So our need to nag about:
1) wearing sunscreen and
2) wearing a physical sunscreen (rather than the chemical kind of SPF you may be more familiar with)
makes us sound like a nagging mom.
But it’s a subject we feel passionately about, and with good reason. You already know that sun protection is absolutely necessary. And if nothing else, the sun’s effects on accelerating signs of aging should be enough to sway your vainer side to apply daily! But the difference between physical and chemical sunscreens is another matter entirely: one many might actually still be in the dark about.
We love physical sunscreens because they're naturally broad spectrum (a little goes along way), help deflect redness, and are non-sensitizing to skin. While traditional formulas notoriously rub off, and leave skin with a chalky white cast—but you know we found a way around that if you’ve tried our Umbra Sheer.
What makes us love the physical formulas even more? Learning about chemical sunscreen's effects on not just skin, but the environment. Chemical sunscreens are incredibly irritating to the skin, causing many an unwelcome reaction (blemishes, dryness, redness...). This is exactly the type of thing that leads you to write off all sunscreens as irritating to the skin, and what ultimately stops you from using them daily, leading to sun damage and again, accelerated aging.
Here’s an even nastier side of using chemical sun protection: many formulas use oxybenzone as a leading ingredient, which has been shown to not just be destructive to coral reef ecosystems, but also capable of turning toxic once in contact with chlorinated water. See why it’s high time you got physical and picked up a bottle of Umbra?
New York Magazine had it right when they said our Umbra Sheer goes on "impossibly invisible" compared to traditional physical sunscreens using zinc. But we get the fear of looking like Casper at the beach—and for that reason we introduced Umbra Tinte, a near-universal SPF with a hint of gorgeous, glowing tint. It evens out skin with light undetectable, near-universal coverage, and is best for light-medium to dark skintones looking for just a hint of tint(e).
Our friends on social media have been telling us it’s great for low-key makeup-free days, or even comparable to a BB cream if you’re cool with ultralight coverage. We want to see what you get up to with your bottle of Umbra in hand—tag us on Instagram so we can see where you take us this summer.
Encore, encore! In case you missed it, our founder, Tiffany Masterson sat down with Be Well's Dr. Frank Lipman (integrative medicine pioneer and author) via the wonders of the Internet (aka Skype) to talk about all things clean living and eliminating nasty ingredients from your life (like the suspicious 6). Sit back, relax, grab your healthy snack of choice, and sit in on our chat.
We say it all the time, and it's true: we don't believe in problem skin, or even skin types. We believe in sensitized skin, reacting to ingredients and causing breakouts, dryness, redness, or whatever's ailing you.
One of the most popular questions we receive on a regular basis about our products? How to use them (and more specifically, in what order). It sounds simple enough, but whether we're introducing serums, oils, gels and beyond to a relative skincare newbie, or talking, in some cases, to even the most experienced product-aholic; it never hurts to brush up on the basics.
It's no secret that as the temperatures take a dip, your face usually starts to suffer. Dullness, dryness, even scaly, peeling skin—far from a pretty sight, to say the least.