Phenomenal!!! Truly amazing on my skin. I am 30, but this is the FIRST time i've ever fallen in love with a sunblock. It is non-irritating, calming, and actually smoothing (it really perfects my skin and has a slight matting effect that i love!). All i need is concealer under my eyes and some blush and that's it. it really makes the make-up go on lovely. This is my HG product and all i wear underneath is my Philosophy turbo Vitamin C powder mixed with aloe vera gel. If you are dry (which i am not!) then u might need a more hydrating serum underneath. But for me, this is absolutely perfect. Also, my husband recently tried it (shock!) and he fell in love too, and asked if i could "leave it out so he could use it too!). Best stuff ever.
UPDATE: i am still loving this. still my total HG. i'm on my second tube of this, and i can HONESTLY say that my skintone has really evened out. it's amazing what a good sunblock can do. i don't even need foundation now (just concealer under eyes and in dark shadows around nose). also my skin seems firmer. it's remarkable how this both prevents skin damage and LETS your skin heal from previous damage. Also, i learned a very important tip for applying this sunscreen: make sure your face skin is totally DRY. if it is the least bit damp from washing or a shower, then the SS will go on thick and white and sticky. But if your skin is dry--then it will disappear completely and sink right in. it must be something due to how the molecules in it combine with the water? not sure. but i do know that i get excellent results when my face is dry. (i wait 5 min after a shower before i apply.) the lip balm is also fabulous.
UPDATE: now that i've gone through 2 tubes of this wonderful stuff, i sometimes find this a dab too drying. However, all i have to do is apply a tiny, dime-sized amount of moisturizer (i love the Merlot daytime one) underneath and presto! perfect combo. I think you will have to experiment like that depending on the level of hydration u need for your skin.
This currently a close second HG body sunscreen to Marie Veronique Organics Kids Safe Screen. In fact Burnout is nice enough to be used on face as well, but not as everyday sunscreen, it's a bit too sticky/tacky for that. Maybe dryer skins can get away with that. I do find it slightly white on skin, but nothing horrible and no goth/geisha look.
Haven't yet tested Burnout in heavy sun conditions, so it's hard to say how well it hold up to that, but so far it has protected me very well and kept me nice and pale. It adheres to skin nicely and it's moderately water/sweat resistant as well.
I like the simple ingredients, eco-friendliness and decent skin compatibility, works even on broken/damaged skin with very minor stinging/burning. Not good around my eyes though, a bit irritating and tends to migrate into eyes, causing them to itch and tear.
This product protects your skin very well from the sun. It doesnít have the sunscreen smell either which is good. I liked it a lot at first because it was not too whitening and the protection was great, but after a month of using it my pores started to get clogged. I have very clog prone skin though. It is also very drying if you don't wear a moisturizer underneath. It leaves a slight tacky/sticky feeling on your face, but that didnít bother me. It may also be difficult to wear makeup on top of this sunscreen. I bought one for my sister and she loves it, but I am still on the hunt for my perfect sunscreen.
I've used Clarins UV PLus dayScreen SPF 40 for years, then I developed a gradual sensitivity to it. It started to irritate and burn my skin and regretfully I had to discontinue using it completely. So I began a long search for a new sunscreen. My skin is very sensitive, combination, pale, and intolerant of fragrances, botanicals, and heavy textures. I react fairly easily to so many products, so I have to be careful of what I try on my skin. I also dislike using anything other than a physical sunscreen, so that limited my search even further. I came across this sunscreen while researching online, and the ingredients seemed basic, so I ordered it from Amazon.
I'm used to the silky, fluid texture of the Clarins formula, which feels beautiful on skin and looks great under makeup. This sunscreen has a completely different feel, more substantial and dense. It looks like a thick white cream, but actually does have an emollient feel, and it's much lighter and thinner than I'd have guessed just by its appearance when I dispensed some onto the back of my hand.
I use slightly more than a pea size amount for my face, and apply immediately after applying my moisturizer, before my moisturizer has absorbed. It spreads easily that way. It doesn't have to be worked in too much, given the light consistency. But it can have a slight white case around my hairline if I don't blend it in well. So I definitely spend more time with this one than I would with a more cosmetically elegant formula. But the finish is nice and matte, and (after a bit of work) there's no white cast. My skin still feels like it can breathe, even though it is a bit heavier than I'm used to. My makeup still applies well and doesn't look thick or odd layered over this sunscreen.
No irritation or active breakouts. However, it does clog my pores somewhat if I'm not careful removing it at night. I found that out the hard way. I have to really work my cleanser into my skin, and use an oil based makeup remover on more areas of my face to make certain it's all removed. Also, it can be overly thick and drying if I use too much. There's a very fine line for my skin I've noticed when using this particular formula.
The upsides is that it's very gentle, it's effective, and I've never once had a burn. I use it on my neck, chest, and body too. It lasts throughout sweating when I workout, and doesn't sting my eyes at all. Easy to dispense tube with a nice snap-style lid. And I recently saw it at my local health food store, so repurchasing will be a breeze.
