Friday, August 12, 2016

Best Sunscreens of 2016 Nuance Salma Hayek Sheer Liquid Veil And Coola Classic Cucumber

          Finding the right sunscreen is about as easy as finding a needle in a haystack. There are sooooo many choices and honestly, it can be a bit daunting. Because I am on the lighter end of the spectrum (NC15) and I live in South Florida, using sunscreen on a daily basis is extremely important. I've tried my good share of different types, with the exception of Asian sunscreen, which get a lot of traction online. Here I will share two awesome choices that have worked very well for me. As you read the reviews, keep in mind that I have two issues to deal with. Practically all year round is a sweat and oil fest in Miami, so I look for sunscreens that are not overly heavy or oily. That being said, I hate anything that's overly matte, so if that it your thing, neither of these sunscreens are going to work for you. I'm in my late 30s, and my skin has normalized quite a bit in the last few years, though I still have oiliness in the t-zone, but I also deal with occasional dryness from actives.


Best Sunscreens of 2016


          The first sunscreen I want to talk about is one from Salma Hayek's Nuance line. Honestly, I love almost everything I have tried from Nuance, which is available at your local CVS. But this sunscreen is truly a great find. It comes in sleek black and white packaging and has a whopping SPF 50, which I find more than sufficient for everyday incidental sun exposure. The texture is almost like a milk, and it spreads easily without tugging or giving a white cast. On initial application it is a bit greasy, but after a few minutes it dries down to a natural glow. If you have normal skin this is a great option, and if you are a bit oily like me, this is still great if you favor a natural as opposed to matte finish. It does have a scent that I am neutral about. I don't particularly like it, but it's not overpowering and fades rather quickly. It's quite cheap as you get 50 ml for $10.
          The other sunscreen I like is Coola's Classic Cucumber SPF 30 Sunscreen. If natural and organic ingredients is your thing, this fits the bill. It's not as runny as Nuance but it feels lighter and more refreshing. It has a very light cucumber scent that I really like. Again, this is not a matte sunscreen. It applies like a light moisturizer and leaves a natural look on the face. I would say it's a bit less glowy than the Nuance sunscreen. Not quite as affordable as Nuance, this also has 50 ml but retails at $32.00. I get mine at Birchbox and use my points to bring the price down.
          Neither of this sunscreens contain oxybenzone, a sunscreen ingredient that I aboid like the plague because it never ceases to make my eyes and face burn. Keep in mind that neither are waterproof, so these are strictly for everyday use, not for going to the beach or pool.
          So there you have it. Do you use sunscreen everyday? Please let me know if you have any sunscreens that you love.