Fun in the (no) sun – Beyond Coastal Review and Giveaway

Sunscreen.

I really have not given it much thought.

For our family, it is not something to be used only while engaging in outdoor activities. Lupus is made worse for many sufferers when exposed to UV rays. I don’t know why. I don’t know how. But I’m not about to chance it. Anything I can do to help keep my lupus quiet, I’m going to do it.

I put it on. I go about my day.

But recently I have begun rethinking some of the things I bring into our home. There are so many yucky icky chemicals in….stuff. After cleaning up my cleaners, I started looking at other items in our home. My sunscreen caught my eye. Aminobenzoic acid? Dioxybenzone? Phenylbenzimidazole? I can’t pronounce those. What are they? Why am I rubbing that on my skin?

Ick.

I was recently given the opportunity to try Beyond Coastal sunscreens.

All Beyond Coastal products are: Gluten Free, Cruelty Free, Fragrance Free, Oxybenzone Free, Paraben Free, Oil Free

A quick glance at the ingredients and I knew this might be exactly what I was looking for. I could actually pronounce them! Larch Tree Extract? Coconut Oil? Comfrey Plant Extract?

When my sunscreens arrived, I was pleasantly surprised at how fresh they smelled. Not fake or chemicaly, but just fresh. As I was playing with each sunscreen my family picked their favorite and disappeared with them. The following is their impressions.

Andrea, 20,  liked the Active Face Stick SPF 30. She says that it goes on very smooth, smells slightly citrusy and feels very light on her skin. She felt it would be just as nice under makeup as it is on its own. She liked the fact that it was a solid stick and not a liquid. She will give it a real workout when she heads to China next week for a study abroad. It’s already packed up in her carry on. :)

Jon, 18, grabbed the Kid’s Natural Sunscreen. As a redhead with very light skin, he knows that sunscreen is important. His impression of this was favorable. He liked that it didn’t smell girly. He also liked that it was easy to apply and disappeared quickly.

Faith, 8, liked the Active Lip Balm. No real review here, but she asked for the “Lip soft stuff” several times. :)

I grabbed the Natural Clear Sunscreen. This comes out of the tube white but blends to clear with no effort. It has a very soft fragrance. It is not greasy at all and feels very light on my skin. I can see this becoming my favorite sunscreen! 

 

I wish I could give a review regarding the effectiveness of the sunscreens, however I live in Washington state and during my review period, the sun did not really show itself. LOL

The awesome people at Beyond Coastal would like to give one lucky reader the opportunity to try their sunscreens! You know you want to!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

{Mommy Rambles was provided a sampling of sunscreens to review. Opinions are my own}

Guest Post by JustPlainJ – Neutrogena ® Wet Skin Sunscreen Review {can be applied to wet skin}

I was recently given the opportunity to try the new Neutrogena® Wet Skin sunscreen.  The name alone immediately grabbed my attention since for me sunscreen has been a bit of a frustration. I sweat, and not just a little and always. I know I should be using sunscreen but since it has always been such a hassle (apply to dry skin) I have more often not been remiss in my use.  And then comes the reapply after swimming, excessive perspiration, or extended sun exposure.

Why Do I Need Sunscreen At All, I Don’t Burn

Let’s start out by pointing out that sunscreen is needed to protect the skin from damaging UV rays from the sun.  From the American Cancer Society, …research studies link skin cancer with sun exposure on unprotected skin.  Now there are two types of UV rays that are responsible for this damage – UVA and UVB.  UVA rays penetrate more deeply than UVB and are the cause of premature skin agin while UVB are the primary cause of sunburns.  “To reduce the risk of skin cancer and premature aging, dermatologists continue to recommend generously applying a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen – that protects against both types of ultraviolet radiation (UVA and UVB) – with an SPF 30 or higher, in conjunction with other sun-safe practices…” said Ronald L. Moy, MD, FAAD, president of American Academy of Dermatology.

What Makes This Neutrogena® Sunscreen Different From The Rest

Paraphrasing from the Neutrogena® website; All sunscreens are not created equal.  In some sunscreens, UVA protection begins to break down the moment your skin is exposed to the sun.  Avobenzone is one of the best FDA-approved UVA blockers, but it is highly unstable when exposed to sunlight.  Neutrogena® was the first in the US market to introduce sun protection in which the Avobenzone was stabilized using Oxybenzone and DEHN, providing better, longer protection from those harmful UVA rays.  This was the beginning of their Helioplex® technology.  Today it encompasses additional technologies and ingredients while continuing to provide the same benefits of stabilized sun protection.  Johnson & Johnson’s Neutrogena is the only line of sunscreen utilizing Helioplex® technology.

And now they have gone beyond that with the new Wet Skin line – the first line of sunblock designed to be applied directly to wet (read sweaty also) skin.  It sprays on easily, cuts through the water and forms a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protective barrier.   With this I have very little excuse not to apply the sunscreen, before, and even during, my times outside.  It is simple enough – a quick spray and then I’m off.  The new Wet Skin line works both on wet and dry skin, does not drip or turn white when applied to wet skin, contains broad-spectrum UV protection, and has a gentle hypoallergenic formula.  You can see that the protective barrier is there as the water beads up and rolls off.  Seems that Neutrogena® is onto something with their new line.


 The Review

Right after I purchased my Neutrogena® Wet Skin at our local WalMart I had a perfect opportunity to give it a try, I was manning the VIP gate at the local rodeo.  (You can walk with me through my shopping experience at WalMart by following my link to my This Moment (This WILL open in a new Window))  The Wet Skin is a spray sunscreen, and that is also something new to me.  The bottle is very easy to operate, sprays out consistently and has very good coverage.  The spray smelled different from most other sunscreens I have tried; and it dissipated rapidly.  I suppose that could just be the smell of the propellent combined with the scent of the sunscreen.  The sunscreen absorbs in quickly leaving behind a slight sheen.  You can “see” the protective barrier it forms and feel a slight residue without the greasy feeling that oils give.  Rather than spraying on the face, I recommend spraying a bit on the hands and then applying that to your face.  It applies very easily to the top of the head for those of us with follicle-free zones (or a standard military high-and-tight).  Over the last five days it has performed very well.  It offers long-lasting protection even though there was quite a bit of sweating going on.  Overall I am highly impressed with this new product and I highly recommend the new Wet Skin sunscreen the next time your life takes you out into the sun.  Remember that sunscreen is important even on overcast days to protect you from those UVA rays and their skin damaging effects.  My thanks to Mommy Rambles for giving me this space.

As of this writing Neutrogena is offering $2 off Wet Skin, so be sure to sign up on their web site, get your coupon and share with your friends.  Register at this link:

https://www.neutrogena.com/sp/specialoffer/sun_save2/coupon-register.do

LIKE Johnson & Johnson on Facebook

LIKE Neutrogena on Facebook

LIKE WalMart on Facebook

**This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions stated are my own.**