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Kiss Sunburns Goodbye: Kiss My Face Sunscreen

A nasty sunburn is hard to forget. Even if the awkward burn lines inevitably fade from your skin, the memory is still scarred in your mind. As a freckled, fair-skinned person, I’ve had my share of blistered sunburns that I vow never to repeat. Until it happens again.

Few sunscreen companies seem to concoct any winning combination for my liking. Greasy lotions cause other skin issues, name brand varieties often drip away with any sweat or water and the thought of rubbing harmful-if-swallowed chemicals onto skin seems rather counterproductive. But after testing a few Kiss My Face sunscreens, my attitude towards skin protection companies is changing for the better.

Face Factor SPF 30 Sunscreen by Kiss My Face

Kiss My Face is a natural skin care company that uses as many pure and organic ingredients as possible. An entire line of products for men and women lathers, moisturizes, hydrates and protects your hide from the daily pollutants we expose it to. From hiking in the arid canyons of Bryce to biking at 8,000 feet in Park City, I put two types of Kiss My Face sunscreens to the fair-skinned test: SPF 50 Sport Spray and SPF 30 Face Factor. Both sunscreens did what they’re meant to do (no sunburns for this redhead!), but it was what I didn’t expect them to do that turned me into a Kiss My Face advocate.

The Sport Spray and Face Factor sunscreens share a few benefits, namely by putting up a wall of defense against skin-damaging UVA and UVB rays. Both sunscreens are water resistant and, thus, sweat resistant – perfect for when the last thing on your mind during a mid-day hike is reapplying sunscreen. In fact, even after splashing in the water for 40 minutes, both sunscreens retain their SPF qualities. They’re also free of questionable parabens, animal byproducts and artificial colors and fragrances. Natural ingredients aren’t just ideal for sensitive skin types: they’re an obvious choice for anyone who cares what goes in (and on) their bodies.

A glimpse at the Face Factor’s list of ingredients (available in SPF 30 and 50) includes a healthy dose of minerals and antioxidants to help fight skin damage and reduce wrinkles. Cucumber extract, green tea extract, peptides and licorice extract work together to fight off free radicals, stimulate collagen production and, ultimately, smooth out that weathered and leathered look. I can’t vouch for the reduction of wrinkles, and I couldn’t tell you if my skin felt any smoother than it did before, but I am certain that this stuff rocks. During a particularly hot hike, there was no burning if it trickled into my eyes, no typical sunscreen smell and no crusty residue when it dried.

Sports Spray SPF 50 Sunscreen by Kiss My Face

My choice of SPF 50 might be on the high side for some people, but even with a generous coating of the Sport Spray on my limbs, my skin took on a healthy tan with no sunburn aftermath. Good-for-you ingredients like vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, cucumber extract, aloe vera, chamomile extract and even mushroom extract, which contains antioxidants that are believed to protect against free radicals and toxins, have all sorts of beneficial properties that soothe skin irritations from too much sun and prevent burns from even happening in the first place. You still need to rub in the spray lotion, but the fine layer of mist, which has a light coconut fragrance, absorbs evenly and easily for good coverage.

And unlike overpriced sundries that are actually good for you, you won’t be paying more for a tube of natural sunscreen. Kiss My Face products are widely available at Whole Foods and other holistic stores. Face Factor SPF 30 retails for $12.95 for a 2-oz tube, and Sport Spray SPF 50 retails for $16.99 for an 8-oz bottle. Visit kissmyface.com for more information.

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