Monday, June 5, 2017

Makeup Wars: Our Favorite Sunscreens

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When the Makeup Wars! Team decided to feature our favorite sunscreens, I immediately knew that I wanted to share my all-time favorite sunscreens for the face. I never leave the house without slathering my face, neck, décolleté and hands with one of my favorites, and given that I live in Los Angeles it is imperative that I remain vigilant in doing so. I have selected an assortment of mineral and chemical sunscreens for your perusal. Here are my current fab four for the face:
Radical Skincare Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30 ($55.00 for 1.36 oz. from Radical Skincare, Bloomingdale's, Space NK, SkinstoreAmazon and Dermstore): Just because it isn't summer doesn't mean that we shouldn't be diligent about applying and reapplying sunscreen. I have very a short list of favorite facial sunscreens, and Radical Skincare Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30 is among my all-time favorites!

This non-chemical mineral sunscreen has a lightweight, nearly watery consistency that melts into the skin  and leaves behind no white cast or greasy residue. It dries completely clear, and it gives skin a gorgeous luminosity. Furthermore, it serves as a phenomenal makeup primer, and it utilizes "diamond encapsulation to deflect light and blur wrinkles"– all of which makes this skin perfecter something of an Instagram filter in a bottle. In fact, I have noticed that I can forego a foundation or tinted moisturizer because this sunscreen makes my skin look so even in tone and luminous.

It is very gentle on the skin, is completely non-comedogenic, and is a perfect choice for sensitive skin and for people with Rosacea.

According to Radical,

Protect, perfect and prime - the 3 in one SPF30 sun protection that uses non chemical filters to protect against UVA/UVB rays, diamond encapsulation to deflect light and blur wrinkles and priming elements to provide the ideal long wearing base for make-up. The ultimate multitasking product for women who want perfection in sun protection.

  • Shield against sun and UV induced free radicals
  • 100% non-chemical sunscreen
  • Luxurious texture that is ultra light, sheer with a matte finish. No white, greasy residue
  • Perfect for exercise, will not irritate eyes during perspiration
  • Perfect for sensitive skin prone to break outs as it does not clog pores
  • No Animal testing.
Directions: Apply over your moisturizer to face and décolleté every morning or before any UV exposure. Use under make up as a primer. Reapply with increased sun exposure.

Select Ingredients:

Diamond Powder: This ingredient is capable of redirecting light. Wrinkles and imperfections appear less pronounced.
Titanium Dioxide: Mineral based sun protection that doesn't leave white streaks or a cast.
Zinc Oxide: Protects against sunburn and other damage to the skin caused by ultraviolet light.
Coffee: Protection against skin damage such as sunburn cell formation and DNA degradation.

Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 7.75% and Titanium Dioxide (.87%: Absorb, reflect, or scatter light (including ultraviolet radiation in light) to protect skin. Water, Caprylyl Methicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Isododecane, Titanium Dioxide, Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Sea Salt, Alumina, Methicone, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Disodium EDTA, PEG-10, Glycerin, Isostearic Acid, Iron Oxides, Adenosine, Lecithin, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Niacinamide, Tocopherol, Diamond Powder, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Superoxide Dismutase, Tromethamine.
KORRES Yoghurt Nourishing Fluid Veil SPF ($35.00 for 1.69 oz. from Sephora, Dermstore and Skin Store): KORRES Skincare fans will fall in love with this sunscreen. It nourishes, hydrates and calms the skin while offering an SPF 30– therefore an additional sunscreen is not necessary. You will be pleased to know that it leaves behind no white residue whatsoever.

According KORRES,

Protect your skin from the sun with the KORRES Yoghurt Nourishing Fluid Veil SPF. This ultra-lightweight fluid instantly disappears into skin providing broad-spectrum UV protection and deep nourishment. The silky texture wears beautifully under makeup for a weightless, luminous finish—making this an ideal daily moisturizer throughout the year. Yogurt, rich in skin-repairing proteins, helps keep skin nourished and protected from the sun’s harmful rays while a blend of rice and camapu extract offers deep hydration and calming properties to soothe skin during sun exposure.

