The Lowdown on Sunscreens

Lowdown on Sunscreens

Summertime is here!  That means plenty of picnics, pool parties, trips to the beach, and outdoor activities!  It’s important to remember that despite all the fun in the sun that you’re having you still need to take care of your skin and be smart by protecting it from the sun by using a sunscreen each and every time you venture outside.

There are countless different sunscreens available to purchase each with different options so if you are wondering which one is right for you it’s best to first know the basics:

Just like we all have our own preferences when it comes to the types of makeup we like and what it does to our skin, sunscreen is no different.  What works on one persons skin may cause breakouts on another person and so on and so on.  Below is a breakdown of the types of sunscreen you should look for depending on your specific skin type as well as examples of sunscreens that are most suitable for you.

 

Dry Skin

  • Creams/lotions with extra hydrating ingredients (aloe and glycerin)
  • Steer clear of spray or gel sunscreens that contain aloe (they’ll just dry out your skin that much more)

Try

Murad Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 15

L’Oreal Dermo-Expertise Futur-E SPF 15

 

Oily Skin

  • Oil-free sunscreen
  • Non-comedogenic sunscreen (won’t clog pores)
  • Water or gel based sunscreens are most commonly oil-free

Try

Ocean Potion Anti-Aging Sunblock SPF 50

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 45

 

Acne Prone Skin

  • Light and/or oil-free lotions
  • Sunscreens that contain the chemicals avobenzone and oxybenzone
  • Non-comedogenic sunscreen (won’t clog pores)
  • Fragrance free sunscreen

Try

Hawaiian Tropic Oil Free Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50

Murad Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30

 

Sensitive Skin

  • Paba free sunscreen (this is very common)
  • Oil-free sunscreen
  • Fragrance free sunscreen
  • Chemical free sunscreen
  • Hypoallergenic sunscreen
  • Mineral based sunscreen

Try

Aveeno Active Naturals Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion for Face

Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock Lotion SPF 60

 

Active/Outdoor Skin (for those that spend a lot of time being active outdoors; sports/swimming)

  • Water-resistant or waterproof sunscreen
  • Highest SPF sunscreen available

Try

Coppertone Sport Sunblock Spray SPF 30

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock with Helioplex SPF 70

Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm

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I recently purchased the boxed set of Dr.Jart+ beauty balms from Sephora.com when they were having the chic week sale.  This is the first beauty balm that I have tried from the collection and so far, it’s a keeper!

I normally use Smashbox’s beauty balm and even though I love that one, I also always love trying other brands as well.  I’m a big fan of Smashbox’s beauty balm because it offers great coverage which is very important to me.  I was concerned about whether or not this one would off the same coverage (or even enough coverage).  Turns out it does : )

I used this for the first time the other day and was pleasantly surprised with the results.  The consistency is creamy with a medium thickness.  It applies smoothly and does an excellent job at hiding imperfections as well as evening out skin tones.  It also feels moisturizing and left my face with a little bit of a fresh and dewy appearance (which I often like).

I did not reapply this at any point in the day and after an 8.5 hour workday it still seemed to be holding up pretty well.  It did wear off slightly around a couple of blemishes but it didn’t completely expose them.

The only downside to this product is that it comes in only one shade.  I feel like the shade it’s most suitable for is fair/light to light-medium.  It works for me now, but come summer when I actually have a tan (or start using sunless tanners again) I feel like it could be too light for me.  I did try dusting a little bit of bare minerals bronzer over top of it to see if I could adjust the color without it looking ridiculous and it turned out nice.  It toned down my bronzer a little (which I feel like can look too harsh otherwise) and in turn the bronzer gave it a little extra kiss of color.

I’m anxious to try out the other ones in the kit being that I liked this one so much!

 

Pros:

  • Long lasting
  • SPF 45
  • Medium coverage
  • Leaves face looking fresh and slightly dewy (not good if you prefer a matte finish)

Cons:

  • Only comes in one color….and it’s probably going to be too light come summer

 

Bare Minerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15

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I loooove this foundation!  I started using it years ago and was amazed by how well it works.  I tried straying away from it a couple times only because I wanted to try different products and always ended up coming back to this one.

