Summer’s Ending!

Labor Day has passed, football season has started, and Target has started to sell Halloween decor. As this time of year rolls around, I mourn the summer sunshine and look forward to cooler weather. To celebrate I wanted to look back and share some of my favorite sunscreens from the past 3 months.

All of you know that I travelled a lot this summer. I was constantly outdoors: hiking, swimming, paddle-boarding, etc. At the start of the season I did some research into what sunscreens were best for my skin as well as the environment. I came across many articles promoting the benefits of mineral-based sunscreen. As a scientist, I’m a VERY skeptical person however the evidence that I read was very convincing. For example, the state of Hawaii has banned the sale and use of non-mineral-based sunscreens. Why?

I learned that sunscreens are either physical-based or chemical-based. Chemical-based sunscreens absorb the sun’s rays while physical-based sunscreens sit on top of your skin and block the sun’s rays (like a t-shirt). Unfortunately, chemical-based sunscreens have been found to kill and damage living organisms in water, such as coral. Next question, I’m not swimming in the ocean so what does it matter?

Short answer: It does, and it doesn’t. I found that physical sunscreens, or mineral-based sunscreens, such as zinc-based are better for the skin. Since the minerals are not absorbed into the pores, skin is less likely to be irritated and inflamed by the ingredients found in chemical-based sunscreens. Considering I wanted what was best for my skin as well as the environment, I chose to find and wear mineral-based sunscreens throughout the past summer season.

  1. My first purchase was from CVS. It is probably the easiest brand to find on shelves close to you. Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen. It comes in three types: SPF 30 ($11.99), SPH 50 ($12.99), and SPH 50 for the Face ($12.99). I used SPH 30 and SPH 50 on my face all summer. One thing to be mindful of, it’s thick. It also doesn’t “rub in” (remember it sits on top of your skin). The texture takes a bit of getting used to, but I loved it and will definitely purchase it again.


2. A chemical-based sunscreen. I received this sunscreen in one of my subscription boxes. I decided to give it a whirl in July since I had run out of my zinc-based sunscreens. COOLA Sunscreen ($32) has an SPF of 50 and smells like heaven. It’s very light and rubs in easily leaving your skin feeling moisturized. I probably won’t buy it again since it’s not mineral-based, but it is still a great product that I enjoyed wearing.


3. The last product that tried quickly became my favorite. I received it in another subscription box and was thrilled to find out it was zinc-based. Derma Protect Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ ($45). This product surprised me because it has a tint to it. It’s not the typical white sunscreen, it’s more of a tinted moisturizer. I started using it as a foundation to protect my face under makeup. It rubs in cleanly and doesn’t sit on the skin like the Neutrogena did. I will definitely be buying this again next summer!


Last minute reminders: WEAR SUNSCREEN. No matter your skin tone or ethnicity. Wear sunscreen. No one wants wrinkles, aging skin, or melanoma. Believe me, having biopsies done is not a painless (or inexpensive) process. Take care of your skin! Also, throw out sunscreen and replace it each year. Must products expire and lose their protective properties after about a year so remember to buy new each and every year!

Coming Soon: This September I’m going Social-Media Free. Meaning I deleted Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter from my phone. I’ll blog about this journey come October. SMF


Perhaps you hate the outdoors? Perhaps you hate the sun? You do you, boo.




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