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Reviewed by Kathy
I recently tested the MD Solar Sciences Mineral Lotion ($34). It is meant for face and body and is a broad spectrum SPF 50 UVA/UVB sunscreen. I have a convertible-top car, so sun protection is important to me, and I wear it faithfully every day. This product did supply excellent protection from burning and did not come off with sweat. It had the added benefit of leaving my skin feeling soft for the remainder of the day.
The formula was developed by dermatologic oncologist, and titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are the active mineral ingredients. It is also enhanced with ProVention-R, a proprietary blend of antioxidants, skin lighteners and hydrators. This made me feel good about putting this on my skin. Instructions say to reapply after 80 minutes of water exposure and at least every two hours of exposure.
All of this was very positive and I should have loved this product – except that it was not a good fit for me. I am almost 50 and my arms have age spots and wrinkly skin. This product is thick like toothpaste and difficult to spread over large areas of skin. It also left a white residue in every tiny crevice of my skin that looked as if I put white powder on my arms and attempted to wipe it off with a towel. It was much better to use on my face, which has smoother skin.
So the bottom line is that this is a product that lives up to all the good things it promises. You must decide for yourself if having a natural product that keeps you safe from the sun as well as leaving your skin soft is worth taking a bit more time to spread it on.
Ingredients: (Active) Titanium Dioxide 3%, Zinc Oxide 15%; (Other) Water, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Octyldodecanol, Quaternium-90 Bentonite, Propylene Carbonate, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polysilicone-15, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin