I’d like to share my thoughts on a cool sunscreen I purchased recently.
The cream is available in 2 versions: 89 and 177 ml. I bought a smaller volume for testing. I’d been looking for something like this for a really long time. The main thing for me is, the cream uses physical filters to protect my skin from UVA and UVB rays.
I try to avoid chemical filters, as they dissolve in the sun really fast and lose their protective properties. Moreover, their breakdown products harm the epidermal cells due to the free radicals. The chemical filters absorb the sun’s rays, but the physical filters reflect them.
The last thing I’d like to mention about it is that the chemical filters cause skin irritation quite often, that’s why FDA hasn’t approved most of them yet.
So back to the sunscreen now The list of ingredients impressed me in a good way:
Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 20% (Non-nano)
Inactive Ingredients: PURIFIED WATER, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, CAPRIC CAPRYLIC TRIGLYCERIDES, SORBITAN STEARATE (COCONUT BASED), PINE WOOD RESIN, VEGETABLE GLYCERIN, CETYL DIMETHICONE, HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, MAGNESIUM SULFATE (EPSOM SALT), SUNFLOWER OIL, JOJOBA OIL, ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), TOCOPHEROLS (VITAMIN E), OLIVE OIL, RASPBERRY SEED OIL, CRANBERRY SEED OIL, HYALURONIC ACID (MADE FROM VEGETABLE), GLUCOSE & GLUCOSE OXIDASE AND LACTOPEROXIDASE, PAPAYA
I have no complaints about the ingredients. However, there is something I’d like to pay attention to. The mixture of coconut and sunflower oils let alone other kinds of oil causes pimples. I personally don’t really worry about it, as my pores are narrow and hard to clog.
In addition, coconut derivatives do nothing to my skin. But it will cause blackheads and irritation in sensitive and oily skin with large pores. Moreover, the ascorbic acid is the most unreliable version of vitamin C. I doubt that it hasn’t oxidized even with the magnesium sulfate, because the tube is not airtight (thank goodness it’s not a can with a cap, though). Therefore Vitamin E can also lose its beneficial properties within a month.
That is typical for all antioxidants, by the way.
However, I can find pros of the product as well: Zinc Oxide performs as a physical filter in the sunscreen. It doesn’t clog your pores and is absolutely safe for sensitive skin. On the plus side, I love the smell of papaya, which I feel long after application.
Let’s talk about the application now. The sunscreen has quite a thick and oily consistency. It spreads out with a thick white film, so rub the cream into your skin properly.
In the last picture I distributed the cream properly and the white film is almost gone
The product makes my skin white, which is fair enough, as the manufacturer states that there is non-nano Zinc Oxide in the ingredients that would definitely leave a white film, if you apply 2 coats of the cream, which is extremely important when it comes to protection. I don’t like this property really, because I have fair skin, so the film is noticeable on me and it would be a problem against a darker skin tone.
Overall summary: It’s a decent sunscreen for people with dry or normal skin without inflammation. Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen can be used throughout the year.