I have severely sensitive skin that can react even from tap water. Sunscreen irritates it like nothing else. I've paid the price over the years trying various chemical sunscreens. Now I don't even bother with them no matter how great they're reputed to be. But even finding a suitable physical sunscreen has been difficult because most physical sunscreens happen to be from natural product lines. Natural products aren't always safe for sensitive skin as extracts and essential oils can be irritating as well. Not only that, they contain so many oils that are highly comedogenic(coconut oil, etc.). Also with any physical sunscreen you have to contend with that dreadful white cast from the zinc oxide. This is a decent option, though it is a bit thick and pasty--also a tad drying(I don't know why but physical sunscreens tend to dry out my skin). But I think I have found something better surprisingly from Badger. The Badger Daily SPF 30 Aloe Sunscreen Lotion really surprised me. It doesn't irritate my skin, has a really fluid consistency that even oily skins may benefit from, AND it's non-comedogenic. White cast is very minimal and the finish isn't tacky like most natural sunscreens I've tried. No shine, I'll even go far as to say it's fairly matte. The formula is phenomenal as far as natural sunscreens go, and I can finally wear sunscreen. I do have to moisturize beforehand as all physical sunscreens dry me out for some reason, but I think I've found the perfect sunscreen for me with the Badger.
I have hyper-sensitive skin on my face (and probably my body for that matter lol) so finding a facial sunscreen that doesn't break me out or cause an allergic reaction is not an easy job! I had been using the neutrogena baby pure and free previously but found that made my skin very dry/flaky. I saw this at walmart for under $9 and decided to give it a try. What made me give this a shot was not only was it PABA free but it was also paraben and oxybenzone free! Yes, the product is very thick and it doesn't blend easily but what i do is I just mix it in my hands and then pat the lotion all over my face. Then, I slowly massage it into my skin. I don't find it takes too much time when i do it this way and i'm not rubbing my skin as hard neither. It does feel a bit heavy when you first apply it, but after about 5mins or so, it dries to a satin finish and you don't feel like you're "wearing" it. I haven't tried this under makeup, so i will update if anything bad happens lol. So far, I really like the feel of this sunscreen on my face. It leaves it baby soft and supple.
Claims to be:
100% Naturally Sourced Sunscreens with Zinc Oxide
Proven Effective Against Sunburn & Long-Term Damage
Paraben & PABA Free
Mild as Water
Non-Stinging to Eyes
Very Water Resistant
*** Error!! This review is for the Banana Boat Natural Reflect SPF 50+ Broad Spectrum Lotion. The one without baby in the title! ****
I love this product. I've tried so many sunscreens and this is wonderful. I'll list why:
Price - can't beat it
Effectiveness - it works - I used this at the beach and my face and neck got no sun from this
Bonus - works as a primer
This is a thick product and when you initially put it on you will freak out. It comes out like a paste and is very white. But put on the appropriate amount - don't skip and blend. Some people have complained at how long you have to blend. I timed it and it was only for 1.5 minutes. The trick is to walk away for 10 minutes after you've blended it in completely. Come back later and apply your makeup. I was not shiny or greasy at all - and I have combination skin. This works almost like a primer. I absolutely love it and use it on my face and neck daily.
My foundation of choice is neutrogena healthy glow sheers, and almay 3 in 1 concealer. After I apply those two there is no shine or grease all day nor is there a white cast.
For the price try it - what harm can it do - I love it!
I broke into rashes after 1 week's use. It has the chemical sunscreen Ethylhexyl Methoxycrylene hiding in the list of ingredients. I'm now using Badger SPF 16 sunscreen with Aloe.
This is a very decent sunscreen option from the drugstore. There are 3 products in this line, All-Purpose, Kids, and Baby. The formulas for all three are virtually identical, offered in the same sizes and at the same price point. The main difference is that the Kids and Baby formulas have 3.6% titanium dioxide as opposed to 2.8% in the All-Purpose (all three formulas have 4% zinc oxide). I was interested in using this for daily wear but it's a bit too heavy for me for that purpose (I can definitely feel it on my face). I save it for outdoor days and it's suitable for that. This sunscreen goes on very thick and white at first and takes some time to work in and absorb. Once it does it dries to a satin finish on my oily skin, not overly greasy. I can apply my cream foundation or mineral powder over this with no issues. It does leave a bit of a white cast on me although I'm pretty fair but it's not enough to prevent me from using it. This sunscreen seems fairly tenacious although i have not tested it in water. I have not burned or gotten any additional color while using this so I believe it's quite protective. I would repurchase this for outdoor use for myself and my 4 year old son. I have added the ingredient listing for this product as well as the Kids version.