It’s finally getting warmer and warmer by the minute, and I couldn’t be happier! It really is the best season for overall mental health improvement due to continuous sunlight resulting in Vitamin D build-up. Yey!

Even though we live on a sunny island not all of us have the proper Vitamin D intake needed! Vit D is needed to keep the body functioning well and to support strong bones. If our reserves are running low we might suffer from muscle weakness, fatigue and depression. But instead of turning to supplements its far better to stay as natural as possible and carefully but attentively plan some sunlight exposure which will result in Vitamin D accumulation! But you will need SPF. A good SPF.

Today is all about our fav sunscreens which we have tried and feel they deserve your attention! At this point it’s important to say that with sunscreens there are two main “categories” – the chemical ones and the mineral ones. Both options are as good as eachother shielding the skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays but in very different ways.

LA ROCHE-POSAY – Anthelios Ultra-Light Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

An ultra-light formula with 100% mineral UV filters, matte finish fluid developed for sensitive skin. This zinc oxide sunscreen, also with titanium dioxide, is formulated with Cell-Ox Shield® technology: broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with antioxidants. Furthermore, it is noncomedogenic and doesn’t have that SPF smell.

MURAD – City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 | PA++++ (my current favourite)

This advanced, fragrance free, 100% mineral SPF protection shields against these 5 causes of skin aging as a polymer matrix helps inhibit adhesion and penetration of toxins. Formula absorbs quickly with NO ashy residue and leaves a luminous, pearl-like finish on the skin.

AVÈNE – Mineral Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50+

One more 100% mineral sunscreen which offers daily broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection in a lightweight lotion. Formulated with powerful antioxidants and soothing Avène Thermal Spring Water, it is ideal for daily use or in-sun activities and absorbs quickly into the skin for a natural, mattifying finish.

HELIOCARE – Advanced Gel SPF 50 (Maria’s current favourite)

Heliocare Advanced Gel SPF 50, an exclusive gel formulation, especially suitable for combination to oily and acne prone skin type. This light to the touch formulation is the star product in the range. Protects and repair the skin cells, this product provides high level of UV protection.

CLARINS – UV PLUS Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Multi-Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Must-have multi-protection for city living: effective and ultra-light on the skin, this UV PLUS ANTI-POLLUTION SPF 50 sunscreen protects from the damaging effects of UV rays, free radicals and pollution to keep the skin looking young, radiant and even in tone. Its formula is rich in plant extracts and features an incredibly transparent and fine texture.

SHISEIDO – Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector SPF 42

For everyday protection. An ultra-light, oil-free sunscreen lotion for the face that controls excess sebum and gives skin a matte appearance while guarding against daily environmental aggressors. Promotes the natural beauty of skin by protecting against the three major causes of skin cell damage – UV rays, oxidation and over-production of sebum – for beautiful, healthy-looking skin.

Letting the heat of the sun bathe your face for at least 15’ a day, will definitely help you feel more grounded and your mental world will positively benefit!

Till next week…