Beauty Sale Favorites + Safe Sun Care Tips

Hey friends! I'm popping in to share something I'm really passionate about with you today: safer beauty and clean skincare products! Each summer I share some tips with you on how to make safer choices on sunscreen, since we're all wearing it (wink wink, at least you should be;)) I'm diving into that below, but first, take a peek at some of my favorites from Beautycounter's Friends and Family Sale. (You can read more about why I switched to safer beauty here!)

Almost our entire site is 15% off right now with a couple exclusions, plus a section of 30% off items, too. Here are some favorites from the 15% off section:

#1 Brightening Facial Oil: evens skin tone, smooths skin, hydrates and packs pores with GOOD oil.
Charcoal Mask: say goodbye to blackheads and hello to smoother, more evenly toned skin.
Resurfacing Peel: wake up with brighter, glowing skin, thanks to all the botanically derived acids in this serum.
Lip Gloss: my favorite lip gloss I've ever tried! It's not sticky and it lasts for a long time on me. For summer, I love Azalea, and for a nice neutral, Rosewood is my go-to. Peony is also a runner up!
Body Butter in Citrus Mimosa: it smells like summer in a bottle!
Countertime Radiance Serum: for mature skin, this serum is a must because of our special blend of swiss alpine rose and bakuchiol, targeted to deliver noticeable decrease in fine lines and wrinkles, and increase in elasticity.

Favorite 30% off products:

Tinted Sunscreen Spray: this gives you sun protection but also delivers a slight bronze glow! It washes right out of swimsuits and clothes (in my experience), so don't worry about that.
Sunscreen: formulated with non-nano zinc and California Poppy, this physical SPF 30 formulation provides an effective shield from UVA and UVB, while being gentle and pleasant feeling on the skin.
SOS Spot Treatment: put this on your pimples and they'll be half the size the next morning. I can't be without this guy!
+ Countermatch Eye Cream: this is a great eye cream to start with, if you don't have mature skin. It helps your concealer go on nice and smooth and helps keep the area moisturized to prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
Countercontrol All Clear Starter Set: this travel size collection of our acne and oily skin prone line is the perfect way to try it out without breaking the bank!
Countermatch Intense Moisture Serum: pack your pores with moisture at night to ensure you're well hydrated for the next day!

Okay, onto the important part: sun care that is safe for you and the ocean!

* Did you know that 5 sunburns at any age increase your chance of skin cancer by 50%? That was enough to wake up this California-sun-loving-girl!

*90% of signs of aging are because of the exposure to sun.

* No need to get any SPF over 50, as the benefits max out.

*SPF = Sun Protection Factor SPF is the measurement for defense from UVB rays • SPF 15 = blocks 93% of UVB rays • SPF 30 = blocks 97% of UVB rays • SPF 50 = blocks 98% of UVB rays

UVB: UVB are the rays that lead to sunburn. On average, five sunburns at any age doubles one’s risk for melanoma.* *Skin Cancer Foundation

UVA: UVA = Aging sun rays. While UVA is almost undetectable because these rays do not change the color of the skin, they do penetrate deeper into the dermis of the skin, where they can potentially cause free-radical damage that leads to skin aging. UVA rays are equally intense no matter the season, AND they penetrate clouds and glass.

BLUE LIGHT: One ray that is becoming top of mind as we spend more and more time in front of computers, smart phones and tablets is Blue Light. Blue Light is a trendy topic in the technology realm, but, Blue Light is actually everywhere. When outside, light from the sun travels through the atmosphere. The shorter, high energy blue wavelengths that make up Blue Light, collide with the air molecules, causing blue light to scatter. This is in fact what makes the sky look blue.

EFFECTS OF BLUE LIGHT: Its skin-aging effects can potentially be as much of a concern as those caused by UVA & UVB. The latest research suggests it may damage skin proteins and lipids. When these are damaged, signs of age like loss of skin elasticity, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation are possible.

