8/20/2013

Vive Sana Sunscreen SPF 40 Ultra, Is It The One?


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 IngredientsTitanium Dioxide 8.5%, Zinc Oxide 3.5%
Everything ElseOrganic 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? 


17 comments :

  1. Great review:) Never heard of this brand, it's too bad they use nano minerals :/ But i like the ingredients :) xx

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    1. Same here! :) I don't use this daily even though I'm slightly cautious about the effect of the nano minerals. But, it's the only sunscreen so far that doesn't leave me a greasy mess and it works so well too.

      What's your favorite natural sunscreen? I'm always on the look out for a new one!

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    2. I don't have a favourite one..Right now i'm using Devita sunscreen but i don't love it as much as everyone else :/ I'm not quite sure what to buy next, maybe i'll buy Badger one with aloe vera, it sounds nice :) x

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    3. Hi Jana! I have heard a change in the new Devita formula and people didn't like it as much. Badger has a range of sunscreens for different uses and skin types. It will be interesting to hear what you think of it!

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  2. I am acne prone, congested pores and cursed with probably a lifetime of white heads ard chin and jowl area. I am using mv organics sunscreen and that doesn't cause any breakouts. I also tried juice beauty stem cell cc cream that has 30spf but I do noticed pores more congested using that but no breakouts though. .

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    1. i Evie,

      Which MV organics sunscreen do you specifically use? I would love to try their sunscreen too, they seem to have a nice clear range of products. How is the coverage from the Juice Beauty CC cream though? Maybe it's best for me to try a sample from them first see if I break out. Thanks for the suggestions!

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  3. This might be ok for me in the winter when my skin is on the drier side but it did feel quite thick when I tested it out instore. I haven't tried many natural sunscreens, so far Devita's is the only one I like.

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    1. Hi Meeta,

      I don't use this sunscreen in the hottest summer. This sunscreen I find quite thick but still absorbs quite well but leaves a dewy sheen. Will be a good resort for winter sports where re-applying sunscreen is needed and there's also a choke of moisturizing ingredients too. A lot of people are raving about Devita sunscreen, have you tried their new formula though? Would be interested to hear what you think of it.

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  4. Hey Asti,

    Think I'll be giving this one a miss. Apart from the nano issue, I prefer a sunscreen that is light and not thick.

    I never wore sunscreen until a couple of years ago because I thought chemical sunscreens were the norm, and I couldn't tolerate any of the ingredients. However, I have been using Mukti tinted moisturiser with sunscreen and like the texture, smell, and great ingredient list. Plus they're Australian!

    Also been trialling the Badger Balm Rose sunscreen. I like it as it's light and has a nice rose scent but not sure whether it slightly clogs my pores or not.

    Yvonne :)

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    1. Hello Yvonne,

      Yeah, I can imagine how this sunscreen would be a miss. I personally also like a thinner texture in a sunscreen so that I can layer it on top of my moisturizer. That's why I use this only during the winter, even though the texture is really thick, it absorbs fast on my skin and only leaves a beautiful dewy sheen.

      Same, I hated those chemical sunscreens mainly because they feel really tacky on the skin and give me break-outs. When I found out about the ingredients too, I stay away. Mukti tinted moisturizer seems nice for everyday coverage, I am interested to hear more about your review, there doesn't seem to be many talking about it. What sunscreen do you use with high SPF though?

      Oh how lovely is the badger Rose sunscreen. Do you still use moisturizer underneath?

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    2. Yes the Badger sunscreen feels lovely. I don't use moisturiser underneath, usually oils but I do chop and change my routine often! I haven't found a good sunscreen with high SPF yet o I try and avoid prolonged sun exposure or wear hat and sunnies. Actually I have noticed some new sunspots appearing due to running outdoors during the middle of the day (bit naughty, I know).

      I am interested in trying the 100% Pure sunscreens next - I think they have one that may be SPF 30, but it's not easy to get ahold of here.

      Yvonne

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    3. Oh no, make sure you get a sporty hat when you run and I think it might be really handy to reserve a high SPF sunscreen for sport occasion. Have you tried any Australian sunscreen brand at all like Wot Not and Solio? Not sure if they're non-nano, but curious how they are like since they're very easy to access.

      As for 100% pure sunscreen, and other natural sunscreen you may wanna try eg Coola, you can check out Dermstore they ship worlwide including Australia. If I'm not mistaken, their shipping price is not bad.

      BTW, I am looking for a new facial cleanser to stock up. Have ran out of my Sodashi one but not my moisturizer and skin boost just yet (wanna stock up on the essentials when they're finished altogether!). Meanwhile, I wanna try a new cleanser. Do you have any recommendation?

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    4. I have seen the Wot Not but heard not so great reviews (ie too thick and greasy). I might take a look at Soleo. The 100% Pure is a brand that have a pomegranate SPF 20 or argan oil SPF 30 sunscreen that both seem to get good reviews. But I try to run as incognito as possible with polarised sunnies and cap!

      Funny you should ask about cleanser - I recently purchased the One Love Organics Saviour Balm 50ml from Naturissimo (they had a promotion to receive a mini sample pack of OLO products), but I was a bit hesitant to use it due to never having had any luck with balms previously (always experienced break outs). Well, I have only used it 1.5 weeks and seen such a marked improvement in my already healing blemishes that I have already ordered the full size (I still have heaps left but loved it so much I knew I would use it all). I also enjoyed the mini selection of other OLO products but the Saviour Balm was definitely a standout.

      Now I am curious to try the Elizabeth Dehn for OLO products, especially the Vit C serum, but will wait until I have used up a few more of my oils first.

      Oh, before I forget, you may also like the MV Organics cleanser if you enjoyed Sodashi. It is richer than the Sodashi and smells beautiful! But both the recommendations require removal of cleanser with a wash cloth.

      Yvonne

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  5. Shame about the downsides, but it's great that it doesn't budge and actually does it's job :) x

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    1. I know! I guess when it comes to natural sunscreen, there doesn't seem one that caters for all skin types. What do you use as your SPF? :)

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  6. Thanks for this post but i think we all should bother about our sunscreen which is we are using we must go for mineral sunscreen not for chemical sunscreen because chemical sunscreen we can not use every day where mineral sunscreen we can use every day and this will give us acne free skin.

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  7. I am waiting for this to be back in the market!! I LOVE vive sana. Please email me at backerali@aol.com and let me know.

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