Top 10 Tuesday Sun Protection Favorites

TOP TEN TUESDAY picked an important topic this week – sunscreen. I can’t believe the number of years I didn’t use sunscreen or used it sporadically. I’m paying the consequences now with too many sunspots. As an oldie, but goodie, sunscreen wasn’t in our family vocabulary. Coppertone was put on us to protect us from the sun but it really just made me burn. Now I know better and I’m an avid fan of SPF products. Here are some of my favorites in no particular order.
1. SUPERGOOP CITY SUNSCREEN SERUM* – Unfortunately I’m out of this but I want to repurchase it. The serum is SPF 30+, has no fragrance and is very lightweight. I used this as my SPF and moisturizer and primer – a triple threat!

2. SUPERGOOP DAILY CORRECT CC CREAM* – This is what I’m using now from Supergoop. It’s actually a lightly tinted SPF cream that provides SPF 35 coverage. It comes in three shades; I have Light to Medium which is a little dark for me (see swatch below). This can also be used as a primer and sunscreen that helps even out skintone. If the color is right for you then it will give you the corrective cream coverage that is so popular with CC Creams.

Supergoop CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop CC Cream light to medium

Supergoop CC Cream light to medium

3. SUPERGOOP ADVANCED AGING EYE CREAM* – How many of you forget about your eye area when thinking about sunscreen? I just assumed my regular sunscreen would be enough but it’s absolutely not. I don’t get that close to my eyes with sunscreen plus that area is so tender and prone to showing aging. This SPF 37 eye cream is a big favorite of mine and not just because it has the best applicator in town.

Supergoop Anti-Aging eyecream with SPF37

Supergoop Anti-Aging eyecream with SPF37

4. MELANSOL 100% NATURAL SUNSCREEN SPF 30 *- This particular SPF 30 sunscreen is not for everyone but it’s perfect for those of us with very fair skin that never tans and always burns. MelanSol makes a variety of sunscreens for those of you who have a different risk level from the sun. This SPF 30 version is great for midday application when the sun is at its peak or for high activity levels when you’ll be out in the sun for longer periods. It contains active ingredients of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in its natural, cruelty free, vegan formula. I’ve found it to be hydrating and non-greasy. I love having a product that I know will have extra protection when I’m out on the water or in my yard with the little ones.

MelanSol Sunscreen spf 30

MelanSol Sunscreen spf 30

5. NEOVA DNA DAMAGE CONTROL *- A broad spectrum SPF 40 makes this a great choice if you want to be without foundation yet have some coverage when outside. They could call this a CC Cream since it’s described as a Color Correction cream that illuminates and brightens with a tinted, pearl finish. It comes in just one shade though with a very light tint. My skin isn’t good enough to go out in public with just this but I’ll wear it for days I’m at home alone or with a light foundation over it if I do go out. I’ve been very impressed with the Neova line and this is no exception.

Neova DNA Damage Control SPF 40

Neova DNA Damage Control SPF 40

swatches of Neova DNA spf and Supergoop CC Cream

swatches of Neova DNA SPF and Supergoop CC Cream (light to medium)

6. ALGENIST ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT UV DEFENSE FLUID SPF 50* – This is another of my old favorite sunscreens which I’ve used up. I’ve talked about it several times in posts. It contains Titanium Dioxide (2%), Zinc Oxide (17.1%) and Octinoxate (7.5%) along with the other fabulous Algenist ingredients that make this brand unique. I won’t go on about it since you can read my previous linked review other than to say, it’s great!

7. and 8. AVEENO PROTECT + HYDRATE LOTION SUNSCREEN* – Aveeno makes two different Protect+Hydrate Lotion Sunscreens. For your face you’ll want Broad Spectrum SPF 50 which is oil free and non-comedogenic. For your body (and face) you want Broad Spectrum SPF 30 which is very hydrating while being protective. These are both new products for 2014 along with an SPF 70 formula. Aveeno is priced right at $9.95 for a 3 oz tube and it delivers sunscreen in an advanced formula that uses their patented Colloidal Oatmeal.

