I’m proud to admit I’m a sunscreen fanatic. I roasted the daylights out of my skin during my teens and early twenties only to be rewarded with melanoma in my 40’s. I have questionable spots frozen and cut off on a regular basis. And although my dermatologist assures me they’re a result of the damage I inflicted in my youth, I still like to face the day wearing a full forcefield of sunscreen.
My sunscreen of choice is always a physical block. I prefer the rays to bounce off my skin than have them interact inside my skin with the ingredients in chemical sunscreens. Those chemicals are known to be endocrine disruptors. I have enough disruption happening with menopause and don’t want to add insult to injury.
What does it take to be my holy grail of sunscreen? A Lot.
It needs to be:
- elegant and by that I mean not messy or sticky.
- oxybenzone, paraben, phthalate, and PABA free.
- waterproof for up to 80 minutes.
- not leave a white pasty film.
As a bonus, this sunscreen is petroleum, sulfate, dye, oil, and BPA free. It’s full of good for your skin, healthy botanicals and has a powder-like dry finish that’s not greasy.
I put this tinted version on my face, neck, and chest. I never put tinted sunscreen on my neck for fear of it transferring to clothes. This stayed put, dried down to nothing and didn’t rub off. I’ll give it the white shirt test soon.
I applied this untinted one to my arms and back of hands.
My other sunscreen favorites are:
- This powder which I keep in my purse for touch-ups throughout the day.
- This stick that stays in my car for slathering the back of my hands.
- This moisturizer which has a strong sunscreen all by itself.
- I also use this Brightening Primer which has a 20 SPF. It’s intended to smooth imperfections. Does it? I don’t know but I like how it makes my skin look.
This Elta MD is a fabulous product and I have sworn by it for years but it’s almost 3 times the price of my new one!
I’m thrilled with this sunscreen. I actually ordered for my daughter who is coming down next week so I’ll have to reorder one for her:)
Do you take sun protection seriously? Have you got a great one to share?
Thanks for reading and have a great day!
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