Protect your skin… even in the Fall!

It might officially be fall but it is HOT HOT HOT in South Carolina.

Before I had kids, I was really lacking knowledge in the sunscreen department. My idea of protection was slathering on Banana Boat body oil and feeling the burn! After I had Nolan, I started researching about sunscreens to use and was shocked at the information I found relating to them. Did you know that most well known sunscreens harbor tons of toxic ingredients? Vitamin A, (aka RETINOL PALMITATE) has been known to speed the development of skin tumors when exposed to sunlight. Another ingredients, Oxybenzone is a common allergen. These two ingredients are in most sunscreens and can cause you years of damage if you use them. Think that you should skip the goop and use a spray? Think again! Spray sunscreens release nano-particles into the air which can then be inhaled. Some studies indicate that nanoparticles can harm living cells and organs when administered in large doses. What’s a nano-particle? Nanoparticles in American sunscreens are either titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.

Beautycounter has won my heart in the sunscreen department. I’ve tried Honest, Babyganics and the other “all natural” and “organic” brands but I don’t love the consistency or ingredients listed. The Beautycounter sunscreen is an all-over formula that is all-natural, cruelty free, safe for all ages, water resistant, AND SPF 30. Beautycounter offers two choices when it comes to their sunscreen; a Protect Stick Sunscreen and a Protect All Over Sunscreen. Depending on your preference, you can use the stick or the liquid. For myself and my family, I choose to use the liquid. The Protect All Over Sunscreen was created with the entire family in mind, this lightweight, water-resistant sunscreen is formulated with non-nano zinc oxide, so it blends seamlessly into skin without leaving white streaks, protecting you against both UVA and UVB rays. Aloe helps hydrate skin, while antioxidant-rich green tea and blood orange extracts fight free radicals. It’s water resistant for up to 80 minutes and states you should reapply every two hours. It goes on smooth and doesn’t leave white streaks! I really love how it protects our skin without using all of the yucky ingredients like regular drug store brands.

If you’re into sunscreen sticks, the Protect Stick Sunscreen is right up your alley! Formulated with non-nano zinc oxide, our Stick Sunscreen provides sheer protection from UVA/UVB rays and glides on smoothly without leaving white residue. Compact and easy to use, our kid-friendly stick is suitable for face and body and provides water-resistant sun protection for the entire family. Organic ingredients, including coconut oil and acai fruit oil, help to hydrate and protect your skin. It Comes in a limited-edition Sweet Tooth scent, a delicious aroma that comes from rich organic cocoa butter. I do have one of these sticks and I keep it in my purse with no fear of it spilling onto the contents of my bag! This sunscreen is also water resistant for up to 80 minutes and states you should reapply every two hours.

Another sunscreen product I am obsessed with is our Countersun Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Mist. I just love this stuff and it comes in two colors to match your skin tone. What I love about this product isn’t just the sun protection it gives, it’s that I can see exactly where I sprayed it to make sure I have full coverage! I apply it and then rub it in for an instant glow! It helps even out the color of my skin which is awesome if you have some weird tan lines that need covering up! Guard against the sun’s damaging rays with this innovative, continuous-mist sunscreen. Formulated with non-nano zinc oxide and California poppy extract, this physical SPF 30 formula provides an effective shield from UVA and UVB rays while the tint helps camouflage imperfections and even out skin tone.

Whatever sunscreen you normally use, I highly suggest downloading the Healthy Living app or heading over to and typing in the name of your products. These two references will break down your product ingredients and tell you exactly what the chemicals inside them are linked too. If you choose to order Beautycounter, be aware that their products come with a 60 day money back guarantee and that if you don’t like them (which I know you REALLY will love them), you can send them back and get a full refund! I would love to help answer any questions you might have about the products, so send me an email if you want to talk more!