Just in time for summer, Makeup Wars chooses favorite sunscreens

Welcome to Makeup Wars. This is the week that we are drumming it into your heads that you need to use sunscreen. Not really but we hope that by sharing our favorite sunscreens with you we can remind you of the importance of using sunscreen and using it properly. I’m not a person who ordinarily goes out in the sun. My idea of getting my Vitamin D is by walking to and from my car or sitting in the shade when I’m outdoors. But no matter how I’m getting sun, I’ve learned that wearing sunscreen and using the right amount is paramount to keeping my skin looking more youthful. Yes I envy the friends I have who look fabulous and thinner with a tan, but I don’t envy their wrinkles and I don’t take chances.

Favorite favorite sunscreens: Algenist, Supergoop, B.Kamins Sun Defense
Favorite favorite sunscreens: Algenist, Supergoop, B.Kamins Sun Defense

I divided up my sunscreen loves into two categories: face and body. I prefer to use SPF that’s formulated specifically for the face and has a moisturizing effect at the same time. My three favorites are: Supergoop City Sunscreen Serum with SPF 30

Supergoop City Sunscreen Serum
Supergoop City Sunscreen Serum

Algenist Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50

Algenist Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50
Algenist Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50

And my newest: B.Kamins Sun Defense SPF 30 Lotion. Since I’ve previously reviewed and loved the first two for their lightweight coverage I’ll tell you more about the B.Kamins and why I like it so much. (This was sent for review.)

B.Kamins Sun Defense SPF30
B.Kamins Sun Defense SPF30

B.Kamins Sun Defense is both fragrance free and oil free which is what I look for in a facial formula. Of course it can be used anywhere on your body too but I save the precious stuff for my face. This provides both UVA and UVB protection and is especially good for sensitive skin. It has both physical and light absorbing sunblocks. Did you know that if you take certain medications that it makes your skin more photosensitive? That’s a big reason to use this sunscreen. I’ve always burned very easily and never before realized that medications could have had a part in this.

B. Kamins Sun Defense SPF30 swatch
B. Kamins Sun Defense SPF30 swatch

This has a very creamy formula and comes out as a peachy pink color. I like that I can see if I missed any spots. It takes about 2 – 3 minutes to absorb but from that point on I can put on any type of foundation over it. I find I don’t need any kind of serum since this does everything in one – it primes, it moisturizes and it protects. I love that there’s never a scent even if I get overheated later in the day. I haven’t had any reactions to Sun Defense. It’s a great formula that I’m happy to recommend.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreens
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreens

For my body I’ve started using the Neutrogena line. I was sent 2 Neutrogena sunscreens to test and now I find I have to share them with my husband. Darn it. My husband has had several basal cell carcinomas removed and his dermatologist insisted that he not only wear a hat but that he use sunscreen. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch was on the list he received from the derm of products to use. We both use this since I slather my neck and arms with it when I’m getting dressed in the morning and he uses it for his face, arm and chest area. What’s great about Dry Touch is that it’s Broad Spectrum with SPF45. Plus Neutrogena uses Helioplex Technology that makes its sunscreens photostable. Neutrogena makes the Ultra Sheer Dry Touch in different SPF strengths including SPF 45, 55, 75, 85 and 100. I recently saw a package of this at Costco with 2 regular size and 2 purse size which I’ll soon be buying.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen

The other Neutrogena sunscreen that I’m using is the Ultra Sheer Body Mist. This is also a Broad Spectrum sunscreen. I have the SPF 100 and it also comes in SPF 30, 45 and 70. What I love about the Body Mist is how easy it is to use. I’m at the mercy of a two year old who believes he should be outside all the time. I keep my Ultra Sheer Body Mist by the door along with a Twistband for my hair. I can spray it on the back of my neck quickly this way so I can play outside with him. It’s got a light fresh mist that doesn’t stain my clothes or get my hair wet. I can also give him a quick spray without him objecting although I’m going to pick up Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids since the small pool is about to come out.

So there you have my review and long winded explanation of my favorite sunscreens. I can’t wait to read what the other Makeup Wars bloggers have to share. I’ll be outside more this summer than any other so this is vital information for me. Please click on the logos to read more. Do you have a favorite? I’d love to know. — Marcia

My favorite sunscreens 2013
My favorite sunscreens 2013


  1. Christine | 28th May 13

    That B Kamins sounds like something I’ll need to try as another option for under foundation. Thanks!

  2. Brooke @ Blushing Noir | 28th May 13

    Sprays are so essentials when you have little ones. They’re so wiggly and have the attention span on a gnat. I’ll have to check out the Neutrogena for myself since I use the baby stuff for them lol Maybe I can play like an adult while at the pool.

  3. Eugenia | 28th May 13

    Okay, I need to try this supergoop now! Haha.. theres a trend here on Makeup Wars!

  4. Retrodiva | 28th May 13

    Love for the Neutrogena! The Dry Touch is seriously fantastic. Also, I need to try Supergoop, since everyone is talking about it!

  5. Phyrra | 28th May 13

    I’m so happy to see the Supergoop!

  6. Pammy | 28th May 13

    Sorry if this is a duplicate comment? Anyways, yes, we are SPF twins! I, too, love the B Kamins SPFs and Algenist’s! 🙂

  7. beautyin | 28th May 13

    @Christine, my foundation looks good with B Kamins as the SPF, it’s a little fuller than Algenist and Supergoop so it’s more moisturizing.

  8. beautyin | 28th May 13

    @Brooke, last year it was easier to apply sunscreen to my grandson but this year he’s so anxious to go outside that he won’t stay still. Plus when we’re outside I want to be able to add in another layer when he gets wet.

  9. beautyin | 28th May 13

    @Eugenia, when I first heard the name Supergoop I thought it was a joke but it turned out to be a fabulous line.

  10. beautyin | 28th May 13

    @Retrodiva, yes you need Supergoop. It’s fun using it just for the name (plus it’s darn good stuff).

  11. beautyin | 28th May 13

    @Pammy, there are a lot of things that we both like. You could be my daughter.

  12. beautyin | 28th May 13

    @Phyrra – I’m going on a Supergoop buying spree after seeing your post. That will be what I use when the B Kamins and current Supergoop are done.

  13. Carleen | 28th May 13

    So much supergoop in this makeup wars! I’ll have to get some!

  14. beautyin | 28th May 13

    Maybe Supergoop should be the Makeup Wars mascot for this go around. I can just picture the cape as it flies through the air Carleen.

  15. Nancy | 28th May 13

    More love for the Neutrogena Dry Touch! I was going to include it in my list & thought people might think I was crazy for having so many. But when I go on vacation, I literally have a bag of sunscreens! Need to try Algenist for sure.

  16. Cindy (Prime Beauty) | 28th May 13

    I love the Neutrogena sunscreen now I’ve discovered it too!

  17. beautyin | 28th May 13

    @Nancy, I was also afraid of putting on too many. Sunscreens have come a very long way.

  18. beautyin | 28th May 13

    @Cindy, I was always worried the Neutrogena would be too fragranced. I’m so happy it’s not.

  19. Iris | 29th May 13

    I have the B.Kamins sunscreen in SPF48. It’s working wonderfully under a translucent powder.

  20. Dima ( Natural Beauty Tips) | 3rd Jun 13

    I love Neutrogena skin care products! They suits my combination the most, as for the sunscreen, I will give it a try, thanks for sharing 🙂

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