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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Destination Wedding Skin: Protect Yourself Year-Round

Words by Courtney Kellar

The summer months have provided us at Destination I Do the chance to try out various types of sunscreen to not only protect the skin, but prevent aging. When hosting a destination wedding, you want to avoid looking like a crispy critter on W-day and protect your skin leading into your honeymoon and the rest of your lives together. While it’s tempting to try and get that last bit of tan, be careful not to overdo the sun exposure leading up to your wedding.

No matter what your chosen destination, it’s likely you’ll be taking full advantage of your adventurous locale and spending lots of time outdoors. Below are a number of products all catered toward keeping you glam and sunburn free. We’ve even included some items for the kiddos along for the ride. Many options are travel size and will transition perfectly into your romantic, honeymoon jaunt. 

Kiss My Face is a recognizable brand available at most drug and grocery stores. Kiss My Face products utilize natural mineral sun blocking agents, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to provide full UVA and UVB protection. These key ingredients combined with natural botanicals mean you get all the protection you need, while avoiding the typical sunscreen smell and greasy feel. Kiss My Face sent along a number of products for us to try. The Face Factor sunscreen, Kids Sun Stick and Sport Lip Balm were all standouts. Here are a number of new Kiss My Face products:

  • Sport Spray SPF 50 ($15.99)
    • This ultra sweat resistant spray is designed for active people who want maximum protection from UVA and UVB rays.
  • Sun Spray Lotion SPF 30 ($15.95)
    • Combining natural mineral zinc oxide, with other effective sunscreens, this product’s got you covered against UVA and UVB rays; water resistant and fragrance free.
  • Sun Spray Oil SPF 30 ($12.95)
    • An easy to apply, oil based sunscreen that offers fragrance free UVA and UVB protection that’s water resistant; the perfect sunscreen for those who play hard and enjoy the outdoors.
  • Sun Screen SPF 18 with Oat Protein Complex ($11.95)
    • The all natural mineral sun block helps fight damaging free radicals, is quick and easy to apply, water resistant and fragrance free.
  • Sun Screen SPF 30 with Oat Protein Complex ($12.95)
    • Oat protein protects and soothes skin, reducing irritation.
  • Natural Mineral SPF 40 ($16.99)
    • This all natural mineral sun block blends in clear and contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, providing full protection against UVA and UVB rays.
    • Face Factor SPF 30 and SPF 50 for Face and Neck ($12.95 and $13.95)
      • Green tea extract, peptides and licorice extract help fight free radicals, stimulate collagen production and help reduce the signs of aging. NOTE: My boyfriend is an avid golfer and has been struggling to find a facial sunscreen which can last through a five-hour round of golf and not leave his skin greasy and beard with a white tint. This product did the trick and he not applies it before every round.
    • Hot Spots SPF 30 ($8.95)
      • Made with certified organic ingredients including beeswax, coconut oil and aloe, this sunscreen is perfect for all those delicate facial areas that need extra protection from the sun – ears, brow, lips, nose and cheeks.
    • Kiss My Face Sport Lip Balm SPF 30 ($3.49)
      • The convenient lip balm is made with natural beeswax, coconut oil, Vitamin E and Shea Butter to soothe, smooth and protect lips, offering UVA and UVB protection all day. NOTE: This Lip Balm has quickly become a part of my daily routine. The beeswax and Shea Butter keep my lips soft, while the balm has a nice, natural smell. My friends are constantly asking to borrow it.
    • Kids Natural Mineral Sunblock SPF 30 ($14.99)
      • Natural mineral sunscreen for fun in the sun; gluten free and biodegradable .
    • Kids Sun Stick SPF 30 ($10.99)
      • This 100% natural mineral sun block works for kids’ lips, nose, cheeks and ears and is available in blue, white and pink. NOTE: I gave a pink Kids Sun Stick to my two year-old niece and she went completely bananas for it. Instead of struggling to get her to sit still for sunscreen, she gladly smothered herself in the pink sun stick giggling and completely unaware that she was actually protecting herself against the sun!

All of the above are perfect for a trip to the beach or a lengthy amount of time outdoors, but what about everyday use? It’s imperative to wear some form of SPF every day in order to reduce the signs of aging and your chances of melanoma. Enter the Anti-AgingBB Cream SPF 40 from Hydroxatone. This product serves as a tinted moisturizer and SPF all in one. It hydrates, conceals, brightens the look of skin and reduces the look of aging in one cream. Our editor in chief gave this product a go and has been raving about it ever since. She said it’s one of her favorite products she’s ever used and is already planning on ordering more as soon as she runs out. 


Hopefully one of these products will suit you and your loved one’s needs. Also consider one of these suncare products as a possible addition to your destination wedding welcome bags. Over exposure to the sun not only causes redness and discomfort, it can also make you really sick. To ensure everyone has the time of their lives, encourage them to stay protected in the sun and drink lots of good ol’ H20! For more information on the products featured in this post, visit kissmyface.com or hydroxatone.com.

Photos courtesy of Kiss my Face and Hydroxatone.

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