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This past weekend was the first time this year I was able to hit the beach, as well as float in my pool. On a scale of 1 to 10, the weather this past weekend consisted of perfect 10 days. The temps were low-mid 70s, but in the direct sun felt like mid-80s. As I plan to spend more time outdoors and in the sun, suncare is a top priority of mine. Everyday, no matter the weather, I try to use at lease a thin coat of sunscreen. This protects my skin from harmful UV Rays, and slows the skin spot/age progression. We all have our favorite, sunscreen brands, but it can be helpful to try out new brands to see what products really protect and feel good on your skin. From Poshly, I was fortunate enough to receive three COOLA branded suncare/skincare products complimentary to test & review. I was sent COOLA’s Mineral Body Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50, Full Spectrum 360° Mineral Sun Silk Crème Organic Sunscreen and Organic Gradual Sunless Tan Firming Lotion
This past month, visiting the beach several times, allowed me to put these products to the test, to form truthful reviews. The first product, I tried was the Mineral Body Sunscreen Lotion – SPF 50. This sunscreen is 50, but also comes in 30 SPF. It is fragrance-free which is perfect for everyday wear. Retailing for $36, there’s 5 FL OZ of product. This is a little on the pricier side, compared to other sunscreen products. However, I promise with COOLA, you get what you pay for. As I initially did, you might be wondering what the “Mineral” aspect in the product’s name, refers to. In this sunscreen, there are active, non-nano minerals that are safer to use on your skin compared to sunscreens with harsh chemicals. Playing on this idea of chemical-free, the sunscreen has 70%+ certified organic ingredients! COOLA explains that this product utilizes Plant Protection in its ingredients, which I think is so fun. It’s also Vegan, Non-GMO, Gluten-Free and Paraben-Free. Plus, COOLA has made sure to put their hands into protecting the environment, as this sunscreen is Reef safe and friendly.
The natural minerals and active ingredients in this sunscreen are Zinc Oxide (7.00%) & Titanium Dioxide (3.20%). These minerals create a layer on your skin that works to reflect harmful UV rays away from your skin. I found this sunscreen to be extremely moisturizing, making my skin feel soft and smooth. After spending time out in the sun, the last thing you want is a product that dries out your skin. I tend to have sensitive skin, but I had no issues or negative reactions from the sunscreen. I really love how this body sunscreen can also be used on your face, as it is quite gentle. For being so effective against sunburns and sun damage, I was surprised at how non-greasy and light feeling this felt on the skin. Sometimes sunscreen feels like a thick white paste, which I don’t know about you, but I don’t prefer that. Once you apply this, you don’t have to worry about having white splotches all over your skin. It goes on clear and provides a very wearable finish. When you are applying this sunscreen, make sure to do so 15 minutes prior to sun exposure. Since this sunscreen is only water-resistant for 80 minutes), COOLA suggests reapplying after 80 minutes, or at the least, every two hours. Especially after swimming, sweating or after towel drying. It really protected myself from the sun, and when I forgot to re-apply (a big no-no but honest), I noticed the difference in the likeliness of burning.
The second product of the three that I tried out was the Full Spectrum 360° Mineral Sun Silk Crème Organic Sunscreen. The product has a SPF of 30. I used this product simultaneously with the Mineral Body Sunscreen Lotion. This product is a little more expensive, retailing at $42. Again, the quality is worth the cost. There is 1.5 FL OZ, so I personally am careful with how much I use. I dedicate it to only my face and neck. You can use it for your other sensitive skin areas if you so choose. Like the Mineral Body Sunscreen Lotion, this product has 70%+ certified organic ingredients and is perfect for sensitive skin. It’s oil-free, so again, this feel clean and non-greasy on the skin. I wouldn’t even consider this lightweight, because eon the skin it feels like it isn’t even there at all! I feel the Skin Silk Crème is the perfect description for this item, as it really does go on the skin as smooth as silk.
