Keys • Solar RX SPF 30 Therapeutic Sunblock • Skincare - Face
|Would buy this product again.||76%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Other
I was excited about this sunscreen after reading the reviews in MUA and rating in EWG. I have very sensitive, reactive, acne prone skin and I'm currently on Tazorac and Yaz birth control pill to control my acne. My nose & T-zone area will often clog w/ anything I put on. I tried numerous formulations of sunscreen. The drugstore brands such as Neutrogena, Aveeno, Cetaphil, or CeraVe either burn my face & cause rash or they clog my pores and leads to massive blackheads & white cysts outbreak. I used Shiseido ultimate sunscreen SPF 33 (very bad rating on EWG) but it worked for my skin. Shiseido discontinued this sunscreen so I was hunting for a perfect sunscreen for my face again. I was hoping this sunscreen would be the perfect one so I can stop searching for a sunscreen. But this sunscreen FAILED the Non-comedogenic test on my skin!
Extremely creamy and thick, but does not feel greasy once I applied on my face. It does feel like a "film" or a "waxy" layer sitting on top of my face (this effect may be caused by the vegetable wax ingredient).
It does have a mild woody smell when I first applied on my face, but it goes away after a few minutes. My face did not get burn in the sun so it definitely protected my face from sunburn very well. It DID NOT cause burning sensation or rash on my skin. My skin was also very well moisturize. However, it CLOGS my pores and led to massive formation of blackheads and white cysts that took weeks to recover. I guess I should have predicted this result when I looked at the ingredient list.
I still think this is a great sunscreen for those who are looking for natural sunscreen. This sunscreen is great for people with normal or dry skin. If you have acne prone and sensitive skin that is prone to blackhead on your T-zone, this sunscreen may possibly make it worse.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
I'm on my third bottle of this stuff, and it is the product that got me hooked on Keys.
I absolutely must wear sunscreen at all times. My skin is extremely photosensitive, and any kind of prolonged exposure makes me break out in scarring skin lesions and/or can make me sick. Other than avoiding the sun during peak daylight hours (which I do), good sunscreen is a must.
I felt a little nervous about trying this- given that I had been wearing spf 100 on my face. Everything I had tried in the past felt disgusting- often times in the summer if I sweat a little, or even put too much on I could taste my chemical sunblock, and it's not a good taste. Solar Rx is totally different than any other sunblock I have used. The SPF 30+ is just as effective at blocking out the sun, as the chemical suncreens I have been using. There is never a funny taste- no pilling, balling, nor greasy mess- makeup glides over it like a dream. This is such a huge difference from the other brands I had been using, that I dare say Solar Rx has vastly improved my life and my skin. I won't and cannot be without it.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
Update: it's been 12 months now, and I still love it; I've tried others but I love that it's not too matte (like beyond coastal) and it's not too reflective (like pratima) -- and does NOT break me out (like so many others).
This review is for Keys Soap Solar RX 30SPF. I love this SS - I think I've finally found my HGSS! I've been using it for about 5 months now, and it's the bomb for my oily, acne-prone, sensitive skin.
If your skin can't tolerate chemical ss or silicone-based physical ss, this is a good option with a great rating by EWG, which means it's stable and safe (except I wish it were micro- instead of nano-size).
Application tip: do not rub this in; instead, rub it between your fingers then pat it on gently.
Pros: physical (not chemical) base, moisturizing, very faint natural scent, broad spectrum, adore the sanitary dispenser, size works for airport security, no break-outs!!!, doesn't crease, no white cast, no freckles after the entire summer, glowy but not too reflective finish after dusting powder.
