Save the coral reefs and your skin with Australian Gold’s New Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotions

Australian GoldOnly six more days until the official start of summer! That means it is time to find some excellent sunscreen, stat. However, did you know that the EWG says between 25 and 60 million bottles of chemicals from sunscreens are contaminating our coral reef areas every year?  And this issue is continuing to get worse.  On January 20, 2017, Hawaii state senator Will Espero introduced a bill which would ban sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate in Hawaii (except under medical prescription) to the state Congress. Espero argues that a ban is important to preserve the state’s tourism industry, because Hawaii relies heavily on tourists attracted by its coral reefs.

So, how can you help? Make sure your UVA/UVB sunscreen does not use oxybenzone. Look for the words ‘reef safe’ on the label.

Australian Gold’s New Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotions

Australian Gold’s New Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotions

I have two great recommendations for you for excellent sunscreens that are reef-friendly, non-chemical, and have no Oxybenzone, Parabens, Phthalates, Petrolatum, PABA, SLS, Dyes or Oils. They feel wonderfully soft and clean on the skin and protect skin from the harmful rays of the sun. What are these skin saving wonders? Australian Gold’s New Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotions.               samples

Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotions SPF 30

Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotions SPF 30

Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotions SPF 50

Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotions SPF 50

Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotions SPF 30 & SPF 50 ($14.99; SPF30 – Ulta.com, SPF 50-Ulta.com, Ulta, CVS, Walmart)  I recommend this for the body. Australian Gold has a tinted version specifically for the face. Because this is a zinc oxide sunscreen, it does have a light white cast that some people love, some people hate. I actually like it – I know when it’s time to reapply, especially in sensitive areas like around the bikini line. You really don’t need a ton to get excellent sun protection. It has a very pleasant, slightly citrus scent, and the texture is soft and powdery, not greasy.  Here’s what Australian Gold says:

Non-greasy, antioxidant rich formula that provides UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection. The formula uses Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide to provide a non-chemical sun protection option, with a powder-like matte-finish that’s never greasy.

  • Broad Spectrum UVA/UVA Protection
  • Water resistant for up to 80 minutes
  • Eucalyptus to calm, reinvigorate and oxygenate skin
  • Protein packed Red Algae to nourish with Vitamin A and Amino Acids
  • Kakadu Plum which contains exceptional levels of Vitamin C which is known to help protect against free radical damage
  • Vitamin E to maintain moisturized, healthy looking skin
  • Eco conscious formulations:
    • Packaging is designed to use as few materials as possible in a recyclable container to reduce any potential waste.
    • Reef Friendly Formulas are free of Oxybenzone, parabens, phthalates, Petrolatum, PABA, SLS, Dyes and Oils
  • Hypoallergenic, Dermatologist and Pediatrician Tested, Not tested on animals
  • Citrus Oasis fragrance with notes of Pineapple and Pomegranate
    Australian Mineral Sunscreen 30

    Australian Mineral Sunscreen 30

    Australian Mineral Sunscreen 50

    Australian Mineral Sunscreen 50

I really like this mineral sunscreen for the body and I love the fact that it doesn’t damage our fragile ecosystem. I can’t wait to try the tinted version for my face. Whatever sunscreen you use this summer, make sure it is reef safe – and be sure to give Australian Gold a look!  – Lisa

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Good enough for the Olympics: MD Solar Sciences

MD Solar Sciences Quick Dry Body Spray

Watching the summer Olympics has been so much fun these past weeks. I love the track competitions, the beach volleyball, and the swimming.  But I watch them and I think, boy I hope they have great sunscreen!  Some of my favorites for sunscreen this summer come from MD Solar Sciences.

My family had a very sunny vacation this year at the ocean, and I was impressed with my MD Solar Sciences products.  My kids are extremely resistant to putting on sunscreen, they give me all kinds of fits as I chase them around trying to slather them up.  I was able to make my life much easier with two products for them:  the Quick Dry Body Spray and the Natural Mineral Sunscreen Stick.  I saved the Mineral Screen Tinted Gel for myself, it was a fabulous ‘secret weapon’ that you are definitely going to want to try.

The Quick Dry Body Spray ($20.95) is pictured above.  It’s a broad spectrum UVA and UVB SPF 40 sunscreen spray that doesn’t smell funky and dries super quick.  Besides those two great qualities, it’s very water-resistant.  My kids aren’t Olympians (yet!), but they sure did live in the pool on vacation and this kept them sunburn-free.

My kids especially liked it because it was such a dry spray.  It’s not the least bit oily, and because it’s so water-resistant I was able to get away with less applications even though they were in the pool and the ocean for hours at a time.

For noses, cheeks, and chins I absolutely loved the Natural Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 40 ($12.95).

MD Solar Sciences Natural Mineral Sunscreen Stick

This is a wonderful stick of goodness that is super portable. I kept it in my purse for theme park visits and in my beach bag for the pool.  The active ingredients are titanium dioxide 8.1% and zinc oxide 6.6%.

This is fragrance free and works great on even the most sensitive skins.  It gives just a touch of a purple tint, which my kids thought was fantastic.  It was pretty amazing at protecting those sunburn-prone areas, and was very water-resistant.

My final report is on my ‘secret weapon’ from MD Solar Sciences, the Mineral Screen Tinted Gel SPF 30+ ($23.95).

MD Solar Sciences Mineral Sunscreen Tinted Gel

This is sheer perfection.  It has titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, and provides UVA and UVB protection.  In addition, it gives just enough color to make your skin look terrific.  It’s extremely silky and smooths in easily, you can’t overdo this.  It’s non-comedogenic, so those with acne can use it with confidence.  It has an amazing texture, so smooth and silky.  It gives a semi-matte finish that looks glowy but not shiny.  I love this.

Tinted Gel swatch

It’s technically a gel, but it’s a creamy gel that isn’t greasy.  There is also no danger of the dreaded ‘white face’ that happens with some sunscreens.  It slightly darkens the skin and tones down freckles, and boy, that is awesome especially when it’s just too hot for foundation.

my hand after the swatch was smoothed on

This is such a wonderful thing to have in your beach bag.  Even if you are hiding out under an umbrella, you can get a quick sun-kissed look and even out your skin tone with this sunscreen.

You can find MD Solar Sciences online and in dermatologist offices, pharmacies, and boutiques.  MD Solar Sciences has some truly great products, and these three win the gold medal in my book.  You have to give this line a look, it’s a real winner.  – Lisa

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