Nothing against our beloved foundation, but when it comes to our summer skin-care routines, it just doesn't feel like a necessary staple. Summer's arrival puts us in a mood to trim down our beauty regimens and give our vanities a warm-weather refresh. We suddenly feel compelled to ditch some of our heavier products, opting for ones with a lighter, more natural touch. Products that work double duty to both protect and enhance? Even better.
We're all about enhancing our summer-skin glow, and the Australian Gold® Botanical SPF Tinted Face Mineral Lotion lets us do just that. There's no need to layer on sunscreen, moisturizer, and foundation because this triple threat does it all, which, in summer's heat (and for the sake of convenience), is a welcome change of pace.
First and foremost, this all-in-one product is a powerful, water-resistant SPF. Not a chemical in sight, it relies on active minerals such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to offer clean and gentle all-day protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Unlike chemical sunscreens, mineral sunblocks do exactly what their name suggests — they literally block damaging UV rays rather than absorb them. Not only that, but they also start working as soon as they're applied, whereas chemical SPFs aren't effective until 20-30 minutes after application.
Mineral sunscreens in general are delicate on the skin and can be less irritating than chemical options, but this one from Australian Gold® specifically caters to sensitive facial skin. It uses more natural, Australian-native ingredients such as eucalyptus and red algae, and it is approved by the National Eczema Association, is hypoallergenic, and is dermatologist and pediatrician tested. We also love that it doesn't clog pores and that it's fragrance free. Couple that with its rich blend of vitamins and antioxidants, and you've got a sunscreen that's not only preventing damage, but it's also actively doing good (like aiding your skin’s renewal process).
Mineral sunscreens of the past were, yes, very white and very thick. If you're flooded with images of white noses and faces with a pasty, unnatural cast, you'll be glad to know times have changed. It's 2022, and mineral sunscreens are now lightweight and velvety. In fact, this one gives you a powdery-clean feel complete with a subtle tint that seamlessly blends into your skin. It comes in three different tints — fair to light, medium to tan, and rich to deep.
It's super easy to incorporate this catch-all product into your routine, too. Start with a clean face, and if you use a toner or serum, put those on first. Next, all you need is this tinted mineral sunscreen. As a bonafide BB cream, it can be used in place of your moisturizer, foundation, and usual SPF. It's never greasy, instead providing an oil-free, mattifying finish combined with light (yet effective) coverage, so your natural skin can easily shine through.
Once applied, you'll see that it helps to improve the appearance of your complexion by minimizing uneven color, fine lines, and wrinkles. We also love this sunscreen as a makeup base. Your concealer, blush, bronzer — you name it — go on flawlessly over it, securing its spot in our routines as an everyday product we can rely on no matter what our day has in store. Whether you're off to the pool or beach, headed to an alfresco brunch, embarking on an all-day hike, or simply running errands, these sunscreens are the summer skin-care and beauty product we'll be taking everywhere.
Protecting our entire bodies during these warmer months is also essential. While we love the Botanical Tinted Face Mineral Lotion for our faces, the Australian Gold® Botanical collection offers SPF products that can be used all over. There are the Mineral Sunscreen Lotion and also the Natural Spray Sunscreen when you need that extra coverage. For even more full-body protection, we love the brand's SPF 30 Lip Balm. And when it comes to after-sun care, there are aloe gel and soothing moisturizer with hemp.