Cons: feels a little thick and greasy but powder will cover the shine, not sure how it works under foundation, not sure about nano-technology
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Doesn't protect my fair skin in even moderate sun! I noticed a ton of new freckles, which I don't get when I use practically ANY other ss (i'm a ss fiend), even d/s chemical-based sprays and Coppertone Sensitive spf 50, just as examples. Realized after buying that it uses nano zinc, which offers less protection (smaller particle size). Broke me out horribly on my face but worked ok on the body.
sinks in relatively quickly
good for dry skin
feels calming on my sensitive skin compared to other ss i've tried
nice ingredient list (besides the nano issue!)
nice packaging, the pump is efficient and easy to use
tacky, sticky feel! so much so that I don't like to put it on, I can feel it throughout the day
price was a little much for me with s&h
Bought this online because I thought ooh! 18% zinc! but no. Would not repurchase.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I quite like this sunscreen due to the following reasons: mostly organic ingredients, leaves a nice looking sheen on your skin (without that overly flashy effect that a lot of sunscreens tend to leave your skin with), a good value (it's $26.95 on the Keys site for 100 ml; most sunscreens are much more expensive). I also think it smells nice. I've read some reviews that said the smell of this sunscreen is offensive, but it smells sweet and citrus-y to me. Oh well, everyone has different taste (or scent) buds. My only gripe with this product (and I have this with the Luminos "Hydrating" Moisturizer too) is that it is not moisturizing enough. Whenever I apply this onto my skin, my skin glows. However, it still feels dry, like it's just sitting on top of my skin, unlike, say, a more moisturizing sunscreen such as CA Baby. I will most likely repurchase this again, although I would like to try the Loving Naturals Sunscreen first.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
Excellent sunscreen and moisturizer. Have oily/acne prone skin and this has cleared everything up and keeps me matte for most of the day. Doesn't sting my eyes (I wear contacts) and it goes on smooth. It's pretty think so I mix it with a tiny bit of water and it blends in perfectly.
Keys is a great brand - their Island Rx face wash is fantastic. Will stick with this brand for sure.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
I was at Nature's Fare looking for another sunscreen, and there happened to be a booth set up giving out free Solar-Rx samples. I didn't find the sunscreen I was looking for, so I took an rx sample home. Boy am I glad I did! I absolutely love this stuff!
Personally, I find the texture nice and smooth - though that may be because I apply right after I get out of the shower in the morning, after just patting my skin dry. It goes on very well at that point and sinks right in, but I could see it being more difficult to apply when your skin is dry. I also adore the smell, and haven't noticed the "white cast" many people talk about, though to be fair, that may just be because I'm already deathly pale. It doesn't make my skin unduly oily or dry, nor does it break me out at all, though my skin is very prone to getting clogged.
So all in all, it works perfect for me! I'm now happily awaiting my online order (since it was sold out all over town!) of a full-size bottle :) I'm glad to have found a sunscreen I can use daily on my face, since I want to protect my skin and keep it looking youthful as I age!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
I've been using this product on my face and neck every day for about 1.5 years. My skin is combo/oily and I agree with other reviewers who say it makes skin pretty oily, but I feel like dewy skin is just the price to pay to for good sunscreen protection, day in, day out. I used to use extremely high protection, chemical, European sunscreens on my face like La Roche Posay and Avene, but eventually I couldn't reconcile using such products with my ethical veganism, so I went in search of a good vegan sunblock. This fits the bill as the ingredients are top notch and natural, and honestly, I haven't noticed any lesser degree of protection with this stuff. I don't stay out in the sun for long periods of time, and this stuff works on a daily basis under mineral makeup, but I do need to blot and use a zinc finishing powder to reduce shine. I will keep buying this again and again.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
While I do love this sunscreen, it does have it's drawbacks depending on what type of skin you have. I have oily/sensitive skin, and it does seem to keep your skin in an oily state. Let me clarify. I need a physical sunblock, I personally believe they work more effectively than chemical ones. Also, because of my sensitive skin, I can't use the chemical sunscreens. However, for the most part physical sunblocks will leave a white cast on your skin, this sunblock uses nanoparticles and fades very quickly so there is no white cast. (Nanoparticle safety is still debated, however most studies I found say the benefits of them far outweigh the risks) The one big drawback for me is it does not mattify at all. In fact it makes my oily skin seem even more oily. I haven't had any clogged pores or breakouts from it, it just have a dewy look every time I wear it. Even with my mineral makeup over top of it. But I'm willing to deal with it, because I haven't found a sunblock that works as well and doesn't irritate my skin.
