This post is a bit different than my normal travel related posts, but it’s my blog and I get to do what I want! Beautycounter and clean products is a huuuuge part of my life and something I often help others with so why not share with the Ashley on the Move community? Today, I’m outlining one my favorite products for you in this review of Beautycounter’s Countersun Daily Sheer Defense Sunscreen, a daily moisturizer with sunscreen. Is Beautycounter sunscreen worth the hype?
Summer is FINALLY here and I’m so excited for long days outside, epic hikes, beach days, and evenings on the porch. More time outside means more sun exposure. Meaning we should be slathering in sunscreen. The Countersun Daily Sheer Defense Sunscreen is a must have for me. If you’re not wearing sunscreen daily, I urge you to start like tomorrow! I personally love Beautycounter sunscreen but even if you don’t get the most expensive or fancy thing on the market, sunscreen is one of the top 3 ways you can protect your skin and keep it looking youthful and extra beautiful. Anyways, Mom rant over. Let’s jump in.
What is the Daily Sheer Defense Sunscreen?
Beautycounter’s Countersun Daily Sheer Defense Sunscreen has 25 SPF and is specifically designed to be put on under makeup for daily use, unlike other sunscreens that may not go on as smooth or blendable because they’re made for your body. It’s formulated with zinc oxide and designed to be super lightweight. It protects against UVA, UVB, and HEV blue light rays (!!!). It’s also formulated to go on without a chalky white cast.
Benefits of the daily sheer defense include:
- protects against UVA, UVB, and HEV blue light rays
- chicory root extract to lock in hydration
- Vitamin E to protect against environmental stressors
- Squalene to draw in moisture
- No chalky white cast left by other mineral sunscreens
- Reef friendly
Beautycounter sunscreen is also much more affordable at $42 than many other top of the line mineral sunscreen moisturizers. It’s tricky to pick out a moisturizer with sunscreen because it’s often either not enough coverage, greasy, chalky, or much more expensive. This combines all of the best worlds. I also find I don’t need quite as much product so this bottle will last forever (keep reading to find out how to save even more money!).
What makes it “clean?”
Beautycounter bans over 1800+ harmful or potentially harmful ingredients through a rigorous 5 step screening process. The Daily Sheer Defense Lotion is free of PEGs, formaldehyde releasing preservatives, and provides soothing acids as to not be irritating. It is free of fragrance (which is often used as a loophole to add any ingredient you want without disclosing it!) and is safe for pregnancy!
It’s also clean in that it’s cruelty free and vegan. You can also recycle the paper box it comes in and the glass bottle once you’re finished using Terracycle.
Most importantly, it’s REEF SAFE! The sunscreen is formulated with zinc oxide, a mineral barrier providing sun protection. If you use chemical sunscreens (think: octinoxate or oxybenzone), they not only absorb into your skin potentially causing endocrine disruption but they also contribute to bleaching coral. No thanks.
How do I use the Countersun Daily Sheer Defense Lotion?
While it’s a bit pricy for some, a little goes a LONG way.
You only use 1-3 pumps (I find one pump is plenty, but 2 may be better if you use it on your hands and neck as well) and you use it only in the AM. It doesn’t replace your regular moisturizer, but goes over it and under makeup. An example regimen for the AM would look like this:
- Cleanser, toner, Vitamin C serum, moisturizer, Daily Defense sunscreen, and then follow with makeup
This is the perfect addition to any skin care routine to boost your protection and benefit your skin. I use this daily, whether I am following up with makeup or not. It blends super well, so I don’t find I necessarily need makeup to hide the look of sunscreen. I also find it doesn’t smell quite as strong as other sunscreens.
So, do I recommend the Countersun daily sunscreen lotion?
Yes, yes I do! It’s one of my favorite Beautycounter products. I especially love that this is something you can add in to any skincare routine, no matter what brand. It’s a great starting point to protect your skin.
How can I save money on Beautycounter?
If you are looking to either switch your products to safer OR just want to save money, and plan to make 2-3+ purchases with Beautycounter, I HIGHLY recommend joining Band of Beauty. Band of Beauty is our membership loyalty program, much like Amazon Prime. It costs $29 for a one year membership and the benefits are great.
- FREE overnight resurfacing peel and charcoal mask with enrollment order over $50+
- FREE shipping on orders over $100 (a perk I don’t even get as a consultant!)
- 10% product credit back on every order to spend on your next purchase
- Exclusive offers like first dibs on new releases and members-only sales
In addition, if you’re new to Beautycounter you can get 20% off your first order as a new client with code “CLEANFORALL20” at checkout!
I hope this was a helpful review. Have you tried the Daily Sheer Defense Lotion? Have you ever heard of Beautycounter? Would you try Beautycounter sunscreen? Let me know in the comments below!