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October 30, 2014

Indie Beauty Week: Beautycounter Sunscreen

It’s the most-asked question I get: What kind of of natural sunscreen do you recommend? Although there are actually quite a few good one on the market, I’ve always hesitated because they’re either too expensive, too hard to find, not moisturizing enough, or tinted—a great makeup option but one that doesn’t provide ample coverage. I mean, who’s going to use a shot glass of BB cream? Now I can respond with a resounding YES! I have the answer and it is Beautycounter.


Get this: Beautycounter’s sunscreens are broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) but don’t contain any chemical blockers like oxybenzone, which soaks through skin, triggers allergic skin reactions, and may be a hormone disruptor. Instead, Protect All Over Sunscreen SPF 30 ($26) for body uses non-nano zinc oxide, a safe mineral sun blocker that also provides water resistance up to 40 minutes. This is unheard of, you guys! The Protect Face SPF 30 ($34) contains the same super-safe cocktail and manages to feel like the best kind of everyday lotion: non-greasy but hydrating, cushiony soft without leaving behind a white, pasty film. It can totally double as your daily moisturizer. So I’m doubly impressed. If you’re in need of both face + body, buy the set ($52) and save.

Beauty Counter Never List

Perhaps you’ve seen BeautyCounter pop up in your Facebook feed. The company’s mission is to get safe products into everyone’s hands (here, here!), products that don’t contain any of the 1,500 toxic ingredients the company has banned (“The Never List”). One way they’re spreading the word is through direct sales (think Avon, only all-natural + pretty, J.Crew-cool packaging). Not to worry: If shopping parties aren’t your thing (ahem) you can order online at It’s such a gorgeous site, chalk-full of smart information about doing right by your skin. If you’re feeling like a real treat, try the Quintessential Lip Collection ($75), a trio of two lipsticks and a clear gloss I carry on my person at all times. Or, the instantly brightening, dark-circle banishing new Touchup Skin Concealer Pen ($28). It’s GOLD, so that’s a given.

This is post is part of our annual Indie Beauty Week series. Don’t miss these great posts + be sure to stay tuned tomorrow for the final installment (hint: it has to to with HAIR!).


  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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