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    This Summer’s Top Sunscreens

    I know everyone is probably sick of hearing people tell you this over and over again, but here it is again: wear sunscreen, it’s important.
    Recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that only 29.9% of women and 14.3% of men use sunscreen on a daily basis. Melanoma is the 3rd most common cancer in adolescents and young adults. Risk of melanoma increases throughout your life with each additional sunburn. The good news is, it is relatively easy to protect yourself from the sun. All it requires is for you to apply a protective layer of sunscreen. 

    1. Mustela

    Personally, I am a huge fan of Mustela. I know it’s a bit on the pricer end, but you really get what it’s worth. What makes it shine compared to other brands is that it’s catered for babies. It offers protection against UVA an UVB rays and is formulated with naturally derived sunscreen filters. I have really sensitive skin and therefore some sunscreen brands cause rashes to appear on my skin. Mustafa is paraben-free, phthalate-free, phenoxyethanol-free, fragrance-free, PABA-free and hypoallergenic. This is one of the main reasons why I use them. It also provides protection against damage to the skin deep down and preserves their natural defences and the wealth of cells. It can be used anywhere because it is resistant to water and sweat while it provides gentle in-depth protection against the sun both on the surface and beneath.
    You can buy Mustela’s sunscreen in Shoppers or London Drugs
    2. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 70
    The Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 70 is good because it contains over 25% active ingredients. It also contains antioxidants that are blended into the protection to provide anti-ageing effects. I personally feel that this lotion provides a smooth feel for the skin and when it dries, it is almost weightless. What I really like about this brand is that it is inexpensive compared to many other brands. Neutrogena’s formulations are often state-of-the-art and I think it’s good for women with skin that are oily or acne prone. They also included helioplex to stabilise the avobenzone (studies have shown that it can be unstable under direct sunlight).  This product is oil-free and non-comedogenic.  However, this sunscreen also includes methylisothiazolinone, which has a potential to cause rashes in sensitive skin. 

    You can pretty much get this at any drugstore. I know Shoppers definitely has this.
    3) Tarte’s tarteguard 30 
    This is Tarte’s first ever non-chemical sunscreen that is meant to help protect, moisturise and brighten skin for a youthful looking appearance. Honestly, what first attracted me to this product is the packaging. I thought it was really cute and presented such a retro vibe. Tarteguard is infused with antioxidant and provides a lightweight, non-sticky protection. It has maracuja blended in to help add moisture to the skin. It uses 3.36% titanium dioxide and 4.13% zinc oxide for the SPF 30 protection. I really love how it smells as it provides a subtle ocean lily scent. This means that to some people, the fragrance may cause irritation. When applied on skin, I found it to be really rich and creamy. This would be great on normal or dry skin, however, for oily skin, I would probably use an alternative product. It’s only SPF 30, this means that if you plan to be out in the sun for long, you should probably reapply to it more often to be fully protected. 
    Buy this at Sephora
    These products were tested independently and I do not receive any benefits from promoting them.


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