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MD Solar Sciences Mineral Crème SPF 50

Size: 1.7 oz (50.2 ml)
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MD Solar Sciences Mineral Creme SPF 50 is a lightweight, "barely there" sunscreen specifically designed for users looking to offer protection to skin, particularly those who have rosacea-prone and acne-prone skin. The silky smooth product blends in quickly, lasts long and is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. It uses a multitude of antioxidants to deliver your skin perfect coverage for those especially sunny days. Of course, along with all of the products offered by Truth In Aging, our trusted community members have made sure to test and review the MD Solar Sciences Mineral Creme SPF 50, in order to guarantee it will provide you with adequate sun protection and hydration. If you’re on the lookout for the perfect product to deliver nourishment and antioxidants to your skin, shop Truth In Aging today.

MD Solar Sciences Mineral Creme SPF 50 goes on impossibly smoothly, then absorbs into your skin rapidly with a matte finish, giving you a move even-toned appearance. It's enhanced with patented ProVention-R antioxidants, including green tea, cranberry fruit and pomegranate extracts and vitamin C, along with naturally derived mineral UVA-UVB protection to reduce the risk of photo aging and skin cancer. It's all you could want in a sunscreen...and more!

TIA Review by Susan:
I recently tested the MD Solar Sciences Mineral Crème SPF 50, a broad-spectrum UVA-UVB sunscreen formulated for all skin types – though, according to the website, it’s specifically suited for normal to oily, acne-prone or rosacea-prone skin.

Normal to oily acne-prone skin definitely describes me, but I was duly prepared to dislike this product. Yes, it has “good for you” anti-agers: green tea extract, cranberry fruit extract, pomegranate extract and vitamin C. Yes, it also uses barrier sunscreens, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, instead of nasty chemical sunscreens. And, yes, it is free of parabens or other dubious preservatives. Still, I just couldn’t see how I was going to easily work it into my beauty routine.

I like to keep things super simple. The way I see it is, less is more. My routine consists of a serum and a moisturizer/sunscreen that has anti-aging properties and the ability to even skin tone. I decided to try this under various tinted moisturizers, foundations, and powder mineral foundations to see what worked best. My first thoughts were: this product is odorless and glides on super easy. There is no rubbing and rubbing to get the “white” to disappear. The finish is matte, but – and this is a huge but – it feels slick. Really slippery. That would be courtesy of the six silicones in the formula.

Now, I’m not really against silicones; I think they’re rather harmless as they sit on the skin, and they do have some benefits for product performance. On the other hand, I get why Marta doesn’t like them bulking up expensive formulations in place of results-producing actives. In this cream, silicones are what make the titanium dioxide and zinc oxide blend so nicely and evenly over the skin. The negative part about this cream is if your skin tends to veer towards the oily side (like mine does), you may not be keen on the slippery finish. A dusting of powder over it counteracted the slippery finish, but I’m just not big on powdery finishes either and didn’t feel like my skin appeared hydrated enough.

Then it finally dawned on me that this product was like a makeup primer. It won’t really moisturize your face, so you’ll need to put that on, but if you normally use a primer under your foundation, you could use this instead. Indeed, the MD Solar Sciences Mineral Crème worked quite nicely under foundation. It blended smoothly, disguised fine lines, and it was nice to know I was getting some sun protection and antioxidant benefits too. If you’re a regular primer and foundation user, you’ll probably like this.

I, however, do not use primer and foundation on a daily basis, so I wasn’t sure how I would manage testing this for the requisite four weeks. Putting on a “full face” every morning did not fit into my short-and-sweet routine. My skin was looking pretty good though (rather ironically because my pale and sallow skin had gotten a little sun-kissed from morning strolls sans sunscreen… naughty me), so I thought that I would just power through using this alone over a moisturizer to see if I had any negative reactions. I did not breakout, the slick feeling subsided somewhat after about an hour, but what I didn’t count on was this: my skin looked pretty nice throughout the day. I think that the very sheer coating of the zinc oxide and titanium dioxide does have a subtle evening-out effect on the skin and its heavy silicone finish blurs fine lines and fills in enlarged pores.

