Reviewed by Chris
I’ve been using Belli Anti-Chloasma Facial Sunscreen SPF 25 for about the past four weeks. I was excited to give it a try because it doesn’t contain any chemical sunscreens, which tend to sting my face. And although the product is aimed at pregnant woman to help prevent against melasma and chloasma, I am not pregnant and not afflicted by either condition, so I cannot speak to that issue.
The Belli sunscreen uses titanium dioxide and zinc oxide exclusively, which are my preferred sunscreen ingredients. The balance of ingredients are not organic (which I do prefer), and I could do without the PEG-100 stearate and the phenoxyethanol , but other than those ingredients I don’t see anything that would throw up a red flag.
The sunscreen is lightly tinted – so lightly tinted that I didn’t think it would do much in the way of coverage or evening out my skin tone. I’m happy to say I was wrong! Surprisingly, the sunscreen did a great job of covering minor imperfections without looking heavy or cakey. I used it over my moisturizer and found that I did not need any foundation – just a light dusting of powder and I’m out the door.
The biggest problem I have with sunscreens is the shiny, “sunscreeny” look that most sunscreens impart. A dusting of powder usually tones down the shine, but I’m happy to report I was shine-free even before using powder.
The Belli sunscreen did a great job of protecting my skin under normal conditions. But I don’t think it holds up well to sweat, as I did notice a little redness on the days that I went on bike rides and got hot and sweaty. I think a water-resistant sunscreen would be a better bet on hot summer days that are spent outside, but for a daily sunscreen/tinted moisturizer, Belli has my vote.
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (7%), Zinc Oxide (5%)
Inactive Ingredients: Water (Deionized), Cyclomethicone, Isopropyl Palmitate, C12 15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerine, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG 100 Stearate, Polyglyceryl 2 Diisostearate, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Sodium PCA, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 20, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Iron Oxides, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Glycereth 2 Cocoate