I grew up in California, and during my youth I completely burned and tanned my Irish/German-heritage white skin. I was one of those high school kids who would put on baby oil and lay out in the sun praying no wind would sweep up and spray sand on me.

Nevertheless, I have paid the price. Despite starting to use sunscreen diligently in my early 20s, I have had to have several pre-cancerous moles removed. As you can imagine, I’m now obsessive about sunscreen and wear it daily – rain or shine.

I was excited to try out MD Solar Sciences Mineral Screen SPF30+ ($24.95) due to the brand’s claims: great for sensitive skin, paraben free, quick drying, silky feel, won’t clog pores and environmentally friendly. Unfortunately, my experience with the product was less than ideal. It felt like a greasy film when I put it on my face and the smell reminded me of petroleum jelly. It did not soak into my skin within a few minutes and left a white hue/residue on my face. Not a fresh way to start the day. During the day, it eventually soaks in, but personally I couldn’t make this product a part of my skincare regime. I’ve definitely tried other sunscreen products that are much more pleasant.

Active ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 7.7%, Zinc Oxide 3.8%

Inactive ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Stearoxytrimethylsilane, C30-45 Olefin, Phenyl Methicone, Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 Methicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethiconol, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Aluminum Hydroxde, Stearic Acid, Triethoxysilylethyl Polymethylsiloxyethyl Hexyl Dimethicone