I have fussy skin.  I tend to get random breakouts and blemishes, which I can’t stand (obviously).  Prior to using this, I used to get them a lot more.  I found that when I would stray away from this and try other products (user cheaper ones) I would instantly start getting breakouts until I stopped using the cheap stuff.

This feels very lightweight on my skin and never looks caked on or heavy.  If you are looking for a natural looking foundation, look no further, this is it!  I can wear this stuff alone or over top of another foundation to set it.  On days when I don’t really feel like doing my makeup to the full extent, I just dust this over my face.  It covers blemishes and an uneven skin tones or imperfections.

I highly recommend this product!

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Doesn’t cause breakouts (at least not for my fussy skin)
  • Covers blemishes and imperfections
  • Evens out skin tones
  • Good selection of shades to pick from
  • Long lasting
  • SPF 15

Cons:

  • At this point….I really can’t think of any!

Foundation Types Revealed

There are so many different foundations to pick from that it’s hard knowing just which one is right for you.  Below is a breakdown of some of the most popular/common types of foundation that are available as well as which ones are best suited for your skin type.

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CREAM

Offers more moisture than other foundations

Basics:

  • Contains oil
  • Thick and creamy consistency
  • Available in stick, compact and tube form
  • Heavy coverage
  • Perfect for covering skin imperfections, scars and blemishes
  • Glossy finish
  • Can be used as a  concealer as well
  • BB creams are a cream form
  • Set with powder for longer lasting wear
  • Hydrates skin

Best Suited For These Skin Types:

  • Dry skin
  • Normal skin

bbBobbi Brown Extra Repair Foundation SPF 25
$58.00

GuGuerlain Terracotta Skin Healthy Glow Foundation Second Skin Effect
$51.00

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Dolce & Gabbana The Foundation Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation
$59.00

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LIQUID

One of the most popular types of foundation available

Basics:

  • Versatile
  • Applies smoothly and easily
  • Easiest to apply of all foundation types
  • Lightweight
  • Blends well
  • Coverage ranges from light to heavy
  • Can give skin a dewy and healthy appearance
  • Also available in water or oil based formulas
  • Also available in waterproof

Best Suited For These Skin Types:

  • Dry skin
  • Wrinkled or aging skin
  • Oily skin
  • Normal skin
  • Combination skin

LIQUID FOUNDATION TYPES

Oil Based:

  • Thick and greasy consistency
  • Ideal for dry skin
  • Ideal for wrinkled skin
  • Blends easily and well
  • Leaves skin looking moisturized, supple and healthy

Water Based:

  • Contains silicon
  • Adds shine to face
  • Applies smoothly and easily
  • Provides lighter coverage

Oil-Free:

  • Formulated without oil
  • Best for sensitive and/or acne prone skin

UD

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup
$39.00

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Nars Sheer Glow Foundation
$44.00

Clin

Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15
$27.00

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CREAM TO POWDER

 Goes on as a liquid-dries as a powder

Basics:

  • Applies as a liquid, dries to a powder finish
  • Minimizes oils
  • Lasts throughout the day
  • Compact form is the most common
  • Easy to apply
  • Dries fast
  • Smooth and flawless finish

Best Suited For These Skin Types:

  • Combination skin
  • Normal skin

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Benefit Cosmetics Some Kind-A-Gorgeous
$30.00

LoracLorac Oil-Free Wet/Dry Powder Makeup
$36.00

diorDior Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Crème-Gel Makeup SPF 20
$49.00

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SPRAY

Growing in popularity….

