I’ve noticed that the Environmental Working Group has updated its sunscreen list for 2014, and since it’s also the summer solstice as well as a beautiful sunny day with temps in the 70s here in NYC, I figured it’d be a good time to post an update.
A few weeks ago, we rode our bikes to a baseball game on a beautiful sunny day just like today, and because I knew our seats were in the shade, I neglected to put on sunscreen, but I got sunburned on my arms and chest just from the bike ride to and from the stadium, being in the sun for about 80-90 minutes total. That led me to order this product online:
In my previous post, I had said I would definitely try the Badger sunscreen, because I love their Bug Balm and other products so much, and I still might do so, but the reviews on amazon.com for the thinkbaby sunscreen were much better, so I had to try it. It smells good! It does seem to go on chalky white (it’s zinc oxide, after all), but it’s easy to rub in, and not overly greasy. I really like it a lot so far!
Makeup with SPF
As for facial SPF products, I do use the BareMinerals Foundation SPF 15, but recently I discovered that it is not rated well on EWG’s Skin Deep website anymore. (I am pretty sure it wasn’t rated that badly before, but it seems they’ve changed the ratings to take into consideration the amount of titanium dioxide in a product, and perhaps there is a lot of it in this stuff? I don’t really know.)
Since it’s summer anyway, and because I get some free samples by writing beauty articles for the bilingual magazine, I’m trying some tinted moisturizers with SPF: Revision Intellishade Broad-Spectrum SPF 45 and Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Illuminating Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen. So far, I’ve found these products to be awesome in that they take so little time to put on, compared to my normal foundation routine, but I’ve also realized that I prefer the heavier coverage of the mineral powder makeup, because I like to conceal a lot of spots.
That being said, the Revision Intellishade is a nice strong facial sunscreen, but that means it also smells like a sunscreen, so I will probably not use for everyday sun exposure. It comes in only one shade because it is supposed to blend in with anyone’s skin, and I can’t speak for everyone, but it did blend well into my yellow-y Asian skin. A previous formulation of this was not rated well due to its inclusion of retinyl palmitate (vitamin A), which I mentioned previously is an ingredient to avoid in sunscreens because it reacts with sunlight, but the current formula does not contain any vitamin A, though it still claims to have anti-aging benefits.
The Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Illuminating Sunscreen is buildable, so I can put on more for more coverage, but like I said, it still isn’t enough for me. Nevertheless, this is an excellent product, not smelly, not too greasy, overall super easy to use, though it’s probably more for people who are less sweaty and oily than I am, because generally I try to avoid looking so glowy. The regular tinted moisturizer would probably have been a much better fit for me, but that contains parabens, whereas the illuminating one does not.
I hope to try a different beach/sport sunscreen (maybe a Badger one or something a bit more locally made) as well as moisturizers and primers with SPF, for those who don’t wear makeup or have SPF in their makeup.