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Whether you’re facing the dry Santa Ana winds of SoCal or are beginning to experience the first chills of the winter season, these quick shifts in weather can really begin to take a toll on your skin. Add in a little holiday OT and a few happy hours turned long nights, and you’ve got the recipe for a weakened skin barrier, stripped of softness and suppleness. 

Just like switching up your Starbucks order, your skin might be craving something different this season. That could mean trading in that holy-grail clarifying cleanser for a gentle cleansing oil, or simply opting to use it every other day. The goal is to listen to your skin’s needs and adapt. As the experts in sun protection, we know a thing or two about protecting that beautiful skin barrier of yours, and want to share some of our favorite key ingredients to keep it in tip-top shape year-round.


1. Oils

When the skin barrier is compromised and stripped, not only does it feel dry, but it also has trouble holding onto any moisture you give it. Oils help replenish the moisture that is lacking in the skin but also seals in the moisture for a longer period of time. Our Radical Recovery After Sun Lotion is packed with a blend of Lavender, Sunflower and Rosemary Oils as well as Aloe and Agave to soothe irritated skin and replenish key nutrients. It’s ultra-rich texture makes it ideal for days when your skin needs a little more love. Slather this onto your body as a daily lotion, or apply a generous layer onto the face as an overnight repair mask!

 radical recovery lotion and matte tint face lotion

2. Antioxidants

We’ve taken our love of oils to the next level! By combining some of our favorites, like Raspberry Seed Oil, Buriti Oil and Meadowfoam Seed Oil, with Prickly Pear Extract and Safflower Oleosomes, we’ve formed our Plant Protection Complex- a blend of plant cell actives overflowing with antioxidants that combat environmental aggressors, while nourishing the skin. You can find our Plant Protection Complex in our Everyday Active Collection- our collection of powerful core sunscreens that are designed for long active days outdoors, but feel light enough for everyday use.

 makeup setting spray

3. Hyaluronic Acid

We love Hyaluronic Acid for its ability to bind moisture to the skin, and make skin appear soft and silky! It’s ultra-lightweight and fast-absorbing, which makes it an easy addition to any routine. Find it in our Full Spectrum Sun Silk Drops, Makeup Setting Spray as well as our Sunless Tan Anti Aging Face Serum, to maintain a gorgeous glow through the winter months.

 sun silk drops

4. Niacinamide

Niacinamide is an all-star ingredient that addresses a variety of skin concerns like texture, dullness and moisture retention, plus it’s even great for sensitive skin types! It’s no wonder this gold standard ingredient is featured in our Full Spectrum Mineral Sun Silk Crème.

 sun silk creme

5. SPF and Blue Light protection, of course!

UV exposure is arguably the largest culprit of premature skin aging, so we can’t help but stress the importance of wearing your sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) daily and reapplying every two hours. But what about the cold winter days spent mostly indoors? Studies have found we’re exposed to a different form of light called High Energy Visible (HEV) Blue light. Overexposure to blue light, which emits from the screens on your phones, laptops and TVs, to name a few, can lead to the degradation of the skin barrier and skin cell inflammation aka redness, dullness and wrinkles. Considering we spend up to 12 hours in front of our screens, blue light protection has never felt more necessary.

Derived from a blend of plant cell actives, our Full Spectrum 360° Complex is scientifically proven to go beyond UV protection to help defend against blue light, infrared heat, and pollution- it’s the indoor and outdoor solution for protection year-round.

So before you go into hibernation, browse our assortment of everyday sunscreens packed with these skin-loving ingredients that will be sure to keep your skin cheery all season long.


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