With London’s typically changeable weather as the backdrop, sunscreen isn’t necessarily top of mind for spectators or athletes at the 2012 Olympics. But every beauty junkie knows that a good safe sunscreen is an important part of her regimen. I like mine to be mineral, but not leave me looking like Casper. And a formula that includes useful antioxidants is a must. The Gold goes to Suntegrity for providing a decent SPF, astaxanthin and a texture that doubles as a moisturizer. Hailing from New Zealand, Snowberry takes the Silver for its novel ingredients, and the bronze medal goes to the sporty MD Solar Sciences.
Suntegrity All Natural Moisturizing Face Protection SPF30
($45 in the TIA shop
). The nicest thing about applying this mineral sunscreen with zinc oxide is that you get to think about some of the good things it is adding to your skin. Top of that list is, of course, astaxanthin
, a dark red cartenoid pigment that is present, amongst other things, in salmon. A free radical scavenger, analyses have shown that astaxanthin is also an efficient absorber of specific ultraviolet sunlight rays that may contribute to skin aging and cancer. It gets an antioxidant boost from red algae and pomegranate. This is a rich cream that many people find doubles up as their moisturizer. Read the full review
Snowberry Everyday Broad Spectrum Spf15
($36 in the TIA shop
). This sunscreen has an all natural alternative to a chemical sunscreen active. It is called galangal and may also boost the efficacy of other sunscreens and inhibit hyperpigmentation. As an added bonus, galangal is anti-bacterial, making it potentially useful in the treatment of acne-prone skin. There is also ferulic acid, a preventer of sun damage, and Siberian Larch, which is full of quercetin, an antioxidant and melanin inhibitor. Read the full review
MD Solar Sciences Mineral Screen Lotion SPF40
($29 in the TIA shop
). As befits an Olympics winner, this sunscreen is good for sports. It has a light texture, no chalky residue and is more sweat proof than most. The silky comfortable feel and stability is achieved by silicones, of which there are rather a lot in this formula. So, this is not for purists. But it is a strong performer that doesn’t have the chalky residue of other mineral sunscreens and packs its punch with an SPF40. Read the full review
Ingredients in Suntegrity: Zinc Oxide 20%. Water (Purified), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Capric Caprylic Triglycerides, Sorbitan Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Jojoba Oil, Cetyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt), Sunflower Oil, Cucumber Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Tea-Oil Camellia, Pomegranate Oil, Red Algae Extract, Astaxanthin, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Essential Oil, Citrus Reticulata Blanco (Tangerine) Essential Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Essential Oil, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide*, Ethylhexylglycerin* *Paraben-free anti-microbial agent.
Ingredients in Snowberry: Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide & Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Kaempferia Galanga Root Extract, Larix Sibirica (Siberian Larch) Extract, Ethyl Ferulate
. Ingredients: Aqua (Demineralised), Zinc Oxide & Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Sorbitan Olivate (Olive), Cetyl Palmitate & Sorbitan Palmitate, Coco Glucoside Cetearyl Alcohol (wheat Extract), Glycerine (Coconut), Coffea Arabica (Coffee Bean) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Inga Edulis (Inga) Seed Extract, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Oil & Stearic Acid & Glycerin & Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glucose & Glucose Oxidase & Lactoperoxidase, Kaempferia Galanga Root Extract, Ethyl Ferulate, Porphyra Umbilicalis (Seaweed) Extract, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Guar Gum, Tocopherol (mixed) & Beta-Sitosterol, & Squalene (Sunflower), Sclerotium Gum, Larix Sibirica (Siberian Larch) Extract.
Ingredients in MD Solar Sciences: Active ingredients: titanium dioxide 7.7%, zinc oxide 3.8%.
Ingredients: cyclopentasiloxane, caprylyl methicone, dimethicone crosspolymer, dimethicone vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, dimethiconol, dimethicone, C30-45 olefin, phenyl methicone, stearoxytrimethysilane, polyglyceryl 3, polydimethylsiloxyethyl dimethicone, aluminum hydroxide, stearic acid, triethoxysilylethyl polydimethysiloxxethyl hexyl dimethicone