As a beauty editor, I’m constantly extolling the virtues of everyday sunscreen use—not only does it help protect you from potentially life-threatening skin health concerns, but it also keeps your skin looking radiant and healthy. Oftentimes, however, I hear the same concerns: The smell, the formula or finish, the unflattering white cast.
And while those concerns are real, I’m happy to report that now, more than ever, there is truly a sunscreen for everyone: the folks at Australian Gold have made sure of it. Keep reading to find out about a few of my favorite sun solutions from the brand; whether you’re looking for an everyday SPF or glow-boosting protection, you’re bound to find a product that suits your lifestyle and needs.
For the Natural Beauty: Plant-Based SPF 50 Lotion
When I took the Plant-Based SPF 50 Lotion to a recent beach gathering, it was an instant crowd-pleaser. And it’s easy to see why: This one is kind of like the crisp white button-down of UVA/UVB protection, a wardrobe staple that works for everyone. The natural, skin-loving ingredients include soothing aloe vera and moisturizing coconut oil. The formula feels incredibly lightweight and has a very subtle coconut scent (perfect for those who are sensitive to that signature “sunscreen-y” smell). Plus, it’s as good for the planet as it is for your skin–the Plant-Based SPF 50 Lotion is vegan, cruelty-free, and doesn’t contain Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, which research shows negatively impacts our coral reefs. Regardless of your typical sunscreen style, this one deserves a spot in your collection. Trust me, you’ll end up using it frequently.
For the Glow-Getters: SPF 30 Spray Gel With Instant Bronzer
I’ve done a lot of experimenting when it comes to acquiring the ultimate sun-protecting glow (many a highlighter has been crushed up into my sunblock in the name of radiance). Thanks to the SPF 30 Spray Gel With Instant Bronzer, my trials are over. With a texture that sits at the intersection of a spray and a lotion, this sunscreen imparts the perfect touch of caramel bronze–it looked just as radiant on my medium-dark skin tone as it did my friend’s fair complexion–and has a light coconut scent that smells just like the beach. It’s super hydrating thanks to ingredients including cocoa seed butter and olive fruit oil, and it’s sweat and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, so the glow stays put for quite a while. I like to call this one “Jennifer Lopez in a bottle” (sadly, the incredible dance moves are not included).
For the Multi-Tasker: Botanical SPF 50 Tinted Face Sunscreen Lotion
As a makeup lover, one of my great pains is reapplying sunscreen. I always do, of course–I put far too much work into my skincare routine to let UVA/UVB damage undo it all–but historically, it hasn’t been easy. So when the Botanical SPF 50 Tinted Face Sunscreen hit my desk, it was a complete game-changer. It provides some of the best coverage I’ve encountered in a tinted sunscreen, both in terms of pigment (blurring imperfections) and protection. I wear this one as my only base makeup, so I no longer have to fret over how I’ll add a new layer of sunscreen over my foundation. The protection is mineral (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide), the formula is free of phthalates, parabens, and fragrance, and it’s available in three shades—Fair to Light, Medium to Tan, and Rich to Deep—that work well with a variety of skin tones. If you can’t tell, this one has totally earned a spot in my personal Sunscreen Hall of Fame.
Explore more sun-protecting products, in any formula you need at Australian Gold’s website.