The bottom line is: this cream works nicely as a primer/sunscreen combo, or even by itself, if you don’t mind silicones and can get past the fact that it doesn’t really blend into skin.

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Reviewed by Susan I recently tested the MD Solar Sciences Mineral Crème SPF 50 ($30 in the shop), a broad-spectrum UVA-UVB sunscreen formulated for all skin types – though, according to the website, it’s specifically suited for normal to oily, acne-prone or rosacea-prone skin. Normal... read more

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5 Reviews
  • May

    (5 out of 5)

    I've been using this for a year and so far I still like it.My dermatologist recommended this.

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  • Gab

    (3 out of 5)

    I bought this a while ago and am just now getting around to reviewing it! I had high hopes for this sunscreen since I'm always sort of casually looking for a mineral sunscreen that will suit me. While I think a lot of people will really like this, it wasn't for me. Here's why.

    The white cast that is so typical of mineral sunscreens is not terrible in this sunscreen. Of all the mineral sunscreens I have tried, this one made me look the least white. However, it still did lighten my face. (My father is a dark-skinned Mexican American while my mom is fair, of German heritage. I fall somewhere in between and have very tan skin.) I think my skin was just too dark for this to work, but I think most people with light to medium skin will be pleased to find it doesn't turn them ghostly.

    I also thought the heavy presence of silicones in the formula felt really strange and slippery on my face. At the same time it made my face feel a little dry. I think for some people the slick, smooth finish would make a good primer for makeup, but it didn't work for my skin. It did settle into the fine lines around my eyes and mouth a little, but not as badly as other mineral sunscreens I've tried.

    A big plus of this sunscreen was that it felt like it stayed on my face all day long, and of course I like that it's mineral not chemical. However, I think for my particular skin color and type it wasn't a great fit.

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  • Colleen

    (5 out of 5)

    I am approaching 60 and still have very oily skin. I've had skin cancer on my face, so a high spf sunscreen is very important to me. I've been using a dry touch chemical sunscreen because I can't stand that oily, weighed down feeling most sunscreens leave me with, but hated the chemicals. MD Solar Sciences Mineral Crème SPF 50 to the rescue! I have good coverage with little to no rubbing, and it makes a great primer for my foundation. I've already ordered my second tube!

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  • Roberta

    (5 out of 5)

    Simply stated, this is the best sunscreen I have ever used. Silky smooth, great coverage, cosmetically elegant. Beats La Roche Posay, Coola, Vichy and all the others...the best. tTry both the mineral, spray, and the sun repair products.

    MDSolarSciences is destined to soar!

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  • Ann

    (5 out of 5)

    I have long avoided using sunscreen on my face due to having rosacea...opting only for makeup with SPF but now that I'm in my 50's Im starting to notice sun spots and keratosis. Both of these conditions require sunscreen to avoid further damage so I gave this one a try. It's silky smooth, completely disappears without too much rubbing and did not irritate my skin. I'm on my second tube...a must try!

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  • Titanium Dioxide 1.5%
  • Zinc Oxide 17%. Dimethicone
  • Dimethicone Crosspolymer
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
  • Glyceryl Isostearate
  • Polyhydroxystearic Acid
  • Silica
  • Butyloctyl Salicylate
  • Polysilicone-15
  • Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer
  • Iron Oxides
  • PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone
  • Triethoxycaprylylsilane
  • Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate
  • Camellia Sinensis (GreenTea) Extract
  • Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract
  • Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract
Apply liberally and uniformly to all exposed areas 15-20 minutes before sun exposure. Rub in well. Reapply often (every 2 hours) and after swimming, excessive perspiration and washing.

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