Select Ingredients:
  • Yogurt: Rich in skin-repairing proteins to help keep skin nourished.
  • Rice and Camapu Extract: Offer deep hydration and calming properties to soothe skin during sun exposure.
  • Provitamin B5: Helps reduce inflammation and support natural cell regeneration.
  • Jojoba Oil: Seals in moisture, leaving skin soft and smooth.
Ingredients:Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 15%, Octinoxate 6.5%, Octisalate 5%, and Octocrylene 10%, Water, Alcohol Denat., Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Glycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Distarch Phosphate, Fragrance, Silica, Glyceryl Oleate Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triheptanoin, Panthenol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Physalis Angulata Extract, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Ozonized Oryza Sativa (Rice) Callus Culture Extract, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lecithin, Phenylpropanol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Yogurt Powder, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil.
TATCHA Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35 ($65.00 for 2 oz. from TATCHA, Barneys New York and Sephora): This is an ultra luxurious sunscreen that has been touted as a game changer since it hit the market. TATCHA SILKEN Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35 boasts a lightweight and nourishing formula that doubles as a primer to extend the wear of your makeup while protecting your skin.

One seldom speaks in terms of elegance when discussing the anatomy of a sunscreen, but TATCHA has the innate ability to make exceedingly elegant products in even the most seemingly mundane categories such as sunscreens.

TATCHA SILKEN Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35 is a thick cream housed in a beautiful blue squeeze tube. A light squeeze dispenses the perfect amount of sunscreen without any waste.

The sunscreen itself defies expectations in that its thick texture suggests that it might require a great deal of effort to work into the skin, and that there will invariably be a white residue that will prove to be incompatible with makeup. Yet, TATCHA was able to create the most luxurious silky-smooth sunscreen that melts into the skin as soon as it meets the warmth of the body, and it transforms from an opaque cream into one that is completely invisible. Additionally, there is no greasy residue left to contend with– that so often alters the consistency of your makeup. It neither feels, nor smells like a sunscreen, but instead behaves more like an ultra-luxe nourishing hydrating cream.

Furthermore, in addition to providing broad spectrum SPF 35 protection, it also serves as a remarkably effective makeup primer that diminishes the appearance of enlarged pores.

According to TATCHA,

Inspired by the geisha's iconic makeup, we created this invisible, lightweight sunscreen to perfect and protect skin, making it an elegant, everyday essential.

Provides broad spectrum protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays. Non-greasy formula tightens pores, perfect as a primer for makeup.

Ingredients: Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 15%, Octisalate 5%. Inactive Ingredients: Water, Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propanediol, Hdi/trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Eriobotrya Japonica Leaf Extract, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate (Licorice Extract), Glycyrrhiza Inflata (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Pistacia Lentiscus (Mastic) Gum, Sericin (Silk Extract), Algae Extract, Lecithin, Inositol (Rice Extract), Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Sorbitan Tristearate, Sodium Dilauramidoglutamide Lysine, Silica, Potassium Sorbate, Beheneth-20, Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Dimethylacrylamide Crosspolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Titanium Dioxide, Methicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethiconol, Disodium Edta, Iron Oxides (Ci77491), Tin Oxide, Mica, Fragrance (Natural), Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol.

Formulated without: Mineral Oil, Synthetic Colors, Synthetic Fragrances, Sulfate Detergents, Parabens, PEGs, PPGs, Urea, DEA, TEA or Phthalates.

For all skin-types. Non-comedogenic. Does not contain mineral oil, aminobenzoic acid, homosalate, oxybenzone or octinoxate.
ZO Skin Health Oclipse Smart Tone SPF 50 ($70.00 for 1.5 oz. from ZO Skin Health): The necessity to use sunscreen simply cannot be sufficiently underscored, and I, for one, don't even walk to my car without slathering myself with a minimum SPF 30, but I actually prefer higher sun protection factor on my face, neck, décolleté and hands. These vulnerable areas of the body receive so much sun exposure that one has to be particularly diligent about protecting them.

Zo Skin Health Oclipse Smart Tone SPF 50 is a highly effective broad-spectrum sunscreen that employs advanced cutting-edge technology. Among the novel aspects of this sunscreen is its ability to match any skin tone, and it certainly did that for my skin. The customizable color beads, with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection, somehow magically adjust to match any skin tone while providing additional protection for the skin against HEV light.