Aveeno Protect+Hydrate sunscreens

Aveeno Protect+Hydrate sunscreens

9. and 10. B. KAMINS LIP BALM SPF 20 and VAULT RETRACTABLE LIP BALMS SPF 30 – We absolutely can’t forget our lips and here are two brands that I love using. Lisa reviewed the B Kamins so I picked it up at a local boutique, it’s actually more of a lip protectant than what we think of with a lip balm. It comes in a tube and squeezes out in an emollient balm. Vault Retractable Lip Balms are a twist on the typical balm because it was originally created for use during sports as well as other times. It takes three easy steps: PUSH the plunger (the bottom half) until the tip locks in place; TWIST the plunger to deliver the lip balm; CLICK the trigger to release the tip which closes it back up. Stick it in your pocket and it’s done. Nothing to fall off or lose. While they have a clear lip balm, it’s the tinted ones that are my favorites. There are 8 lightly tinted balms and they’ve lowered the price to $6.99 (from $9) and have free shipping.

Vault Retractable Lip Balm in Bikini

Vault Retractable Lip Balm in Bikini

Now that you’ve seen my long list of 2014 favorites tell me what your favorite is. Then go visit the other lovely sunscreen buffs in the Top 10 Tuesday group. — Marcia


*products received for consideration

Vault Retractable Lip Balms and Lip Glosses will make your fun more fun

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Julie Carroll, along with her husband, found a hole in the market and set out to fix it. They are a family of snowboarders, skiers, surfboarders and swimmers who disliked what the harshness of sun, cold and wind did to their lips. Putting on a lip balm outside in winter means removing both gloves to open and apply and dealing with a small cap that could easily fall. The creators wanted something that was more conducive to being used outdoors so they created Vault Retractable Lip Balm with its one handed applicator. Once outdoor enthusiasts discovered the ease of use as well as an awesome balm, a star was born. Vault Retractable Lip Balm has gone from their sports balm ($4.95) to tinted balms ($9.00) for those of us who enjoy that protection as well as a light application of color at the same time.

Vault Sport Balm

Vault Sport Balm

Vault Retractable Tinted Lip Balms

Vault Retractable Tinted Lip Balms

Vault Tinted Lip Balms with SPF 15 come in 10 shades from red to yellow to blue and clear. All have fun California type names since the Carroll’s are from Newport Beach, CA. Mine is Bikini, a light pink shade. Newport is a light blue while Napa is a wine shade. The feel on my lips is balmy and moisturizing but not waxy. The packaging on this is fabulous. The first time I used it I was a little confused but now it’s a total breeze to use. DSC09251

DSC09255Three easy steps: PUSH the plunger (the bottom half) until the tip locks in place; TWIST the plunger to deliver more lip balm; CLICK the trigger to release the tip which closes it back up. Stick it in your pocket and it’s done. Nothing to fall off or lose.

Plunger on the bottom, clicker on the top

Plunger on the bottom, clicker on the top

Vault Retractable Lip Balm in Bikini

Vault Retractable Lip Balm in Bikini

Bikini

Bikini

The Tinted Lip Balms, with a color palette inspired by the beaches of Orange County and snow covered mountains of the Sierra, are formulated with SPF 15 and natural ingredients including Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Almond Oil, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Vitamin E to moisturize and protect lips, while adding a pop of color.

After the lip balms were created they brought their unique applicator to the cosmetic world and created lip glosses ($16). What woman doesn’t love her lip colors? This time there are 16 shades that all look amazing. I’ve got Triple Espresso which looks brown on the website but it’s actually a shimmery peachy nude. This would look amazing on someone gliding down hills or sitting on a beach in the summer. I’ve been wearing it either alone or over my Vault Lip Balm.

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Vault Lip Gloss in Triple Espresso

Vault Lip Gloss in Triple Espresso

The directions are similar to the Lip Balm: DSC09278

The lip glosses are formulated with Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E. My lips look plumper wearing this. I’m all for that!

Triple Espresso

Triple Espresso

I not only am enjoying the quality and colors of Vault but I’m in awe of this creative family. I may not be an outdoor enthusiast (that’s an understatement) but I can easily appreciate the hole they filled in the market. I can’t wait to see what trail they take from here. Vault can be found on their website as well as at Amazon.com. Whether you wear these because of your outdoor activities or because your hands are full from work or fun, you’ll find these handy and easy to use. — Marcia