If you read my last post on sunscreen protection you learned about my sunscreen obsession, not just with trying my best to be a faithful user but also my hunt for the best sunscreen. I am going break these sunscreen rating posts into a few as it could be pretty lengthy to do all at once.
The first sunscreen I am going to talk about are the ones we see frequently at drug stores and other retail locations such as Walmart and Target ( well not Canada, we know what happened there). These are priced well and give good effective sunscreen coverage. These are great when you are going to be applying sunscreen a lot and don’t want to invest in more expensive sunscreens that you are only going to keep washing off ( and toweling off) in the water. I have used these on my children, still do infact. Also when I am spending the whole day at the beach, pool or water park I use these because I want to be able to apply and reapply and reapply and I personally don’t use my best sunscreens for these days. I prefer these in the sprays as I don’t like the greasy feeling these leave on my hands. Sunscreen hands and sand.. ugh! How am I suppose to eat my beach chips?
I generally can tolerate a day at the beach of feeling a little lubed up, okay they are not that bad. Plus with the spray you can get to your back a bit better. I never use these on my face. I am very particular about facial sunscreens ( think clogged pores and breakouts)
Another sunscreen I like to use for all over body coverage is Aveeno. This sunscreen aborbs much better than those listed above and is non-greasy. I also really like the scent. It has not stained any of my clothing to date so it can be applied when you are wearing your t-shirts and tops ( but just in case be careful to avoid collars and sleeves). This bottle is also easy to pack into your purse and keep close to reapply. Aveeno is a well known and reputable brand of skincare. I really like this one.
The next two sunscreens are “natural” and “chemical free” options. I realized in my quest for trying to use more natural products and from the All Mightly God information bible “the internet” that I may be protecting myself from the harmful sun and I wouldn’t maybe die of skin cancer but rather some other deadly form of cancer from all the sunscreen I am using that is full of chemicals. So I purchased these two babies. I love that they are “healthy’ sunscreens and they do what they are designed to do which is of course protect you from sunburns but, always a but, they don’t rub in as easily as other sunscreens and therefore you have to be really careful when applying as they don’t spread out and cover as easily. You have to consciously section and grid out your body and apply to each grid section of your body or you risk getting burned on a spot you may have missed. I just don’t always have the time to take this much care when I just want to jump in the waves. It can also leave you a little pale or white whatever you want to call it when you cover your body in zinc oxide. Otherwise this has great review in the natural community.
So there you have the first three sunscreens in my sunscreen quest. Have you tried these brands? How would you review them? Pros/Cons? What other natural sunscreens have you tired?