It's not the perfect sunscreen I was hoping to find, but it's the best so far and I do like it alot. I recommend this for anyone with a similar skin type, or for anyone looking for a more natural sunscreen.
I wanted this to work for me SO badly...but it didn't. I sent for a sample before ordering online.
I always test new products on days I'm just gonna be at home or near home so in case of a bad reaction I just go wash my face. So that's what I did.
Applying this was easy. I didn't find that it was hard to spread. Also, it didn't not leave that ghostly white cast. I was surprised by that. Then I waited for it to sort of set...but it just wouldn't. I continued with the rest of my face routine hoping that the feeling of this on my face would eventually fade. But it took several hours. Like 5-6 hours before I could finally stop feeling this on my face. This stuff was also super drying. :(
Lastly, by the time I washed this off in the evening(couldn't wait to get it off) there were 4 new friends on my face I didn't have that morning when I woke up! ARGH! I was SOO hoping this would not happen. It broke me out on each of my cheeks and forehead. Not cool.
Sadly this was another SS that didnt' work for me.
Burnout Clean & Clear SPF 32 contains 18.6% non-nano (micro) uncoated zinc oxide in a light oil-free base.
For reference I am breakout prone with oily skin and frequent bouts of seborrheic dermatitis.
This product needs to be applied over something - think moisturizer, mineral oil, a serum etc as it can be tacky and quick to dry on its own.
I do not experience breakouts from this when I use adequate moisture underneath. I can use this alone during the summer but it can be drying on non-humid days.
The protection offered by this is excellent - I can report having spent several hours in the sun and not burning or getting any colour and I am ghost white.
The ingredients are sustainable and this contains no animal byproducts nor is this tested on animals which in my opinion is excellent.
My only caveat here is that for dry skin or those living in a dry climate, this will leave you dehydrated -- this is better in areas with higher ambient humidity due to glycerin content (glycerin and sorbitol remove moisture from the air - if there isn't any in the air, they remove it from your skin ;-) )
For those in a drier or arid climate either a) mix with an oil before applying or apply over moisturizer/oil or b) use Vanicream SPF 60 which is far more emollient but offers similar high-quality protection without chemical sunscreens.
[UPDATE 2013-04: I've been using the Ocean Tested version in cold dry weather and when I need s/s to be waterproof and sweatproof; but I'm using this as regular everyday one.]
A great sunscreen: all-physical, minimal ingredients, unfragranced, sensitive-skin-friendly, silicone-free, alcohol-free, and fairly (IME) waterporof and sweatproof. Many, many, many thanks to the Skincare Board people for talking about this over the last few months, I might not have even heard about it otherwise.
Bonus: does all the "does what it says on the tin" stuff and looks good (on me anyway, and I am pale). I was a little worried about the plankton extract but have nothing negative to report on it.
Bonus #2: it's cheap. About half the price of comparable zinc oxide-based sunscreens (and I don't mean Badger and the like here: I mean functionally and cosmetically good ones; Dermaquest, Glycolix Elite, that sort of thing).
Bonus #3: ethical plus. Cruelty-free and environmentally-friendly.
Background: My regular sunscreens: Cliniderm SPF45 (on oilier days), Vanicream SPF30, and John Masters Organics SPF 30 (either of these, most of the time)--all three are ZnO & TiO2, the first two are coated micronised, z-cote & t-cote. The JMO is nice, but fails the TOTM test. I can't use cyclomethicone (alas, farewell to Glycolix Elite SPF30 and about a billion other sunscreens, including all the lovely light veil ones), nor chemical filters; my skin is rather irritable and towards the drier end of the spectrum. I've rarely had an issue with ghost-face, that being my state of nature. Am using Blue Lizard Sensitive SPF 30 on rest of self; I've also used BurnOut on parts that are very sensitive off the face, e.gg. back of the neck, backs of calves and knees--with the Blue Lizard on top
On first contact, BurnOut is a lotion-fluid texture. Note that this is not as milky as the runny silicone-based superlight fluids (Clarins, Chanel, Sofina, various Japanese & Korean sunscreens); but it's closer to them in texture than it is to thick pastes (Badger, Burt's Bees, Lavera). No scent. Easy to smooth into skin so long as it's moist; otherwise, as others below report, on dry-to-the-touch skin it streaks and doesn't work in so well. My skin's drier, so I'm using this with moisturiser underneath anyway: that was absolutely fine.
I also tested BurnOut on damp skin--just left damp from water--which was better than nothing, but not as good as the slip of a moist surface. A few other things that worked well as a layer between skin and sunscreen, and they'd be suggested for oilier folks or on oiler days (time of month etc.): Thayer's alcohol-free witch hazel with glycerin & aloe, or aloe vera juice, or a very light oil (mineral, safflower). Could substitute a serum or super-light serum-like moisturiser. Moral of the tale: not good on dry surface, slick it up a bit.
Fine around the eyes, though slightly dry: if it does run in, it's not irritated me. Note that, again, I'm moisturising underneath. I usually use a sunscreen lipbalm around the eyes.
