Back in the Caribbean, I was surprised how hot it was in May. Well, maybe not surprised, as I'm in the gorgeous island of Grenada... here the temperature stays a steady 80 degrees year-round but I didn't know what to expect considering I haven't been to the Caribbean outside of fall/winter. Grenada is so close to the equator that you can break out into a lovely sweat just sitting on your balcony, or do a fire dance on the hot sand. The sun is remarkably hot but I love it. What I don't love? Sunburns. And who does? The pinching of skin, the strange color of grapefruit that pains when touched. Not to mention you surrender any time back in the sun as your skin literally burns.
This time around, for protection, I tried Murad Waterproof Sunblock SPF 30. Murad is a top, international brand known for its philanthropic ways, giving back to the community. Launched by Dr. Murad himself, the products are mostly concentrated on anti-aging treatments (he pioneered the use of alpha hydroxy acids in skincare products back in 1989) and is a leader of patents.
The sunblock comes in nice golden packaging with red strips. It's classic; I like it. What I like more than the packaging is the product itself. It's not gooey or sloppy. It actually applied very nicely and quite smooth. It also had a nice, fresh, herbal/citrus-y fragrance, thanks to the oils included like grapefruit, rosewood, geranium, lavender and thyme.
I wanted to test the "waterproof" element. I've tried sunscreens that literally oil up the pool, stain the sunbeds and sweat off your body as soon as you're out. After thirty minutes of application, I went for a rather lengthy swim. When I got out, it was as if nothing was on my body. No dripping, smearing or melting. Success. In fact, the sunscreen continued to block the sun. Very impressive.
It's marketed with pomegranate extract as a top ingredient. We all love pomegranate, which promotes skin regeneration and has calming qualities. So even if I baked in the sun for hours, the pomegranate was a "bonus" for protection. I was also impressed that it had rice amino acids, which has moisturizing qualities. There's also grape seed extract: studies have shown it helps protect against ultraviolet damage.
Not bad. I like it, even if one tube is not enough for four days of this hot hot sun!
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 2.0%, Homosalate 6.5%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5.0%, Oxybenzone 4.0%
Other Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Sodium Dihydroxycetyl Phosphate, Dicaprylyl Maleate, Cocoglycerides, Cetyl Alcohol, Isostearic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Punica Granatum Extract, Chitosan Ascorbate, Zinc Aspartate, Lysine Lauroyl Methionate, Rice Amino Acids, Stearyl Dimethicone, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Palmitoyl Hydroxypropyltrimonium Amylopectin/Glycerin Crosspolymer, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Glycolipids, Sodium Hyaluronate, Silica, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Aminomethyl Propanol, Disodium EDTA, Melanin, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Oil