And the church said, Amen.
Let. Me. Tell. You. The bane of my existence has been finding a sunscreen that doesn't make me look like a ghost. As children, my brother and I hated when my mum would pull out that god awful long tube of Avon or Banana Boat; she did not play with the UV Rays (still doesn't). To this day I still have flashbacks of coming to the surface in a swimming pool after being under water and having that god awful white film/residue from the sunscreen just drip all over. Everything was unbearable to touch, the skin was overly sticky, and why did I look purple? UGH. When I was old enough to have a say, I boycotted sunscreen at age 14 and never returned back. At that point I'd rather die of radiation burns than be in public looking like a vampire and feeling like whole scoops of grease in the sun. Around age 20, I started to close out that temper-tantrum and began using makeup with a low SPF and for the last 2-3 years I've really started to understand the importance of sunscreen as an anti-aging product and the detrimental effects of even cloudy day radiation. I recently stumbled upon a game changer for everyone who hates applying sunscreen and well, I have to share.
I fear anything that says "SPF". Honestly, truly. Additionally, having combination/oily/acne prone/sensitive skin- (eyeroll) I am very particular about the amount of layers/products I use, because the last thing I need is an oil slick at 12pm on my T-zone. COOLA is a game changer. I have never in my life met a sunscreen I didn't want to throw in the trash. This formula is extremely lightweight, non-irritating, and free of those crazy annoying Walter White chemicals that I feel most sunscreens have in their ingredient list. This product really absorbs into the skin making makeup application a dream. Since the key to sunscreen is reapplying, COOLA makes this possible and achievable without making you look like a clown. This is going to come in hand especially during the fall for tail gates and winter festivals. It's a sunscreen that transcends season.
Unboxing Experience: A white matte tube, sealed for protection prior to use. The brand promotes a very beachy clean vibe with teal and white color scheme. Easy to transport in your bag, on the beach, outdoor activities, and wherever you need application. I Literally said out loud: where the hell have you been?
Effectiveness: Yall. This is the best sunscreen I have ever experienced in my life. Bar None. These are the moments when I really just pat myself on the back for researching brands that I can then write and share because it is a struggle as a woman of color and someone with oily-hormonal-skin, to find a weightless sunscreen that doesn't make me breakout, or look ridiculous after 1 hour. You get to a point where you'd rather get sun burn than deal with another layer of artificial oil, because most sunscreen brands just don't love us-- but COOLA loves us.
Cost To Use Ratio: I'd pay this plus half. Out the box I sampled the product on my hand and instantly realized I had stumbled upon something godly. I was worried about the cucumber scent, which I'm not a fan of, but it is mild and faint. I prefer unscented face products, but this goes away fast and it's a very small price to pay. I'm going to be honest with you, I was looking for reasons to not like this product (read: my sunscreen PTSD), but I couldn't find one. If you have ever, ever, had any issues grabbing a suitable sunscreen, be sure to try out COOLA and let me know what you think. Thank me later.
+Many thanks to COOLA for their support in this blog. This is not a sponsored post + products were provided for editorial consideration. All opinions and thoughts about the businesses featured are my own. I stay true to your weekly followup + my aesthetic.