my face and down my neck. It is infused with antioxidants, Hyaluronic acid, red algae, and **certified organic** aloe vera, jojoba, sunflower, pomegranate, cucumber and green tea to provide extra sun protection, moisture, and hydration.  I'm not too fond of its citrus smell but after a while, the smell goes away. I will say that it does sit so nicely underneath my makeup, BUT it does leave a white cast on my face. I can get away with the white cast during the day but definitely not for the evening. Suntegrity is the cleanest SPF I own and it is so worth the investment. It is the only sunscreen I have that has Non- nano sized zinc- oxide that not only protects my skin from the sun, but also helps with inflammatory issues, rosacea, acne, and melasma. This is made for all skin types and is carefully formulated without Parabens, Pthalates, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oils, Synthetic Dyes, Sulfates, Paba, Titanium Dioxide, Nano-Particles and Chemical UV Absorbers.

You can purchase your COOLA sunscreen @ coolasuncare.com

Tatcha suncreen @ tatcha.com

Suntegrity's suncreen @ suntegrityskincare.com

Please tweet/tag/comment and let me know what your favorite toxic- free SPF is!

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FAUX- king Around In SF

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