Summer Series: Invisible Zinc ESP Moisturiser, Invisible Zinc 4Hr Water Resistant Sunscreen

Invisible Zinc ESP (left), Invisible Zinc 4hrs Water Resistant (right)

Invisible Zinc ESP (left), Invisible Zinc 4hrs Water Resistant (right)

The Invisible Zinc range of sunscreens is arguably one of the most popular physical sunscreens on Australian shelves.

When I bought my first tube of Invisible Zinc years ago, the pharmacy assistant told me  that where she was from (Queensland- where you have the highest risk of getting skin cancer in the world) all the Surf Life Savers would only ever use Invisible Zinc. And although I take everything that sales staff tell me with a grain of salt- I really wouldn’t be surprised if that was true. In my opinion, Invisible Zinc range of sunscreens have the most solid broad spectrum UV protection capabilities out of all the sunscreens easily accessible to the average Australian.

Although I have other favourite sunscreens for everyday wear (Marie Veronique, BurnOut), Invisible Zinc has been my sports sunscreen of choice for years.

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Invisible Zinc Environmental Skin Protector

Invisible Zinc says…

Flaunting the protection of INVISIBLE ZINC with a hydrating, antioxidant-filled moisturiser, INVISIBLE ZINC ENVIRONMENTAL SKIN PROTECTOR  will change the way you protect your skin. INVISIBLE ZINC ESP delivers everything you need in your daily skin care regime: powerful antioxidants, environmental defence and full SPF 30+ UVA and UVB protection. Best of all, it feels nothing like a sunscreen: It’s light, silky and very comfortable on the skin. Just like TINTED DAYWEAR, you’ll wonder how you lived without it.

Environmental Skin Protector: RRP $35.00 50mL

Invisible Zinc 4hr Water Resistant Sunscreen SPF 30+

Invisible Zinc says..

Fact: The sun doesn’t stop attacking you simply because you’re in the water. In reality, water intensifies and reflects the sun’s rays, making the chance of your skin burning even higher. Cue INVISIBLE ZINC® 4 HR WATER RESISTANT SUNSCREEN SPF 30+ offering the same high performance sun protection as the original award-winning INVISIBLE ZINC®, but with 4 hours water resistance. With a non-greasy formula and transparent finish, it’s perfect for outdoor training, the beach or a day out on the boat.

 4 hrs Water Resistant Sunscreen RRP: $29.00 (100ml lotion); $19.95 (50ml lotion)

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UVA/UVB protection, photostability, and safety:

Both the Invisible Zinc ESP Moisturiser, and the Invisible Zinc 4hr Waterproof Sunscreen use a high percentage of micronised Zinc Oxide which lends them excellent broad spectrum protection, photostability and safety.

The 4hr Waterproof sunscreen does have a slightly higher concentration of Zinc Oxide (it uses 22% whereas the ESP moisturiser uses 20%) than the ESP moisturiser so it is heavier duty for those times when you need a little extra extra.

 

Product texture:

The Invisible Zinc Environmental Skin Protector Moisturiser has an easy to spread, lotion-like consistency. As a couple of other bloggers have noticed, this product can be a little drying (due to the astringent properties of zinc oxide) so if you’re using it on your face on a daily basis I would apply a decent moisturiser underneath this.

The Invisible Zinc 4hrs Water Resistant SPF 30+, in contrast, has an incredibly thick texture which takes a bit of work to spread on the skin. Although this would be way too heavy for everyday wear, it is the best hard working sunscreen for sports and swimming because it will not budge for anything and you will not sweat this one off.

 

Swatched: Invisible Zinc ESP (left), Invisible Zinc 4hrs Water Resistant (right)

Swatched: Invisible Zinc ESP (left), Invisible Zinc 4hrs Water Resistant (right)

White Cast:

On my light-medium skin there is a slight white cast with the Invisible Zinc ESP moisturiser (hardly noticable underneath foundation), and a more prominant white cast with the Invisible Zinc 4hrs Waterproof Sunscreen.

 

Sweat test:

Both the Invisible Zinc ESP and the Invisible Zinc 4hr Water Resistant Sunscreens have great sweat and water resistance, especially the the IZ 4hr Water Resistant Sunscreen, which clings on to your skin with such tenacity that you’ll still have most of the sunscreen on after a shower unless you double cleanse really well. This is why the 4hr Water Resistant Sunscreen is my go to sports sunscreen.

 

Ingredients:

Invisible Zinc Environmental Skin Protector Moisturiser

 Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 20%

Preservatives: Phenoxyethanol, Diazolidinylurea

Invisible Zinc 4hrs Water Resistant Sunscreen

Active ingredients: Zinc Oxide 22%

Preservatives: Benzyl Alcohol, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol

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Posted by on Dec 11th, 2011 in Reviews, Sunscreen | 1 comment

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One Response to “Summer Series: Invisible Zinc ESP Moisturiser, Invisible Zinc 4Hr Water Resistant Sunscreen”

  1. Jamilla says:

    Thank you for this post! I was undecided about trying this brand, and now, I will!

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