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Thursday, February 11, 2021
Review: The Ordinary Suncare Mineral UV Filters SPF30 With Antioxidants #TheOrdinary #Sunscreen #SPF30 #Beauty #Skincare
1.7 fl.oz./50mL $9.70
Sunscreen is the most important anti-aging tool you have in your skincare arsenal. Wearing sunscreen will be the one thing you can do to save your skin from future aging issues. Up to 90% of skin aging is caused by the sun. Therefore, wear sunscreen everyday when you go outside (even if there are clouds) and even inside of the house. Yes, the sun's rays come in the house and can age you.
When possible I like to use a mineral one because it is reef safe and doesn't absorb the sun's rays but reflects them instead. The one from The Ordinary does not use nanoparticles but instead the Mineral UV Filters SPF30 With Antioxidants uses micronized ZnO (Zinc Oxide) and TiO2 (Titanium Dioxide) in a non-comedogenic silicone that allows the formulation to be lightweight by optimizing the amount of the blocking agent. Their formulation uses a 14.03% Zinc Oxide for its protective effects (because in addition to reflecting/refracting light, ZnO is able to absorb light without creating free radicals) and a supporting 5.44% of Titanium Dioxide only in rutile form (no anatase of TiO2 because it aggressively produces free radicals). These words just mean the different mineral forms that Titanium Dioxide is found in.
Included in this formula are potent antioxidants that help scavenge and neutralize free radicals, called the Bio-Active Antioxidant Network. It minimizes the intensity of UV radiation penetrating the skin, visibly protects biological membranes and supports the skin response to UV exposure. Also included, a Bio-Sugar Complex of a unique blend of hygroscopic molecules (a substance that absorbs moisture from the air) that provide short and long term hydration; it increases the ability for skin's own capacity to hold water. For moisture retention, skin identical lipids that visibly restore the compromised moisture barrier and prevent TEWL (transepidermal moisture loss) are also included in this great formula. Tasmanian Pepperberry, which is rich in flavanones, anthocyanins and minerals, is mixed in too. This active technology helps to calm down stressed skin, acting very quickly. Allantoin, an extract from comfrey, is a highly effective anti-inflammatory and soothing ingredient that will help calm the skin & also adds moisture to the skin. It helps to restore a compromised natural moisture barrier. The sunscreen also contains glycerin & sodium hyaluronate for hydration, as these are humectants that draw moisture to the skin. Rosemary leaf extract acts as an anti-inflammatory, soothing any inflammation, helping to calm down stressed skin. Sodium lactate increases skin's moisture content. Tocopherol, or Vitamin E, is an antioxidant that helps scavenge free radicals, acts as an anti-inflammatory and adds moisture to the skin. Urea is a minor exfoliant, helping to get rid of dead skin cells that are on the surface of the skin so that the formula can penetrate the skin and work better.
To use: shake well before use. Apply to the face liberally an evenly 15 to 20 minutes before sun exposure. To maintain protection, make sure to reapply every 2 hours or after water exposure, towel-drying, swimming or extensive perspiration. It says suitable for all skin tones. Do not use on children less than 6 months of age without consulting a physician. This product prevents sunburn. Limit time in the sun especially between the hours of 10 am - 2 pm. and wear long sleeved shirts, pants, hats, sunglasses in addition to a Broad Spectrum SPF30 or higher.
This particular sunscreen can be described as rather viscous. It is white and thick, due to the amount of Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide in it. But it goes on rather well and does blend into the skin without any "whitecast" on my light skin tone, due to its micronized nature. Let it sit first before you put on any makeup. Then once it is absorbed it should be fine. I like just about any product I have tried from The Ordinary and this is no exception. You don't need a ton of product to get good coverage from this but you do need to make sure you cover your entire face, neck and ears.
I like this sunscreen and feel that because of its formula it is a more than just a standard SPF30. There are many active ingredients in it and it actually helps to calm skin issues down if you are having any inflammation such as acne, redness and irritation. Plus it has the potent antioxidants that are going to kill of those nasty free radicals that are aging to the skin from pollution. I would recommend this for any skin type, especially sensitive skin. If you have black and brown skin do be wary to wear this as the reviews on the website have listed it as causing "whitecast". I have very pale skin and don't have any issues with it but I cannot speak from experience regarding darker skin tones. Please read the reviews on the website too. It says suitable for all skin tones but I don't think so.
Personally, it works for me but I have had skin cancer and need a thicker heavier sunscreen, and prefer mineral ones to chemical sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens do absorb the UV radiation while the mineral ones reflect it away from the skin and to me that is safer. If you like a good chemical sunscreen that absorbs well I recommend Supergoop Daily Dose Vitamin C SPF40. It is a serum SPF and has antioxidants in it like this one but is chemical in nature. It runs around $42.00.
The Ordinary Suncare Mineral UV Filters SPF With Antioxidants retails for $9.70 and can be purchased online at theordinary.deciem.com. Like DECIEM on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deciem/; Follow Deciem on Twitter: @deciem and Follow DECIEM on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deciem/.
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