When you work in beauty (at a magazine or website), a big part of the job is trying out new products, no matter if you already have your face moisturizer or your red lipstick. Which isn't to say you can't have a few standbys, but the name of the game is experimentation: you're constantly moving from one product to the next, to see what works and thus what's important to tell the world (i.e., you) about. It's a rare experience, then, to find yourself coaxing out the last drops from a moisturizer tube, or fumbling with a tiny stub of eyeliner. * *Cue violins * * But when we do finish something, it means we must really love that product. Hence, our new feature: Things We Finish, in which we talk about the products that we spoiled beauty junkies squeeze, scrape, or shake 'til there is nothing left. First up: Nick and his Coola Classic Face Sunscreen SPF30 in Cucumber.
I hate sunscreen. It smells bad, it feels bad, and no matter what dermatologists tell us, most days I think I don't need it. I'm barely going to be in the sun anyway, who cares? If I manage to absorb a few precious rays somewhere between my office and Dean & DeLuca, I'm OK with that. Isn't vitamin D deficiency the leading cause of death (after water bottles) these days, anyway? Plus, I like my face moisturizer straight up and full of 'complexes' and potent, proprietary ingredients, so as to best freeze 'visible signs of aging' in their tracks. No SPF to spoil the broth.
But sometimes I let my mom and Dr. David Colbert get to me, and I decide I'm going to try to be good and wear some (skin) protection. It must be: lightweight, non-smelling, and totally uncolored (there are lots of good tinted SPFs, like Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense, but I don't wear makeup). Coola Classic Face Sunscreen SPF30 in Cucumber fit the bill, in that it's completely inoffensive. It's thin, goes on easily over moisturizer, leaves a nice dewy finish, and there's no lingering scent after an initial hit of unisex cucumber. It's also 70% organic and contains ingredients that sound like they are helping me turn back the hands of time: plankton extract (!!!), acai oil, safflower oleosomes... My tube is kicked. My mom is happy. All is good in the world.