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Local suncare companies keeping us sun-safe


Yes, it’s been an exceptionally wet winter, but the sun is returning to San Diego, and with it, the need to protect ourselves from damaging rays as we enjoy its warmth. A sunny SoCal lifestyle coupled with mindful attention to ingredients has given rise to a number of local suncare companies committed to keeping us safe in our abundant sunshine. Debuting this month, Kopari’s weightless, antioxidant-rich Sundaze Mineral Sunscreen for the face features the La Jolla company’s signature ingredient — coconut — in the form of coconut water, in addition to hydrators vitamin E and hyaluronic acid. Also new in April, bioClarity SunShady sunscreen boasts whole-body, mineral-based, broad-spectrum protection that’s reef-safe for guilt-free dips in La Jolla Cove and beyond. Plus, it takes protection to the next level, fending off HEV light from sources besides the sun, like your smartphone and computer screen. For durable coverage, we are loving the high-zinc protection of Essential Solar Protector SPF 47 from La Mesa-based Skin Resource MD, which keeps us burn-free even at our most active (hello, midday tennis match!). Two North County companies deliver powerful defenses in non-traditional applications. If you’re not a fan of sunscreen/foundation combos, COOLA’s Dawn Patrol Classic Primer offers a weightless SPF 30 underlayer for everyday use in a vegan, cruelty-free formula. Colorescience’s Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield provides broad spectrum SPF 50 coverage in a mineral-based powder — perfect for easy-burn, tough to protect spots like the scalp where hair is parted, tops of ears, and the back of the neck. It’s also good for a quick brush on wiggly little ones who won’t sit long enough to slather on lotion. Good day, sunshine!  koparibeauty.com, bioclarity.com, skinresourcemd.com, coola.com, colorescience.com


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