A few weeks ago my very best friend Alyssa came to visit me from LA.  And, of course, one of our favorite rituals is a very girlie game of show and tell. I wanted her Sweedish Hasbeen clogs, she wanted my Rebecca Minkoff sample sale bag… blah blah blah. We do, at times, become girlie clichés, which is only reinforced in the bathroom as we dig through each other’s makeup bags and product stashes, oohing and ahhing.

I was immediately drawn to a quite beautiful and elegant bottle in her little toiletry bag. It was DeVita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30+, which she insisted I try. I have very fair skin, so it’s important I wear sunscreen every day. But to be honest, I hate the way it often makes me feel like I have an unbreathable, somewhat sweaty, seal on my face.  Alyssa said this one is ultra light, so I was excited to give it try.

I should start by saying that DeVita is an all-natural brand, that sources “the very best organic Aloe Vera (the base for most all of their formulations), the finest essential oils, the purest plant and fruit extracts, the richest emollients, and the safest, most advanced anti-aging cosmeceuticals.” And they never use parabens, phthalates, fragrance, or chemicals.  The main sunscreen ingredient is micronized zinc oxide 19%. I know there’s all sorts of debate about micronized ingredients. And honestly, I don’t know enough about the facts to truly have an educated opinion. However, if this means anything to anyone, it does say on the package, “Not a nanotechnology product. Average particle size is 250 nm.”  The rest of the ingredients are harmless, if not healing. The first is the wonderful skin soother, organic aloe vera gel. There’s also super hydrating hyaluronic acid, as well as vitamin E and grape seed extract, making it a quite nourishing moisturizer.

Once again, Alyssa is right.  DeVita’s feather light sunscreen dries quickly and is not greasy at all. It feels super nice on, and makes for a great daytime moisturizer.  It’s formulated for sensitive skin, which I have. And I must say, it hasn’t been at all irritating - I ordered a bottle soon after she left!  Even though we are transitioning into fall, and many days (like today) can be quite over cast, it’s still really important to wear a sunscreen – everyday. Remember, it’s the day-to-day exposure to the sun that can really have a long-term effect on your skin. Not just those lazy summer days at the beach.

Active Ingredients: Micronized Zinc oxide 19%.

Inactive Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (organic aloe vera gel), Purified Water (aqua), Capric/caprylic triglycerides (derived from coconut oil), Glycerin (vegetable), Hyaluronic acid (vegan source), Glyceryl stearate SE (derived from vegetable oil), Stearic acid, Lecithin phospholipid, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Allantoin, Vitis vinifera (grape) seed extract.