Elena Rubin Carpe Diem 1.0 oz
For someone who pays a reasonable amount of attention to her skincare, I am not as consistent about using sun protection as I should be, particularly during the winter months. TIA asked me to test the Elena Rubin's Carpe Diem (good name!) SPF 28 Protecting Day Lotion ($49) back in late January, and I was slow getting started. Which is too bad, because now that I’ve used it for over a month, I think this lotion rates very high marks and is particularly well-suited for everyday use.

This is, of course, a mineral (physical) sunblock, and it’s delivered in a pleasantly textured unscented lotion that isn’t too thick, tacky or greasy – though mineral sunscreens often are. They’re also known to leave a chalky white residue that is slow to absorb. Elena Rubin’s Carpe Diem didn’t have that heavy feel, and though it does have a white cast as it goes on, it absorbs quickly and feels moisturizing (as you’d guess from the ingredients list).

I’ve been using Carpe Diem over moisturizers and (sometimes) under makeup in cold late-winter New York, the reason why I can appreciate its advantages. One reason I don’t use sunblock every day the way I know I should is that it doesn’t always layer well; too thick to use with day creams, or oily (or even pilly) under makeup. I had no such problems with Carpe Diem. While in an outdoor setting and in summer weather none of this would be an issue, Carpe Diem is easier to use than a heavier product in these circumstances.

Elena Rubin’s Carpe Diem isn’t inexpensive, but being able to layer it is a real plus – and I would also guess that it would be nice on its own when the weather turns hot and humid. As a point of reference, I’ve used another one of TIA’s finds, Suntegrity regularly for the last few years and while it was more moisturizing, it is also much thicker (it’s probably also more appealing to purists). But I think that the Elena Rubin product plays very well with others, which makes it a real find for those whose everyday life isn’t outdoors.

Active Ingredients: 11.6% Zinc Oxide, 0.67% Titanium Dioxide

Other Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Coco- Caprylate/Caprate, Glycerin, Squalane, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Gluconolactone, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Alumina, Simethicone, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Fructooligosaccharides, Tocopheryl Acetate (D-alpha), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Sodium Benzoate, Polysorbate 60, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Potassium Sorbate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tropolone