COOLA & Bare Republic SPF Skincare Review
COOLA & Bare Republic SPF Skincare Review
I live in Las Vegas, competed at Mrs. United States in Orlando, Florida in July and just got back from St Thomas, which included a lot of time in and on the water, so my skin and makeup has had a lot of heat, humidity and wind to deal with.
I’m really particular about my skincare, especially SPF to protect my skin from ageing, sunspots and environmental damage, and all sunscreens and after-sun care products are definitely not created equally! I'm also never in the sun without a hat and sunglasses; normally my tans a cheat from an organic spraytan rather than the real deal ;)
I had fallen in love with COOLA SPF a couple of months ago at Taste of Preakness where they were offering to spray us to prevent us from burning and the scent alone was enough to win me over, although not burning was plus too! I had also come across Bare Republic and wanted to put it to the test due to the fact they are formulated for the active eco-conscious lifestyle.
Here’s a quick summary of some of their products. I literally can not recommend them highly enough, especially at the price point they sell at.
Free of active chemical sunscreens, water resistant.
Now this is a thick, white lotion so if you’re an adult less is more! I love using baby sunscreen, especially as Bare Republics offers extra sensitive broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection that’s free of active chemical sunscreens and synthetic fragrances. Although a thicker consistency, it didn’t make me break out and the avocado oil, shea butter and aloe vera extract is ultra-hydrating and soothing to skin. This made is perfect for days out on the boat where my skin was dealing with both sun, wind and salt water.
The ingredients are well thought out, with the addition of Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil which is abundant in Vitamins A, D and E content and also added vitamin E. All of which helps to protect skin from damage by the sun and free radicals. It’s not a sunscreen I’d use everyday or under makeup but for days out on the water, sunbathing and for babies and infants it’s perfect.
Cruelty-Free, non-gmo, Octinoxate-Free, Oxybenzone-Free, Paraben-Free, Perfume-Free, Retinyl Palmitate-Free, Synthetic Colorant-Free, Synthetic Fragrance-Free, Vegan Friendly
Possibly the holy grail of sunscreen!
I’m fair skinned and burn really easily, plus being concerned about sun damage and ageing I always like to use a high SPF year round. This ultra-lightweight Clearscreen spray has an amazing coconut mango scent, goes on clear, is easy to apply and about as natural as sunscreen gets. This tropical scent will now always remind me of this vacation and bring back great memories.
This sports spray is rich in plant- derived ingredients, provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and 80 minutes of water resistance for all your adventures. We were in and out of the water all day and didn’t get burnt. Be sure to reapply throughout the day though, especially on areas you normally catch the sun the most; for me that’s always my bust and booty.
The ingredient list is packed full of skin-benefitting fruit extracts and oils such as Bergamot Fruit Extract to balance and tone, Flaxseed (Linseed) Oil to balance out your skin’s own oils and reduce any inflammation while helping the skin to repair, and Goji Berry Fruit Extract as a potent form of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Ideal for all skin types. Perfect for everyday use and sport activities. Another product my husband and I can share, yay!
I live in Vegas, competed at Mrs. United States in Orlando, Florida and just got back from St Thomas so my makeup had a lot of heat and humidity to put up with!!! I’m really fussy about my primers; I don’t like them when they’re too thick, or make makeup peel off or feel greasy. Coola’s is weightless and describes itself as “a multitasking best friend for radiant-looking skin and makeup all day long.” The formula is impressively lightweight and creates a smooth base for makeup (or bare skin). I love the fact that it double duties as sunscreen with Plant Protection® and mineral broad spectrum SPF 30.
I don’t normally notice the difference a primer makes and often skip it in favor of a good moisturizer with SPF and baking my makeup to set it. However, I actually noticed the difference this one made, especially as I was having a lot of photos taken of me including close ups. The lightweight texture definitely seemed to offer a photo-reflective appearance to blur fine lines, even out skin tone and minimize pores. I also noticed it helped my makeup to last longer, especially when used with a setting spray to finish. Although the SPF won’t last all day (all SPFs need topping up), it’s easy enough to do so either by reapplying the primer if you’re going bare faced or spritzing with an SPF setting spray or powder.
• A light scent of: Iris, White Lily, & Honeysuckle Plant Stem Cells
• Ideal for All Skin Types and Tones
• Photo-Reflective Properties
• Natural Mineral Active Ingredients
• Water Resistant (40 minutes)
• Preservative Free
• No Nano-Sized Particles
Environmental repair plus. ‘Replenishes, renews and moisturizes.’
My husband and I both loved this after-sun lotion. We always try and share products when traveling so that we take as little as possible with us. It smells divine; citrusy fresh from the sweet orange with a relaxing hint of lavender. The consistency is thick but it absorbs well and leaves skin moisturized and glowing without being oily. It prevented our skin from any hint of dryness all vacation, even on our more sun exposed areas. Another bonus is that 70% of the total ingredients are from organic farming. This is definitely the new staple in our summer skincare products.
All in all, these products are well priced, environmentally friendly, effective, reliable, great smelling and will have me trying more of their lines and coming back again and again. Thank you Coola and Bare Republic for keeping my skin safe and moisturized this summer.
Have you tried COOLA or Bare Republic products? If so, which ones? What did you think? I love reading your comments so please share your thoughts below.
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