Basics:

  • Refreshes makeup
  • Easy to apply
  • Not as common as other foundations
  • Smooth, airbrushed finish

Best Suited For These Skin Types:

  • Sensitive Skin

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Dior Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation
$62.00

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Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil-Free
$55.00

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Sephora Collection Instant Airbrush Foundation
$20.00

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POWDER

Easy to Use and Provides a Natural Look

Basics:

  • Available in loose or pressed powder
  • Very dry-no moisture
  • Easy to use
  • Provides a natural look
  • Very common
  • Light to medium coverage
  • Some can be applied wet
  • Great for retouching makeup

Best Suited For These Skin Types:

  • Normal skin
  • Combination skin
  • Oily skin

mup4eMake Up Forever Duo Mat Powder Foundation
$34.00

sepSephora Microsmooth Foundation Face Powder
$22.00

PowderSmashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder & Brush Set
$59.00

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TINTED MOISTURIZER

Adds a hint of color

Basics:

  • Minimal coverage
  • Evens out skin tones
  • Hydrates dry skin
  • Softens and protects skin
  • Adds a hint of color
  • One-step process
  • Combination of moisturizer and foundation (more moisturizer)
  • Not good for skin with blemishes
  • Natural look

Best Suited For These Skin Types:

  • Dry skin (best)
  • Combination skin
  • Normal skin

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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20
$43.00

Stila

Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF 20
$34.00

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Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free SPF 15
$55.00

BB Creams……Take Your Pick!

There are so many different BB Creams available today that it’s hard to pick one!  Below are some of the most popular and newest BB Creams available today as well as a little bit of information on each one.

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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Average Price: $34.00

Size: 1 oz.

Color Choices: fair, light, medium, tan

  • Eco-chic tube
  • Primer, moisturizer, light foundation, anti-aging treatment and sunscreen in one
  • Provides a youthful looking glow
  • Oil free
  • Creamy, silky formula
  • Buildable coverage
  • Feels like silk (per reviews)
  • Started to flake (per reviews)
  • Nice matte finish (per reviews)

Dior Diorskin Nude BB Cream SPF 10

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Average Price: $44.00

Size: 1 oz.

Color Choices: fair, light, medium, dark, tan

  • SPF 10
  • Moisturizes, soothes, protects and corrects
  • Fresh and airy formula
  • Sheer coverage
  • Leaves skin illuminated with a dewy glow
  • Looks natural (per reviews)
  • Made skin oily after a few hours (per reviews)
  • Great for dry skin (per reviews)

Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 20

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Average Price: $34.00

Size: 1.18 oz.

  • Minimizes the appearance of fine lines, pores, wrinkles and redness instantly
  • Lightweight
  • Anti-aging benefits appear in 8 weeks
  • Oil free
  • Dries to a translucent and flawless finish
  • Helps keep makeup on for longer (per reviews)
  • Make fair skin look orange when worn alone (per reviews)
  • Skin feels good (per reviews)

Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox Beauty Balm

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Average Price: $36.00

Size: 1.5 oz.

One Universal Shade/Color Choice

  • SPF 25
  • Purifies and calms blemish prone and sensitive skin
  • Combats dark spots and pollutants
  • Lightweight
  • Goes on smooth with amazing coverage (per reviews)
  • Covered scarring well (per reviews)
  • Too light/ghostly (per reviews)

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35

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Average Price: $39.00

Color Choices: fair, light, light/medium, medium, dark

  • Oil controlling formula
  • Formulated with emollients and optical pearl pigments
  • Ultra smoothing finish
  • Creates a smooth canvas
  • Extends length of makeup wear
  • Buildable coverage
  • Slightly thicker consistency than other creams (per reviews)
  • Can wear it alone and it looks great (per reviews)
  • Skin looked cakey (per reviews)

Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45

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Average Price: $39.00

Size: 1.4 oz.

One Universal Shade/Color Choice

  • Bio-peptide complex infused with white gold provides anti-aging properties and promotes natural collagen
  • Moisturizer, sunscreen and treatment serum
  • Ideal for under makeup
  • Lightweight
  • Restores firmness and elasticity
  • Feels sticky for a little after applying (per reviews)
  • Not greasy, great coverage (per reviews)
  • Blends beautifully (per reviews)

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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Average Price: $37.00

Size: 1.4 oz.

