Sun Protection Standouts

by Kristen at The Red Velvet Life on May 14, 2013 · 2 comments

The first day of summer isn’t for another month–June 21 to be exact–but the heat has arrived and kicked up its flip-flopped feet. Yesterday’s high lingered around 102. I’m constantly on the lookout for shaded walkways, ice water dispensers, and ceiling fans.

Ferris and I are feeling it, and we’re taking precautionary measures to protect ourselves from heat exhaustion and sunburn. We hydrate, we eat well (he now gets an extra meal per day because he’s working so hard–not so for me!), and we both wear sunscreen. Yes, it’s true. Ferris wears sunscreen. Not all over, just on the pink parts of his muzzle. He seems to have accepted his grooming routine as he lowers his head when I apply his Banana Boat for babies (in a pink tube no less). Who knows, maybe by mid-summer he’ll be applying his own sunscreen? Tacking himself up? Pouring me mint juleps?


I wouldn’t count on it. Ferris knows I’ll happily spoil him with extra curry combing, carrots, and cookies. (Maybe go slow on introducing the mint juleps, no?) And while I’ve been known to borrow Ferris’s Banana Boat, I have my own sun protection regimen. Here are a few essentials for making it through spring and summer in one un-toasted piece!

Everyday sun protection


(1) Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection Sunscreen Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 50 / (2) Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 /(3) Eric Javits Squishee Shade Sun hat / (4) Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable SPF 50 mineral powder/ (5) Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30/ (6) Chantecaille Lip Screen / (7) elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 / (8) Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 / (9) Prada sunglasses / (10) Hat from Goorin Bros. (Mine is a bit different, but this one is cute.)

That’s some serious sun protection factor right there. I’ve broken it down into what I use everyday and what I use for riding and other outdoor activities.

Everyday Use

  • Moisturizer with SPF
    • Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30, or
    • DeVita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30 (not shown, but you can find it at Whole Foods or many places online like here–it’s amazing!)
  • Wide-brimmed hat and Sunglasses
    • I recommend wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses during peak hours for sun exposure. There are so many hats out there that you’re bound to find one to suit your taste and price range. I’m a fan of Eric Javits and Goorin Bros.; both can be pricey, but they’ll last summers to come and the Eric Javits hat has UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) 50+.
  • Lip sunscreen
    • Fresh sugar tinted lip treatment is a fantastic option that provides a hint of color and protects your smoocher. It comes in pretty shades like coral, berry, rose, honey, and passion. Muah!
    • Chantecaille Lip Screen is a sheer option for your lips with a moisture boost.
  • Devita Solar Body Block SPF 30 (not shown)
    • This is a great everyday sunscreen and moisturizer for the body. I first found it at Whole Foods, and I have yet to find a better lightweight sunscreen for everyday use.

Sports/Heavy Sun Exposure

  • Again, I start with an SPF-containing moisturizer, even though I always apply heavier ‘screen later.
    • Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30, or
    • DeVita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30
  • For face, I use SPF 50 or higher, such as:
    • Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection Sunscreen Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 50, or
    • elta MD makes a range of fantastic sunscreens. The one shown above is only SPF 46, which is probably best for everyday use. Look for something with a higher SPF.
      • I first learned about elta MD from my former dermatologist in Austin. I’d say dermatologists in Central Texas know a thing or two abot sun protection, no?
  • Lip Sunscreen
    • Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15, or
    • Chantecaille Lip Screen SPF 15
  • Visor or Hat and Sunglasses (not shown)
    • For riding, I wear polarized Maui Jim sunglasses and occasionally my Equi-Visor, which I attach to my helmet on extra hot days.
  • For body, I’ve been experimenting with various drugstore brands, but I have yet to identify one worth raving about. I recommend elta MD sunscreens for body as well–it’s on my wish list!
  • Other
    • Colorscience Sunforgettable mineral powder is fantastic for travel because you can easily reapply, and it’s a sheer powder, so it doesn’t take up any of your coveted liquid carry-on space. I used it religiously on our 2010 anniversary trip to Riviera Maya, and it never led to breakouts.

I’m sure as the summer months arrive (it’s technically still spring!), I’ll identify new favorites. I’ll keep you updated. Please let me know if you have any questions!

I want to know–what are your favorite sunscreens and sun protection essentials?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rose May 14, 2013 at 6:37 am

100 + degrees? It’s not even that hot in Texas yet!

I love the Fresh Lip Treatment but I’m excited to try out the Chantecaille Lip Screen. Thanks for the rec!

For me, I use the following sunscreens:
face: Skinceuticals sunscreen/Neutrogena ultra sheer – love them cause they go on smooth and don’t rub off into little balls under my makeup
Body: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 100 – goes on smooth and keeps my skin kabuki theater white; MD Moms babysafe sunscreen towelletes (good for little Boo and the family and easy to apply!), Jason Kids Block and/or Babyganics Sunscreen spray if you’re looking for something natural.

Stay cool and protected!


2 Kristen at The Red Velvet Life May 14, 2013 at 5:18 pm

I’m going to pick up the Neutrogena SPF 100 on my next drugstore run! I might also try the sunscreen towelletes; seems great for when you’re on the go!

It’s slightly cooler today, but yeah, it’s been HOT lately! Love to you, David, and Baby Boo :)


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