Ahhhh… summer! Such a beautiful time of the year. I hope you’re enjoying it a lot! Speaking about my beauty/skincare routine, because the weather where I live is nice and warm at the moment, I keep it as minimal as I can. However, I wanted to share my two favorite items that I’m currently in love with: Kiss My Face SPF40 Natural Mineral Sunscreen and Nomads floral tunic style dress.
Despite the fact that you should keep your sunscreen close to you at all times despite the season, summer is that time of the year when you need to be especially careful about applying and reapplying your sunscreen as often as necessary to protect your skin. For me, a good sunscreen must be made with mineral filters, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) and absorb well without making my skin covered in a ghostly white cream. Also, preferably, moisturizing! I chose Kiss My Face SPF40 Mineral Sunscreen (88ml for approx $17/£11) because it ticks all these boxes and even more!
First and most important, it contains mineral filters (as you know, mineral filters reflect sun rays instead of absorbing them like chemical filters do) – titanium dioxide (6%) and zinc oxide (10%). Now, most sunscreens with mineral filters are a real pain to apply evenly on the skin and also tend to make the skin whitish. Kiss My Face promised to “blend in clear” and kept the promise – despite being pretty thick, it’s easy to apply and blend in on dry skin. Also, it doesn’t flake or dry out the skin – so thumbs up for that. The scent is sweet, but not very intense. It stays on the skin, but is detectable only if you put your nose close to the skin. I also like the size of the tube (88 ml), because it’s below 100ml it’s also travel-friendly.
The sunscreen has a nice ingredient list containing cucumber extract and green tea extract along with vitamins D, E and C. The only thing I don’t like is Propylene Carbonate, which isn’t natural, but Deep Skin database rates it as safe, so I’m not too worried about it. Also, it contains Phenoxyethanol if you try to avoid it.
Like every sunscreen, you need to reapply it quite often, at least every 2 hours, and even more frequently if you have fair skin. It’s also labeled as water-resistant, which is great if you like swimming. It says to reapply it after every 40 minutes after swimming or sweating (if you don’t towel dry, if yes, then immediately), however, I personally would reapply it right after contact with water, just in case.
Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 6%, Zinc Oxide 10%, Water, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ergocalciferol (Vitamin D), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.
I am more of a “jeans and t-shirt” kind of girl, however, in the summer my wardrobe habits change drastically and I start wearing dresses much more often. Here’s my second summer essential item – Nomads Floral Tunic Dress* (approx $78/£50).
If you aren’t familiar with Nomads – it’s an ethical fashion brand with a wide collection of beautiful organic, fair-trade clothing, including this gorgeous floral dress above. There’s a good story behind the brand and, also, I’m very impressed by its commitment to the environment and involvement in charity.
I’m so grateful to Nomads for sending this dress to me, I’ve fallen in love with it and don’t want to wear anything else. It’s very comfortable and pretty with all these cute little embroidered flowers. Now I want every single item from its collection! You can see all of Nomads dresses here. Let me know if you looked and which one you liked the most!
How’s summer treating you? What are your everyday summer essentials?