Ali Wren

whole-hearted living, healthy-minded eating

Summer Skin Care

Ever since my *melanoma diagnosis, I’ve (obviously) been very diligent about applying sunscreen every day during the summer. I even keep bottles of my favorites in my purse for the days I am out and need to reapply.

Over the course of the last few years, I’ve been simplifying my life, and that includes using cleaner ingredients on my skin, like mineral-based face care and sunscreen. My favorite sun care line is Alba Botanica. Alba Botanica follows a simple mission: Do Beautiful. They are “dedicated to making high quality, 100% vegetarian products that overflow with botanical ingredients.”

I personally love these three products: Soothing Sunscreen Pure Lavender Lotion SPF 45, Sensitive Sunscreen Fragrance Free Clear Spray SPF 50, and Sunless Tanner for the days I want a little more glow.

I reached out to Alba Botanica to tell them how much I appreciate their products, and they were excited to give someone a FREE Skincare Sampler!

The giveaway raffle and terms of the giveaway are posted below.

Prize: Alba Botanica Skin Care Sampler: hawaiian detox scrub and face mask, hawaiian 3-in-1 clean towelettes, sunless tanner, soothing sunscreen pure lavender spf 45, cool sport sunscreen refreshing clear spray spf 50, and very emollient sunscreen lip care spf 25. Full size products worth over $45!

Duration: The giveaway runs from Friday, June 30 at 12:00 AM EST through Friday, July 7, 2017 at 12:00 AM EST.

How to enter: Follow 1 – 6 of the prompts detailed below. The first prompt is required, and will subscribe you to my newsletter–no spam, ever; all other prompts are optional. The more entries you have, the greater your chances of winning.

Who can enter: Entrants must be US residents over age 18.

How the winner is chosen: The winner will be chosen by random via the rafflecopter.

How the winner will be notified: The winner will be notified via email and/or on Instagram on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Winner must respond within three days of notification, or he/she forfeits the prize, in which case an alternate winner will be selected.

How the prize will be delivered: The set of Alba Botanica products will be delivered the week of Monday, June 10 via US Mail, UPS, or FedEx. I am not responsible for damages occurring in the shipping of the prize.

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.

Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Here is a quick recap of my journey: I was diagnosed with superficial spreading melanoma in February 2015. In March I had a mole removed on my right shin. That summer, I was literally terrified of being outside, and immensely embarrassed by my scar. Last summer, still embarrassed by my scar, less afraid of the sun, I enjoyed summer a little more. Fast forward to this summer: I’m growing comfortable in my own (pale) skin and wearing shorts and dresses. (If you happened to read the link above, you learned that I was extremely grateful that my melanoma was superficial spreading, and that the doctor caught it relatively soon. I know that cancer of all kinds is very scary, and I am, by no means, diminishing its severity in this post. I am simply sharing my journey, and hoping to help and inform others with my favorite skin care products.)

Thank you to Alba Botanica for providing these awesome skin care products. All opinions are my own.


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I'm Ali. I write about my journey of living a full and healthy life with food allergies, overcoming the comparison trap, and cultivating authenticity.

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  • Abby Jansen

    What a fun giveaway!

    • Ali

      I’m so happy for you!

  • hellolovelyinc

    I’m at risk for melanoma (BRCA2 genetic mutation) so I especially appreciate your tips and reminders which spread awareness about the dangers in summer weather. Happy weekend. 🙂

    • Ali

      Thanks for sharing that with me, Michele. <3

  • Kate Van Vleck

    Awesome giveaway! I’ve only used a few of Albas products but I will be checking out the other ones mentioned in this post ASAP!

    • Ali

      Let me know if you try anything new and what you think!

  • Janel Haley

    Skin cancer runs in my family so I’m always on guard with the sun; trying to remind myself just how fair skinned I am. I would like to try the sunless tanner for a slightly less pale-skinned summer. 🙂

    • Ali

      Check it out if you get a chance. I’ve been happy with a little sunless glow this season!

  • I used to be a big tanner in college and have since learned to embrace my paleness! My family and friends like to tease me about carrying sunscreen around with me but I also look 10 years younger than I actually am sooooo it works for me 🙂

    • Ali

      Yes, you go girl!

  • Jennifer Schmidt

    I need to check these products out! They look promising!

    • Ali

      I’ve been pleased with the products that I’ve tried.

  • Celeste Wright

    Thanks for sharing! I am always looking for a new brand!

    • Ali

      You’re so welcome!

  • so many great products, very helpful!

    • Ali

      I’m so glad you found it helpful!!

  • Bailey

    This is so good to know. Melanoma runs in my family so I’m always looking for ways to help prevent it.

    • Ali

      Wow, that is scary. It runs in my family too.

  • Lisa Laker

    Just had a friend pass from metastic melanoma.. I habe been extremely careful with my ski. And my children’s sk in n lately. Great products!

    • Ali

      It is definitely a scary thing that needs more awareness!

    • Ali

      I am so sorry for your loss, Lisa.

  • I’m so sad I missed the giveaway, all these products sound fantastic! (I’m from Hawaii, so I may be a bit biased haha!) But I’ve been trying to take better care of my skin too. I’ve been wearing less makeup and more sunscreen, so that’s a start for me!

    Jasmine /

    • Ali

      I’m excited that you’re starting to simplify your journey in skin care too. Every little step counts!!