The Sunscreen Guide 2024

May 08, 2024

The Sunscreen Guide 2024

When is the time to start thinking about sunscreen in the PNW? 

Strong, sometimes salty opinions are out there. “The sun will be here after July 4,” or “sunscreen is needed every single day.” Regardless of how you feel, the Seattle area is in for its first sunshine-filled week of the year!

If you don’t want to be the lobster on the beach, and you also don’t want to increase your toxic burden by using chemical-laden sunscreen, you’re looking in just the right place. 

Here at WILLOWTREE, we have the best of the best of natural sunscreens. That means sunscreens that are safe for your body, safe for Mama Earth, and that actually feel and look amazing on your skin. 

Here are two of our top picks for protecting your skin from ultraviolet rays this sunny season:

  1. Anti-Aging Sun Silk Drops from Coola

This may be the coolest sunscreen to ever exist. It’s an ultra-hydrating serum loaded with antioxidants like vitamin E and hyaluronic acid that’s also SPF 30! It’s a serum and a sunscreen, what, what!?

So many sunscreens for faces can be cakey, oily, and they can clog pores leading to acne. Not this stuff. Sun Silk Drops are lightweight, and to add to their versatility, they can be used on their own or combined with your daily moisturizer or foundation (perfect for individuals with dryer skin). 

For the ultimate skin-protecting combo, try mixing a 3-5 drops with Atmospheric Protection Cream (lighter hydration) or Advanced Protection Cream (intense hydration) from OSEA Malibu. Your skin will look and feel amazing the day you apply it and for decades to come. And how awesome that you can mix this with foundation. Sunscreen plus makeup just got way easier. Thanks, Coola!

Sidenote for those who want foundation + SPF but find using two products too finicky: we also have several shades of tinted moisturizers from Coola that are also SPF 30.  

  1. Force Field SPF 30 from Ursa Major

If serums and/or use of several products at once isn’t your style, or if you just prefer a minimalist approach to skincare, this mineral-based sunscreen is all you’re going to need.

Its broad-spectrum protection from UVA & UVB rays, blue light, and environmental pollution is the most effective way to avoid damaging your skin and prevent the creation of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Sounds impressive, and it just gets better. In addition to providing sun protection, this sunscreen is a lovely moisturizer. Unlike most natural sunscreens on the market, this one actually rubs into your skin, leaving it hydrated, not white or shiny. Better yet, Elfdoc Flower and Lingonberry Stem Cells included in its formula improve skin elasticity and firmness while decreasing the appearance of discoloration. 

These are just two of our top picks of recent sunscreen arrivals at our little health market. We have so many other incredible products to choose from with testers available for many. 

Come chat with WILLOWTREE’s knowledgeable staff to find a sunscreen that’s right for you, and stay on top of keeping your skin youthful and disease-free! 

And enjoy the sunshine, friends!

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