Sunday, 16 February 2014

Skincare Sunday #11: Coola Classic Sunscreen SPF 30

More than sunscreen. That is what I would describe Coola Classic Sunscreen SPF 30 in one sentence. I feel like I have just discovered gold when I found this. This is the Holy Grail of all sunscreens. If you have not heard about Coola before, it is a brand dedicated to producing the most pure and eco-concious sunscreen based in San Diego, California. Being an eco-friendly company, they use solar power to manufacture their products. Coola also use the Farm to Face approach by sourcing their ingredients from local vendors. In 2012, they started introducing phyto protectors in their sunscreen developed form plant stem cell to boost your skin's own defence against the sun.

Being a big believer in protecting my skin from the sun, I have tried quite a lot of  sunscreen in the market but let me tell you that nothing comes close to this. Not exaggerating here, just telling you the truth. Do you know how sunscreen can have a white cast, be heavy, tacky, thick and feel oily on the skin? For years now, I have accepted the fact they sunscreens are supposed to be like that. So, you can understand that when this came into my life, I had a big shift of perspective about sunscreen. This  is seriously a game changer. 

It all comes down to the great, high quality, natural and some organic ingredients they have in their sunscreen which you can find all about it below: 

Active Ingredients
Avobenzone (Sunscreen) 2.0%
Octinoxate (Sunscreen) 2.1%
Inactive IngredientCaprylohydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (ORGANIC Orange) Fruit Water, Cucumis Sativus (ORGANIC Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Euterpe Oleracea (ORGANIC Acai) Fruit Oil, Fragrance, Glycerin (ORGANIC), Helianthus Annuus (ORGANIC Sunflower) Seed Extract, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Linum Usitatissimum (ORGANIC Linseed) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (ORGANIC Evening Primrose) Oil, Plankton Extract, Propanediol, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Trideceth-10, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Water, Xanthan Gum.
Organic Ingredients
Orange fruit water
Acai Fruit Oil
Strawberry fruit extract
Sunflower Seed Extract
Linseed Oil
Evening Primrose Oil

As you can tell, this is not the conventional ingredients that you typically find in a sunscreen. No parabens, no nasties. And Coola just step it up a notch by incorporating skin caring ingredients in their sunscreens. There are just so many good things about this sunscreen that I think Coola just said it best:

"Get environmental defense as you fight free radicals with this antioxidant enriched, SPF 30 sunscreen with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Organic Acai Oil - high in Omegas-3/6/9, Vitamins B1/2/3 and Vitamins C and E - delivers powerful anti-aging benefits. Organic Evening Primrose and Linseed Oils reduce inflammation, even tone and balance moisture. Patented Oleosome Technology, derived from Safflower and rich in moisturizing Vitamin E, enhances sun protection and helps time-release actives, resulting in 75% less actives! The phyto-protector Plankton Extract stimulates and rejuvenates skin, while a refreshing Cucumber scent soothes the senses. Crafted with 70% Certified Organic inactive ingredients."

Convinced yet? I really trust this brand and since using it, my skin is protected inside and out from the sun thanks to the age-defying antioxidants, natural protectors and viatmins.I have also noticed that it keeps my skin hydrated and supple throughout the day thanks to the nourishing ingredinets in the sunscreen. It does not feel heavy at all and it does not leave my skin with a white cast.
Coola also has an extensive range of sunscreen which includes three main ranges; Plant UV, Mineral and Classic sunscreens.. They also have an unscented version, one for when you are out sporting, and also one for baby. For handier application, they also have a few spray sunscreens and mineral sunscreen for those with sensitive skins. They have almost everything under the sun. See, what I did there. There is something for everyone. And they also have sunscreen for your lips in a form of lip balm which for some reasons we always neglected protecting our lips. Maybe, that's why our lips becomes dry and chapped. Ok, I am putting that in my shopping list right now.
So, to conclude, Coola sunscreen is the creme de la creme of all sunscreens. I swear that I am not paid to say this. I  feel like they deserve the attention and the glowing reviews. It is a great company with an awareness to the environment and their products will fit into anybody's lifestyle whether you are an athlete, a mom, a toddler or a working woman.
If you are interested to buy their products you can buy them from here if you are in The Netherlands. Unfortunately, they do not stock widely world wide but there are a few stockists you can find in Singapore. For more details about the availability of the product, you can check it out here.

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