When it comes to sun protection I’m team zinc oxide all the way. What makes this great ingredient even better at protecting your skin is when it’s part of a great formula that includes antioxidants and moisturizers. A while ago I finally got myself the Argan Oil Hydration SPF 30 by 100% Pure and The Big Carrot. For me, this sunscreen strikes a great balance between excellent sun protection and extra skin care. For a sunscreen that contains such a high percentage of zinc oxide (20%) it’s fairly moisturizing without being too greasy or waxy like a lot of zinc-based sunscreens.
- high percentage of zinc oxide
- Includes a ton of antioxidants
- Moisturizing ingredients that help counteract the dryness that zinc oxide often causes
A bit on the pricey side-$30
- Leaves a white-cast Ingredients
Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Juice) Leaf Extract*, Argania Spinosa (Organic Argan) Kernel Oil*, Rosa Canina Seed Extract (Rosehip Oil), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Extracts of Euphorbia Cerifera Cera (Candelilla) Wax, Camellia Sinensis (Organic Green Tea) Leaf*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Origanum Vulgar (Oregano), Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme), Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal), Lonicera Caprifolium Flower and Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower and Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark (Cinnamon)
Active Ingredients: 20% Zinc Oxide
* Certified Organic
Another sunscreen I use is Vichy’s Capitol Soleil 50 Mexoryl XL…for kids. As far as sun protection is concerned the only difference between adult and children’s sunscreens is that children’s sunscreens are formulated without ingredients that could potentially irritate their skin. Adult sunscreens often have an assortment of ingredients that offer anti-aging or moisturizing benefits. Because I have fairly reactive skin I like to keep my sunscreen simple, plus I already use other skin care products so an all-in-one sunscreen wouldn’t be much use.
This particular sunscreen has added minerals to protect against irritation but also moisturizes the skin. It also contains both Mexoryl XS and XL which that together with other actives provides excellent protection from the rays. I talk more about Mexoryl here
- Contains both Mexoryl SX and XL
- contains minerals to help counteract irritation
- Contains other chemical sunscreen ingredients (for product efficacy)