The nourishing formula boasts an exclusive proprietary 12-hour time release antioxidant complex that protects the skin against photo-damage.

The texture is creamy, soft and emollient, but not is the least bit greasy. It sinks in quickly allowing one to apply their makeup immediately. It is velvety smooth, offers hydration, and leaves the skin soft and supple.  Furthermore,  Oclipse Smart Tone's ability to match individual skin tones means that an even-toned perfected complexion is one of the lovely benefits of using this sunscreen.

  • Customizable color beads with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection to match any skin tone
  • Provides additional protection against HEV light
  • Anti-redness properties
  • Exclusive 12-hour time release antioxidant complex guards against photo-damage
According to ZO Skin Health,

Oclipse® Smart Tone SPF 50 (SPF), is a revolutionary...broad-spectrum sunscreen with patented color-bursting beads that match any skin tone. Developed by legendary dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi, MD, Oclipse® Smart Tone offers a powerful dose of UVA and UVB all day sun protection, while also helping to shield the skin from cell damaging high energy visible (HEV) light. The multi-tasking formula addresses every need, from helping skin support its own natural repair process to helping tackle irritation and pigmentation, all while drenching the skin with conditioners to soften and soothe.

What’s especially unique about Oclipse® Smart Tone is that it contains micro-beads which burst when rubbed into skin to create customizable color on any skin tone, creating a perfect tint to be worn alone or as a make-up primer.

The technologically-advanced formula is super-charged with soothing extracts of Petasites Japonicus Root Extract and Beta Glucan to minimize irritants that can cause redness. The organic sunscreen is also infused with Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil to provide moisture and aid in lipid repair. To discourage the formation of new pigmentation and freckles, it’s fortified with a healthy dose of vitamin C.
    Suggested Use: Apply 15 minutes prior to sun exposure. Apply a dime size amount to clean skin and blend over face and neck. A hint of color will slowly develop as the product is applied. Reapply at least every two hours. For children under 6 months of age: Ask a doctor."

    Select Ingredients:
    • Avobenzone 3%: Provides UVA protection
    • Homosalate 10%, octisalate 5% and octocrylene 10%: Provide primarily UVB protection
    • Fractionated melanin: Designed to shield skin from HEV light
    • Iron oxides and mica: Pressure-release color system for customizable skin tone
    • Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate: Pigmentation inhibition
    • Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, ethyl ferulate, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, disodium uridine phosphate, panthenyl triacetate, ethyl linoleate and tocopherol: Helps provide DNA protection and encourages the repair of damaged DNA
    • Tocopheryl acetate, ascorbic acid, retinyl palmitate: 12-hour time-release antioxidant complex fights against free radical damage
    • Petasites japonicus root extract and beta glucan: Provides anti-redness benefits
    • Argania spinosa kernel oil: Aids in lipid repair
    Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 10%.
    Inactive Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Styrene/ Acrylates Copolymer, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Dimethicone/ Divinyldimethicone/ Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Mica, Butylene Glycol, PEG-100 Stearate, Steareth-21, Polyamide-5, Acrylates Crosspolymer-4, Titanium Dioxide, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Coco-Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylene Brassylate, Steareth-2, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Boron Nitride, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Panthenyl Triacetate, Isostearic Acid, Ethyl Linoleate, Fragrance, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Disodium EDTA, Oleyl Alcohol, Melanin, Aluminum Hydroxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Polyglyceryl-5 Trioleate, Ethyl Ferulate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Petasites Japonicus Root Extract, Disodium Uridine Phosphate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, PEG-6 Stearate, Beta-Glucan, Potassium Sorbate, PEG-32, PEG-100, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Pentylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sorbic Acid, Iron Oxides.
    Overall Assessment: These are my favorite sunscreens for the face, what are yours?

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    1. The Korres Nourishing Veil sounds great.

      1. It really is wonderful, Courtney! I highly recommend it whenever you need a new sunscreen!

    2. I keep seeing that Tatcha one around the web. I might have to try it!

      1. The TATCHA sunscreen is amazing, Christa! It's definitely well worth trying!


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