Color Choices: 01 (very fair to pink undertones), 02 (very fair, moderately fair with golden undertones), 03 (moderately fair to medium with golden undertones)

  • Antioxidants to banish and prevent imperfections
  • Makes a great primer
  • Just enough coverage to banish imperfections
  • Causes skin to breakout (per reviews)
  • Great for large pores (per reviews)
  • Too heavy (per reviews)

Boscia BB Cream SPF 27

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Average Price: $38.00

Size: 1.75 oz.

One Universal Lustrous Color Choice

  • Oil free
  • Botanical formula promotes skin elasticity and reduces the look of fine lines
  • Hydrates, firms and soothes
  • Self adjusting shade
  • Designed to repair damage and protect skin from future damage
  • Great in humid climates (per reviews)
  • Too sparkly (per reviews)
  • Great for sensitive skin (per reviews)

Bobbi Brown BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35

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Average Price: $42.00

Size: 1.35 oz.

Color Choices: fair, extra light, light, medium, medium to dark

  • Moisturizer, treatment and foundation in one
  • Moisturizes, protects and perfects
  • Argireline peptide minimizes fine lines and wrinkles
  • Botanical extracts and caffeine reduce discoloration and redness
  • Smells like sunscreen (per reviews)
  • Leaves skin looking natural (per reviews)
  • Doesn’t leave skin greasy or oily (per reviews)

Dior Hydralife BB Crème SPF 30

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Average Price: $56.00

Size: 1.7 oz.

One Universal Shade/Color Choice (with warm beige undertone)

  • Hydrates and plumps with plant extract formulation
  • SPF 30
  • Moisturizes and protects
  • Velvety soft finish
  • A little dark for light-olive skin (per reviews)
  • Nice scent (per reviews)
  • Doesn’t irritate sensitive/delicate skin (per reviews)

Shiseido Perfect Hydrating BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35

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Average Price: $33.00

Size: 1.1 oz.

Color Choices: medium, dark

  • SPF 35
  • Brightens and evens skins tone
  • Provides a healthy glow
  • Oil free
  • Formulated with thiotaurine and rose apple leaf extract (two antioxidant ingredients)
  • Creamy and blends easily (per reviews)
  • Doesn’t cause breakouts (per reviews)
  • Medium works well for pink undertones (per reviews)

Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Illuminating Beauty Balm with Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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Average Price: $38.00

Size: 1.3 oz.

  • SPF 30
  • Adds illumination to skin
  • Ideal for all skin types and skin tones
  • Contains natural skin-protecting emollients (increases antioxidant activity)
  • Reduces skin inflammation
  • Improves skin texture
  • Reduces the appearance of wrinkles
  • Minimal coverage (per reviews)
  • Hydrating (per reviews)
  • Great on medium/olive skin (per reviews)

Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25

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Average Price: $34.00

Size: 1.7 oz.

One Universal Shade/Color Choice

  • Water bead technology helps hydrate skin
  • Leaves skin with a fresh dewy look
  • Made with 50% water
  • SPF 25
  • Chalky finish (per reviews)
  • Applies smoothly (per reviews)
  • Didn’t match undertones well (per reviews)

Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20

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Average Price: $34.00

Size: 1.5 oz.

Color Choices: cream glow (light beige w/golden undertone), snow glow (porcelain w/pink undertone), vanilla glow (fair w/golden undertone), linen glow (medium beige w/golden undertone), nude glow (warm beige w/golden undertone)

  • Tints, primes, nourishes, prevents and protects
  • Offers makeup and skincare benefits
  • Strengthens skins elasticity
  • Enhances luminosity
  • SPF 20
  • Satiny texture (per reviews)
  • Soothes dry/flaky areas (per reviews)
  • Gives a soft glow (per reviews)

REN Satin Perfection BB Cream Sunscreen

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Average Price: $38.00

Size: 1.7 oz.

One Universal Shade/Color Choice

  • Silicone free
  • Non oily satin finish
  • Provides full coverage
  • Photo-rejuvenation technology reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Great coverage (per reviews)
  • Soft matte finish (per reviews)
  • Too dark for fair skin (per reviews)

Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB SPF 20

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Average Price: $135.00

Size: 1.7 oz.

