I started wearing face sunscreen daily at the age of 13.It was actually a total accident. I had no concern with aging at that point in my life, but what I did have a concern with was sunburns.
I’m fair skinned, with freckles, a tendency for hyper-pigmentation, and have extremely sensitive skin, so you can see why I’ve been hiding from the sun since I was born.
So, imagine my surprise when we were on a family ski trip – as in, IN THE SNOW – and I came home from the first day – sunburned.
Turns out, the sun reflects off all that gorgeous white snow, so even though you are freezing, you can still get a sunburn. Just wrong.
Anyway, I started wearing facial moisturizer with SPF out of sheer necessity for survival on this planet.
Fast forward to today and I have learned three things from my little accidental experiment:
1. Some face moisturizers with sunscreen are better than others.
2. Price is not necessarily a component
3. Wearing face lotion with SPF daily will REALLY slow the roll on the aging process
That last one has almost made all the headache worth it.
This is one of my all-time favorites, particularly when I’m going through a season when my skin forgets how old it is and starts breaking out like a high-schooler in love.With 4oz, it’ll easily last you a month of daily use and will only drop your bank account by $15.99. And, if you buy on Amazon, you’ll get a $3 coupon on your first purchase. Over 1,000 reviews give this a 4-star rating.
I found this one by accident.I had dropped my sister off at an appointment and was wasting some time until she was finished. So, I did what I usually do when I have time to kill – I go shopping.
The only store nearby was a CVS, but hey, don’t knock it – their beauty department is pretty great and usually really well-stocked, too.
I was cruising around when I saw this big display for La Roche-Posay, and there was just something so minimal, clean, and clinical about their product design.
I’m so used to getting smacked in the face with bright packaging and frilly marketing gimmicks. Don’t get me wrong – I like those, too. #sucker.
But, I started reading about some of their products, and realized – they really know what’s up. This daily moisturizer is oil free, non-comedogenic, and fragrance-free. Plus, it has something they call Prebiotic Thermal Water, along with Ceramide-3 and Niacinamide, for replenishing essential skin lipids, restoring skin’s moisture barrier and comforting skin.
If this sounds like a lot of gobbledy-gook to you, I will simplify: this stuff feels really great on your skin!
Seriously, it just has this cooling, calming effect – which is very soothing if you have any kind of skin inflammation or sensitivity, like me.
In fact, I love this stuff so much, I use it almost every day and can’t wait to try more of their products.
You’ll get 2.5oz for around $19.99, which should last you almost a month. Plus, with various coupons available depending on when you buy, you should be able to save some moola. Cha-ching!
Oh, and if you go direct to their website, they’re usually running a promotion where you can get a discount, or a free deluxe sample, etc., which will make it even more cost effective.
This is my absolute TOP PICK, in all categories, but I’m offering one more favorite for you Sephora skin care snobs 😉
3. SPLURGE: Coola Classic Unscented SPF 30
If I’m going to splurge on a face moisturizer, this is the one I grab.The texture is quite a bit thinner than the other options, so make sure to squeeze gingerly and don’t use more than a nickel sized amount, or you’re wasting product.
This one makes for a really beautiful layer under makeup. Anything you put on top of this – even a drugstore foundation – is going to sit really pretty on top. Wearing it alone works great, too, and it is a bit less shiny than other options.
In addition, this is the most organic option on the list, with so many great qualities:
Hypoallergenic, Paraben Free, Ultra Sheer, Oxybenzone Free, Antioxidant Enriched, No nano-sized particles, and also earning the best rating on the environment working group’s site for a non-mineral sunscreen. Coola also uses a “Farm to Face” approach, preferring natural products to chemicals.
You’ll get 1.7oz. for $31.95. With 404 almost perfect reviews, you can buy confidently. It would be difficult to find something wrong with Coola.
So, there you have it! The Facial Moisturizer with Sunscreen addition of SAVE. SPEND. SPLURGE.I love showcasing products in a variety of price points, because as our lives and priorities ebb and flow, the efficacy of our products shouldn’t.
Do you have a favorite moisturizing sunscreen? Share in the comments below!
Have a fabulous day,