Beloved readers, I was twelve kinds of excited to try this.
I bathe in sunscreen and have ever since my third bout of acute sun-poisoning. Yes. Third. After my skin took a full TEN MONTHS to recover from the last episode, I changed my ways. (What was I doing? I chatted with a friend on a sunny day for about five hours straight, catching up on the past four years. #ExtrovertProblems) My daily moisturizer must have SPF.
This is why I constantly try various sunscreens forever searching for my Holy Grail sunscreen.
My HOLY GRAIL sunscreen:
- Be reasonably priced for its quality per oz
- Cosmetically elegant (It feels good on the skin and easy to apply.)
- Layer under and on top of make-up without distorting its color and/or finish
- No Oxybenzone
(Yes, I am still looking. Surprising, I know.)
T H E G O O D
This sunscreen bears a lovely fresh, true grapefruit scent. (That praise is from a lady that does not care for citrus scents to begin with!)
T H E B A D
- Will cause you to appear extremely ashen and paler than usual
- Very difficult to remove from skin.
This made me appear ashen to the point of illness, by 2-3 shades, with or without full-coverage foundation. More worrisome, I had to wash several times to remove it, using a facial cleansing oil, and at times an additional make-up remover (alone and with full-coverage foundation.)
As you may expect, my skin was less than enthused. I quickly halted use out of fear of breakouts, and a desire to look healthy and well-rested.
Sadly, this isn’t cosmetically elegant (a bit greasy feeling), leaves a white cast (thanks, titanium dioxide!), and alters the color of your foundation or tinted moisturizer by 2-3 shades. Also, it’s difficult to remove. Its delightful, true-to-life scent is the best thing about it.
Active Ingredients Zinc Oxide (3.2%), Titanium Dioxide (2.9%)
Inactive Ingredients: Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Coco-Glucoside, Phenethyl Alcohol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Moringa oleifera seed oil, Limonene, Glyceryl Isostearate, Fragrance, Hydrated Silica, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tocopherol, Citrus