10 Vegan + Cruelty-free Sunscreens you can wear under your makeup!

Happy Summer Solstice to everyone! After a long break, I have finally found some time to sit down and write. 

Since summer is officially here, I decided to discuss (once again!) the importance of finding the right sunscreen. There are sunscreens for everything, but these sunscreens are special, for these protectors are designed to not only shield the skin from UVA & UVB rays but also, prep the skin for makeup application. This means filling in those fine lines and wrinkles, diminishing pores, and moisturizing dry areas–without the white film. 

Happy shopping for I found sunscreens for all budgets~

Sunscreens To wear under Makeup

  1. Kiss My Face Sunscreen – Face Factor SPF 30 $12.95. Vegan-Friendly. Best For: Dry Skin. 
  2. Goddess Garden FACE THE DAY – Sunscreen & Firming Primer $17.99. Vegan-Friendly. Best For: Mature Skin. 
  3. Andalou Naturals ARGAN STEM CELL BB BENEFIT BALM UN-TINTED SPF 30 $19.95. Vegan-Friendly. Best For: Oily/ Blemish-prone skin. 
  4. Badger Damascus Rose SPF 25 Face Sunscreen Lotion with Lavender & Chamomile $19.99. Best For: Delicate/Sensitive skin. 
  5. Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Facial Sunscreen SPF 40 – Fragrance Free $20.95. Best For: Delicate/ Sensitive Skin. 
  6. DeVita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30+ $25.95. Vegan-Friendly. Best For: Blemish-Prone Skin. 
  7. Mámbino Organics SPF 30 Face Mineral Sunscreen $28.95.  Best For: Oily Skin. 
  8. Coola Daydream™ SPF 30 Mineral Primer $42.00. Vegan-Friendly. Best For: All Skin types. 
  9. Suntegrity NATURAL MOISTURIZING FACE SUNSCREEN & PRIMER, BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 30 $45.00. Vegan-Friendly. Best For: All Skin types. 
  10. Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield $65.00. Best For: Mature Skin. 
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Skincare for EVERY Age: A Vegan and Cruelty-free Guide to your changing Routine

Some people are born lucky. These people can use the same skincare products from their teenage years all the way until their 70’s and beyond. My mom is one of these lucky people. She has been using the same Clinique products as long as I can remember and still looks amazing.

However, while this works for her, the products I use my teenage years don’t and can’t match my skin now in my 20s. I once had oily, acne-prone skin, now I am leaning more towards combination with occasional breakouts. My once favorite skincare products are just too harsh. But thankfully, with the rise of women and men creating and purchasing skincare products, there are items out there to address all kinds of skin concerns.

Below are just some of the various skincare products available for all ages!   

*= VEGAN-FRIENDLY

Skincare Routine 20s (1)

While in your 20s, your hormones should be calming down from your awkward puberty days. However, now what is left are dark spots and an oily, persist T-zone. To help combat these problems look for products that are meant to ease the occasional breakouts and fade those dark spots. 

Skincare Routine 30s (1)

They say, “30s is the new 20s.” But with that said, your skin maybe telling a different story. Dryness will start creeping up on you. Stop dryness by finding hydrating moisturizers and soothing scrubs to buff away dead, dull skin. 

Skincar Routine 40s (2)

Aging is a blessing. But there is no shame in keeping wrinkles and age spots away. In your 40s, your skin is losing collagen, a protein that keeps your skin’s elasticity tight. While this is just part of nature, a healthy diet and a strong skincare routine may slow the process.

Skincare 50s+ (1)

When it comes to aging, it is but a number. Starting a good routine in your 20s, 30s, and 40s, will greatly help your skin when you are in your 50s and beyond. The main concern now is just keeping your skin smooth and fading away wrinkles. Look for products designed for mature skintypes or have BHA/AHA ingredients to regenerate your skin.  

Top 5 Vegan & Cruelty-free Setting Sprays

You are all done with applying your makeup. Everything is looking great, but you want to keep it that way as long as possible. A great way to keep your makeup in its place is grab your handy-dandy setting spray! Each spray is slightly different from each other but most will soften your complexion, hydrate your skin, or mattify oily skin.

Setting Spray (2)

With a great primer and setting spray, you are all set to go!

 

  1. Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray $30 Vegan. All Skin Types.
  2. Coola Makeup Setting Spray SPF30 $36 Cruelty-free. All Skin Types.
  3. Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 $28 Cruelty-free. All Skin Types.
  4. Wet N’ Wild Photo Focus™ Setting Spray $4.99 Cruelty-free. All Skin Types.
  5. Jane Iredale Pommisst HYDRATION SPRAY $29.00 Vegan. All Skin Types.

Should I wear Sun Protection?: Breaking the Myth + CRUELTY-FREE & VEGAN Sunscreens

There seems to be a myth among people with darker complexions that there is no need to apply sunscreen. I, too, use to believe this!  I mean,dark skin is evolutionarily designed to tolerate the sun rays, so why waste time and money on sunscreen? However, in our modern times with pollution and other factors, our skin is changing. We cannot see the differences but over time we will notice the fine lines and age spots much earlier than what we anticipated. To help prevent these changes, adding a thin layer to sunscreen will help you in the long run! And yes, that means wearing the sunscreen in both summer and winter!

Here is a visual guide to help you determine which skin type you belong to. Known as“The Fitzpatrick Skin Type”, it is a skin classification system first developed in 1975 by Thomas Fitzpatrick, MD, of Harvard Medical School. It measures genetic disposition and reactions to sun exposure.

FITZPATRICK-COLOR-CHART

Not sure? TEST HERE

  • Type I (scores 0–6) Pale white; blond or red hair; blue eyes; freckles — Always burns, never tans
  • Type II (scores 7–13) White; fair; blond or red hair; blue, green, or hazel eyes — Usually burns, tans minimally
  • Type III (scores 14–20) Cream white; fair with any hair or eye color; quite common — Sometimes mild burn, tans uniformly
  • Type IV (scores 21–27) Moderate brown; typical Mediterranean skin tone — Rarely burns, always tans well
  • Type V (scores 28–34) Dark brown; Middle Eastern skin types — Very rarely burns, tans very easily
  • Type VI (scores 35+) Deeply pigmented dark brown to black — Never burns, tans very easily

As you can see darker complexions needs sunscreen with a SPF 15 or higher.

All of these sunscreens can be worn under makeup; allow 5 minutes for the sunscreen to dry before applying makeup.


Normal Skin (VEGAN & PARABEN-FREE)

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DeVita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF30+

$25.95 for 2.5 oz/75 ml

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Oily Skin (VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE, PARABEN-FREE)

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KISS MY FACE® Face Factor SPF 30 For Face and Neck

$12.95 for 2 oz/ 59 mL

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Combination (VEGETARIAN, PARABEN-FREE)

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alba BOTANICA® Very Emollient Sunscreen facial broad spectrum spf30

$11.49 for 4 oz/ 113 g

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Dry (VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE, PARABEN-FREE)

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COOLA® Face spf 30 Cucumber moisturizer

$32.00 for 1.7 oz/50ml

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Sensitive (VEGAN, PARABEN-FREE)

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California Baby® Super Sensitive ™ (No Fragrance) Broad Spectrum SPF 30+

$19.99 for 2.9oz/82 g

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