Welcome back to one of our newest features on the blog – our Favorite Product of the Month!
Here you’ll learn what we’re head over heels for this month and why.
This month, as we’re cruising headfirst into the hot summer months, we are all about sunscreen!
You already know that too much sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and even skin cancer. No news there. You can avoid these skin woes by making sunscreen a non-negotiable in your routine – even in the winter time.
We are thrilled with Countersun Daily Sheer Defense For Face – SPF 25 by Beauty Counter because it not only aligns with all of our values but, perhaps most importantly, it works.
Here’s the deal: The Beauty Counter Countersun Daily Sheer Defense for Face uses non-nano zinc oxide as its physical protection from the sun. This means it is a mineral sunscreen that sits on top of the skin and works by reflecting the sun’s rays.
This is in contrast to normal (read: chemical) sunscreens that work by being absorbed into your body. The chemicals in the sunscreen pass through your skin in order to scatter the sun’s rays and prevent burning.
Since these active ingredients need time to sink in, you generally need to wait 15-20 minutes before actually going out in the sun.
No waiting time here!
Since mineral sunscreens made with zinc oxide act like a mirror, they start working immediately. Zinc Oxide effectively protects against both UVA and UVB rays, so the Countersun Daily Sheer Defense for Face is ready to take you outside right after application.
A major issue with most mineral sunscreens however, is that since they are made to sit on top of your skin, they end up leaving an extremely noticeable white/gray cast on the skin.
This sunscreen has got us fawning all over it because we are happy to report no white-cast in this super easy to blend, lightweight, moisturizing formula.
The Countersun Daily Sheer Defense for Face also contains ingredients like Chicory Root Extract, Vitamin E and Squalane – all of which work together to lock in moisture to the skin and protect and enhance the skin’s natural defense barriers, so you know you’re giving your skin the extra benefit of hydration and protection against environmental stressors.
Since the best sunscreen is the one you’ll actually use, we are happy to report that this is a step you’ll be excited to add into your daily skincare routine.
So we know it’s good for you. But the other part that excites us is that it’s good for the environment as well! This sunscreen is oxybenzone-free (this is the chemical that is not only disrupting hormones inside your body- it’s also the one killing Ocean Reefs). This product is also EWG Verified as well as verified Cruelty Free.
We are all about safe sun exposure, meaning we’re aiming to have a healthy respect for, but not fear of, the sun.
Recent studies have shown that optimal Vitamin D levels may actually help prevent as many as 16 different types of cancers.
And the best way to get your Vitamin D?
Safe, smart and limited exposure to the sun.
Exposure helps the skin produce the Vitamin D it needs to build bones, stop inflammation, strengthen the immune system and protect against cancer (including skin cancer), and the Countersun Daily Sheer Defense for Face is checking all of the boxes for us!