I know that this particular sunscreen has been getting mixed reviews, you can read it here. Whilst I am not an avid sunscreen wearer, I do feel like I must incorporate it into my daily routine in some ways. As you might have known, I am very prone to congestion on my cheeks. Whether I pick or not pick my pimples, they will leave a dark scar on my skin although it's definitely not as worse as when I am picking them (so I never!). I have noticed though, that wearing sunscreen helps to avoid that unfortunate discoloration, especially if I am going to stay outdoor for long.
But lets make this short: I never get sunburned on my face, but I tan really easily. I don't like the thought of having to slap sunscreen on my face or adding another layer and layer of product on my already-congested skin. Therefore, I prefer protecting my face with a hat or have a tendency to stay in a shady area. I also like to consume lots of food that contains a choke of anti-oxidants that fight free radicals from the UV.
Firstly, I want to point out that this sunscreen uses nano-minerals, so if you're very cautious about that, this sunscreen is not for you. In their defense, here is Vive Sana's clarification in regards to the nano-particles minerals, source: Fig + Sage, Fig + Sage 2. I totally understand where they're coming from and personal perceptions and cautions are taken differently.
"When we set out to create the Vivesana brand, we focused on the most current academic research to try to isolate the real risks in sun care. We identified all the proven toxins, carcinogens, irritants and hormone disruptors found in the overwhelming percentage of sunscreens on the market (including in many "natural" brands), such as retinyl palmitate, parabens, PABA, phenoxythanol, octisalate, oxybenzone...etc. We look at the low grade, largely unregulated packaging coming in from overseas and the murky, confusing labeling and choose to do things differently. When it comes to nanoparticles, however, we simply don't see fact-based evidence of cognizable risk in the context of a topical sunscreen balm, and as Spirit pointed out, many groups, like EWG, have determined that the benefits of mineral nanoparticles outweigh any speculative risks. Governmental regulatory bodies around the world have come to similar conclusions. We certainly respect the choice to avoid nanoparticles, and love to see this sort of dialogue because it helps educate us all."
Meanwhile.. I actually quite like this sunscreen. Let me tell you though, it is dense! It's something that you have to really work into the skin, but I promise it is not that much of a work. With a high SPF of 40, this sunscreen is a pleasure on the skin. My skin color is somewhere between medium to dark and it never leaves a white cast in sight and it protects the skin like it claims. The dense texture falls in between a paste and a balm, so as you can imagine, it leaves a dewy effect on the skin. Here is the thing, it may act as a stand-alone moisturized too. While it can be convenient for travelling (less stuff to bring!), some people might not want to resort on this alone as their moisturizer. When you must, the ingredients are pretty powerful so you're not really missing out on anything especially if it's only for a week. For example, Vive Sana relies on Green Tea and Red Raspberry Seed to fight free radicals and repair the damaged cells, and this sunscreen contains no filler which means you really get the bang for the buck. I am acne-prone and it does not make me break out, so that's impressive given the surprising heavy texture.
What's more is that it is so so nice as a primer for your make-up, leaves your face so freaking smooth! When I wear this as a moisturizer alone, it is absolutely non-greasy but still gives that dewy look I want. During the winter when the hydration is not enough, I apply a lightweight facial serum underneath and my current favorite is by MUN which is deeply penetrating but so lightweight. I think the aroma goes hand-in-hand :)
While I quite like this sunscreen, the heavy thick texture can be a put-off for oilier skin types. I do admit that despite my normal-to-dry skin that likes this as a moisturizer (+ SPF!), during a few running sessions in the hot humid summer, it can tend to look too oily on the skin. The good thing is, it doesn't bug off but I wash it right away as it starts to feel uncomfortably heavy. Although not being a daily sunscreen wearer, I am quite pleased with it and I reserve this sunscreen for my long outdoor days when I avoid getting tan. It never budges and it delivers what it promises. I am cautious about applying it every hour though if I am swimming. The scent is fairly pleasant and doesn't smell medicinal. It claims to be scented with green tea but I hardly notice it a all. The small packaging might also fool you, but like I said, it is thick so it lasts for the whole summer (or more!). I recommend you give it a shot if you are looking for a sunscreen that also doubles as a moisturizer and one that acts as a beautiful primer which is a high plus (I wonder how it looks with a mineral make-up?).
Product Qualities: 100% natural, 70%+ certified organic ingredients, SPF 40 - Potent mineral-based UVA/UVB protection, Phthlate-free, paraben free, PABA-free, petroleum free, stays put in the wind water snow & sweat, gentle, deeply moisturizing & repairing, coral reef & ocean safe, sustainable US packaging organics & manufacturing.
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 8.5%, Zinc Oxide 3.5%
Everything Else: Organic Soybean Oil, Organic Safflower Oil, Beeswax, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Jojoba Seed Oil, Alumina (natural mineral), Stearic Acid (natural fatty acid), Organic Apricot Kernel Oil, Organic Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sunflower Seed Oil, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Oat Kernel Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Chamomile Extract, Raspberry Seed Oil, Natural Green Tea Fragrance.
What do you think, will you give this sunscreen a try? Or have you tried it?