Category Archives: SUNSCREEN


September 18, 2015

Game changer

Simply freaking out over this one. Glow. Radiate. Protect. Nourish. Enhance.

My number one go to since I tried my first dab. #obsessed.

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Protect and perfect skin in an instant.

Created in partnership with acclaimed US dermatologist Dr. Noëlle Sherber, M.D., F.A.A.D. (Harvard University, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Columbia University), Soleil meets the need for a best-in-breed multi-tasker.

This powerhouse tinted fluid gives skin instant radiant coverage, while at the same time, fights the most common signs of aging. Packed with all-mineral SPF 20, this fluid fortifies skin with anti-oxidant protection, evens skin tone, and wages war on wrinkles. The sheer tint gently transforms the skin to the most natural honeyed perfection and is suitable for all skin tones. Developed with brush- on effortless application, the silky fluid texture glides on the skin, creating suppleness and luminosity while safeguarding and preserving the complexion now and over time. Your serum in shining armor has arrived!

Star Ingredients: Red Algae, Vitamin C Ester, Vitamin E and Bisabolol, Dermaxyl, Superoxide Dismutase, Green Tea Extract

  • NO nanoparticles
  • Hypoallergenic, vegan and gluten-free formula.
  • 100% natural fragrance.
  • NO parabens, oxybenzone, retinyl palmitate, petrolatum, phthalates, sodium laurel sulfates, propylene glycol, animal ingredients or testing, no synthetic fragrances or colors.

LING Skincare Anti-Oxidant To Help Fight Sun Damage

June 27, 2015

We all add sunscreen to our daily regime, but now you can add another layer to help protect against sun damage. Vitamin C is a powerful skincare anti-oxidant that shields skin from damaging free radicals. Vitamin C also reduces the appearance of brown spots, helps boost healthy collagen production for firm skin and can help increase the effectiveness of your sunscreen by boosting your skin defense against UV exposure.

Try LING Skincare HI-Vitamin C 12% ($80, which also contains Centela Asiatic extract which works to enhance a healthier complexion. With smaller molecules this serum is able to penetrate the skin deeper. It feels awesome going on. It sort of heats up a bit and feels divine. 

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Sun Bum will keep you from looking like a teenager in the 80’s or just 80.

May 5, 2015

I took my kids to the sweltering hot desert this weekend at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. Somehow I managed to pack every crayon, walkie-talkie and Pokemon card for my kids but totally forgot sunblock and any kind of hair “primping” product for myself. Fortunately for me, the simple yet totally awesome “Feel Good Spa” at the Ace Hotel carries the Sun Bum line. So, as soon as we arrived, I got myself waxed by a lovely tatted up Jewish girl from San Diego with a San Fernando Valley Girl accent and stocked up on some Sun Bum Beach Formula Shine On ($19.99) lightweight oil for the hair and SPF 50 Original Spray Sunscreen ($15.99) .


I have naturally thick curly hair with a soft texture that thrives in humidity and gets brittle in dry weather. I decided to just condition my hair this weekend and to continually reapply the Sun Bum Shine On. By the time I left the desert, my curls, which would normally be reminiscent of Alphaba’s broom, were their normal soft silky selves. It wasn’t necessarily a “scientific” experiment, but I’m definitely going to have to credit that to Shine On. Or maybe it was the many margaritas poolside and the endless supply of incredibly average beige colored kid food I inhaled.

Shine On

The SPF 50 Original Spray Sunscreen was the first sunscreen that my 11 year old was willing to apply without a fight. Unprompted, he blurted, “this smells good and it doesn’t feel oily.” And apparently it is not too stingy either, because two margaritas in, I accidentally sprayed it near his eyes and was met with very little complaining.

Ultimately, the crayons melted all over the car seat, channel 1 on the walkie talkies was intercepted by some freaky pervert trucker dude, and the Pokemon cards just caused endless grief and hostile negotiations. But, I’m pleased to say, I left the desert with my kids free of sun burns, my legs as white as paste and my curls as soft as a baby’s ass. That’s a pretty good showing for Sun Bum and a darn good weekend overall.


