You can get sun protection for a couple of dollars, or spend much more. Is more expensive, actually better? It depends. A lot of products in the luxury category just have nice packaging, but many others have cutting edge ingredients, and are multi-taskers that do a lot more than just protect your skin from the sun. If money is no object, these products will make your life safer and your skin, more beautiful. If budget is an issue, you’ll can weigh weight or not the extra benefits that these luxe skincare/sun protection items, provide, are going to be worth extra cost. Will some of these soon be must-haves in your suitcase, tote, or dressing table? Your comments, are most welcome!
Murad Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30 PA+++ ($60.00 1.7 fl. oz.) offers powerful anti-aging benefits, and hydration, and is not just a sun block. This product has broad spectrum SPF 30, but it is also full of powerful, antioxidants that not only shield, but help to hydrate and restore, environmentally stressed skin. Ecotin binds water to skin, to help moisture linger, longer. Vitamin C needs no introduction as an antioxidant, anti-aging, powerhouse. The actives are: Ensulizole 2.0%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Octocrylene 6.0%, and Titanium Dioxide 3.0%, “powered” by Vitamin C, Murad’s patented Skin Repair System (with Co-3 to encourage stimulation of collagen). What it doesn’t have, is: Sulfates; Petrochemicals; Phthalates; GMOs or Triclosan. The product, dispensed from a clear tube with orange accents through a nozzle, smells slightly citrus-y and absorbs quickly. If you’re traveling, or don’t like to use a lot of products, this one protects, hydrates and helps reduce the signs of aging, all in one.
Murad also makes an Oil-Free Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA+++ ($32/– 1.7 fl. oz.) that doesn’t have all the anti-aging bells and whistles, but does provide a very good, lightweight sun protection in a gel form, that offers a shine-free formulas (great when you have on other makeup, and you need it to last). This Gel in an attractive, coppery tube with flip top, also has Murad’s patented antioxidant-rich formula, while micro-minerals provide an oil-free matte finish. Featured ingredients include: Pomegranate Extract (to protect against free radicals) plus Panthenol and Sodium PCA to lock in moisture and soften skin. Active Ingredients are: Avobenzone 3.0%, Octisalate 5.0%, Octinoxate 7.5%, and Oxybenzone 5.0%. This product can be used on face and/or body, but with a 1.7 oz. tube, you might want to just use it on small areas, like your face, or splurge for travel and just take this tube for the weekend (at 1.7 fl. oz. it’s TSA approved). TIP: Apply 30 minutes prior to sun exposure and be sure to reapply after 80 minutes in the water or after excessive perspiring.
Pevonia Botanica has always been one of my favorite, spa-centric skincare lines. But excellent spa-style products, come with a price-tag. Pevonia Botanica Ligne Soleil SPF 30 ($42.00 5 fl. oz.) is a broad spectrum sun screen to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UVA & UVB rays. But the creamy lotion, packed into an ergonomically-designed white bottle with orange cap, is also enriched with Vitamins E, C, and B, all skin-loving powerhouses that help guard against premature aging on your face and body. Actives include: Titanium Dioxide, Octisalate, and Octinoxate. It’s paraben-free and good for all skin types. It may be a bit pricey, but it’s not greasy, blends smoothly into your skin, and moisturizes it, actually helping to leave skin feeling cooler and more comfortable. If you have sensitive skin or tend to break out from sun screens, this one might be your new BSF (best sun friend). Buy Pevonia Botanica in select spas, and online at www.pevoniabotanica.com
Pevonia Botanica’s Ligne Soleil Phyto-Aromatic Mist ($34.50 6.8 fl. oz) is a product you might not think you need, until you try it and realize it makes you feel so good! After a long day in the sun, or just whenever you need a pick-me-up, a luxurious and soothing “aromatherapy” spray mist can do more than just soothe your mind, it also hydrates and restores moisture balance to the skin after sun exposure. Good for all skin types, the feature ingredients include emollient and soothing, Dimethicone, and Hyaluronic acid to boost elasticity and hydration. The product has a light, floral scent, but it dissipates, quickly. Another nice thing about this luxurious spray, is that you can use it to help your cosmetics have longer wear, and of course, to refresh the skin anytime of the day. Recommended for all skin types. I’m not much into facial spritzes, but this one is Natural and Organic and Paraben-free. Reason enough to love it!
Soleil Organique’s founder Valerie McMurray, wanted to create a suncare line formulated with the world’s finest ingredients, with only 100% mineral and marine based ingredients, and absolutely no chemical actives. Luxurious, eco-conscious Soleil Organique is definitely for a discerning audience who are more than willing to products that have no chemical additives or other things that this group feels might be harmful to their bodies, or the environment. You can find Soleil Organique online, and also at some of the world’s top luxury resorts, including Parrot Cay, Amanyara Turks and Caicos, Four Seasons Nevis and Palm Beach, and Sandy Lane Barbados. The benefits are broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, and the benefits of products that focus also on multiple skincare concerns including fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, uneven texture, and loss of elasticity, dryness. For those who don’t need, or want, a lot of SPF (eg. for daily protection when you’re not sun bathing), Soleil Organique 100% Mineral Sunblock SPF 15 ($70.00 o.5 fl. oz). for the body, offers water resistant protection. The lotion really absorbs quickly, with no residue, and I love the fresh, aromatherapy-centric, herbal scent. All of Soleil Organqiue’s impressive, organic and natural products, contain a proprietary EcoSunComplex, a cornerstone ingredient complex composed of Red Algae, Vitamin C Ester, Vitamin E and Bisabolol. The complex acts as a natural SPF booster, reduces UV-induced DNA damage, enhances collagen production, reduces appearance of hyperpigmentation and age spots, increases skin smoothness and decreases wrinkle depth. Soleil Organique is also the first sunscreen that offers a 3 dimensional toxin neutralizer, that goes beyond the standard 2 dimensional or 50% protection of the skin’s DNA provided by today’s products offerings. Try as I might, I couldn’t quite get the lowdown on this, but safe to say, it it a more intensive protection of your skin. The brushed gold tube with gold twist-off cap is elegant (naturally!). As you can see by the photo above, the line is extensive, ranging from SPF 15 products, to SPF 45 for body and face, and even a 100% Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 15 and SPF 45 ($42.00). If a high end resort visit isn’t in your immediate future, check out the collection at: Available at soleilorganique.com
Sun damage is one of the leading causes of age spots and uneven skin tone on your skin, and one place where it really shows your age, is on your hands. Your hard working hands are always exposed to the suns’ damaging rays, and yet most people don’t even think of protecting that precious skin. The result is hands that look old before almost anyplace else. Clinique has plenty of products that address uneven skin tone, but age spots are really hard to diminish, let alone, banish. Still, there’s hope. Clinique now has an Even Better Dark Spot Correcting Hand Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($35.00 2.5 fl. oz.). Clinique is calling it: “the damage eraser for hands.” Well, that’s one way to put it! The product has SPF 15 (and calming botanicals) to provide daily, UVA/UVB protection from the sun’s damaging rays, but it also helps reverse the appearance of dark spots, age spots, discolorations to create a more even skin tone. Apply it in the morning before you leave the house, and let it moisturize all day long. It is quite rich, but don’t your hands deserve the same kind of care as your face ? Used regularly, your hands will be protected, softer, and with a little luck, any age spots and other damage will be reduced, it not completely eradicated. A plus is that it will last through two hand washings and up to 8 hours, so your investment will go a long way. The only thing that could make this better is if Clinique had used a pump delivery system, instead of a twist-off cap (it can get slippery after you’ve applied the product).Get it at your favorite Clinique makeup counter or at www.clinique.com