Pre-Summer Skin Prep with COOLA

I was lucky enough to spend a weekend with my parents in sunny Colorado soaking up 80 degree weather! It was so nice to get my sunshine fix -- something we've been lacking here in Seattle. With summer right around the corner I've been prepping my skin for more sunshine and all of the summer clothes I can't wait to wear! Prepping includes weekly exfoliating and self-tanner applications but most importantly, it means having my fair share of sunscreen options on deck for use. 

Believe it or not, I wear sunscreen everyday even though I live in Seattle. It wasn't until I was in my early twenties I realized the importance of including sunscreen into my morning routine. I apply a layer on my face for the day before applying makeup (a lot of my makeup also has built in SPF) as well as a layer on the rest of my body. Whether you have fair skin or tan extremely easily, sunscreen is a MUST to keep your skin protected all year long! 

One sunscreen brand I have been loving lately for its variety, effectiveness and the fact it's organic is COOLAAs mentioned in my previous beauty-related blog posts, finding products that are full of healthy ingredients is so important to me. I've been trying to educate myself more about WHAT is in my products BEFORE applying or buying it. COOLA is a suncare line that contains organic ingredients used to nourish and moisturize skin. If you don't believe me, check out the full ingredient list here. I have been trying an array of suncare products from their line for both sun protection and enhancing my glow with their sunless tanner. These products will be my go-to accessories in my purse this summer for days spent outdoors and on vacations. 

Here's a breakdown of my favorite COOLA products and their perks! 

MINERAL SUNSCREEN (FACE) -  Before I apply makeup in the mornings this is the face lotion I slather on first! Consisting of SPF 30, Rose Hip Oil and other natural calming ingredients that help with protection, moisturizing and keeping your skin hydrated all day long. I personally prefer the cucumber scent but they have some other options too! I recommend using this sunscreen daily but especially when you're going to be exposed to the sun. Reapply as you would any other sunscreen if you're sweating or swimming. 

MAKEUP SETTING SPRAYA lightweight makeup mist consisting of SPF 30 to protect your skin while protecting your makeup all day long. The smell of this spray is not intense but consists of cucumber and Aloe Vera to help soothe skin. Lightly spray the mist onto your face AFTER you apply makeup as its purpose is to be a no touch finish spray to keep you glowing and protected all day long! 

SUNLESS TANNER Streak-free self tanner that is paraben-free, organic and Vegan friendly! Apply on dry skin evenly after you fully exfoliate. Your tan will develop 2-4 hours after you apply and your tan is ensured to last up to 3-5 days depending on how much you moisturize after you use it! I've been using this two times a week to build up my glow and prioritize moisturizing to keep my tan long-lasting. 

MINERAL SUNSCREEN STICK - If you're active and outside in the sunshine getting your sweat on, this sunscreen stick is the product for you! Consisting of SPF 50, coconut oil to soothe your skin and other ultra-hydrating organic ingredients to give you the protection you crave when you're working out. It's also water resistant for you swimmers out there! 

Suncare should not be overlooked because sun damage is irreversible and CAN be prevented! Do your part to research the best products for you to keep your skin protected from the sun's rays all year long!

S/O to COOLA for collaborating on this  blog post!