Fun fact:  we’re closest to the sun around New Year’s Day and farthest from the sun around Independence Day.

Say what? Truth, but as we all know, sun protection is especially necessary 'round this time, so we thought a primer was in order. For that, we sought the expertise of June Jacobs, CEO of her namesake company, June Jacobs Spa Collection.

Please explain the importance of sunscreen.

Sunscreen is imperative and a non-negotiable in order to protect our body’s vessel and largest organ, the skin. We need to be our body’s best defense and maintain a strong shield from skin damaging UVA/UVB rays.  Protecting our skin from sun prevents premature aging and lowers the risk of skin cancers.  Additionally, the properly formulated sunscreen provides added benefits such as soothing, skin correcting and moisturization.

Please share what makes June Jacobs Sun Care unique.

June Jacobs Sun Care has been carefully crafted to provide the best defense for our skin, while using our patented anti-oxidant blend to allow for a luxurious sun care experience.  Every June Jacobs SPF product is carefully optimized by our talented Research & Development team to coincide with the natural trends reinforcing our mission of cutting edge science married with nature.

What are some of the more popular products from your Sun Care line?

Our Intensive Age Defying Hydrating Complex SPF 25 provides broad spectrum protection and is packed with antioxidant extracts leaving the skin firm and radiant.  Customers also love our nourishing Lip Renewal SPF 50 as it prevents dryness and moisture loss from the lips.

The nourishment you provide to your skin after sun exposure is equally as important as the measures you take to protect pre-sun. Sun exposure can result in damaged, sunburned, and dehydrated skin. For post-sun exposure, try our Rapid Repair Healing Cream to for an intense boost of moisture and repair.

We looked into more sun care to keep skin and hair protected this summer:

COOLA is known for using ingredients that are natural, organic, sustainable and locally sourced, along with being cruelty-free.  Their new Organic Sunless Tan Express Sculpting Mousse gives face and body gorgeous color in a matter of hours.  The new Organic Gradual Sunless Tan Firming Lotion moisturizes and develops a tan subtly.  The Dawn Patrol Classic Primer SPF 30 can be used as alone or before foundation.  The Rosilliance SPF 30 BB+ Cream nourishes, protects, evens out skin tone and is available in three shades.  (Available at (link to

Sun Bum presents a few ways to choose the right protection.  Their Original Sunscreen provides UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum Protection and is best for every day.  The Signature Suncreen is their zinc-based formula.  It’s tough enough to stay on during rigorous conditions in and out of the water.   And go au naturel with the new Mineral Collection for your lounging and earth loving pleasure!  (Available at

NewBeauty Award Winner Australian Gold introduces some newbies to their sunscreen line.  The Botanical SPF 30 Mineral Lotion is a non-chemical sunscreen lotion that delivers non-whitening protection (and is also available in SPF 50).  The Botanical SPF 30 Natural Spray is rich in vitamins and antioxidants from native Australian botanical ingredients and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes (also available in SPF 50).  The SPF 50 Spray Gel Bronzer is a hybrid of continuous spray and a traditional lotion for convenience along with temporary color for an immediate glow.  (Available at

One of CeraVe’s latest is their Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30.  The ultra-lightweight formula moisturizes without clogging pores.  The CeraVe Sunscreen Face Lotion and Body Lotion are also lightweight and oil free and include their InVisibleZinc Technology which features microfine zinc oxides that spreads easily and dries with a clear finish.  Both are available in SPF 30 and SPF 50.  (Available at drugstores)

JĀSÖN has added sunscreen to their plant-based personal care line.  The Facial Sunscreen SPF 20 Broad Spectrum is hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, oil free, cruelty free, reef safe and biodegradable.  Ditto for the Family Sunscreen SPF 45 Broad Spectrum and Sport Sunscreen SPF 45 Broad Spectrum.  They’re water resistant for up to 80 minutes and are tear free.  (Available

Sunblocz is a 100% all natural, mineral sunscreen with zinc oxide in a base of natural and anti-oxidant ingredients.  The Broad Spectrum UVA & UVB Protection is 50+ and water resistant for up to 80 minutes.  It’s hypoallergenic, cruelty-free and safe for kids.  (Available at