Written by Meredith Morton

Meredith is a mom of three perfectly behaved and always impeccably dressed boys who never cuss or fight. She prefers exercise to the side effects of lithium. You can follow her on Instagram @meredithmorton but don’t expect too much.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and what better way to raise awareness of pro-active skin defense than with environmentally safe sunblock!

April 30, 2015

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy is the nation’s first and largest chain of integrative pharmacies.

What they offer is the best selection of natural sunscreens in-store and online – available in lightly-scented and scent-free options!

Here are our picks but please view a full range of sunblock products here!

All products are sold at Pharmaca Stores and on


Lust-worthy Luxury skincare from Luzern Laboratories

March 5, 2015


I don’t know where to begin with Luzern Labs. All I can say is, I’m done. This is it for me. Everything about the line is perfection. Please read more about it here.

Luzern’s luxurious products are formulated using the finest, sustainably-harvested, organic Swiss extracts and active ingredients, while eliminating any less-than-attractive additives, synthetics, or chemical preservatives. Whether it’s gentle exfoliation, powerful cleansers, nutrient-rich moisture or any of our remarkable serums, every product is carefully crafted to safely care for healthy, beautiful skin-delivering the ultimate anti-aging results.

Check out the line here.

The to-die-for serums here.

Sun Protection here.


From their website:

the foundation of luzern formulation

We combine the gold standard of certified Bio-Suisse organic anti-aging extracts with
pharmaceutical-grade active ingredients, and then process them using the most innovative
pure processing techniques available for powerful, luxurious results.


pure processing


We always choose non-toxic and non-irritating ingredients, and we stay far away from artificial fragrances and chemical preservatives. We rely on the remarkable plant extracts grown sustainably in the Valais region of the Alps—certified Bio-Suisse Organic—and then protect the potency and freshness of the actives in each of the formulas by producing them in small batches at low temperatures, so heat does not destroy their anti-aging goodness. The efficacy of our boutique approach to processing shines through in the health and beauty of your skin. Read more about pure processing. 

pure processing


We always choose non-toxic and non-irritating ingredients, and we stay far away from artificial fragrances and chemical preservatives. We rely on the remarkable plant extracts grown sustainably in the Valais region of the Alps—certified Bio-Suisse Organic—and then protect the potency and freshness of the actives in each of the formulas by producing them in small batches at low temperatures, so heat does not destroy their anti-aging goodness. The efficacy of our boutique approach to processing shines through in the health and beauty of your skin. Read more about pure processing. 


We use pharmaceutical-grade actives for their ability to work in synergy with one another by increasing cellular energy and optimizing healthy cell function. With this combination, we’ve created a powerful line of products to repair, detoxify, hydrate, and balance the skin.

the most powerful anti-aging cosmeceuticals

BIODYNE TRF (Tissue Respiratory Factor) assists the skin cells in the uptake of oxygen and reduces the look of wrinkles and other age-related skin damage by improving collagen synthesis, increasing hyaluronic acid synthesis, and promoting outstanding cell renewal for healthy, luminous, younger-looking skin.

COENZYME Q10 is a vitamin-like super antioxidant essential for all cellular activity. It is the “spark” that provides the energy your cells need for collagen and elastin production, nutrient utilization, and to fight free radicals.

SWISS STEM CELLS work to preserve and protect skin’s stem cells. These apple stem cells are rich in epigenetic factors and metabolites, assuring the longevity of skin cells to combat chronological aging while delaying senescence of skin cells, preserving the look of youthful, firm, vibrant skin.

NIACINAMIDE B3 combats aging skin, hyperpigmentation, acne, sensitivity and rosacea, helping skin cells repair themselves- improving cellular energy, reducing inflammation, increasing the production of lipids and ceramides, improving micro-circulation, and inhibiting substances that break down collagen.

