At some point in your life, you’ve probably experienced the nasty sting of a sunburn. Whether tanning at the beach, laying by the pool or simply spending a good portion of your day outdoors, we’ve all been exposed to the sun’s intense UVA/UVB rays and ended up with red, flaky, burning skin. When we were young we most likely went to the beach with sunblock on and never reapplied, which didn’t do much for protecting our skin. Our safe-sun practices aren’t always the best, but the truth is that sunscreen should be worn every day to protect against skin cancer and premature aging. Chris Birchby, the founder and CEO of Coola Skincare, an organic based sun care brand actually started his company because both of his parents we’re diagnosed with Melanoma Skin Cancer, the most common form of Cancer in the world. Birchby originally went to school for art, but when he saw the need for better sun care practices within his own family, he decided to start Coola. Learning about natural health practices in California, he searched for organic sunscreens, but what he found was limited. Thus, Birchby took it upon himself to create an organic sunscreen line made for any and all skin types, certified by ECOCERT, the first certification to develop standards for natural, organic cosmetics.
All Coola sun care products contain 70 percent, certified organic ingredients, are cruelty free, FDA approved and provide Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection, while using plant protection to effectively boost SPF. Only the best organic ingredients like Avocado Oil, Aloe Vera and Beeswax are used in the making of Coola solutions, and all products are naturally scented. Coola uses a simple farm to face method of production for all its practices.
At MyTopFace, our experts tested three Coola sun care products: The Citrus Mimosa Sunscreen Spray SPF 30, the Baby Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50, and the Fresh Relief Face Serum for after sun. We normally wear sunscreen every day to protect against the ever-shameful aging process the sun thrusts upon us, but slathering on SPF daily can be a messy job. With the Coola Citrus Mimosa Sunscreen Spray, we we’re pleased to find that like most other spray sunscreens, it left no greasy, shiny residue on our skin and was the finest mist we’ve ever used. The sunscreen sprayed onto our skin with such a light mist and dried instantly, leaving behind an invigorating citrus scent that made us long for a tropical vacation. Using spray sunscreens is an ingenious, quick way to provide your entire body with sun protection daily, without having to make the process tedious and grimy, when we’re trying to get somewhere early in the morning. With SPF 30, this spray is perfect for everyday wear, so we can still soak up a little Vitamin D while protecting our skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Using our sunscreen as daily protection, in and out of the office, we don’t usually reapply, but you should always reapply as needed, especially if you’re spending your entire day in the sun.
The Baby Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 50 is a softening cream, that is perfect for protecting your little one, keeping their skin protected from harmful rays and leaving their delicate nature feeling even smoother with plant-based oils safe for the youngest in your family. We personally use baby sunscreens on our face even though we are well beyond our teething years because of our sensitive, porcelain complexions. It provides more thorough sun protection for a lighter skin tone and moisturizes like one of our expensive anti-aging creams. The Coola Baby Mineral Sunscreen was amazingly skin-softening, light and unscented. It absorbed quickly and left no residue behind. This is a great product to wear under makeup during the day, protecting the face from sun aging and doubling as a facial moisturizer.
When all is said, and done…no matter how good our sun practices are, sometimes we run into an icky sunburn, especially on our delicate facial skin. For those less than proud moments, Coola has developed the Fresh Relief Face Serum. It has a refreshing citrus scent, it’s light and absorbs more like a liquid than a cream. The serum soothes burned, peeling skin and leaves a cooling sensation for a fresh citrusy feeling. This Coola product can also be used as a daily anti-aging serum, protecting against environmental stressors and toxins while stimulating collagen production and cell renewal.
Coola wants us to start taking our sun care practices seriously, protecting against sun damage and soothing our skin when we get that accidental burn every now and then. Using SPF is an important beauty practice when it comes to keeping our skin youthful and balancing discolorations, but an even more important daily regimen used against Cancer-causing sun rays. Not only should we use sun protection daily, we should use natural, organic sun products for healthy absorption into our bodies. For sunscreens that moisturize with non-greasy, natural formulas, practice safe sun with Coola.