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Tinted Sunscreen Reviews

Despite being a self-proclaimed skincare junkie, I still like to keep my daily skincare routine simple. I’ve been on the hunt for my HG (Holy Grail) tinted moisturizer/BB Cream but have yet to find a product that I absolutely can’t live without. However, I have tried several tinted sunscreens and while the Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream Tinted with SPF 30 is still on my wishlist, these are the four tinted sunscreens that I have tried recently:

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Affordable Natural Skincare Staples

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As I mentioned in my previous post, Pharmaca was having a big sale the other week on products that I use regularly as well as those that had been on my wishlist to try. This is my second time ordering from Pharmaca and I was enticed by a 25% Off coupon that I had found during their February Sale. My order also qualified for Free Shipping, which is always a big plus in my book. I picked up the Nourish Organic Hand Wash and Body Wash in Almond Vanilla for myself to test out and I also got a couple of other things for my siblings. I’ve been trying to get everyone in my family to go green and it hasn’t been easy. There are a lot of products that they have been used to using over the years, so it’s been a challenge to find more natural and cruelty-free alternatives since they’re not as obsessed with green beauty as I am. I think a big misconception about natural products is that they are too expensive or that they don’t perform as well as their mainstream counterparts. However, over the past year or so, I’ve successfully gotten the majority of my family to reconsider their opinions on green skincare and body care products! I typically buy products from Vitacost because they carry almost everything that I need at a discounted price, but since I recently discovered Pharmaca a couple months ago, I now have more options to choose from without breaking the bank.

I first bought the One Love Organics Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser last year and my brother just finished the bottle a few days ago! It lasts such a long time and I always buy it when there’s a sale going on, so I find it to be very budget-friendly and cost effective. The cleanser is very simple and easy to use, which is something that appeals to my brother despite the girly pink packaging. My brother has blemish prone skin and this cleanser seems to do a great job of cleansing without stripping away moisture from the skin. A lot of natural cleansers don’t necessarily produce foam like mainstream products, so I think this is a great alternative since it performs well and smells like fresh apples. Another favorite of his was MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield Unscented SPF 28 sunscreen. I first bought this last year at Whole Foods when it was a mere $9.99 (!) in the clearance section. I’ve gotten him a bunch of natural sunscreens to try in the past year but this one seems to be his favorite since it’s lightweight, easy to blend, and doesn’t leave a weird white cast behind.

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I also picked up a few things for my sister including the Acure Organics Unscented Argan Oil Cleansing Towelettes, Acure Organics Moroccan Argan Oil, and Kiss My Face SPF 50 Face Factor Sunscreen. My sister is probably the hardest to shop for. She has very sensitive, dry skin so it’s hard to find products that don’t aggravate her skin. She usually tries out products that I already have on hand and she just used up my first bottle of Acure Organics Argan Oil, so of course I had to get a replacement. I haven’t tried the cleansing towelettes before but I’ve heard good things about them, so hopefully they will work for her. I also had a Kiss My Face SPF 30 sunscreen that I got a while back that my sister took a liking to, so I got her the SPF 50 version to try out.

One area that I’m still working on finding natural alternatives for is haircare. I think it’s a bit hard to find a really good, affordable shampoo and conditioner that works well for everyone. Obviously, everyone has different hair textures and types, but I just haven’t found the perfect natural shampoo and conditioner duo yet. I, myself, switch back and forth between different brands and haven’t quite found my own HG shampoo and conditioner. I find that a lot of natural haircare products tend to dry out my hair, which is something that my family also has issues with. I think the only product that my family seems to like so far is the Desert Essence Conditioner in Raspberry. I’ve even purchased Acure Organics products for my family to try, but they didn’t really stand out to them as something they would choose over their current mainstream products.  So, the hunt continues…

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What are your current favorite natural skincare products? Do you have any budget-friendly natural haircare suggestions?

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My Skin Care Routine

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When it comes to skin care, I try to keep everything simple. It has taken me a really long time to find a cleanser that I really like and so far, my Acure Organics Facial Cleanser is working quite well and I highly recommend it. I have dry, sensitive, acne-prone skin and it’s difficult to find something that is natural and gentle, but still cleanses my skin effectively. I also think the price point is pretty affordable, especially since you can find it at a variety of retailers (which means keep an eye out for those coupon codes!).

Ingredients: Organic Curoxidant Superfruit Blend (organic euterpe oleracea (acai) berry, organic rubus fruticosus (blackberry), organic rosa canina (rosehips), organic punica granatum (pomegranate), organic calendula officinalis (calendula), organic matricaria recutita (chamomile), fair trade certified™ organic aspalanthus linearis (rooibos), lauryl glucoside (vegetable derived), decyl glucoside (sugar soap), fair trade certified™ organic olea europaea (olive oil), organic chlorella pyrenoidsoa (chlorella growth factor), glucono delta lactone (fermented sugar), potassium sorbate (food grade preservative), citrus limon (lemon) essential oil, citric acid.

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For toner, I generally use a mixture of tea tree oil and witch hazel. If I have a big zit, I use apple cider vinegar as a blemish treatment. All these products are inexpensive, easy-to-use, and can be used for many other things beyond skin care.

Finding the perfect moisturizer can be daunting to say the least. I read about argan oil from several green beauty blogs and I purchased a small bottle from Amazon to try it out myself. I think it’s a nice simple product that is very moisturizing not only for your face, but also for your body and your hair. You just need a few drops and it gets the job done. Coconut Oil is also a great moisturizer and I like to use it for removing my makeup.

When it comes to sunscreen, Kiss My Face has a great face and neck sunscreen that I LOVE. It doesn’t leave a white cast on your skin and it is easy to blend. It has a good EWG score and I purchased mine on Amazon for around $10 when it was on sale. I use it everyday and it is my current HG facial sunscreen.

Active Ingredients
Octinoxate (7.5%) , Octisalate (3%) , Zinc Oxide (3%)

Inactive Ingredients
Water , Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice , Glycerin , Acrylates Copolymer , Polysorbate 20 , Stearyl Alcohol , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil , Dimethicone , Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides , Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes , Glyceryl Stearate SE , Cetyl Alcohol , Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract , Cetearyl Olivate , Sorbitan Olivate , Acetyl Hexapeptide 8 , Alpha Lipoic Acid , Sodium Hyaluronate , Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract , Glycrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract , Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C) , Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) , Sodium Chloride , Linoleic Acid , Phenoxyethanol , Ethylhexyl Glycerin

What is your daily skin care routine? Have you tried any of these products?