When I attended a Dermalogica event in Melbourne almost 2 years ago, I was pleasantly surprised to see a purely physical sunscreen developed for sensitive skin in their range- and even more pleasantly surprised to see that it contained a decent combined percentage of Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide for everyday wear. I’ve been using this off and on for about 2 years now, and I’m not sure why it’s taken so long for me to review this.
Dermalogica Ultracalming Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30+ (what a mouthful!) uses 9% Zinc Oxide and 7% Titanium Dioxide. For everyday wear (not sports or intensive UV exposure situations) this provides a reasonably good UVA and UVB cover, excellent photostability and safety profile. I would like to see most of the 16% as Zinc Oxide (it is the gold standard, is more photostable than Titanium Dioxide, and interestingly has less of a white cast) but I’m probably nit picking here. A good heavy duty sunscreen for sports I like to use when running is the Invisible Zinc 50+ 4Hrs Water Resistant Sunscreen (swatched below)
The Ultracalming Super Sensitive Shield sunscreen has a light fluid texture, which is quite easy to spread and sits well under makeup. There is a slight shininess after application, but once foundation is applied this is hardly noticable. There is a moderate amount of white cast on my light-medium skin, but again once foundation is applied this is not noticable. Overall a fairly elegant physical sunscreen formulation that works well as an everyday sunscreen.
My sensitive skin appreciates the fact that this uses no artificial fragrances or colours- the light scent comes from lavender and eucalyptus essential oils.
price: $62 AUD
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Apr 1st, 2014 in Reviews, Skincare, Sunscreen | 101260 comments. Dermalogica+Ultracalming+Super+Sensitive+Shield+SPF+30%2B+Sunscreen%3A+Review2014-04-01+03%3A54%3A43myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D10126
Since the Invisible Zinc 50+ version of their usual Water Resistant Sunscreen became available some time last year, it has become my go-to sunscreen for long runs. It’s very similar to the original 4hr Water Resistant SPF 30+ in terms of formulation, skin feel, and performance on the skin- but with 27% Zinc Oxide, instead of 22%.
Just like the original, the SPF 50+ version uses mineral sunscreen blockers only- Zinc Oxide is the gold standard for broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, photostability, and safety (no hormone disruption or sensitization which can be associated with certain chemical sunscreen ingredients). Because it has a higher Zinc percentage, the SPF and UVA protection is better than the original- but due to the heavier texture, it is very much a sports sunscreen.
This formulation is definitely not designed for every day wear- it has a noticable white cast, the texture is very thick (thicker than the 30+ version), and it has a shiny finish. None of these things matter when you’re out for a run – all I want from my sunscreen is something that will go the distance (pun intended) and protect me the entire hour or two I’m sweating it out. And the Invisible Zinc 50+ Water Resistant sunscreen does the job easily and I don’t have to worry about poor photostability at all. This stuff hangs on until you scrub it off in the shower with steel wool- or alternatively OCM and a washcloth
My next review will be the Dermalogica Ultra Calming Sensitive Shield SPF 30+ – which is a great everyday sunscreen. Stay tuned!
Dermalogica Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30+ (left) Invisible Zinc 50+ 4Hrs Water Resistant Sunscreen (right)
note: this product was sent by PR for consideration. For more details about my editorial policy, go to PR tab.Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Mar 24th, 2014 in Reviews, Skincare, Sunscreen | 101220 comments. Invisible+Zinc+50%2B+Water+Resistant+Sunscreen%3A+SPF+for+Sport2014-03-24+00%3A28%3A05myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D10122
Taking up where I left off with my sunscreen review series last summer, I want to share with you a product that I have been using almost daily since I first tried it. The Invisible Zinc UV Silk Shield is a stick foundation with physical (not chemical) blockers, from a company that is dedicated to producing safe and effective UV protection.
Interestingly I’ve recently found out that through some phone calls to Invisible Zinc that this product isn’t marketed as a ‘sunscreen’ product, it’s a cosmetic product with added SPF, which is why the percentage of Zinc Oxide is not listed anywhere on the packaging or marketing (took me dozens of phone calls and emails to get the exact percentage from the manufacturer). More on that further in the post.
Invisible Zinc says…
This natural finish foundation-meets-sunscreen is the new one-step, day-to-night make-up with award winning Invisible Zinc® SPF30+ environmental protection built in. Preventing photo-aging has never looked so good. Glides on in seconds (no liquids, powders or concealers) for all day, gym-proof, swim-proof perfect looking skin. Apply buildable coverage for a flawless complete crème to powder finish- your beauty routine just got very simple. Available in Light/ Highlighter, Medium and Tan.
Availability: Selected pharmacies, department stores, and www.invisiblezinc.com
The Invisible Zinc UV Silk Shield has approximately 13% micronised Zinc Oxide. Zinc Oxide gives broad spectrum protection and has excellent photostability (doesn’t easily break down in presence of UV light), but due to the lower concentration of Zinc Oxide in this product compared with what I would recommend for daily use, it needs to be used together with another dedicated sunscreen for optimal UVA protection.
