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MD Solar Sciences Mineral Screen Gel SPF 30+- reviewed and rejected

May 24, 2012 Reviewed by admin 2 Comments
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
  • June 7, 2012

    by Meredith

    If this sunscreen left that much of a greasy film, and wouldn't soak all the way in- you're using to much! Aside from everything you mentioned in the beginning of your review another benefit of this product is you don't have to use a lot. People are so used to slathering on copious amount of sunscreen, but with MDSolarSciences you only need the amount of a shot glass for your whole body! Next time try using less on your face, and I think you'll really enjoy this product.

    Also, there is a slightly tinted mineral gel, that will give you a little extra bonze in the sun, if you're worried about looking white :)

  • May 24, 2012

    by Marta

    I have to agree with you Lynn. I do regularly use the blue MD Solar Sciences sunscreen, but when I tried this one I got some very odd looks from my husband and felt self-consciously pale and interesting for the rest of the day.

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