PEPTIDES easily penetrate the skin and are highly efficient at stimulating the healing process, triggering the rebuilding of the dermal matrix (collagen) and protecting cells from damage.

LIPOIC ACID improves cellular energy production and reduces inflammation – a major cause of aging. R-Lipoic Acid also provides your skin with superior antioxidant protection, further activating other antioxidants, such as Vitamin C,Vitamin E and CoQ10.

VITAMIN C stimulates collagen and protects the skin from environmental damage, gently exfoliates, firms, and brightens the skin, imparting the skin with a more even tone and porcelain effect. We use both water-soluble and fat-soluble versions of Vitamin C to ensure the delivery of the most potent and stable form of this powerful antioxidant.

HYALURONIC ACID can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, restoring radiance and youth to aging skin.

ALPHA-HYDROXY ACID gently and effectively refines skin surface texture and promotes smoother, younger looking skin by increasing the rate of cellular renewal.

METABIOTICS RESVERATROL targets micro-inflammation and maintain the structural integrity of skin cells through the dermal epidermal junction.

PURE ZERMATT GLACIAL WATER A unique combination of minerals and trace elements moisturize and energize the skin for a radiant, hydrated glow.

bio-suisse actives

Swiss Alpine plants, found at the highest possible altitudes, have been subjected to strong temperature fluctuations and high UV radiation. These high altitude plants contain high concentrations of antioxidants.


Their “protective factor” has been harnessed by Luzern to develop products that protect the skin from the negative impact of the modern environment.

skin perfecting swiss extracts

ANTI-STRESS EDELWEISS is a high-performance antioxidant with free-radical scavenging properties. It provides increased type III collagen protection and inhibits harmful hyaluronidase, 5-lipoxygenase, and elastase activation. Edelweiss EP promotes a soothing effect, ideal for stressed and sensitive skin.

ANTI-OXIDANT ARTEMISIA UMBELLIFORMIS EXTRACT is often compared to Vitamin C for its antioxidative properties. It protects the skin from free radicals and acts as a strong anti-inflammatory.

ANTI-OZONE BUDDLEJA DAVIDII EXTRACT protects the skin cells from UV damage and toxic radicals like ozone produced photochemically in smog. It reduces the DNA fragmentation of the keratinocytes induced by UVB radiation. It is DNA-protective and an antioxidant as well.

ANTI-ACNE EPILOBIUM FLEISCHERI EXTRACT a rare alpine plant extract, clinically proven to reduce sebum production 56% over 66 days, ultimately, reducing oily skin without dehydration.

ANTI-WRINKLE PLANTAGO LANCEOLATA LEAF EXTRACT stimulates collagen synthesis, thereby thickening the extracellular matrix. The flavenoids and tannins yield anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and act as hyaluronidase inhibitors.

BRIGHTENING ALPINE COMPLEX combines seven Swiss Alpine extracts in a synergistic ratio to inhibit tyrosinase production for a brighter skin tone and a reduction in the look of hyper-pigmentation.

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Chemical irritants and toxins found in much of today’s skincare can trigger inflammation that increases skin sensitivity and even accelerate the visible signs of aging. This inflammatory response stresses the skin’s natural repair process, damages its protective barrier and breaks down collagen, hastening the appearance of lines and wrinkles and undermining the healthy function of the skin.

1. Toxic PreservativesParabens (Methyl, Butyl, Ethyl, Propyl) – Used as preservatives in almost all skincare products, and have been found in breast cancer tumors. Parabens, as xenoestrogens (hormone disruptors), may contribute to sterility in male mice and humans. Estrogen-like activity causes hormone imbalance in females and early puberty.

DMDM Hydantoin & Urea (Imidazolidinyl): Just two of many preservatives that often release formaldehyde which may cause joint pain, cancer, skin reactions, allergies, depression, headaches, chronic fatigue, dizziness, and loss of sleep. Exposure may irritate the respiratory system, trigger heart palpitations or asthma, aggravate coughs and colds.

