Skincare is a huge deal as the weather heats up! For some, wearing sunscreen is a hurdle in itself, but choosing the RIGHT sunscreen is key as well. It is easy to find the cheapest sunscreen on the shelf and think you have skincare covered for the summer. That couldn't be farther from the truth! Sunscreens, like any beauty product, can be loaded with parabens and carcinogens (cancer-causing elements). Yuck! I know I don't want to be willingly slathering my body in chemicals. With knowledge of carcinogens and preserving chemicals in beauty products becoming so vastly known, many people are buying "clean" alternatives.
I started a "clean" beauty journey about a year ago. I purged my makeup bag of any brands I knew were packed with chemicals and slowly replaced them with more natural brands. The word "natural" is tricky. A lot of brands use that word when they shouldn't. After doing my own research, I learned that the app "Think Dirty" is perfect when you're standing in front of shelves of products and don't know where to turn. Through the app, I was able to chose the right sunscreen for me!
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I started using the COOLA face SPF 30 unscented moisturizer and realized I needed to be using this all over my body! First, the brand is cruelty-free, certified with PETA. Second, I love the bottle. It is a bottom base bottle making it easier to get all the product out. The formula is non-greasy with organic ingredients. The bottle isn't huge, but you don't need a lot as this formula spreads easily. This sunscreen is hypoallergenic and paraben free! You can order it online, but Sephora also carries the line.
Trying to find a quick sunscreen to pick up for Memorial Day Weekend, I stopped at the market. I whipped out my "Think Dirty" app so I could find the best "clean" sunscreen option offered. I found Badger had a "Think Dirty" rating of 2, which is a great low score! It is ranked so low because it only contains 7 ingredients, all of which are colored green, therefore considered "clean." Not only is Badger a clean option, the brand is cruelty-free and water resistant for up to 40 minutes. The formula is thick containing Zinc Oxide for maximum UVA and UVB protection. The Badger brand offers so many options for active, sport, and daily use. There are even tinted face sunscreens!
The best part about the "Think Dirty" app is that it offers "Our Picks," where you are given clean options of whatever type of product you are looking for. For example, if you look up Badger Sunscreen, the app suggests over ten other brands for you to try. Check out: