More SPF for face

I haven’t been doing a whole lot in the sun so far this summer, so I haven’t gotten around to buying any other sport sunscreens. I’m still using that ThinkBaby Sunscreen SPF 50+ and loving it more every time, amazed that it smells so good every time! Here I’m reviewing a facial moisturizer, a makeup primer, and a BB powder with SPF.

Facial moisturizer with SPF: I had read good reviews for this specialized SPF moisturizer, Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15. Conclusion: Pending.

Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15

Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15

It’s supposed to control oily shine, so it’s made specifically for acne-prone skin and even contains willow bark extract, which has salicylic acid, to treat and prevent breakouts. It also purports to create a matte finish, acting much like a primer for foundation.

While I am all for treating acne and controlling shine, both huge issues for me, I don’t love all of the sunscreen ingredients — octinoxate and ensulizole in addition to the safe zinc oxide — so it’s not high on my safe sunscreens list. It also has an uncanny color, odor and consistency resembling Elmer’s school glue, so I can see why it would turn some people off. I haven’t used it consistently yet, so I can’t speak to its skin-clearing effects, but once applied the smell doesn’t bother me so much, and I have no complaints about it, though no raves yet, either. (Just FYI, I have been using as a moisturizer Pristine Beauty’s Hooray for Brallywood Butta Luxe Intensive Facial Creme, which has no SPF, but part of why I love it so much is the citrus smell, so odor does matter to me a lot.)

Time will tell whether I grow to like this particular moisturizer — if it indeed clears up skin, I will be a convert.

Foundation primer with SPF: Another product with good reviews, NARS Multi-Protect Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Conclusion: Unsafe.

NARS Multi-Protect Primer

NARS Multi-Protect Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

I loved this stuff as a primer, actually, because it really did make my makeup last all day, but alas, this product contains the toxic sunscreen oxybenzone, which I was avoiding and didn’t realize was in this primer till later. Oh well, the search continues. (In the meantime, still using my regular non-SPF primer, bareMinerals Prime Time Oil Control Foundation Primer.)

BB powder: With a pretty low toxicity score as well as an affordable price tag ($13.95), the Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-One Beauty Balm Powder has replaced my regular everyday mineral makeup routine this summer.

Physicians Formula All-in-One Beauty Balm Powder

Physicians Formula All-in-One Beauty Balm Powder

This doesn’t indicate SPF, but it does contain both physical sunscreens zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that are in my bareMinerals Foundation SPF 15, so it may be comparable. In any case, I love this stuff! It provides more coverage than the tinted moisturizers I’ve tried, which I greatly appreciate, yet doesn’t feel heavy at all. I won’t speak to its beauty balm claims of being a moisturizer — I don’t think anyone using this should go without moisturizing before applying it — but it definitely reduces steps in my morning routine, plus it comes in a compact I can take with me to touch up during the day. And the price! I won’t have to shell out $30 for foundation and $20 for concealer at bareMinerals if this stuff continues to do as good a job as it’s doing right now. So happy with this.