The ingredients within this product that really do steal the show are Non-Nano Zinc Oxide (15.0%), the full spectrum 360° complex and Niacinamide. COOLA describes this product as being their most advanced organic formula thus far. As described on their website, Non-Nano Zinc Oxide gives your skin with UVA & UVB protection; The Full Spectrum 360° Complex is a combination of active antioxidants and plant-derived ingredients, that are clinically shown to lessen skin damage from blue light, infrared, and pollution exposure; Niacinamide helps the skin keep moisturized, while soothing and softening the skin. This fragrance-free product should be applied to cleansed skin 15 minutes prior to sun exposure; and COOLA explains how you should apply it across your face and neck using upward strokes. The product is also Vegan, Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, Paraben-Free and Reef-Friendly. I’ve noticed that this product acted as a moisturizer as well as sunscreen. It disappears into the skin, providing the perfect foundation for makeup application. I’ve notice although my arm and chest burnt a little, my face and nose which usually burns the easiest, were untouched by any sunburn and redness.
Finally, the last product I want to discuss is more of a skincare item than a sun care item, but you’ll soon see how it relates to sun-damage protection. Do you want a warm and golden tan, but fear skin damage and aging? The Organic Gradual Sunless Tan Firming Lotion is the product for you. This product, retailing for $46, provides a wonderful glowing tan without having to bake in the sun, much safer for sure especially since this item has 70%+ certified organic ingredient and 99%+ natural ingredients.
Before trying this product, I had actually never tried a self-tanner. I was always so weary and nervous to use one. I had visions of stained orange skin, clothes and bed sheets. I figured a fake tan would be too noticeable, and I should just bake in the sun instead. However, over the last several years I’ve really been focusing on healthy skincare practices, as well as a consistent skincare routine. Prior to trying out this product, I noticed the product claims to gradually build a tan gradually over a few days, as opposed to immediately dyeing the skin. This reassured me a little and I decided to try the product out.
The product claims to gradually build a healthy, golden glow, and boy is that true. The product doesn’t dye your skin a shocking orange color (my fear). It really gives you that sunkissed, “I just got back from vacation” skin. What I love is this is actually a lotion that hydrates the skin. The lotion has made my skin feel insanely soft and smooth, it is even infused with caffeine! Who doesn’t want to give their skin a caffeine boost? The product also claims to tone and tighten, which can be contributed to the caffeine. I wasn’t sure what this meant exactly, until I used it. My skin looked more firm immediately, which I didn’t think was possible The best way I can describe it, is I feel my skin after using this product looked more cinched. If you look at the below photos, the picture on the left, my skin looks pale, my freckles and blemishes are prominent and my skin honestly looks dull. After only one application of this tanning lotion, my face looks hydrated, smooth, blemish free and GLOWING. This product is safe for face and body.
Again, this product is buildable, so you can continue to apply the lotion over your tanned skin, to darken if you shall choose to. The product size is a good amount at 6.0 FL OZ. For anyone who is nervous to jump into the world of self tanner, as I was, this is beyond subtle and you have the option to mix it with a moisturizer if you’d like to dilute the color. There are no rules to how often you can use this product. If you want to build a deeper tan, use it daily. You also could use this even in the winter months to keep skin glowing. Make sure to apply with a mitt, or gloves. I made the mistake of dyeing my palms a darker color than the rest of my body. It faded pretty quickly after rigorous hand wash sessions.
The lotion is vegan, reef safe, and certified organic. It has a natural Pina Colada scent, I mostly smell the coconut. The Baobab Oil and Shea Butter provides nutrients, vitamins and moisture to the skin. Something I really appreciate about this product is the truth in it being streak-free and transfer-resistant. I have not transferred the tan color OR noticed a streak in color ONCE since I started using this. However, after applying the lotion in circular motions, make sure it dries before you get dresses. Then, you will see the tan fully develop in 2-4 hours. Make sure to wait 6-8 hours before showering. As COOLA suggests, I also exfoliate before using this product. I will definitely be purchasing this item once I run out, I am addicted to the glowing color it gives me as well as how healthy my skin looks. I highly recommend!