Tara’s Top 4 SPF Picks for Summer
You probably know that extended sun exposure can cause skin cancer and prematurely age skin, so slathering on the sunscreen is a no-brainer. But did you know that conventional, chemical sunscreens can be harmful on their own? We sat down with Follain founder, Tara Foley, who explains why mineral-based suncare products are a safer and more effective alternative.
What’s Wrong With Drugstore Sunscreens?
Conventional sunscreens often contain chemical ingredients, such as avobenzone, octinoxate and oxybenzone, which can be hormone-disrupting and have harmful effects for both humans and the environment. In fact, Hawaii was recently the first state to pass a bill banning the sale of sunscreens with these same ingredients, as scientists have found they contribute to coral bleaching when washed off in the ocean.
Why is Mineral Sunscreen a Safer Bet?
Mineral sunscreens containing zinc—the kind we carry at Follain—sit on top of skin and physically block the UV rays from getting in. These natural sunscreens are arguably more effective [than conventional ones] because the minerals create an actual barrier on top of skin to block any and all sun damage.
Which Are Your Favorites?
Non-toxic sunscreens have come a long way over the past few years! I’ve personally tested just about every one on the market to ensure we carry the best of the best. In addition to passing our rigorous approval process, all of Follain’s sunscreens are non-greasy, lightweight and blend easily––so you never have to worry about that pasty white look on the beach. I tend to rotate my suncare as the seasons change, but here are some of the clean, SPF-powered products I’m loving this summer:
This is one of the newest products to our shelves, and I can’t get enough of it. The physical, broad-spectrum facial formula is a perfect addition to any skincare routine. It uses non-nano zinc oxide to protect against both UVA rays that age skin and UVB rays that burn skin, while nourishing oils help combat damage from previous sun exposure.
Formulated with a high concentration of zinc (23%), along with black tea and coffee to prevent the pastiness that typically marks (literally) zinc formulas. This high-performance sunscreen is formulated with all-natural ingredients and protects the skin long after environmental exposure. I love it as a daily face moisturizer, whether I’m heading to work or hitting the beach.
3. Eir Surf Mud Body Oil SPF 15, $35
This lightweight body oil boasts the added benefit of zinc oxide with an SPF 15, so you can apply liberally in the morning for a hydrating layer of sun protection. Vitamin E, sweet almond oil and cocoa provide antioxidant benefits and a subtle, soothing scent. Plus, non-nano zinc oxide (15%) offers a powerful shield against UV rays.
I like to prep my pout for a day in the sun with this nourishing lip tint. Formulated with natural SPF 15 sun protection, plus a bevy of antioxidants from castor seed oil and avocado, it keeps my lips safe while targeting free radicals to prevent premature aging. I love that it feels like a balm and comes in so many shades!
July 9, 2018