By Linda (visit her website SheSez.com
I recently stopped by a La Jolla Pharmaca - the new chain that bills itself as an Integrative Pharnacy and tries to steer away from sunscreens where the active ingredients are absorbed into the skin. Instead, they look for sunscreens that use natural preservatives like Vitamin E and have either titanium or zinc oxide as ingredients.
Two favorites: Badger Sunscreen, SPF 30 is for the body and is 20% zinc oxide ($14 for 2.9 fluid ounces). Juice Beauty Mineral Moisturizer, a tinted moisturizer with SPF 20 for the face. It has 6.6% titanium dioxide ($30 for 2 fluid ounces). Another thing you can do is wear sunscreen in your make up such as the mineral based powder by Jane Iredale with titanium and zinc oxide.
My step-father recently turned me on to a sunscreen - that has a high concentration of zinc oxide that I really like. It's a zinc oxide, but instead of that pasty white film that makes me look like my surfer son, it is clear and you can't see it at all on your skin. It's called Dermatone Z-cote and it's primarily for lips and face. It's $6 for a little lip balm sized tin.
Ingredients in Badger
Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (20.5%) (sunscreen); Inactive Ingredients: Oliva Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Auranitium Dulcis (Blood Orange) Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Co2 Extract, Tanacetum Annuum (Blue Tansy) Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil
Ingredients in Juice
Pyrus Malus Juice (Apple*), Vitis Vinifera Juice (White Grape*), Punica Granatum Juice (Pomegranate*), Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice (*), Cucumis Sativa (Cucumber) Fruit Extract (Cucumber*), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Green Tea*), Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Sunflower*), Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Capric/Caprylic Stearic Triglyceride, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium PCA, Hyaluronic Acid, Phospholipids, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Allantoin, Cera Alba (Beeswax) (Beeswax*), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Mica, Iron Oxides (Mineral Tints), Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Limonene, Linalool, Farnesol, Geraniol, Eugenol, Citrus Aurantium (Petitgrain), Cinnamomum Camphora (Ho Wood), Citrus Reticulata Pure Essential Oils (Mandarin)