PROS : absorbs quickly, airless pump bottle avoids contamination, chemical-free, rated safest sunblock on skindeep.org, average price
CONS : makes oily skin shinier
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Update: I'm reducing my rating from a 4 to 3, because I'm pretty sure now that it caused one of the worst breakouts I've had in years. It's too bad because otherwise I wanted to love it. At some point in the future I may give it another try with a more controlled test, but at this point I'm not willing to risk it.
I'm still a little on the fence about this one, but only because I'm not sure if it's causing breakouts or not. If I'm having a long day and this sits on my face too long, I suspect it may be a contributor. That uncertainty aside, I really do like this sunscreen. It's a physical blocker with a remarkably short list of appealing, natural ingredients. Appearance-wise, it vanishes easily into my fair/medium, yellow-toned skin, and sets (almost too quickly) with a matte finish. It actually works as a great primer for makeup! Unlike other physical sunblocks I've tried, this doesn't dry out my face. It does form a palpable layer that I can feel on my skin, and really does have a knock-you-out scent, but I consider this balanced by the high degree of sun protection and lovely ingredient list.
Regarding the scent, to me it smells strongly of citrus and something that reminds me of black licorice (the cumin?). Not exactly pleasant but I find it tolerable and it does fade. I would definitely recommend taking advantage of the trial size first to see if you can handle it! One last note, on "nano-sized" zinc: current research does not indicate that this can penetrate the outer layers of the skin, with either accumulative or free radical effects.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Hazel
I'm on the fence about this stuff. I wanted to love it because of all the great ingredients, but I just didn't. As others have mentioned, the smell is bothersome. It has a hippy dippy smell to it--like some kind of herbs. It does fade, but it's not exactly what I want to smell first-thing every morning. The consistency and texture was weird for me. It has the texture of a cream, and it went on and blended fairly easily (no white cast), but I found that it make my skin feel tacky and made my mineral make-up cake in a way it normally doesn't. Even with liquid foundation, I didn't like my skin with this on underneath. I could always FEEL it on my face in a way that was unpleasant and made me so happy to wash it off in the evening. So, sadly, I will not repurchase and the search for an all-natural SS continues...
P.S. Update: see my other reviews for my new favorite, absolutely amazing sunscreen (John Masters Natural Mineral Sunscreen)!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Love this sunscreen. Isn't that oily as I thought it would be. The smell doesn't bother me, to me it smelled as if I was using iodine, but fades away quickly especially if you are using foundation over it. I am relatively pale and yes it gives a white cast but not that much., for me again no problem because to me that way it conceals some red spot and I don't need that much concealer. It is a nice base for my foundation and I tend to use a slightly darker one when I am using this sunscreen.
I have used it for almost 6 months (winter and spring) but not yet on really hot summer days. I don't like using sunscreens on hot summer days, (I do use them) because my face (and only my face) sweats a lot then and I get the feeling that sunscreens tend to seal my skin what makes me sweat even more. I tried several ones but could find one yet with SPF 30+ that doesn't make me feel uncomfortable. I just want a good sunscreen that gives me the feeling as if I had nothing on my face. The rest of the body is no problem for me.
It is quite hot today 25 C, and it is the first time I tried to use Solar Rx. So far so good.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
This has the highest rating of physical sunblocks -- but I worried about the complaints about "cumin" smell. So I ordered a sample size from Pure Complexions -- it arrived cross country in only two days. I am very sensitive to fragrance and this does not smell like essential oils, but it is a bit odd. It's very thick, not oily or runny. It gives reasonble sun protection, goes on kind of waxy and feels kind of waxy. Unfortunatley, there is a grey cast to your skin noticeable after a few hours if you apply this in the correct quantity to give SPF effect. It's probably best to mix this or use in conjuntion with a mineral foundation. I have switched to Mychelle SPF 28.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Other
I wasn't as greasy as I thought it would be. I started using this during the cooler/dryer months in winter and find it perfect for my skin. But once summer started I find it too oily for my skin. It never broke me out which was very surprising because I was a bit worried when I looked at how much essential oils are in the ingredient list. Another thing I love about it is the airless pump technology, minimizing air exposure to the product. The formula is quite emollient so I find it easy to spread on my skin. It felt greasy at first but it does sink it very well quickly. As I said before, during the cooler dryer months, it actually makes my skin feels supple and hydrated. I kept using it throughout springtime. But for 90-100 degree summers, it is just too oily for me.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Very Oily, Dark, Warm Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Other
Been using this sunblock for about 9 months. I buy sample sizes via the website. Me: super oily, Nars New Orleans complexion, my turnoffs are: white cast, toxic ingredients, and oiliness. Searched boards/EWG high and low, and came to this, so pros and cons:
PRO: Moisturizing! I am a-very-oily but it makes my skin look/feel supple, and fresh. Very emollient, non-sticky and easy to blend by patting or rubbing in, breathable, buildable application.
