Sunscreen – No Breakouts Bare Republic Naturals

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Sunscreen breakouts – they seem inevitable. You want to protect your skin from sun damage? But you haven’t found a sunscreen that doesn’t make you have a lovely reaction post-sun?  I have been on the search for sensitive skin sunscreen for years.  The sunscreens I tested protected me from the sun, but they ended up causing those lovely little white bumps, and sometimes blackheads as well.  Even the one brand that touts Clear Pores caused me to break out.  I was trying to protect myself from sun damage, but there was the consequence of dealing with how to clear up my skin for the next week, sometimes two.  It was very frustrating.

After researching and plain old trial and error, I stumbled upon Bare Republic Mineral Face Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30.  Bare Republic sells at Target and it’s made in the USA.  Bare Republic is a cruelty free, paraben free, sun care line that boasts their sunscreen is broad spectrum with UVA/UVB protection, it has a 40 minute water resistance, with no synthetic fragrances (which can irritate sensitive skin), no chemical actives, and no retinyl palmitate.  Most importantly, it’s a sunscreen I’ve found that doesn’t cause me to break out AND it protects me from the sun!

What is retinyl palmitate?  It’s a form of pure Vitamin A otherwise known as retinol and  palmitic acid.  The ingredient is commonly used in anti aging skincare products.  Why is it important to exclude retinyl palmitate from sunscreen?  There was a study conducted on lab mice in 2010 testing the effects of sun exposure and the use of retinyl pamitate.  The results are not conclusive, but the outcome suggested that the mice exposed to the suncreen/cream containing retinyl palmitate had a higher development of skin tumors.  One reason that cosmetic companies use this ingredient in their products is to be able to claim “Anti Aging” in it’s properties.

This isn’t an oily or a creamy sunscreen which typically make me break out.  To me, it’s a cream that is almost dry in texture, when applied and blended it feels like a primer.  I did notice it can dry out my skin a bit, but that typically isn’t a concern in the summer months.  This sunscreen is high in titanium dioxide and zinc.  It claims not to have a white cast.  I feel like it can be ashy on darker skin tones when worn alone – especially if it’s not blended properly.  In my line of Makeup Artist work, I’m always applying makeup over it, and haven’t had any issues with it on camera.  I haven’t seen it cause breakouts on any of the talent I’ve worked with either.  I carry this sunscreen in my pro kit, and keep one in my makeup bag at all times.


Bare Republic Mineral Face Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 – 1.7oz

available @ Target & Bare Republic Naturals


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Two time Emmy nominated Atlanta Makeup Artist Kathleen Marsh's passion for makeup began at an early age with a love for fashion, beauty, and the power of transformation with makeup. She’s known for her work on a range of productions and projects including print photography, HD tv commercials, music videos, catalogs, magazine editorials, corporate events, business portraits, and high def television series. She ensures her clients receive flawless, consistent makeup artistry and hairstyling that fits her clients needs for on-camera and live events. Since 2002, she has worked as a makeup & hair artist and maintained a broad variety of photo print clients including AT&T, Coca-Cola, Delta, Holiday Inn, Kimberly Clark, Southern Company, and Slimfast. She has been a celebrity makeup artist published in Men’s Fitness, GQ, People Magazine, Redbook, Rolling Stone Magazine and Time Inc. Her TV series work includes HGTV, the Cooking Channel, PBS, and Fox Sports. She has an enthusiasm for working on productions and being part of the team in the creative process. She’s passionate about helping clients look their absolute best and pays attention to highlighting their natural beauty.

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