As some of you may have noticed, I’ve been on a sunscreen streak lately with my posts in honor of skin cancer awareness month (sunscreen 101 here on Fran’s website, my top 5 favorite sunscreens here and how to choose the best sunscreen for your skin type here). Here is another one with a sweet bonus: a giveaway for my favorite sunscreen! Read on for more details on how to enter.
Product: MD Solar Sciences Mineral Tinted Creme c/o*
Product: MD Solar Sciences Mineral Tinted Creme c/o
My overall rating: 5/5
Sun protection: 5/5 (SPF 30, broad spectrum, blocking both UVA and UVB)
Greasiness: 0/5 (yay!)
Waterproof: Yes (up to 80 min after application)
Active ingredients: Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. As I mentioned in my vlog, these ingredients are physical blockers, meaning they protect your skin from UV radiation by deflecting the waves off of your skin. Usually these go on thick and leave a chalky white residue that you spend tons of time rubbing in, but not with MDSolar Sciences!
My take: I received this as a sample at the American Academy of Dermatology meeting, and I absolutely fell in love with the product. I have never come across a sunscreen that goes on so silky smooth with a complete matte finish. It is oil-free and non-comedogenic, so it won’t worsen acne. It is also fragrance-free, great for people with sensitive or reactive skin. This sunscreen feels more like a primer than a sunscreen! In fact, its silicone base makes it the perfect primer / sunscreen that makes your face a canvas, ready for makeup. It also contains antioxidants in the forms of green tea and cranberry and pomegranate extracts, as well as vitamin C that helps with skin health. The brand also makes a slightly more expensive Creme Mineral Beauty Balm that comes in two colors (light/medium and medium/dark) and contains caffeine and niacinamide to reduce redness and pore size. I struggle with rosacea (read more about my tips and tricks to living with rosacea here) so trying this beauty balm with SPF 50 is definitely next on my list!
I’ve been carrying it around with me everywhere when I travel, and on my recent trip to Nashville a few of my med school besties tried it, loved it, and ordered it! My friends are slowly all converting to MDSolarSciences just like me 😉
My only two gripes: I love that it has a light tint, but to be honest, I would prefer a bit more coverage to hide some of my freckles. I like the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer in terms of coverage, but spf 20 is too light. (One trick around that is to apply an SPF sunscreen under the tinted moisturizer, such as the Cerave AM facial moisturizer). The other drawback is the price; MD Solar Sciences is a dermatology tested and approved sunscreen that costs $32 for 1.7 oz. I wish it were a little cheaper but when I come across a product this good with a texture so unique, I’m okay shelling out a bit more cash.
Now to the fun part: I’m partnering with MDSolar Sciences this week to do a giveaway of my favorite sunscreen I reviewed here, the Mineral Tinted Creme in SPF 30! There are a few ways to submit entries in the giveaway; see below for more instructions. The raffle will run from Monday May 23 through midnight on Thursday May 26, and winners will be announced over the weekend. Hope you can also leave a comment with YOUR favorite sunscreen!
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*This product was provided to me at no cost for the purposes of reviewing; all thoughts and opinions in this review are my own