Sunscreen Review Part. 1

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Sunscreen is one of the number one things you should be packing for on the go daily! Of course getting some of that summer sun is nice, but not all the sun’s rays are safe for us. I’ve had lots of questions asked about which sunscreen to use under makeup, which to use daily, and which one I like overall. I tested each sunscreen below for a week and here’s my conclusion in comparison to their description!

Cocokind Daily SPF

Cocokind Sunscreen

Price: $24.99

Rating: 1.5/5

Skin Type: Great for dry skin!

Site Description: “Cocokind’s Daily lightweight, mineral-based SPF 32 uses reef-safe zinc oxide, blue phytoplankton and microalgae to protect skin against UVA and UVB rays, blue light and pollution damage.”

My Review: After testing it for a week, I found this sunscreen isn’t sweat-proof or water-proof so I would not recommend wearing this one if you plan to be active or are going through menopause, but it does a good job as a daily SPF under your makeup. It does not smell the greatest so that was definitely undesired. It does go on pretty white and is a much thinner consistency however it takes a lot of rubbing in before it absorbs into your skin. Overall, this one gets a 1.5/5 from me!

Coola Mineral Sun Silk Crème

Coola Sunscreen

Price: $42.00

Rating: 1/5

Skin Type: Better for Dry Skin

Site Description: “COOLA’s Full Spectrum 360° Mineral Sun Silk Crème SPF 30 is an oil-free, airy-light formula that gently glides on to form a transparent veil to protect against the sun, digital and environmental pollution.”

My Review: I was super excited for this sunscreen because I love that it comes in a recyclable glass bottle and I love their self tanner as well! Unfortunately, it turned out to be one of my least favorite sunscreens. It is vegan and cruelty free and goes on like water but after applying it, the COOLA soon felt gritty. After rubbing the mineral sunscreen in and giving it plenty of time to absorb, it still left white streaks on my skin which is something I try to avoid with daily SPF. The consistency was pretty watery but it does thicken as you rub it in. It isn’t water-proof or sweat-proof either so it isn’t made for a day swimming or being active!

Biossance Sheer Mineral Sunscreen

Biossance SPF

Price: $42.00

Rating: 3/5

Skin Type: Normal to Dry skin

Site Description: “Powerfully invisible broad-spectrum, non-toxic SPF 30 zinc mineral sunscreen protects even the most sensitive skin like you’ve never seen—now also in jumbo size, 2x the size with a better value. This lightweight, deeply hydrating clean sunscreen lotion blends in for all skin tones fast without leaving a trace. It calms and cools sun-stressed skin and leaves absolutely everyone with a soft, dewy finish.”

My Review: This sunscreen truly has a lightweight finish on the skin. It is not too thick or thin of a consistency and a little bit goes a long way for sure with this one. I honestly did not love it, but I did not hate it either which is why I give it a middle rating. It smells like your typical everyday sunscreen and wears well under makeup for daily use! I did really like this one, but when I went to Texas I found it is not a great sunscreen to wear under makeup in humid weather. That being said, it would do better for normal/dry skin in that insta

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF

Elta MD SPF

Price: $37.00

Rating: 4/5

Skin Type: Acne-prone, Rosacea, & Hyperpigmented skin

Site Description: “Oil-free EltaMD UV Clear helps calm and protect sensitive skin types prone to discoloration and breakouts associated to acne and rosacea. It contains niacinamide (vitamin B3), hyaluronic acid and lactic acid, ingredients that promote the appearance of healthy-looking skin. Very lightweight and silky, it may be worn with makeup or alone. Choose from tinted and untinted formulas for use every day.”

My Review: EltaMD is definitely a thicker consistency than the others. This sunscreen starts out thick however it does absorb in well compared to the others I tested. This one does smell a little bit like horse sweat – maybe a lot a bit –  but it has been recommended to me so many times by both customers and estheticians! I would recommend this for either dry or oily skin as it’s sheer and truly lightweight but really anyone struggling with skin issues needs this one as it’s professional grade sunscreen.

Image

Price: $44.00

Rating: 4.5/5

Skin Type: Normal to Oily

Site Description: “This oil-free, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen delivers high sun protection in a mattifying, antioxidant-rich base that’s perfect for oily and acne-prone skin types. Micro-sponge technology absorbs surface oils and gives skin a flawless, shine-free finish. It doubles as a protective primer to create a healthy glow before makeup application.”

My Review: If you know me, you know IMAGE is my absolute favorite! It smells great, kind of like fruit loops, and even men love this one. It leaves a great matte finish and doesn’t go on leaving you slimy or oily. If you’re on the really dry skin side, this one wouldn’t be the best option as it is mattifying. This sunscreen blends in quickly and does not leave me feeling greasy whatsoever. It has a great lightweight finish which is a must for daily wear under makeup! I have heard that the company changed their formulas as a whole and I’m a little nervous to give it a full 5 star rating due to this but I do recommend this sunscreen over any other!

So there you have it! My favorite suncreen tested out of these 5 was definitely the IMAGE Protection + but for sure check the ingredients for any allergies you may have before purchasing! Remember that it is SO important to wear sunscreen daily and give your skin that tender loving care it deserves. I will be coming out with another sunscreen review here soon so stay tuned loves! Be sure to check out my other blog posts (click here) with lots of awesome tips and tricks for you!

6 Replies to “Sunscreen Review Part. 1”

  1. I love the Image sunscreen. I do have very dry skin. Is there s better sunscreen like Image for dry skin?

  2. Great resource Joce! I wish I had read this last night when I was buying sunscreen. I have oily skin and bought the Elta MD Clear earlier this spring. It is too shiny for me. I’m not sure what horse sweat smells like but I agree it does have a scent. Lol! Not sure that I like it. My friend uses the Elta MD sheer and I just ordered that one. On the Derm Store website it says that the sheer has a type of hyaluronic acid that doesn’t cause shininess so I am hopeful it will be better for my oily skin.

    1. Thanks so much love! Also that’s interesting – you’ll have to keep me posted on how you like the Sheer one! I know another great one that’s mattifying & oil-free is the Image sunscreen. That one has got to be my all around favorite so far – if you haven’t tried it and you don’t end up liking the sheer EltaMD then I recommend trying it out!

  3. What do you think of unseen sunscreen by supergoop? I have not tried it under my Seint makeup yet, but I love the silky, light, non sunscreen feel it leaves on my face.

    1. Hey Deb! So I loved Supergoop’s Unseen Sunscreen but I couldn’t find Zinc anywhere in the list of ingredients and that’s super important to me to prevent sunspots! But it worked super well under my makeup and I used it for a long time actually!

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