Triclosan: Synthetic “antibacterial” ingredient with chemical structure similar to Agent Orange! The EPA registers it as a pesticide, posing risks to human health and environment, suspected of causing cancer in humans and creating ‘super bugs’ it cannot kill.

Phenoxyethanol: A preservative often found natural skin care as an alternative to parabens, but actually presents its own health risks. There are several animal studies that demonstrate that it is toxic – with effects on the brain and the nervous system. The FDA has warned that phenoxyethanol can cause shut down of the central nervous system, vomiting and contact dermatitis.

2. Ethanol, Denatured Alcohol, Ethyl Alcohol, Methanol, Isopropyl Alcohol, SD Alcohol and Benzyl Alcohol: Found in many skin care products, including natural brands. Even in small amounts these types of alcohol can be extremely drying and irritating, and have been shown to generate free radical damage and disrupt skin’s protective barrier.

3. Synthetic Color and Dyes: Synthetic colors from coal tar contain heavy metal salts that deposit toxins in skin, causing skin sensitivity/irritation. Absorption can cause depletion of oxygen. Animal studies show almost all are carcinogenic.

4. Propylene Glycol and Pegs (Polyethylene glycol): Propylene Glycol (PG) is a petroleum-based wetting agent and solvent. PG penetrates the skin so quickly the EPA warns against skin contact to prevent brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities. PEGs are made by ethoxylating Propylene Glycol. Dangerous levels of dioxin have been found as a by-product of the ethoxylation process.

5. Phthalates: Xenoestrogens are commonly found in many products, usually not listed on labels. Health effects include damage to liver/kidneys, birth defects, decreased sperm counts and early breast development in girls and boys.

6. Benzoyl Peroxide: Frequently used in acne products, the MSDS states, “Facilitates action of known carcinogens…Possible tumor promoter. May act as mutagen; produces DNA damage in human and other mammalian cells in some concentrations. Also, toxic by inhalation. May be harmful if swallowed and in contact with skin. Eye, skin and respiratory irritant.”

7. DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), & TEA (Triethanolamine): This foam booster is a skin/eye irritant and causes contact dermatitis. Easily absorbed through skin to accumulate in body organs, even the brain. Repeated use resulted in major increases of liver and kidney cancer.

8. Sulfates: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): Detergents and surfactants that pose serious health threats. Used in car washes, garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers and 90% of personal care products that foam. Animals exposed to SLS experienced eye damage, depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation – even death. SLS may also damage skin’s immune system by causing layers to separate, inflame and age.

9. Chemical Sunscreens: avobenzone, benzphenone, ethoxycinnamate, and PABA are commonly-used ingredients that are known free radical generators and are believed to damage DNA or lead to cancers.

10. Mineral Oil and Petrolatum: Petroleum products that can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which may cause cancer. Petroleum byproduct has been found in breast tumors, strongly suggesting it is a breast-cancer-promoting substance. It also suffocates the skin, blocking oxygen absorption and aggravating acne.

11. Sodium Hydroxide: Commonly used in skin care, including natural products, to adjust the pH, sodium hydroxide (also known as lye) is a highly caustic, toxic and reactive inorganic base. It is classed as a poison to humans and animals. Cumulative or prolonged contact with skin can cause serious irritation, has a destructive effect upon tissue and skin cells and is known to aggravate pre-existing skin disorders. Make sure it’s not in any of your skincare!

12. Synthetic Fragrance: May contain Phthalates and any of over 200 other synthetic ingredients. There is no way to know what the chemicals are, since on the label it will simply say “Fragrance.” Some of the problems caused by these chemicals are headaches, dizziness, rash, hyper-pigmentation and skin irritation.

no animal testing

Luzern is proud to say that we do not engage in animal testing or use animal-derived ingredients in our products. We prefer to rely on our deep knowledge of botanical extracts and cosmeceuticals and to use our technical expertise to make great skin care products.

We employ an independent company that uses only in vivo and vitro tests, never animal testing, to ensure our products are safe and effective.