I have so often complained that chemical sunscreens are irritating but mineral sunscreens make me break out -- and I can't tell you how many sunscreen reviews I have written and deleted when I decided they weren't so great after all. (My skin is sensitive, oily, and prone to rosacea as well as break outs.) But this combination of zinc oxide and octinoxate is actually the least problematic liquid sunscreen I have ever tried. Some might want more moisture, but I love that it doesn't feel greasy. It does not seem to cause breakouts -- was that the titanium dioxide all along? And I guess there are chemical sunscreens and chemical sunscreens. Octinoxate is not the stinky one! I actually experience less redness after a day of using this, which surprises me. No complaints.
EDIT: Mine is the SPF 30 Face and Body UV Lotion, in case I put this in the wrong spot.
I just got this (having already tried the UV daily SPF 40 and the tinted SPF 41) and I am really liking it! It has a really moisturizing base, without feeling heavy or greasy! I use it under makeup. The texture reminds me of La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 15 (which I love but not high enough SPF for me)! I use retinol treatment every other day, so that tends to dry out my skin, especially around my nose and mouth. And when I use regular moisturizer with SPF (such as Cerave) I still get dry, flaky skin mid-day. Not this. So far, my skin feels moist and hydrated all day, it must be the petroleum (when I first saw the ingredient I was wary, but now I am convinced it's what helps keep moisture in!). I just dislike the packaging, wish it was a pump instead of a jar!
I like the idea of a sunscreen that docs recommend post-procedure but this sample just left my face too shiny.
I have found this to be a very good product. Now that I've tried a few others since, my opinion is more objective. It provides a reasonable amount of moisturization and good broad spectrum sun protection. There is not a strong white tint left after applying like many products.
I think this will be a "go to" sunscreen for a long time to come. I've certainly not found anything better for my dry, sensitive, rosacea-afflicted skin.
Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Zinc Oxide 7.0%
Inactive Ingredients: Purified Water, Petrolatum, Isopropyl Palmitate, Octyl Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, PEG-100 Stearate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polyisobutene, PEG-7 Trimethylolpropane, Coconut Ether, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polyether-1, Citric Acid, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane.
This is a link to the Elta Gold review which is the same product, they just changed the name to Elta MD:
I can't use any sunscreen everyday but this one is gentle enough to wear whenever I need it. My skin is very dry so I use a little Cerave lotion under it for the perfect amount of moisture. Haven't tried makeup over it, so I can't say if it's good for that. Comes off very easily with Clinique TTDO balm and doesn't sting like most sunscreens. My derm charged me $20 for the 4 oz. jar.