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Alba Botanica sunblock spf 30 sunscreen mineral review Caulfield's Counter Skincare beauty grooming

Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Sunscreen Fragrance Free Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Sunscreen Fragrance Free Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Ingredients List Caulfield's Counter Skincare review beauty grooming skin cancer prevention

Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Sunscreen Fragrance Free Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Ingredients List

Overall Rating: ★★★★
Price: $ (approximately $10) – Available at Alba Botanica, Vitacost, and Whole Foods Markets.
Scent: Fragrance free.
I like: that this is a mineral sunscreen.  Effective in preventing sunburn.  Stays on while you swim.
Not a fan of: the very thick consistency – makes it a little harder to apply.  May leave a white film on the skin.  Great stuff nonetheless.

Alba Botanica’s Natural Very Emollient Mineral Sunblock SPF 30 is a fantastic alternative to the chemical sunscreens that are commonly found in drug stores.  Mineral and chemical sunscreens differ in one major way.  Mineral sunscreens provide a physical barrier of protection (usually consisting of  zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide) between the skin and the sun.  They block and deflect the Sun’s harmful rays.  Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand,  absorb Sun rays.  This relatively natural, unscented product works quite well at preventing sunburn as long as you reapply after swimming or excessive sweating.  The cream’s texture is thick, making it a little harder to spread, and can leave a white film.  That’s the tradeoff of using a mineral sunblock.  Nourishing ingredients in this product include grapeseed oil and jojoba oil. Try Alba Botanica’s Natural Very Emollient Mineral Sunblock SPF 30 if you’re thinking about making the switch from chemical sunscreens.

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Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Daily Moisturizing Lotion Review Caulfield's Counter Male Skincare men's grooming pimples zits salicylic acid treatment

Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Daily Moisturizing Lotion Ingredients List review Caulfield's Counter

Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Daily Moisturizing Lotion Ingredients List

Overall Rating: ★★★★
Price: $$ ($10-$20) – Available at Burt’s Bees, Drugstore.com, and Walmart.
Scent: Lemongrass
I Like: that it’s an all-natural acne treatment lotion. Great for use as an aftershave as well.
Not a fan of: the thick, somewhat sticky feel.

Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Daily Moisturizing Lotion is a reliable all-natural acne treatment if used daily.  Its active ingredient is salicylic acid, an anti-inflammatory compound sourced from willow bark.  Because this product contains salicylic acid and provides no sun protection, I suggest combining it during the day with your go-to SPF lotion to obtain the benefits of both moisturizers.  Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Daily Moisturizing Lotion also works well as an aftershave due to its anti-inflammatory properties – this especially applies to those who frequently suffer from razor burn or razor bumps.  One drawback is the lotion’s texture – my face felt a bit sticky and tight immediately after application.  I suppose it’s one of the trade-offs of using an all-natural moisturizing acne treatment.  The product has a light lemongrass scent – slightly herbal and lemony.  I suggest trying this face lotion if you want to manage occasional breakouts.  Its relatively low one percent salicylic acid content may not be enough to make a noticeable difference for those with highly problematic skin.


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