I prefer natural products, so I headed over to a natural grocer that provides testers for its skin care products. I saw the DeVita moisturizer wearing a "Back and Better Than Ever" label. Could it be true? The old formula was the best SPF moisturizer I had ever used. To my great disappointment, it was definitely not "better than ever." It wouldn't smooth on and the zinc oxide gooped up into little white balls and flakes. :(
So I moved on to trying other products. Most made my skin shiny, an effect I was trying to avoid. I managed to find one that I thought was worth buying: a BB cream from Mineral Fusion. The tinted version was too dark for my skin tone, so I went with the untinted version, which is SPF 30.
It's not bad. It goes on with a white cast which disappears within a few seconds. It's not quite shine-free as the label touts, but it's less shiny than other SPF moisturizers I've tried. It also has some "age-defying" ingredients as a little bonus. It's just moisturizing enough for me to use alone for now, though I'm sure I'll need to layer it over a heavier moisturizer during the winter. That's typical for my very dry skin.
I have been using it only intermittently because I don't leave home some days. It will get a better test once I'm wearing it all day every day. Mineral Fusion also makes a brush-on sunblock that I'm interested in trying. It might be a way to avoid the dreaded sunblock shine.
Through my sunblock trials and research, I've learned quite a bit about sunblocks and SPF (Sun Protection Factor) ratings. In particular, I've learned that SPF ratings can be VERY misleading, so I thought I'd pass on some details:
- SPF 30 blocks about 97% of UVB rays. SPF 50 gets you only one additional percentage point, with about 98% UVB blocked.
- SPF is a rating for UVB rays (which cause sunburn). It has little relation to the protection from UVA rays (which are linked to skin damage). Even if you're not getting a sunburn, you might be soaking up lots of damaging UVA.
- SPF ratings are based on wearing enough of the sunblock. And in this case, "enough" means "a lot." To get the full SPF, you need to apply about half a teaspoon just on your face.