CON: Very emollient! After brisk 5 minute walk to train I reflect like a CD, takes 'a couple' of wipes to look sane again. I've been on a makeup hiatus and have never worn with makeup and cringe at thought, but I'll try it and update this review.
PRO: No white cast! The high zinc-oxide content is in nanoparticle form so the white is virtually invisible on me. I can sweat and still no white cast (never tried it in water though) go easy and it comes out just right.
CON: I can see this requiring more blending on very dry skin. My jaw tends to be drier and darker so I have to be more attentive about blending than the rest of my face with this SS. Also DO NOT attempt to rub over eyebrows, in beards etc., it won't absorb. I use my Kiehl's SPF 30 stick for brows, goes on smooth and invisible (otherwise it's junk).
PRO: High UVA/UVB protection, as opposed to just high spf. Loaded with: zinc-oxide and shea (a natural spf 4), avocado oil which is good for acne, antioxidants and antimicrobials like carrot oil and cumin seed oil.
CON: Not necessarily a con but, nanoparticles. The formula is 18.5% nano zinc-oxide and there is some literature on nanoparticles possibly causing free radical production when exposed to sunlight, and hypotheses (and no evidence) on the same occurring if nanoparticles were somehow absorbed into skin cells. Current evidence shows that zinc/titanium oxide reduced to nano size remains on the skin's outer layer and isn't absorbed. And it would still sort of take a perfect storm of interaction to induce the results of those hypotheses.
PRO: No clogged pores, milia, flesh-colored under eye bumps, skin/eye irritation & breakouts (as far as I know) - I haven't had any flareups this year. Formulation works with tretinoin, I use .1% A-Ret nightly and recently added a 4% hydroquinone. I went from using US version to ADC and other than raw shea or Cetaphil, this was only thing that allowed me to even get my newspaper when my skin looked like Diana from V.
CON: They don't disclose what's in their essential oil blend. I had a major cystic outbreak using this while on US Retin-A last winter, lasted 3 weeks. I swore off Retin-A and the SS, but went back b/c nothing worked except A-Ret, and I needed max protection. Nothing conclusive, maybe completely unrelated, but be fully transparent anyway so people can make informed decisions.
Loved the fragrance! Slim, lip gloss sized tube allows for inexpensive sampling & easy portability (even in the pocket of a tight pair of jeans) for re-apps & hands.
As an SS the double-duty vegan formula, above par burning/aging protection, perfect (initial) finish, cute tubes and the fact that the founder is a cancer survivor almost make it my HG, I just wish it didn't leave me looking oily as hell, lippy off for shine, and for non-waterproof formula but I'll continue to buy and am a big cheerleader for the product. Am still looking for a matte prince though!
UPDATE 5/22/09: !?!? Just ordered regular size and 10 more sample sizes and the orangey smell I really liked is gone, has formula changed? Now it smells like Mentholatum, I'm hopeful it's just this batch!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Like everyone else, I wanted to try Keys because of the study conducted by the EWG on safe sunscreens. It's a good thing I bought the sample first before wasting my money on an entire bottle...this was just not working for me.
Yes, it smells like citrus and sometimes like cumin but that's not an issue for me. The problem is that it makes my oily skin more oily and like a reviewer said before, it does not look oily at first but when I touch my face, it feels so disgusting like I rubbed fried chicken skin all over my face! Plus it feels sticky and like my skin was suffocating. Even after putting on my mineral makeup, the stickiness and heaviness did not go away. Oh yeah, I should mention that I put on my makeup an hour after I put on the Keys to give it time to absorb/settle but that did not help.
And the next day, I stayed home and put on the sunscreen without makeup and when I looked in mirror 2 hours later, my face was oozing oil!
No thanks, I will NOT be buying this again. It's expensive, greasy, and made with nano particles which could possibly be harmful. If you have dry skin this may be a good choice for you, but for oily skin people like me, try Kabana sunscreen instead.
As for the rest of it, I'll use it as an SPF moisturized on my hands since that's all it's good for.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
4.5 stars. Solar RX is the best product if you need sunscreen protection. It has 18.5% Nano Zinc-Oxide which is the highest Zinc Oxide content and best protection because it protects against both UVA and UVB. Being all natural, Solar RX is safe for children as well. The price is very good, $26.95 for 3.4 oz. Per ounce it's cheaper than most other sunscreens such as Oil of Olay, Neutrogena and NIA24, plus it protects better. The scent is mild, I didn't mind it a bit and it disappears after half a minute. The texture is a bit thick so that is the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars. I did not have any problem with the pump.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I chose this sunscreen because it is supposed to be very safe for your skin, unlike many sunscreens. I tried many others that are chemical free and all of them left my face chalky or had a terrible texture or broke my skin out. This sunscreen doesn't do that and has a nice texture. Not only does it not break my skin out, I actually feel like it greatly improves my skin quality.
The only thing I don't like about it is the smell. I disagree with the other reviewer about an iodine smell. What I distinctly smell is cumin. Black cumin oil is an ingredient. When I first got it, the smell was so strong and stayed strong throughout the day that I almost stopped using it. I don't really want my face to smell like Mexican or Indian food. My boyfriend always knows when I'm wearing it and calls me "cumin face" when I do. It does also have a slight citrus smell, which would be quite pleasant without the cumin.
Strangely, sometimes the scent isn't really noticeable. I'm wondering if the product just isn't blended well enough. When I first got it, it was strong. Then for a while, not so strong. Now, it's back to strong again.
I wish they could find an alternative to cumin oil that would create a similar effect, but otherwise this is a great product. I'll continue to use it because I can't find a good alternative. I'd love to use their Luminos moisturizer too, but it also has the cumin oil and I'd rather not smell like cumin 24/7 and there are many skin-safe alternatives to that.
I've read other reviews elsewhere and many people think it smells great (light and citrusy), where others can't stand it. I'm wondering if it might just be how your skin reacts with it or if the product is inconsistent from batch to batch. I'd recommend trying it in a store or getting the sample first.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Good stuff. My oily-dehydrated skin stays looking semi-matte all day, even when I layer it every few hours. Soaks into my medium beige skin without the casper effect. It has the consistency of toothpaste, but it smoothes on beautifully and doesn't ball up under foundation as long as you let it sit for about 10 minutes.It actually makes an excellent base and my YSL Perfect Touch foundation goes over this beautifully and seems enhances the finish. It looks better with this stuff than without. My skin doesn't get darker and stays cooler than with chemical ss. The scent is a little odd. Smells a little like cumin but its tolerable...and I hate cumin. For $26 its a great find.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue
Finding a sunscreen with UVA/UVB protection and 30+ SPF that doesn't break me out has been a "Mission Impossible" for me. I've been using Solar RX for over a month with next to NO breakouts so I must share this product with all of you who have this problem.
Ingredients are Zinc Oxide, Shea Butter, Avocado Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Black Cumin Oil, "Essential Oil Blend" (huh?), Purified Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Vegetable Wax, and Rosemary Extract.
Needless to say, the consistency is quite thick but virtually invisible. It runs just under $30 for 3.4 ounces so it is not cheap but if you are using it on the face only and something else on other exposed areas, I think it is well worth the price. It does require a serious cleanser to remove (I've been using their Island RX Foaming Facial Cleanser which is essentially a castile soap-based cleanser and that works quite well.) I use a light mineral powder foundation on my nose and other red areas. I don't think this would be a great product under liquid foundation because of the consistency but I haven't tried that yet.
This product is rated the #1 sunscreen option by the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database.
I purchased it via the website: www.keys-soap.com.