My verdict: Invisible Zinc SPF30 facial moisturiser
Spring is here, the weather is warming up and we’ll be spending a lot more time out in the sunshine. That means we need to up our sunscreen game to protect our skin.
Sunscreen is the best anti-ageing product on the market, saving the skin from fine lines and wrinkles, sun spots and discolouration.
Wearing sunscreen is not just a warm weather thing. We should be applying it everyday, all year round because the UV rays don’t discriminate and are there to get us during every season.
It’s ideal if you can get yourself a sunscreen protecting from UVA and UVB rays. The UVA rays are the ones that hasten the ageing process and the UVB rays are the ones that burn the skin.
Something else to consider is whether you want a physical or chemical sunscreen and you can read more about that here to help you make a decision.
I have been using physical sunscreens recently because they are better for my skin, working to tackle pigmentation which is one of my skin woes.
My hunt for the perfect physical sunscreen brought me to try Invisible Zinc SPF30 facial moisturiser.
It’s based on one key ingredient – zinc oxide – that is naturally sourced and a mineral reflector, creating a barrier between your skin and the UV rays. Basically the rays are bounced off the skin instead of absorbed.
Now it might be called zinc but it’s certainly not the thick white stuff we used back in the day. Remember how it came in all different colours too!
Invisible Zinc comes out white but rubs in clear with ease. The last thing you want is anything too thick because rubbing hard isn’t good for the skin.
It’s SPF30 and broad spectrum (protecting from UVA and UVB rays). I think SPF30 (offering protection from 97% of UV rays) is the minimum you should be applying and the sunscreen that might be contained in your foundation isn’t enough.
It also has an anti-pollution film that protects the skin against everyday environmental pollutants.
The instructions recommend applying it 20 minutes before you go outside, but physical sunscreens are usually created so you can apply and head out straight away.
It’s also recommended to reapply after swimming or a heavy sweat session at the gym as well as at regular intervals throughout the day.
I like a lot of what the product offers – the sun and environmental protection and that it contains mainly natural ingredients. It’s also moisturising.
What I don’t like is that it doesn’t sit well under makeup.
I used up the whole 50ml bottle that cost $35 which is reasonable because it lasts a while. You only need one and a half pumps to cover your face and maybe an extra half pump for the neck.
I won’t be buying this one again any time soon. I am continuing my hunt for a physical sunscreen so stay tuned.
If you can recommend a physical sunscreen, please let me know.