It’s supposed to be Spring, but the weather (at least here in London) seems to have different ideas. If it isn’t grey and drizzly, it’s muggy and humid; the day will start off at 6c and reach 15 by midday and quite frankly it’s making my head spin. Like I said, though, it’s technically Spring, so I thought I’d talk about some additions that I’ve made to my beauty routine for the season, from cruelty-free favourite Tropic Skin Care.
The first product I want to talk about is from their natural sunscreen range – the Tinted Skin Shade in SPF50*. This tinted SPF is available in two shades: light/medium and medium/dark and will provide a sheer, radiant coverage. I was kindly gifted a tube of the light/medium skin shade at Tropic Skin Care’s first bloggers’ event in March, and incorporated it into my beauty routine as soon as the sun started peeking its head out from behind the clouds (nb you can and should wear spf year-round).
At Tropic’s event, their founder Susan Ma talked about the benefits of mineral sunscreen over more widely available chemical ones. As it was a subject I’d never been schooled on before, I found myself enthralled. Essentially, chemical sunscreens are absorbed through our skin into our bodies, and react with the sun to absorb its rays. Contrarily, mineral sunscreens stay on the surface of our skin, and reflect the sun’s rays. There is nothing to suggest that mineral sun protection is any less effective than chemical alternatives; in fact, they’re known to cause less irritation and remain stable for longer, rather than breaking down as some chemical sunscreens tend to.
It’s so easy to ignore the fact that our skin is our largest organ, and is a breathing part of us. I can’t say the idea of chemicals being absorbed by my skin is particularly revolting to me – I wear non-natural makeup, and I’m fully aware that it likely seeps into my skin to some degree – but if it’s easy enough to avoid, why wouldn’t I? From an albeit brief browse online, the evidence on whether or not absorbing chemicals from sunscreen is detrimental to our health seems inconclusive at best. However, there have been studies made which claim that the chemical oxybenzone (common in sunscreens) is linked to the release of free radicals, leading to cell damage, hormonal disruption and allergies. Sounds unpleasant, doesn’t it?
Tropic’s Tinted Skin Shade blends out beautifully, and provides me with an even, glowing sheer coverage. I use a pea-sized amount and apply it to clean skin in place of a primer. The consistency is creamy rather than oily (you’ll see from the swatch that it has been allowed to settle and separate a little during the time it took for me to take the photo!), and while it does leave my face looking dewy, it’s not sticky or greasy to the touch. I have been wearing a BB cream and concealer on top of the Tinted Skin Shade, and have found that my makeup stays beautifully in place for most of the day. I find the tint very subtle, and it seems to blend seamlessly into my natural skin tone; I’d be willing to bet it’d work for even paler complexions but if you’re incredibly pale you might want to reach out to the lovely Tropic team to see what they’d recommend! For deeper skin tones, the medium/dark option would work best.
I’ve also been thoroughly enjoying using Tropic Skin Care’s Cream Highlighter in Spotlight*. I love how highlighter adds dimension and dewiness to my skin, giving my overall look a shimmering glow, and Tropic’s edition is truly gorgeous. Bayberry fruit wax, coconut oil and jojoba oil give this product its creamy texture; it’s a little mousse-like in consistency, though not as light. The cream highlighter comes in two shades: Spotlight, a pink champagne, and Sunlight, a deeper gold, which I think would be perfect for darker skin tones.
Using my finger, I pick up a good amount of the highlighter and dab it tentatively only my cupid’s bow, the tip of my nose, along my bridge, under my eyebrows and across each cheekbone (this normally requires two to three fingers full). Using a small angled brush might be a better option if you’re applying this to under your eyebrows – you’re likely to be more precise that way – but I go in with my finger cos I’m lazy.
If you’re going for an extra wow factor with your highlighter, I’d recommend using Tropic’s one as a base and using a fan brush to apply your favourite powder highlighter over the top. Spotlight provides a lovely, natural shimmer which stays put on my face for as long as I’d expect a highlighter to, given that I wear glasses and apply lip balm countless times throughout the day!
I hope these quick reviews give you a sense of the cruelty-free and vegan-friendly cosmetics that are out there. Have you tried anything from Tropic Skin Care? Let me know in the comments.