As of a few weeks ago, I had never been much of a sunscreen snob, and I never really had an issue with getting my sun protection from the drugstore. But you know how you just feel better about yourself when you’re wearing nice shoes or carrying a fabulous bag? I’ve come to discover that a fancy sunscreen can have the same effect, even if I’m in my very own backyard. I owe this to revelation to Soleil Toujours, and I’ll be using it to shield my skin from damaging UV rays as long as my budget allows.
Don’t get me wrong, this is less about the price tag and more about the quality. Actually, it’s most about the ingredients, as Soleil Toujours manages to offer a high level of sun protection without chemical-based UV filters, parabens, synthetic fragrances or other potentially harmful (or controversial) stuff. Even more, these products are formulated with ingredients that are good for your skin, including antioxidant green tea leaf extract, hyaluronic acid and anti-aging peptides.
My favorite product is the Mineral-Based Broad Spectrum SPF 45. This is part of the Soleil du Midi collection, which is designed to offer the highest level of sun protection, and it’s no joke. At first I was shocked at how white it was upon application, but this is intentional so you can see where you’re applying it. Once it’s on, it absorbs fast and leaves absolutely no white residue, despite the fact it’s protecting your skin with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide (and not the nanoparticle kind either).
And since everyone should be using an antioxidant in addition to SPF every day, Soleil Toujours offers the Daily Anti-Aging Power Serum. In addition to a slew of powerful antioxidants that protect against environmental damage, this lightweight serum works to support your skin’s collagen as it improves skin texture, tone and clarity. Whenever I’m asked for skincare suggestions, I emphasize that although antioxidants are the priciest product in a good skincare regimen, they are totally worth it.
I always like to give my skin a little extra TLC after it’s been exposed to the sun, and the Apres Soleil Exotic Shimmer Body Oil is amazing. Packed with rosehip seed oil, argan oil, green tea leaf extract and other nourishing ingredients, it hydrates skin in a flash and leaves a hint of bronze shimmer behind. (I’ve actually started to use it on top of my sunscreen as well, because it makes my skin look that much better.)
There’s still plenty of summer left, and if you’re applying the proper amount of sunscreen you’ll be needing another bottle soon. Treat yourself to Soleil Toujours, and you’ll see just how fabulous safe sun can feel! And your skin is worth it.