Sunburn Relief from Liz Earle Botanical Aftersun Gel

It’s true that sun and wind burned skin needs some extra TLC, but I’m not sure the thick green glop most brands label as ‘aloe’ serve as the best solution. Aloe isn’t actually bright green either, it’s yellowish so that beautiful green shade is actually dyes so looks as we think it should. Instead of pumping dyes into your skin, go for something that’s designed to soothe chapped, overexposed skin.

Of course I’m loving Liz Earle‘s Sun Shade Botanical Aftersun Gel, mostly because I love everything from Liz Earle. It’s still one of the best lines I’ve used to date. She uses organic aloe, to soothe and comfort the skin along with lavender, vitamin e, and glycerin to provide hydration and protection. It took the sting and redness out of my hubby’s bad burn a few weeks ago – but he only agreed to using it because it wasn’t sticky or greasy and didn’t have an scent to it.

If you’ve also been a little lazy in your SPF application, check out this gel and next time don’t forget the sunscreen.

Best Tinted Moisturizers w SPF, Spring 2011 Edition

It’s that time of year again when I’m bombarded with tinted moisturizers to review. Over the past few weeks I’ve been in Tinted Moisturizer heaven, sporting a new one every few days. I’ve narrowed this batch down to 5 that I really like which also contain an SPF so you can catch some spring sun safely.

Coola Suncare Mineral Face Tint SPF 20

Coola Suncare makes SPF chic. I wore their Mineral Face Tint SPF 20 all last week. I enjoyed the light-yet-there coverage and faint rose scent. Their formulations are without parabens, phthalates, pertrochemicals, propylene glycol, and gluten. It’s a non-whitening mineral-based formula that uses Zinc and Titanium Dioxide to keep your skin safe. It’s available in just one lighter shade, so if your skin is medium or deep, you’d want to mix it with your current foundation to get the SPF benefit and a shade that matches.

Kate Sommerville SPF 55 Serum Tinted Sunscreen

Kate Sommerville is one of the best-known skin gurus around who sees first hand what happens to skin that has seen too much sun, so her Tinted Sunscreen boasts a huge SPF 55. It’s a surprisingly light formula with a tinge of color suitable for most skin tones, save for the extremes. Complete sun protection like this keeps the skin looking younger longer than if you use no protection at all.

Erno Laszlo Tinted Treatment SPF 15

Tinted Treatment SPF 15 from Erno Laszlo has a coverage and weight similar to Laura Mercier’s iconic formula, which is saying a lot. It settles beautifully into the skin and has 6 shade offerings from Light to Dark.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare All-In-One Tinted Moisturizer

To me, All-In-One Tinted Moisturizer is a really pretty foundation that just happens to have SPF 15 protection. Its coverage is surprisingly complete with a finish somewhere in between luminous and flat. 6 shades offered.

Skin 2 Skin Care Tint Anti-Photoaging SPF 30

Tint Anti-Photoaging SPF 30 can be worn as a foundation, but I like using the Tan shade as a moisturizer mix-in to get a pretty bronzy look and some SPF at the same time.  More pigment dense than you’d expect, this formula is also a natural one that uses minerals to block out the sun.

Having SPF in your foundation is an easy way to protect your skin without adding another step. Find a formula you love and stick with it year round, your skin will look younger.

Sunscreen Plus… SPF’s With a Kick

I’m going to assume that you’re wearing some sort of sun protection daily, no matter what. We all know that even the smallest doses of daily sun can bring on spotting, wrinkling, and a loss of firmness.

If you’re looking for more than just a sunscreen, here are a few skin protectors that offer more than SPF alone.

Sunscreen Plus… A Sheer Skin Perfecter:

Sheer Tint Release is Esteé Lauder’s latest addition to their best-selling DayWear collection, it has all the benefits of the original moisturizer (antioxidants, SPF 15, quick absorption) but with an added skin-perfecting tint that blends perfectly into most skin tones. It’s a subtle hint of color that gives skin an even, more polished look that’s totally undetectable.

Sunscreen Plus… Age Prevention:

Of course the best age prevention for your skin is the sunscreen itself, but Daily Defense SPF 30 from Priori’s Advanced AHA line offers a blend of Lactic Acid to increase moisture and encourage skin cell renewal.

Sunscreen Plus… Primer:

Even the most sensitive skin can rock Coola’s FACE Mineral Sunblock as a tinted primer because it’s a gentle chemical-free SPF 20. Just because it’s mineral based (Titanium and Zinc), don’t expect the old school chalky finish, this light lotion gives a gorgeous glow you’d expect from a serious makeup line.

The Best Daytime Moisturizer to Keep Wrinkles Away

I use a zillion different moisturizers. It’s not that I’m fickle as much as I’m searching (like you) to find the best moisturizer that will somehow give me perfect skin. Though I’m not going to have perfect skin anytime soon, I’m certainly not going to be accumulating anymore damage either. The one moisturizer you should use every single day to ensure you have beautiful, sun spot and wrinkle-free skin is one with a good sunscreen.

If you’re normal to dry:

I used La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 15 for years in the past and really liked it, but now I’m pumping up my protection by using this one with a big dose of SPF 40. It’s the ideal cream because it isn’t greasy or cause breakouts, it absorbs quickly and fully without any color or scent. Best of all, it contains Mexoryl, a known sunscreen effectiveness enhancer so your protection lasts all day long.

If you’re normal to oily or have sensitive or troubled skin:

Obagi is a medical grade skin care line sold mostly by physicians. I love their Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35. It’s an approved sunscreen of the Skin Cancer Foundation because of its effectiveness that’s meant to be used on compromised skin. I love the feel of this sunscreen and can wear it daily under makeup and not even notice it’s on.

It may not seem like much, but wearing sunscreen daily will hands down keep wrinkles and spotting away longer than if you didn’t use anything at all. It’s a rare product that’s a guaranteed home run.

La Roche Posay Anthelios

Obagi Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35

Priori Perfecting Minerals; A Truly Smart Mineral Makeup

We use antioxidants to protect our skin from aging, sunscreen to keep cancer away, and makeup to, well, not scare people. Priori magically worked everything we already use daily to make one of the prettiest mineral foundations I’ve ever tried with some great skin benefits.

Besides the airbrush quality finish and coverage of the makeup, I’m obsessed with CoffeeBerry, the most potent of the natural antioxidants (3x more powerful than green tea), it protects skin from environmental damage in a safe and complete way. You’ll also love the Zinc Oxide based SPF 25 which helped earn the makeup a coveted Skin Cancer Foundation seal of recommendation.

It’s a skin care best-of meets quick makeup at its finest. An all-in-one mash-up of skin nourishment and refinement.  Can you tell I love it? Check it out.

You get a really generous amount of product.

The twist off lid is really deep so you can take the makeup straight from there mess-free.

Priori Perfecting Minerals

Sunscreen Safety

If you’re as confused as the rest of us when it comes to choosing the best sunscreen for you and your kids, has a must-read about which ones are the safest and offer the best protection according the the Environmental Working Group’s latest findings. All sunscreens are not created equal which is why the EWG only recommends 8% of all sunscreens out there.


Click HERE to read Alexa’s thoughts on finding a sunscreen which includes links to the EWG’s information.

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