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With the weather warming up, it's so important to protect yourself from harmful UVA/B rays. Skincare expert Susan Yara recommends using an SPF between 30-50 as anything higher than SPF 50 provides only slightly more protection. She notes that lotions are ideal for initial application as they're easier to apply evenly whereas sprays are fine for reapplication. Sun Bum lotions are incredibly lightweight and have a tropical scent that's much more enjoyable than the typical sunscreen odor. The Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Mist lives up to its name and dries almost immediately after application. It does have more of an odor, so it's better to apply it outside. Biore UV Aqua Rich is one of the best facial sunscreens on the market. It's a Japanese product, but can be purchased on Amazon. It has a gel consistency and soaks into the skin flawlessly. It isn't greasy in the slightest (non-greasy seems an understatement) and doesn't have an unpleasant odor. As with any sunscreen, it's important to reapply throughout the day to prevent burns.
Unfortunately, sunburns can occur even with proper sunscreen usage. Traditional aloe vera gels may reduce discomfort and can be purchased almost anywhere. They're typically sold in both lotions and gel formulas. Sun Bum After Sun Cool Down is an aloe based spray that also contains vitamin E and cucumber. It applies like a dry oil and soothes burning sensations almost immediately.
Rain or shine, the Hedgehog Umbrella is the way to go! As mentioned in our other post, it's wind-resistant and engineered to last a lifetime. It's perfect for blocking out the sun when you're exploring the outdoors or keeping you dry if you're commuting through heavy rain. The Carbon Umbrella + Pebblebee Finder bundle is available in 6 colors and retails for $125.
While you can purchase inexpensive flip flops at most retail stores, why not invest in sandals you'll wear for years to come? Birkenstock creates high quality leather sandals. Their most popular style is the Arizona two strap sandal, which is also available in vegan materials. Chacos are another option for those who like to hike and adventure outdoors. Their sandals are more secure than Birkenstocks, so they're better equipped for hiking. Sanuk products sandals from recycled yoga mats which makes them sustainable and comfortable. Their most popular style is the Yoga Sling 2, which is available in multiple colors.