* The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is very helpful tool to find what's safe and what's not the best. Their database is full of thousands upon thousands of products and they rate them from 1-10 on their safety (1 being safe and 10 being considered toxic/not the safest option). You can literally scan the barcode of a product on their app and it'll give you a rating if it's in the database. They also have this helpful chart to keep on hand when searching for sunscreen and finding out about the ingredients in what you use. You want to stay in the green zone, but it's really the bottom two that are your safest bets. 


1. CHOOSE MINERAL SUNSCREEN. Opt for products whose main ingredients are either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Chemical sunscreens are more popular because one of the complaints many people have regarding mineral (also known as "physical") sunscreens is the white, chalky-like residue they can and often do leave on the skin. However, Beautycounter's mineral sunscreens are formulated to blend easily onto skin with hardly any white residue. This is why I love Beautycounter.

Zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, sit on the surface of the skin and physically bounce or reflect sun’s rays away from the skin. Mineral sunscreens are great for people with sensitive skin as well as babies and kids.

2. BROAD SPECTRUM PROTECTION. Opt for sunscreens that protect against UVA (the rays that age) and UVB (the rays that burn).  Beautycounter's newly reformulated mineral sunscreens protect against UVA, UVB and Blue Light, all things we want to avoid to keep healthy skin.

3. NO RETINYL PALMITATE. Some sunscreens contain Retinol or Retinyl Palmitate (as many facial moisturizers with SPF often do). Studies have shown that this vitamin A derivative may trigger the development of skin tumors and lesions when used on the skin in the presence of sunlight. Yikes! It's best to avoid this ingredient! It is never found in any Beautycounter products as it's one of many products on The Never List.

4.  NON-AEROSOL SPRAY. If you prefer the ease of a sunscreen spray choose a non-aerosol option, as the propellant chemicals of aerosol cans can be harmful. Beautycounter's sunscreen spray is air-powered, delivering convenience without harsh chemicals. (They really do think of everything!)

5.  AVOID FRAGRANCES. Synthetic fragrances can have any number of harmful chemicals because they are considered "trade secrets" and they aren't legally obligated to report their ingredients. Isn't that crazy?! This is one of my favorite things about Beautycounter. All the ingredients are listed and everything has such a wonderful scent, usually made up of essential oils.

6. DON'T BE FOOLED BY CLEVER MARKETING: A lot of companies will claim they are paraben-free, gluten-free, vegan, cruelty-free. And while all these things are good, it still doesn't make the product SAFE. If a product is all of those things, but has fragrance or contains a couple other potentially harmful ingredients, the claims they make for marketing don't really matter, right?! We used to use a very well-known brand of sunscreen that said it was paraben and gluten free, so I thought I was in the clear. Come to find out, it has the two most harmful chemicals sunscreen can have! I felt a little lied to, not going to lie. This was about the time I joined Beautycounter, so I thankfully found our sunscreen as an amazing alternative.

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Beautycounter prohibits chemical SPF filters due to their high potential for skin irritation, opting instead for physical sunscreens, more commonly known as mineral sunscreen. Zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, sit on the surface of the skin and physically bounce or reflect sun’s rays away from the skin. Mineral sunscreens are great for people with sensitive skin, as well as babies and kids. 
Beautycounter never uses Octinoxate, Oxybenzone (or any other chemical sunscreen), parabens, retinol, retinyl palmitate or synthetic fragrance. 

You can check out our Never List of over 1800 ingredients we never put into products, because Beautycounter feels there are much safer options. Here's a little cheat sheet for you:

Another bit of exciting Beautycounter news is we are partnering with Sephora in July! We'll have 11 of our most popular products in hundreds of stores across the US as a part of their clean beauty movement. You are welcome to buy products from Sephora :) Of course, I still really appreciate your ongoing support of my small business, too!

Hope this helps you have a safe, sunny, summer!


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