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Falling in Love with SPF

Falling in Love with SPF

If you’re gearing up for a socially distanced 4th of July barbecue — and a summer spent outside as much as possible — last week was the time to get serious about your sun protection. So let’s get to it, shall we?

Protecting the skin on your face (and neck and décolleté) from the sun is the single.most.important thing you can do to prevent external signs of skin decline (aka the privilege of aging). Today, I’m giving you the homework of finding a sunscreen you love to use, and that your skin loves back. Once you find it, using it needs to become a non-negotiable part of your daily routine. No matter your plans. Even if you’re inside all day. Yes, really. If well aging is your goal, SPF is a must.*

At Dunkin Kehn, we love non-nano zinc oxide for its sun-protecting and skin-soothing qualities. The beauty of suncare products based on zinc is that it soothes inflammatory response to the sun, while also doing the big-muscle job of broad-spectrum UVA and UVB defense. Found in virtually every diaper rash cream and so optically occlusive we could use it to stripe our summer skin neon in the '80s (remember those good ol' days?), zinc is a naturally occurring, sun-blocking mineral that is great skin food, whether you feed it from outside in or the inside out.

In good news, formulation with zinc has progressed lightyears beyond the opaque finishes of the 80s, so that now we have cosmetically elegant, zinc-based sunscreens you will delight in using. And, while we’re listing its benefits, let’s not forget that zinc is a reef-safe alternative to synthetic sunscreens like avobenzone, oxybenzone, and oxtinoxate, which have been shown to contribute to the destruction of our coral reefs.

But… does zinc work? Oh, yes, indeed. I’ve been relying on zinc-based sunscreens for years — whether I’m romping around the city or lazing in a hot, tropical sun. Apply enough and reapply appropriately. These reef-safe sunscreens get the job done. (Also, I know my story is cool, but there are scientists and studies to back me up ;) )

Let me take you on a tour of the facial sunscreens that we offer at Dunkin Kehn with a solid compare / contrast.

Just as we would if you were in person at my little shop-of-yore. I’d ask you: are you looking for tint or no tint?

No tint, you say? We have some wonderful options for you. Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30 is a cult favorite in the green beauty world for good reason. It has a rich, creamy texture and a radiant dry-down, leaving skin feeling dewy and hydrated all day long. It also contains a cornucopia of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant extracts to further protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays.

Kypris Pot of Shade: Heliotropic is a fast-absorbing, essential-oil-free moisturizer suitable for even the most sensitive skin. Formulated to be a great primer, it has a more velvety dry-down than the Nutrient Day Cream. For my foundation wearers, it makes a smooth, luminous base. Pot of Shade also boasts probiotics, making it especially suitable for breakout-prone skin or skin that’s having trouble maintaining a hydration balance.

Finally, for a super lightweight texture coupled with a host of antioxidants, Mad Hippie Facial SPF 30+ makes an excellent, cost-effective choice. I also love keeping a tube of this on hand for reapplications. The lightweight, sugarcane bioresin packaging makes it highly transportable (versus the glass containers of our other options), and the texture of the product continues to feel light after a couple of reapplications. Keep one in your beach bag — instead of applying your kids’ leftovers.

Now, if you prefer a tint in your sunscreen, consider opting for the tinted version of Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30 or the de Mamiel Exhale Daily Hydrating Nectar.** When comparing the two, Nutrient Day Cream Tinted has a more radiant, glowy dry-down, while Exhale has a more velvety, soft finish. As for the tints, they are similar in opacity, but different in undertone. Nutrient Day Cream Tinted has a slightly cooler undertone and Exhale has a slightly warmer undertone. Both smooth out to blend with your skin and provide elegant optical blurring. Not to state the obvious, but these are tinted moisturizers with SPF, not foundations. If you’d like significant coverage, plan to pair with these with a concealer or foundation — or both!

Does one of these sound right for you? Do you have any questions? Would you like advice on a solution you can buy locally or at a lower price point?

I’m an open door. I like to think of what we do at Dunkin Kehn as product matchmaking. My dream is to pair you with the products that are right for you, right away. So that you can go off, do your own thang, and not stress about whether you’re taking good enough care of your skin. I do love reading about beauty products, ingredients, and formulation. But if you don’t, please don’t waste your time. The world is ready for your contribution, the one that lights you up and makes you zing.

If you achieve one #skingoal this month, let it be finding a sunscreen that works for you. So that you can go outside, soak up life, and radiate it back out.

* I'm focused here on your face. Personally, I am an advocate of some daily sunshine on your arms and legs *without* sunscreen, to promote vitamin D production and a great mood. But I'm not a doctor. Just a person with a passion and a whole lotta reading under her belt. You do you.

** Note that this product has not been FDA tested to be marketed as an SPF in the US, which is why we don’t list its sun protection factor. However, it has been tested by the parallel UK authorities to be able to be marketed as SPF 30 there. Just sayin’.


Have you found a sunscreen that you love? Are you committed -- or planning to test the waters?


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