I will start off by saying that I am definitely a tough customer when it comes to my skin care regime. I want scientific research and a plethera of antioxidants and other skin-beneficial ingredients. I am 34 and luckily I learned in my teens that the MOST important of all the anti-aging ingredients is broad-spectrum SPF. I remember going to ask (even high-end) makeup counters whether their sunscreen was “broad spectrum” and either getting the blank stare or an emphatic “yes.” I would follow the latter answer with “Oh, so it contains Parsol 1789, zinc or titanium dioxide?” (this question was coming from a 15-year-old), but that usually led to me quickly being ushered along.
So began my lifelong obsession with sunscreen and all things combining science and skincare. My skin now thanks me for it and hopefully will continue to do so. I gave this preface because I love the fact that Arcona Reozone 40 ($22) uses a broad spectrum, fragrance-free, non-animal tested formula with zinc and titanium dioxide. It provides a physical barrier which is nice because unlike chemical barriers, they can just be thoroughly rubbed in and do not require 30 minutes to be “active.” This is also nice because the physical barriers were gentle and non-stinging, even on this Chicago winter-weary skin. The formula is so light it almost feels whipped and has a dash of color to it, which provided a nice base for my foundation.
My skin care regime is actually pretty extensive and includes many items from a line called Paula’s Choice. I use this line because, like Arcona, the items are fragrance-free, not tested on animals, environmentally friendly and there is independent research behind the claims. I use a toner, a serum with vitamin C, ferulic acid and vitamin E, an antioxidant serum, a lotion with idebenone, dioic acid and other antioxidants, as well a thick layer of broad spectrum SPF 45 sunscreen.
I used the Arcona Reozone 40 as a replacement to my normal primer with SPF. I usually apply SPF all over my face, neck, décolletage and hands and did not want to put a tinted sunscreen over all these areas. Additionally, I like to use my sunscreen liberally and this seemed a bit too pricey (and small) to do so. I enjoyed the light-as-air texture and used it for touch ups during the day, and it was nice to be able to touch up my makeup as well as sunscreen protection. The only downside I saw was that at that price point, they should have included a range of antioxidants to improve upon the ability of the product to protect the skin from the sun and the environment. Plus, with such a generous sunscreen level of 40, the antioxidants could actually repair the skin while making it more luminescent.
I am a huge fan of Truth In Aging. As I mentioned at the beginning of my review, I have always strived to be at the cutting edge of what science and research is available to us consumers. I love Consumer Reports, Angies’ List and other such sites for other parts of my life, but for beauty and anti-aging, I use Truth In Aging and Beautypedia as my main sources and dabble across several other sites.