Let’s chat sunscreen, shall we? Summer is quickly approaching, and even here in Texas it already feels like the sun is more intense! I actually got my first ‘sunburn’ of the season a couple weeks ago while out on a long, sunny walk with Barrett, and I didn’t realize just how sunny it was until I got home and had a lovely outline of my tank top across my shoulders. Ha! Thankfully, if I ever get pink, it fades and turns to tan rather quickly, but since then, I’ve been sure to load up on sunscreen for walks and lately, my runs at the middle school track down the street. The past few years I’ve definitely taken my skincare as far as sunscreen goes much more seriously, now that sun spots are emerging and all those years spent either tanning, or lifeguarding, are biting me in the butt. Of course, there’s not much I can do to correct the past, but moving forward, I am much more aware of protecting my skin from sun damage!
Finding a good quality, safe, EFFECTIVE sunscreen was a huge priority for me, especially once we had Adeline. Have you guys read about all of the yucky ingredients that can commonly be found in sunscreens? Or how they can cause damage to our environment? If not, spend a few minutes googling and you’re sure to come across a few articles. I won’t preach it to you, but do know that not all sunscreens are created equal, and it’s in your best interest to do your own research, and advocate for your health by making smart choices when purchasing sunscreen. (But also, make sure you don’t believe every single article you come across. Use discernment, and don’t fall for every scare tactic pushed out across the internet! I’ve seen sunscreen articles floating around that are solely based on studies performed on rats. Soooo yea.) And since sunscreen is something you use A LOT of at one time, all over your body, making sure it has safe ingredients is even more important. Remember, your skin is your largest organ, and what you put on it is fair game for being absorbed into your body.
So why Beautycounter sunscreen?
Beautycounter’s sunscreen is not only award winning, rated as a 1 by EWG, and included in numerous safer sunscreen roundups, but it’s also better for the environment and better for you. It uses non-nano zinc oxide and is free of both Octinoxate and Oxybenzone – known ingredients for causing damage to coral reefs, as well as potential damage to our hormones. It’s considered a mineral sunscreen because it physically helps reflect the sun’s rays away from your skin, as opposed to chemical sunscreens which actually absorb the sun’s rays. It provides SPF 30 protection, and protection from UVA/UVB rays, as well as Blue Light. Mineral sunscreens are much, much more gentle on your skin, and are great for sensitive skin, i.e. babies, kids, and adults with more irritation-prone skin. Beautycounter’s sunscreen mists also use a non-aerosol packaging, which means harmful chemicals are never sprayed into the air.
So that all sounds great, but does it really work? Is it worth the price? Does it actually help prevent sunburns and protect my skin?
YES. A resounding yes. 1000% yes. I’ve been using Beautycounter sunscreen almost exclusively since Adeline’s first summer, which was 2016. It’s my absolute favorite sunscreen, and it’s never failed me, OR my fair skinned husband and daughter! It’s non-greasy/oily, feels nourishing to your skin rather than slimy or sticky, water resistant (RUN from any sunscreen claiming to be waterproof!), easy to rub in and absorbs quickly, and doesn’t leave behind those awkward white streak marks. It also has a nice clean, citrus-y scent, and doesn’t smell like your typical sunscreen. Oh, and bonus, it’s non-irritating, and oh so gentle. I’ve used it on Adeline’s skin since she was 6 months old, and I’ve started using it on Barrett as well, and neither have ever had any sort of skin reaction to it. My parents have used it on several beach trips, close friends have used it, and I’m bound and determined to make sure everyone I love has access to safer sunscreen this summer! THAT ACTUALLY WORKS. I’m not about promoting products that don’t do what they say they’re going to do, and Beautycounter’s Countersun sunscreen line is no different. Considering this will be the fourth summer I’ve packed it in my pool bag, I’d say I’m a tried and true kinda gal.
Which Beautycounter sunscreens are my favorite?
Countersun Minteral Suncreen Lotion SPH 30 6.7 oz – this is the largest lotion we offer, and is what I’ll use all summer long on my little family at the pool, and at the beach in August. It retails for $39, and is probably my top favorite. I prefer lotions over sprays/mists, so this is a must-have. You can also buy the smaller 3.4 oz version, for $25.
Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPH 30 Travel Size 3 oz – this is a new-to-me product, and I’ve been trying it out the past couple weeks. I ordered the travel size just to see if I’d like it, and so far I’m a fan! Like I said, I usually prefer lotion sunscreens, but the convenience of having a spray on hand is definitely nice. It sprays on white, so you can see the areas you’ve hit or missed, then rubs it very easily and quickly. I actually REALLY like the travel size because it’s perfect to keep in the stroller, car, or my purse, and I’ve been getting a ton of use out of it lately. I’ve used it on Barrett’s chubby little legs a few times in the stroller, and so far so good! The travel size retails for $20, but you can also buy the full 6 oz size for $36.
Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPH 30 .5 oz – Ok, second to the lotion, this is also a must have! Hands down. This little guy is small but mighty and is the PERFECT way to quickly apply sunscreen to your face or your kiddos’ faces either in a pinch or if just faces is all you’re concerned about! LOVE LOVE the sunscreen stick. On my runs lately, I’ve been rubbing it on my cheeks, nose, and forehead real quick before I head out, then using the spray on my shoulder and arms and it’s been great. Adeline used to love using the stick on her face, and always felt like such a big girl “doing it herself!” It’s small enough to keep anywhere – your makeup bag, the cup holder in your car, etc.
Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer – Wearing a daily SPH on your face is SO important, and if you’re like me, the last thing you want is to rub a greasy, thick sunscreen on your face under your makeup. (Although, you COULD use the sunscreen stick under your makeup – totally doable and I’ve totally done it!) Anyways, our Dew Skin moisturizer is our tinted moisturizer foundation and it is THE BOMB. SPH 20, award winning, over 1,600+ reviews on the BC website alone, enhanced with vitamin C and hyaluronic acid – Dew Skin is a lightweight coverage that goes on fairly sheer and smooth. I used to be a Tint Skin loyal, but Dew Skin is now my go-to on days when I know I’m going to be in the sun. I have shade #2, for reference. It retails for $45, and comes in a 1.35 oz pump bottle. Love it!
So there you have it, friends. If you’re considering swapping out one item this summer for a safer alternative, I would highly suggest starting with your sunscreen. And if you have sensitive skin, normal skin, older skin, young babies, toddlers, are pregnant or nursing – Beautycounter’s Countersun Mineral Sunscreen might be right up your alley. (At the very least, switch to a mineral sunscreen without oxybenzone!)
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If you have questions, or simply want more of my opinion on why I love BC’s sunscreen, feel free to email me or message me anytime! You can DM me on Instagram, or email me directly – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, I just want to remind you that the goal here is progress, not perfection. Obviously the sunscreens we used growing up didn’t kill us, right? 😉