It dries fast. Squeeze out a line of sunscreen onto (if RHed) back of left hand or along its index finger, and using other hand, dot around the face, eyes, ears. Smooth in. You can actually rub a bit, gently... it's a myth that one can't massage physical sunscreens in at all. Just not too vigorously: more a case of smoothing around. The same kind of gentle motion and pressure as you might use around the eyes, but faster. Same again for neck and throat.
I don't wear much makeup usually, and it applied as usual. I tested this out under some more MU, just to see: fine under concealer and blush. Can't comment on foundation, sorry. Fine on eyes under LM Eye Basics; no effect on tightlining and mascara.
Removal: oil pre-cleanse or cream cleanser/makeup remover followed by a regular face wash. Also fine left on overnight and cleaned off the next morning...
No irritation. No clogging. No zits: and this stuff is very good at the zittier time of the month (that's the current hurdle it's going through in the testing process). And no burning, most important of all. Main functional ingredient: micronised zinc oxide, 18.6%. No paraben preservatives, but does have citric acid, cogongrass (imperata cylindrica) extract, and caprylyl glycol.
Costs USD17.99 direct from the producers (easily found c/o online search), great customer service, shipping internationally fast and efficiently (inc. Canada and not getting stuck at the border for weeks). Available in some health-food / eco-stores in the US. Packaging: 3.4 fl oz/100ml recycled and recyclable plastic tube, stands on its head, flip-top cap. Sensible and practical. The use-by date is now printed on the tube.
[UPDATE 2013-04: now in a 3 ox tube.]
The ingredients are very like those in DermaQuest ZinClear SPF 30, especially the identical actives and similar base-feel (from trying out a sample), but for 1/5 of the price (vs. USD53.50 for 2 oz/60 ml, which works out as $89 for 3.4 oz).
Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 18.6%
Other Ingredients: Aqua (Deionized Water), Capric/Capryllic Triglycerides, Vegetable Glycerin, Sorbitol, Imperata Cylindrica (Root) Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Soybean Lecithin, Arabidopsis Extract, Plankton Extract, Aloe Vera, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Citric Acid.
Comparison: DermaQuest Skin Therapy ZinClear SPF 30
Zinc Oxide 18.60%,
Water, Cyclomethicone, Glycerine, Glyceryl Stearate and PEG 100 Stearate, Sorbitol, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbitan Stearate, Lecithin, Arabidopsis Extract, Plankton Extract, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA
I've been using the BurnOut sunscreen for a few weeks now and I really like it and I've tried many, many different sunscreens. I'm 40 years old and still have oily, acne prone skin. This sunscreen works well because its light, chemical free, non greasy, and doesn't leave a white cast. Anyone who wants something a little more moisturizing can try the BurnOut For Kids. It goes on very smooth so its great for the body. But the best thing about these sunsceen is that it doesn't clog your pores!
After 4 months of using this product, turned out it did clog my pores. I've read on several websites that capric/caprylic triglycerides is comedogenic so it may not be good for acne prone skin. I'm using the rest on my body. I just started using cliniderm lotion spf 45. It's extremely light, matte and non greasy. I hope this sunscreen works out for me.
I spent all summer searching for an affordable, MATTE, high protection zinc sunscreen. Well this is a great find! It goes on pretty light, but I do rec putting a good moisturizer on before you apply this product. It's can be drying and feel tight on your skin without one, so a moisturizer beforehand will give the sunscreen the slip you need to rub it in. Application can be a little tricky, it goes on like a liquid lotion, but quickly dries, and can become streaky if you don't blend well enough.
My only issues with this sunscreen are the streaks if not blended well enough, and the somewhat tacky feel after application. This is, however, the fist matte sunscreen that I've ever used and it's great! Nothing's worse than a greasy face! It has great sun protection (18.6% Zinc, I believe) and claims to be very water resistant although I haven't tested it. The product is also oil free and contains antioxidants. Excellent!
I will say, however, that I will most likely reorder the Kids version because I have been told that it is a little more moisturizing and seemed to be more water resistant. It's also oil free and contains antioxidants.
Overall this is a great matte sunscreen with high UVA/UVB protection. It's about $18 to order from the BurnOut website, so not bad for a good product.
good, but not great, so I probably wouldn't by again. I love the protection zinc provides, but not the white cast. this leaves barely a white cast on my medium skin that is easily disguised with a little bronzer. It is extremely thick and somewhat difficult to rub in and thats over my moisturizer (phytomer base). Its not greasy and leaves my oily skin matte all day and doesn't make my pores look huge like most zinc ss's do, but I do find it a bit dehydrating with daily use. What I'm not crazy about is the tackiness left behind (its only slight, but it never completely goes away), and the heavy, mask like feel. What I love is I can be out in the hot sun all day and not get color. purchased directly from the manufacturers website http://burnoutsun.com 3.4 oz for $18. they also carry other varieties (ocean tested: contains botanical oils so might be more moisturizing...same amount of zinc), kids version (no oils), and a chemical gel version with avobenzone & octocrylene although they don't mention the levels of either.