One Universal Shade/Color Choice

  • All-in-One moisturizer, foundation, concealer and anti-aging cream
  • Leaves skin sheer and even
  • SPF 20
  • Doesn’t contain silicone
  • Glides onto skin (per reviews)
  • Good for fair skin (per reviews)
  • Better for lighter skin the medium skin (per reviews)

Too Faced Air Buffed BB Crème Complete Coverage Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20

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Average Price: $39.00

Size: 0.98 oz.

Color Choices: cream glow (light beige w/golden undertone), snow glow (porcelain w/pink undertone), vanilla glow (fair w/golden undertone), linen glow (medium beige w/golden undertone), nude glow (warm beige w/golden undertone)

  • Perfects, mattifies, primes, moisturizes and protects
  • SPF 20
  • Provides an air-buffed second skin finish
  • Cream to powder formula
  • Long lasting
  • Buildable coverage
  • Went on unevenly and looked blotchy (per reviews)
  • Not good for skin with acne or scars (per reviews)
  • Doesn’t irritate sensitive skin (per reviews)

Dr. Brandt Skincare BB Matte with Signature Shinerase

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Average Price: $39.00

Size: 1 oz.

Color Choices: light to medium (light beige with neutral to pink undertones), medium to dark (medium/dark beige with neutral to pink undertones)

  • Oil free
  • Designed for oily/combination skin types
  • Mattifying coverage and oil control
  • Doesn’t clog pores
  • Minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Brightens skin
  • Works great for oily skin (per reviews)
  • Not greasy or shiny (per reviews)
  • Feels pasty (per reviews)

Boscia BB Cream Bronze Broad Spectrum SPF 27

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Average Price: $38.00

Size: 1.75 oz.

One Universal Lustrous Color Choice

  • Oil-free botanical formula
  • Promotes skins elasticity
  • Reduces the look of fine lines
  • Hydrates, firms and soothes skin
  • SPF 27
  • Perfect natural bronze (per reviews)
  • Lasts all day (per reviews)
  • Great for darker skin tones (per reviews)

Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Smart Gel BB

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Average Price: $36.00

Size: 1 oz.

Color Choices: light-medium/light beige (for light to medium skin tones), medium-dark/medium-dark beige (for medium/tan to tan/olive skin tones)

  • Textured formula (jelly)
  • Provides in-depth coverage
  • Adds a youthful bounce to skin
  • SPF 30
  • Jelly texture covers pores (per reviews)
  • Drying (per reviews)
  • A little goes a long way (per reviews)

Boscia BB Cream Light Broad Spectrum SPF 27

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Average Price: $38.00

Size: 1.75 oz.

One Universal Lustrous Color Choice

  • Oil-free botanical formula
  • Promotes skins elasticity
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • SPF 27
  • Long wearing
  • Great for porcelain skin (per reviews)

Dr. Jart+ Renewalist BB Beauty Balm

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Average Price: $36.00

Size: 1.05 oz.

One Universal Shade/Color Choice

  • SPF 40 sunscreen
  • Patented platol white-c complex brightens dull skin
  • Exotic oils sooth dryness and boost natural collagen
  • Anti-aging
  • Evens out skin tones and conceals redness (per reviews)
  • Not suitable for dry skin (per reviews)

Dr. Brandt Skincare Flexitone BB Cream

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Average Price: $39.00

Size: 1 oz.

One Universal Shade/Color Choice

  • Flexitone color-blending complexion enhancement technology
  • SPF 30 sunscreen
  • Pearl powder increases skins luminosity
  • Perilla oil complex increases skins hydration
  • Thick coverage (per reviews)
  • Lasts all day (per reviews)
  • Didn’t work for olive skin tones (per reviews)
  • Evens out skin tones and leaves skin glowing (per reviews)

Dr. Jart+ V7 Beauty Balm

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Average Price: $36.00

Size: 1.3 oz.

One Universal Shade/Color Choice

  • Brightens, energizes and restores skins elasticity
  • SPF 30 sunscreen
  • 7 essential vitamins
  • Lightweight formula
  • Thick consistency (per reviews)
  • Drying (per reviews)