AML & Sunscreen
I’m a time-jumping, shape-shifting, fire-breathing beast about sunscreen.
Why? In the foolishness of my (fairly recent) youth, I suffered three–count them: “One! Two! Three!” bouts of acute sun poisoning. Yes, you read that correctly. I suffered sun poisoning. At the time, I didn’t know sun poisoning was “a thing,” or even possible. (Also, I didn’t receive super powers for the trouble–so frustrating.)
After the third “event,” it took my skin ten months to return to its normal color and supple texture. That experience convinced me to make sunscreen a way of life. (The third time really is the charm, apparently.)
Thankfully, my melanin supplies issued me a Mercy Pass for my photo-insolence. Through each bout I suffered no peeling, perma-tanning, scarring, etc. However, I don’t want to rely solely on my DNA for graceful aging. I never want to take it for granted again.
The Quest for the Perfect Sunscreen
Since my teenage years, I have been on an (epic) quest to find the Holy Grail of sunscreens.
This sunscreen must:
- 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
(It’s no surprise that I am still looking, is it? Sigh.)
T H E G O O D
- It’s non-chemical, which I and my skin loved.
- It’s fairly cosmetically elegant: it added enough moisture to please my normal-to-oil skin, without feeling “greasy.”
- While I do not care for fragrance in most products, the delightfully fresh, cucumber scent is calming and unobtrusive,
T H E B A D
Unfortunately, applying this product requires more effort than its runny, thin texture would lead you to believe. It required effort to rub into the skin, unless you wanted a strikingly white, ashen cast–not good. This leads to irritation. Sunscreen that is non-chemical is best “patted” into skin, rather than rubbed.
Patting in just enough product for it to provide sun protection left a comically white cast on my normally golden brown/tan skin. I normally do not wear foundation or moisturizer; however, even adding full-coverage liquid foundation and power on top of this, did not prevent me from looking as though my face was three to four shades lighter than my body.
On its own, it was difficult to remove, even more so under make up. With or without make up, I had to use a make-up removing cleansing oil, and then a regular facial cleanser, followed by a deep-cleaning toner to remove all traces of it.
Adding insult to injury, higher-end sunscreens such as SuperGoop! clock in at around $7-8 an ounce. I’m surprised at this product’s similar price point for the amount (and formulation issues).
Is it for you? This was ash-inducing, irritating to my skin, and difficult to remove.
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: ZINC OXIDE (11.0%), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (6.2%).
INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Hydrogenated Methyl Abietate, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phenethyl Alcohol, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Alcohol, Fragrance, Hydrated Silica, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tocopherol, Maris Limus Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate