The Cruelty-Free Review

A review of compassionate products, foods, and recipes

Fun in the Sun

on June 16, 2012

With summer rapidly approaching it’s time to discuss sun safety. No matter where you live it is important to apply sunscreen. Every day, even in the winter. Melanoma is the most common forms of skin cancer and it kills an estimated 8,790 Americans each year (Skin Cancer Foundation). It is no joke and yet so many people are blasé about taking simple preventative measures. So I thought I would do my bit and recommend a great cruelty-free sunscreen in hopes that it will encourage anyone out there who’s on the fence about daily sunscreen application to make it a part of their daily routine.

Sunscreen was one of those products that was difficult to replace when we went cruelty-free. Almost all of the major brands like Banana Boat and Coppertone are owned by non-CF companies and what brands we could find didn’t offer protection higher than SPF 15. Thankfully a lot has changed in a short amount of time and there are many CF products that offer up to SPF 45. My favorite one so far is Alba Botanica Hawaiian Soothing Green Tea in SFP 30.

It contains a lot of natural moisturizers like aloe vera, sunflower oil, and jojoba. The scent isn’t overpowering at all and is more flowery that the usual coconut smell you get with sunscreens. The best part is how well is goes on the skin. A lot of sunscreens are very thick and leave the skin almost sticky. This sunscreen is more like a lotion so it absorbs quickly and is water resistant for up to 40 minutes. I used it just about every day in place of my usual lotion during the summer. It’s even suitable for use on the face since it isn’t oily; a bonus for those with oily or combo complexions like me. All of Albas products are broad spectrum, meaning they protect against UVA and UVB rays thus providing maximum protection.  And don’t freak out that no CF sunscreens (that I know of anyway) offer SPF higher than 45. The Skin Cancer foundation recommends that SPF 30 is fine for prolonged sun exposure and the FDA has said there is little evidence to suggest that lotions with SPF higher than 50 offer better protection. So as long as you take the other appropriate measures of skin protection (wearing protective clothing, limiting exposure, reapplying sunscreen after swimming) you should be fine. Make sure you apply enough to cover your whole body, an amount equal to the size of ahot glass. If you need help with how much that equates to, take out your favorite shot glass, fill with liquor of your choice and drink. Okay so that probably wasn’t useful but that’s not the point, right? 🙂

Alba products can readily be found at big chain stores like Target and Walmart and are some of the most affordable, quality CF products you can find. They are100% vegetarian; however they do use some animal ingredients. Their stance on use of animal ingredients:

Our products contain no meat or by-products of animal killing. We also reject all cruelly obtained animal ingredients, even if an animal is not killed. We limit our use of animal products to ingredients that are naturally created by and have no future use to the animal such as beeswax.

I personally have no problem with this, but staunch vegans will want to check the ingredients carefully before purchase. Thankfully Alba provides ingredient lists for all their products online.  So now you have no excuse for not using sunscreen, and remember that suntanning booths are no better, especially if you don’t want to look like this:

 

I don’t care what anyone says, looking like the Cryptkeeper from Tales from the Crypt is not sexy. I’ll take blinding white thighs over this look any day.

And that concludes this PSA on sunscreen.

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4 responses to “Fun in the Sun

  1. Barb says:

    I guess I’m one of the bad ones- I definitely don’t apply it every day, only when I’m going to be outside for an extended period. And I don’t like being blinding white 🙂 I need to find a salon with vegan spray tanning, I guess…

    • Bad girl! Okay, enough scolding 🙂 Maybe I need to find a vegan self tanner to review. They have come a long way from the orange streaky mess they used to be, and it would certainly be cheaper and more convenient than going to a salon. Off to do some research!

  2. Alba is so fantastic- I once got a bundle of the facial cleanser, toner, and moisturizer as a gift, and I’m still trying to stretch them so they last a little bit longer. I haven’t tried the sunscreen, but I definitely want to. Finding a trustworthy brand can be so difficult!

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