Why I Love This Mineral Sunscreen
Elta MD UV Physical Broad Spectrum SPF 41 Sunscreen goes on smooth and blends well. It has mineral sunscreens: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for UVA and UVA protection. This means it protects against the rays that burn and cause premature aging. It’s a light formula, fragrance-free and it’s great for very sensitive skin.
I prefer mineral sunscreen for my face as opposed to chemical sunscreen. I’m constantly on the lookout for a mineral sunscreen that can be worn alone AND under makeup. Mineral sunscreen contains zinc oxide which tends to leave a white cast on the face. Remember the days when you’d see lifeguards with white noses? Same stuff. I struggle to find a physical sunscreen that I can wear alone, without makeup.
Elta MD UV Physical Broad Spectrum SPF 41 Sunscreen is lightly tinted and so far, I’ve been able to wear it alone. There is a hint of a white cast but it’s in my acceptable range. It leaves a bit of shine, there’s just no getting around it. So I tend to touch up with Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 50 on my t-zone if I’m wearing the sunscreen alone.
Under makeup, this product is a dream. I also use it as a primer. The trick is to let it set for a few minutes before applying foundation. If I’m using a foundation that contains SPF I try to use one that contains mineral sunscreen, as well as I, find that some chemical sunscreens don’t mix well with mineral sunscreens. I’ve tested this product under both liquid and powder foundation.
This is a 41 SPF. My dermatologist recommends no less that 40 SPF so this is sufficient for my needs. If you need more, you can check out the full range of sun care products at the Elta MD website. There is something there for most skin types.
Final verdict: Recommended
My skin type: Fair to medium complexion, warm to neutral undertones, normal skin with occasional dryness, not prone to breakouts.