My Winter Sunscreen <3
I’ve decided to be extra vigilant this upcoming winter by using sunscreen more often when I go out. If I’m at my office job, I don’t need a sunscreen because I am inside all day (the little sun I get in the mornings is minimal and probably needed). But I admit that I am terrible at remembering to slather my face with sunscreen before running errands on a winters day, even though UV rays can still be very high even when the sunshine is hiding behind clouds! My Suntegrity mineral sunscreen expired recently, so I went back to Invisible Zinc’s Environmental Skin Protector 30+. I’m pretty sure they reformulated the sunscreen since the last time I used it (*cough cough* a good two years ago or so) as it’s much, much lighter in texture from what I remember, and much lighter in texture than the Suntegrity mineral sunscreen I was using.
The strange thing is, neither the label on the bottle of the sunscreen nor on the box can you see or read the full ingredient list. I thought products had to disclose their ingredient list on the packaging… Luckily the ingredient list isn’t bad or dodgy, but it did take a while to find. I do wish it contained some anti-oxidants like green tea, but alas. Here is the full ingredient list:
“Active: Zinc Oxide (20%) Other: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Xanthan Gum, Diazolidinyl Urea, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Citrus Medico Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Fumaria Officinalis Extract, Fumaric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate.”
Because it is a zinc oxide based sunscreen it leaves a little bit of a white cast, but this disappears very quickly. The sunscreen feels sooo light and airy and spreads very easily. It works as a good base under makeup which is important. I put it over my morning daily moisturiser, but if you have very oily skin, you could use this as your daily moisturiser. On it’s own it leaves a little bit of a sheen, but it isn’t extreme by any means, it’s very minimal.
The pump makes dispensing the right amount of product easy and mess free! My pump bottle holds 50ml of product and you can apparently also find smaller 30ml bottles. It’s not the cheapest facial sunscreen out there, but it’s a good quality mineral sunscreen that’s easy to find for Australian lasses . If you are wondering why I prefer mineral sunscreens over chemical ones for my face, you can check out my Sunscreen 101 post here (or if you are wondering what the difference is between mineral and chemical sunscreens – both protect against UVs but different formulas work best on different skin types and depending on the activities you will be engaging in).
I bought my Invisible Zinc Environmental Skin Protector from my local chemist for $30 schmackos (that would be at Oze Pharmacy) and that’s the cheapest I’ve found it for so far! You can find it online at Adore Beauty for $35 (including free shipping) and at Priceline – without a promotion it goes for $37.99. You can also find it at your local woolies for about $35 (I think… from memory, so I could be wrong!). We all know that we should be using sunscreen daily, so I don’t mind spending a little more on a quality mineral sunscreen (sunscreen found within makeup is almost always not enough protection!). Now to get into the habit of using it daily even in winter! 😛
Do you use a daily sunscreen? What do you look for in a daily sunscreen?
Until next time!
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