Like all Invisible Zinc products, the UV Silk Shield uses only physical blockers (staying clear of chemical filters) and does not contain petrochemicals, parabens, or photosensitizing agents (like Vitamin A derivatives and citrus family essential oils).
note: not sure about the difference between chemical and physical, UVA and UVB, and what SPF really means? go to my Sunscreen Lowdown Part 2.
Here is the excerpt from an email sent to me from the people behind Invisible Zinc products, which I thought I would pass on to you guys…
The UV Silk Shield feels like a matte- satin finish foundation. Unlike other stick foundations that I’ve tried, this one goes on easily and blends quite well into my skin without feeling dry or heavy. Impressive. To be completely honest, I never expected this product to work well on my dry skin- given that stick foundations generally make me look cakey, so I’m happy that this works so well on me.
This product works well over the top of other sunscreens, and will actually reduce some of the greasiness associated with certain sunscreen products.
The UV Silk Shield has virtually no white cast, however the colours matches are limited to 3 colours so that can be a potential problem for some.
On my skin, the Invisible Zinc Tinted Daywear doesn’t sit nearly as nicely as the UV Silk Shield. It looks and feels quite greasy, even when I don’t moisturise first. It comes as quite a surprise that for someone with dry skin- I much prefer the skin feel of the UV Silk Shield over the Tinted Daywear.
I know a number of people who love the Tinted Daywear, and I think it’s probably all down to how the product interacts with each individual person.
note: these products were provided by PR for consideration.Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Nov 22nd, 2012 in Sunscreen | 50580 comments. Sunscreen+series%3A+Invisible+Zinc+UV+Silk+Shield+SPF+30%2B2012-11-21+21%3A25%3A47myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D5058
Pratima is a New York based skin care company with roots in Ayuverdic medicine, and their Neem Rose sunscreen is a popular product among sunscreen fanatics. Pratima only ships within the U.S. , but I really wanted to try it for my sunscreen review series-so I ended up getting it parcel forwarded along with a Sephora purchase. I’m glad I tried this because it’s one of the most elegantly formulated Zinc Oxide sunscreens I’ve used.
price: $18.00 2fl oz/60ml
The Pratima Neem Rose Sunscreen has 18.6% micronised Zinc Oxide which gives good UVA and UVB protection and excellent photostability (doesn’t easily break down in presence of UV light). Not the highest % of Zinc Oxide out there (Marie Veronique Moisturising Face Screen, Soleo Organic and Invisible Zinc have 20- 22.4% ) , but 18.6% is still reasonable.
The Pratima only use physical blockers (staying clear of chemical filters) and does not contain petrochemicals, parabens, or photosensitizing agents (like Vitamin A derivatives and citrus family essential oils).
note: not sure about the difference between chemical and physical, UVA and UVB, and what SPF really means? go to my Sunscreen Lowdown Part 1.
The majority of physical sunblocks available are either greasy and heavy, or heavy and drying; Pratima is none of those things. The Pratima Rose Sunscreen is lightly moisturising with a creamy, lotiony texture and probably the most elegant formulation I’ve come across. It goes on silky and after application there is no greasiness on the skin, no shine, and no tackiness (which is BurnOut Physical Ocean Tested Sunscreen‘s achilles heel).
The Pratima Neem Rose sunscreen has virtually no white cast, much like the BurnOut sunscreens.
This sunscreen doesn’t seem last long on the face when you’re exercising, so it’s more of an everyday sunscreen rather than a sports sunscreen.
|IONIZED WATER, NON-NANO MICRONIZED ZINC OXIDE 18.6%, ORGANIC EXTRACTS OF NEEM, BRAHMI, SHATAVARI, LICORICE, VITAMIN E, LECITHIN, ORGANIC ESSENTIAL OIL OF ROSE, XANTHAN GUM.|
In the last few months I’ve been hitting the pool more regularly thanks to Healthy Summer 2011/2012 goals.
Here are a few things that I’ve learnt along the way about a) protecting my hair and skin from sun/chlorine b) waterproofing my makeup so even if I tend to look like a drowned rat in the water, at least I’ll be a well groomed rat. This is especially crucial if I am at the beach and there are good looking lifeguards around
Makeup Forever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector #4 (dark brown black)
price: RPP US $19.00 or, approx $39.00 from Australian stockists
Although not as exciting as the Chanel Illusion D’Ombres, or NARS lipglosses, this modest product is probably THE standout cosmetic item of 2011 for me. I have very light and sparse brows so I was thrilled to finally find a product that stays on my brows through intense cardio as well as long swims.
Becca Beach Tints:
price: RRP AUS $42.00, or US $24 at Apothica.com
Becca is an Australian brand with strong roots in beach culture, so it’s not a surprise that they have some fantastic products to keep you looking cute in the water. I wouldn’t necessarily bother with these for laps at the local pool, but I’d have a tube in my handbag (for those lifeguards we discussed).
The Beach Tints take 5 seconds to apply, and clings on to cheeks and lips through hours of swimming and frolicking.
keep reading after the jump!Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Jan 24th, 2012 in Hair, lifestyle and health, Sunscreen | 36567commentsA+vain+person%27s+guide+to+water+sports%3A+how+to+waterproof+your+makeup+and+deal+with+chlorine2012-01-24+03%3A21%3A43myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D3656
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