Daydream Facial Moisturizer With SPF
YAY!!! Finally, a coconut oil free, nut oil free, mineral based, FACIAL sunscreen!
But let's chat about sunscreen in general for a bit...
There are two main ways that a sunscreen can protect the skin from sun damage: with a mineral barrier or a chemical one.
Mineral options typically include ingredients like zinc oxide, which create a physical barrier to protect the skin from the sun. Dermatologists agree that when used correctly, mineral formulations can be effective and are safe even for children and sensitive skin. The Daydream Facial Moisturizer With SPF falls under the mineral sunscreen category.
Chemical based protection uses one or more chemicals, including oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate, to prevent UV rays from damaging skin tissue. These chemicals raise some concerns, however, because many are able to cross into the skin and other tissues.
Chemicals commonly used in sunscreen may be endocrine disruptors, estrogenic, and may interfere with thyroid and other hormone processes in the body.
That is why I prefer to make my own. I have tried several different natural options, but there are none that I like. Plus, most contain coconut oil as a main ingredient, which is super pore clogging to the face.
I believe that covering up with long sleeves and a hat is the best form of sun protection, but if you are going to wear a facial sunscreen, using one that is full of goodness + sunscreen properties is the best!
What about SPF?
I do not have the equipment to scientifically measure levels of SPF, however, through all of the research I have done, I can tell you that this sunscreen has an SPF of at least 20, probably higher. This is a broad spectrum sunscreen and will provide protection from both UVA and UVB sun rays.
Did you know that the higher the SPF number does not really mean more effective coverage? Really, it’s true! Do a quick (scholarly) Google search! I have learned that SPF protection does not increase proportionally to an increase in SPF. For example, an SPF of 2 absorbs 50% of UV rays, an SPF of 15 absorbs 93%, and an SPF of 34 absorbs 97% of UV rays. Interesting, right?
Several articles claim that mineral, handcrafted sunscreens are harmful. Their reasoning is that you can’t verify the SPF of homemade sunscreens, so the chance of burning is higher.
I certainly agree that my handcrafted sunscreen does not have the lab testing that conventional ones do, but you know what else they don’t have? Endocrine disruptors, horrible inactive ingredients, fragrances made from who knows what, and coral-killing compounds!
Also, sunscreen should be used as a final means of protection, as utilizing shade, covering up with long sleeves + a hat, and getting out of the sun during peak hours of the day, are most effective.
Bottom Line: Use common sense and get safe sun exposure. The amount of sun exposure and safety practices will vary from person to person. I definitely recommend doing your own research and talking to a knowledgeable dermatologist to figure out what works best for you. Do not be scared of the sun - a lot of sunscreen companies have used fear as a tactic so you lather it on every day, even in the winter! I do not believe in using fear as a marketing tactic, but I do like to educate people and let them choose what’s best for themselves.
Frequently Asked Questions
First, I would not advise you try and make a sunscreen at home, or buy it from just anyone blending ingredients together and marketing them as "natural." There is a reason I never shared a DIY for sunscreen, even though I have been making it for myself for a long time. Make sure you are buying handcrafted sunscreen from someone who knows how to work with zinc, has had years of experience, and has gone to school for herbalism - so important! Okay, now onto the questions...
1. How long should this product last me?
It depends on how much you use. If you use it just on your face, neck, and décolleté area, one container usually lasts around 3 months.
2. Is this waterproof?
Not to swim in a pool all day. You will definitely want to reapply it. The beeswax does add a protective moisture barrier, but there are no artificial chemicals in this product to cause it to stick to the skin.
3. Can I apply this on my body as well?
Yes, you can. I usually apply it on my décolleté, neck, lower arms, and back of hands. This also offers moisturizing benefits, so it is more than just a sunscreen. Just like it would be pretty bougie of you to rub your serums, or Repair Cream, all over your body - same goes for this facial moisturizer with SPF. But, go on with your bougie self!
4. What is the size?
1.7 fluid ounces (50 ml)
5. What is the shelf life?
About 9 months if stored properly. Do not store in a hot place. In a medicine cabinet and out of direct sunlight is best. If you happen to leave it in your mailbox during summer for too long, do not open it - put it in the fridge for about 20 mins. then open and apply. There are no artificial solidifiers in it, so it can become soft.
6. Is it okay for acne-prone skin?
I use noncomedogenic ingredients in my products. So all of the oils and butters I select are picked with sensitive skin in mind. None of my products will clog pores. The Daydream Facial Moisturizer With SPF is actually loaded with ingredients that are great for acne-prone skin!
7. Is it safe for babies?
It contains much safer ingredients than most that are on the market, even ones that are targeted specifically for babies. I always encourage moms to do their own research though on any product before applying it to their baby, and ultimately make that judgement call on their own.
8. What step does DAYDREAM play in your skincare routine?
The last step. See step number 4.
- Cleanse - Clarifying Cleanser
- Tone - Balancing Toner Mist
- Hydrate - Either of my serums will do for this step. Serums typically contain topical antioxidants including vitamins A, C and E. When layered underneath moisturizers, serums act as targeted treatment for a variety of things - wrinkles, pigmentation, redness, acne, etc.
- Moisturize - Use the Repair Cream and/or Daydream Facial Moisturizer With SPF for this step. I use both some days, but typically will just use the Daydream SPF during days I go outside for more than a few mins.
Ingredients: Babassu Oil*, Non-nano Zinc Oxide*, Raspberry Seed Oil*, Beeswax*, Shea Butter*, Blackberry Seed Oil*, Pomegranate Seed Oil*, Cacao Powder*, Wild Harvested Alkanet Root Herbal Oil (infused in) Jojoba Oil*
Directions: This is the last step in your skincare regime. Start with a pea-sized amount at tip of fingers. Rub fingers together to warm up product (make sure your fingers are clean - you do not want bacteria to be transferred to the container). Then apply onto face and neck in one, thin layer. A little goes a long way! Reapply as needed.
For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The user of this product is solely responsible for studying out ingredients to ensure they do not have any allergies to the ingredients present.