I seem to use sunscreen in buckets. My obsession with safe sun coupled with the fact that many chemical sunscreens irritate my skin has led me of late to Soleil Toujours SPF 50 Mineral Based Continuous Mist Broad Spectrum ($36 for 177ml) – a lightweight organic formula recommended to me by a friend.
Free from oxybenzone (an allergen found in many sunscreens, the safety of which has been questioned by a number of recent studies), parabens, synthetic fragrances or colours, Soleil Toujours Mist is comprised primarily of two natural ingredients: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These aren’t fully absorbed into the skin, but rather reflect damaging UV rays on contact.
Another selling point is that Soleil Toujours appears white when first sprayed on, making it easy to see any areas you might have missed. It then dissolves quickly over the skin, resulting in a consistent coverage that doesn’t feel cloying or pore clogging. It stays in place – through sweat, in sand – for a good six hours at a stretch, providing the thorough zinc-esque coverage I remember from my youth, but with a sheer appearance. What really makes this product different, though, is the proprietary EcoSun Complex – a potent mix of red algae, vitamins C and E and bisabolol that improves the skin’s elasticity.
Soleil Toujours is available in varying degrees of protection – from SPF 15 up to 50 – and there is even a children’s version (SPF 45; $36 for 177ml) for the most sensitive skin types. And I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that the sleek black packaging has a certain appeal too. It brings a little Côte Sud to coastal Rhode Island.