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Reviewed by Chris
I’m always searching for my holy grail facial sunscreen (aren’t we all?) so I was particularly excited to have the opportunity to try Lumixyl MoistureLock Sunscreen SPF 30 ($58 in the shop).
Now I typically try to stay with more “natural” products, and had been using Josie Maran SPF 40+ Sunscreen with argan oil, which I really like but is a little pricey. The Lumixyl is really no less expensive than Josie Maran – actually a little more expensive - but it contains some new technologies and ingredients that I was rather excited to try.
Specifically, Lumixyl Sunscreen contains something called benzylidene dimethoxydimethylindanone – yes, my eyes just skimmed right over those words as well – better known as SymHelios. SymHelios does not protect against sunburn; rather, it binds to a protein in our bodies which prevents a toxin - created by UVB rays - from binding with that same protein, and causing damage to our skin (it’s rather complicated – you can read the full details here).
Because SymHelios does not protect against sunburn, it must be combined with an ingredient that does. Lumixyl combines SymHelios with titanium dioxide.
My first impression was “Wow!” The sunscreen smoothed right into my skin without leaving me with a ghostly pallor. In fact, after a few minutes, my skin was smooth and matte, without the “shiny” look I typically get from sunscreens. (Score!) It soaked right in, and I applied makeup shortly after. There was absolutely no problem layering foundation over the Lumixyl. (Score again!)
Unfortunately, my skin did not respond well to something in the sunscreen – maybe the silicone? Whatever it was, my skin developed an ugly breakout after a few days. I immediately stopped using Lumixyl and went back to my regular sunscreen.
BUT, glutton for punishment that I am, I decided to give the Lumixyl another try a few weeks after the breakout cleared up. Why? Well, because, you know, maybe my skin was just having a bad day, and I had unfairly blamed it on the Lumixyl. And I REALLY wanted to like the Lumixyl!
SO, I brought the Lumixyl with me on a girls’ weekend up to the North Shore (of Lake Superior). After three days of non-stop swimming, biking, hiking, and partying in the summer sun, my skin had maybe just a tiny tinge of color, but I was actually very impressed with its staying power, and the protection that I felt I was receiving from the SymHelios.
But alas, the day back from the trip and my skin decided on a repeat performance. Sorry Lumixyl, you shall be relegated to the place where all the other unworthy – at least, unworthy to me - sunscreens go, and shall be used only on my body, and not on my face.
All in all, I think this is a really good product. I, unfortunately, just happen to have somewhat sensitive skin – this is not the first time I’ve broken out from a new product. So if you have sensitive skin, this may not be for you. But if you don’t, and you are looking for a good sunscreen that doesn’t make you look like a ghost or gives you the “shinies,” I would definitely give it a try!
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 8.40%
Inactive Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Water (Aqua/Eau), PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Pentylene Glycol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Benzylidene Dimethoxydimethylindanone