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)


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


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


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


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


Coppertone Sport Sunblock Spray SPF 30

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock with Helioplex SPF 70

Helpful Sunburn Remedies


Ways to Soothe a Sunburn


Aside from the common “apply aloe vera gel” to soothe a painful sunburn, here are a couple more useful and very helpful remedies that you should keep in mind when you are looking for sunburn relief!  (And better yet, most of the stuff you probably already have in your kitchen!)

  • Add 1 tsp. baking soda into a quart of cool water and apply the mixture with a washcloth to the sunburned areas
  • Apply aloe from an aloe plant
  • Apply grated potatoes to sunburned skin  (The starch from the potatoes helps to soothe and cool)
  • Add black or green tea to bathwater (or apply tea bags to affected area)
  • Apply egg whites for an instant cooling sensation
  • Apply vinegar to prevent peeling

Cooling Sunburn Remedy

Sunburn Relief

Give sunburnt skin instant relief with this cooling sunburn remedy!



  • 5 tbsp. aloe vera juice
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 3 tsp. sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. plain yogurt
  • Cornstarch (if needed to thicken)



  • Whisk together the aloe and egg
  • Mix in the sugar until it dissolves
  • Add the yogurt to the mixture; mix well
  • Add a little cornstarch to thicken the mixture if it is too runny
  • Place mixture in the freezer for an hour to chill
  • Apply to sunburnt areas for relief


Sun, Sea & Sand…..Beach Beauty Essentials & Tips for Hair


It’s not news that the sun and salt water of the ocean causes damage to hair and skin….yet we still love it so much!  I refuse to give up my trip to the beach each summer in the name of keeping my locks from drying out (and I am sure a lot of you out there feel the same way!) so I’ve decided to share some of my favorite beach beauty products as well as beach beauty tips that I follow and have found.


Yes, the beach is the absolute perfect place to get sexy tousled beach wavy hair but it’s also the place that can leave hair ending up super dry and knotty (especially for those that swim!).

I’ve learned the hard way (unfortunately on more than one occasion) that the way you wear your hair when swimming in the waves makes all the difference between coming out of the ocean with manageable locks and coming out of the ocean with knotty disastrous locks.

I’m a big fan of the lazy messy bun on top of the head look but have found that this is absolutely NOT a winner for swimming in the ocean.  This has personally caused me the biggest and knottiest mess out of all the ways I’ve ever warn my hair while swimming.  The beating of the waves and the drying salt water just wreak havoc on my hair when I wear it like this and I always end up with a big knotty mess (and that’s after fighting to get my hair tie out).  I will never wear my hair like this to swim ever again….ever.

There’s always the option of wearing your hair down too.   This one isn’t my favorite but it is certainly doable.  The only downside for this one for me is that I find you can still end up with knotty/tangled hair if you have longer hair (especially nearer to the bottom of my hair).  I can usually remedy this problem though by applying detangling conditioner to my hair after getting out of the ocean.

My favorite way to wear my hair when swimming and the one that causes the least disastrous results is the braid.  I’ve worn my hair in one big braid down my back or in two side braids (the more childish/cute look of the two) and have always been able to swim without exiting the ocean with a big rat’s nest coming out of my head.

Recipe for Fool Proof Ocean Braid/Braids

  • Prior to hitting the beach, brush your hair
  • Apply a generous coating of conditioner or leave in conditioner to your hair (wet or dry) (my favorite is the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner)
  • Braid your hair as desired and hit the beach and swim
  • Upon exiting the ocean, gently squeeze excess water from your braid/braids
  • Remove the hair tie(s) and gently separate hair from the your braid(s)
  • Apply more conditioner or leave in conditioner and gently finger comb through your hair which should be tangle and knot free!

*I normally tote a little spray bottle of either leave in conditioner or a little bottle with some Aussie conditioner in it that I use for my hair after swimming in my beach bag.  I swear by the Aussie conditioner for after swimming because if there is any bit of tangle in my hair it instantly banishes it.  I also always shower after a day on the beach so between swimming and sitting on the beach and actually making my way to the shower it gives the conditioner plenty of time to soak into my hair leaving it super soft and smooth when I wash it out in the shower.

*If you don’t plan on showering right after the beach, apply less conditioner so your hair doesn’t look dull and overly weighed down when it dries.  I apply a lot but that’s because I wash it out before going out.

Here are some more tips for caring for your hair after spending a day (or two, or three or four, or more) at the beach:

  • Apply olive oil to the tips of hair (which gets the driest) and sleep in it – wash it out the next morning (or the next time you take a dip in the ocean) and you’ll have lusciously soft locks (this also helps to prevent split ends)
  • Apply a mashed avocado for a nourishing hair treatment, leave on for 15-20 minutes, rinse
  • Always wash hair (with shampoo, not just a rinse) after swimming in the ocean before you go to bed (the longer you leave the salt water on your hair the more it dries it out)
  • Whipped Shea butter acts as a natural sunscreen for hair….apply it to the ends or all over while sitting on the beach
  • NEVER blow dry hair after swimming (this just adds to the damage and causes it to dry out even more)
  • Hot Oil treatments are a great treat for hair after a day at the beach

My Favorite Beach Hair Products


Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Conditioner


Alterna Bamboo Color Care UV+ Fade-Proof Fluide



Bare Minerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15


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!


  • 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


  • 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.



Offers more moisture than other foundations


  • 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

GuGuerlain Terracotta Skin Healthy Glow Foundation Second Skin Effect


Dolce & Gabbana The Foundation Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation




One of the most popular types of foundation available


  • 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


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


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


Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup


Nars Sheer Glow Foundation


Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15




 Goes on as a liquid-dries as a powder


  • 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


Benefit Cosmetics Some Kind-A-Gorgeous

LoracLorac Oil-Free Wet/Dry Powder Makeup

diorDior Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Crème-Gel Makeup SPF 20




Growing in popularity….


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

Best Suited For These Skin Types:

  • Sensitive Skin


Dior Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation


Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil-Free


Sephora Collection Instant Airbrush Foundation




Easy to Use and Provides a Natural Look


  • 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

sepSephora Microsmooth Foundation Face Powder

PowderSmashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder & Brush Set




Adds a hint of color


  • 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


Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20


Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF 20


Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free SPF 15

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

boscia bronze

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

smart gel

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

 boscia light

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


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


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


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)