Protect, Moisturize, and Prime Your Face with This Sunscreen

Protect, Moisturize, and Prime Your Face with This Sunscreen

I’m always on the hunt for new good-for-you skincare and last month, I found a new product that I am going to add to my permanent line-up. I already found the organic sunless tanner of my dreams, but I needed something to protect me from the sun. After a middle-of-the-night research session (I don’t sleep), I found and ordered Suntegrity Skincare Face Sunscreen and Primer. And I LOVE it.

Suntegrity Skincare Face Sunscreen and Primer

Suntegrity Skincare Face Sunscreen and Primer

 

I mean, just read the description from Suntegrity’s website:

Suntegrity moisturizing face sunscreen is a rich, non-greasy, “UV chemical-free” sunscreen that offers Broad Spectrum Protection against damaging UVA & UVB rays. Infused with youth promoting antioxidants, this 3 in 1 Suntegrity Skincare product functions as a face moisturizer, sunscreen and make-up primer all in one. Hyaluronic acid, astaxanthin, red algae and Certified Organic: aloe vera, jojoba, sunflower, pomegranate, cucumber, and green tea help provide additional sun protection, moisture and hydration. Non-nano sized zinc-oxide not only protects the skin from the damaging UVA and UVB rays, but it also soothes and calms the skin. Zinc-oxide is known for its anti-inflammatory properties that often help skin conditions like rosacea, acne, and melasma.

Doesn’t that sound perfect?! I found with other facial sunscreens that I have used in the past that they either smelled like sunblock or caused breakouts. I can say with confidence that Suntegrity’s moisturizing face sunscreen does not smell at all, because one of my pregnancy symptoms is an overly keen sense of smell.

After I cleanse my face, I apply my serum, a super-thin layer of moisturizer, and then this sunscreen. I have dry skin, so I need the double moisture, but for folks with normal or oily skin might be able to skip the moisturizer before this sunscreen. I have found that it’s better to wait a few minutes before applying makeup on top of the sunscreen. It needs a moment to set. A little goes a long way, so this one bottle will last you the entire summer.

You’ve heard the lecture before, but I am going to say it again. Stay out of the sun as much as possible and wear sunblock. Every single day. This means in all four seasons, no matter if it’s raining or snowing, no matter if you “don’t plan on going outside,” and even when you’re on an airplane. The only time I am not wearing it is when I am in bed, blinds closed and curtains drawn. I know this makes me sound like a vampire, but I did not listen when I was younger and I hang my head in shame when I hear my dermatologist point out the damage I have done to my skin. Nevermore. End lecture.

 

You Have to Try This Organic Sunless Tanning Lotion

NKD SKN Organic Sunless Tanner
NKD SKN Organic Sunless Tanner - The Well Dressed Life

As you can tell from the theme of the blog posts, we are READY for warmer weather. Since it seems like we are finally headed in the direction of sundresses and open-toed shoes, I thought that I would look into what to do about my lighter-than-pale skin.

I no longer tan like I did in my twenties (cringe), so every year I use sunless tanning products to make me look a little more alive than a vampire. This year, however, I decided that I wanted to find an organic sunless tanning lotion. Megan has mentioned before that she is trying to “clean-up” her beauty routine, and I have jumped on the bandwagon.

I obsessively scoured organic beauty blogs, online reviews, and even talked to some organic beauty aficionados over Facebook and the recommendation that came up over and over was NKD SKN.

I decided to give it a shot since the price was really reasonable. I figured, what’s the worst that can happen (other than orange, blotchy skin that makes me resemble a calico cat)?!

Luckily, all of the strangers on the internet were right! This stuff really does work! It’s a daily gradual tan, meaning that you can use it in the morning after your shower as you would a regular lotion. Over time, the color will build up. Since I mentioned how pale I am, I noticed a difference after the very first day.

Try this Organic Sunless Tanning Lotion

NKD SKN Organic Sunless Tanner

Organic Sunless Tanning Lotion, $15

When applying, follow the regular rules of self-tanning. Exfoliate in the shower prior to use. Don’t use over-moisturizing soap in the shower.

Be careful when you apply to knees, elbows, and ankles, and make sure you wash your hands afterwards. It’s better to take the extra minute to take care of these steps so you don’t end up with blotches should the color develop quickly on you. Better safe than sorry!

The lotion dries quickly and you can put your clothes on right after without any worry of transfer. Did I mention that it’s odorless? It is!

As I mentioned, this lotion is free of all of that bad-for-you stuff that we are trying to avoid. Keeping track of what ingredients I should be avoiding is tedious, so I rely on two different apps to help me, Think Dirty and EWG.

Between these two apps, I can find information about most of the products I am already using or about products I want to use. Neither database is fully comprehensive, so I have to look in both places sometimes. NKD SKN is rated a 0 on Think Dirty, which is the best rating there is. That’s amazing!

Let me know if you snag yourself a bottle and try it out. I’m loving it, so I hope you do too!