It was just a matter of time. The perfect 77 degree summer days are a thing of the past and reality is finally setting in. The real New York City Summer has finally arrived and it brings with it 90+ degree scorchers, sweaty mornings, scorching afternoons and humid nights. Luckily for us, it also brings with it perfect beach weather. Few things beat getting away from the city, enjoying long days at the beach, rocking our wavy hair, sporting sun-kissed tans with our only worry being to keep our drink cold.
However, as much as we enjoy those carefree beach days, we must stay vigilant about protecting our most precious asset: our skin! Skin protection should be our number one priority while being outdoors this summer, as the sun rays could be potentially damaging and cause premature aging. For something so vital to our survival, the sun really has some negative effects on our skin.
While the best way to protect yourself is to cover up (big hat, fabulous glasses, huge umbrella), the next best thing is a great sunblock. And believe it or not, the best sunblock can be difficult to come by. Those labels can be confusing and if you don’t know what you are buying, you could end up with a chemical-filled product that’s actually more harmful for your face than helpful.
The safest and smartest way to go is to ALWAYS pick a physical/mineral sunblock vs a chemical sunblock. This is why it is so important to read the labels. Always look for sunblock that contains zinc oxide or its second best cousin titanium dioxide. Zinc oxide is the only FDA approved ingredient that protects you from both UVA AND UVB (Broad Spectrum), which cause cancer and wrinkles.
With the understanding that labels can be difficult to interpret, we’ve compiled a list of the safest, most natural and most protective sunblocks on the market.
1. The Everyday: Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream with SPF
This gem needs to be a part of your daily morning ritual. Since it doubles as a moisturizer and SPF, you don’t need to wait until your beach-bound to use it. It applies easily to the face and is perfect for sensitive skin and skin that’s those prone to breaking out. Stay moisturized, give your skin a healthy glow and be protected from the sun all with Jose Roosebrook’s Nutrient Day Cream with SPF.
2. The Stick - Mineral Sunscreen Stick by MD Solar Science. SPF 40
Not everyone is a “stick” person. However, the truth is The Mineral Sunscreen Stick is perfect for on-the-go application or for a quick re-apply. You can fit this little miracle into gym bags, quick biking sessions, or your picnic basket. This little babe fits everywhere. Do you need any more reasons to trust the Mineral Sunscreen Stick? You can even share it with your whole family, as it's perfectly safe for babies 6 months and older!
3. The Tinted Cover- Mineral Tinted Crème by MD Solar Science
Let’s face it: sometimes coverage is all we’re really after. With Mineral Tinted Creme, you get the coverage you crave combined with the look you’ve been perfecting.
4. The Spray- Quick Dry Body Spray by MD Solar Science.
Sometimes the most practical approach is also the best approach. The perfect spray for those always looking for the most practical approach.With Quick Dry Body Spray, you’ll enjoy super simple spray coverage for your whole body (especially those areas hard to reach). Best of all, it dries SO fast and it won’t leave your skin feeling greasy!
5. The Lip – Lip Rescue by Raw elements
When it comes to protecting and keeping your lips moisturized , Lip Rescue is exactly what your lips are craving. It’s water resistant for up to 80 minutes and will provide your lips the perfect protection as you lay out on the beach.
6. The All-You-Need: Eco Formula 30+ Lotion by Raw Elements
If you’re spending extended time at the beach, this is the protector you need. Recently crowned the best and safest natural sunblock by The Environmental Working Group, this sunblock is hypoallergenic, protects the reefs, uses recyclable packaging, is safe for all ages, water resistant, doesn’t clog your pores, and it’s packed with organic and natural oils to keep your skin moisturized. In short, it’s the sunblock of all sunblocks. Aside from a cold drink and a good book, is there anything else you’d rather have at the beach with you?