Our Rating: 4 stars

Making sure to always use a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen on a daily basis is the most important thing that we can do to preserve and protect our skin. Nowadays, the choices available based on skin-loving active ingredients, the SPF factor and the formula base (mineral, chemical or mixed) are wide and growing at a rapid rate. The plethoric selection of good-quality sunscreens from reputable skincare and cosmetic companies is staggering!

The MD Solar Sciences Mineral Tinted Crème SPF 30 ($30 in the shop) is the first of its kind that I can now say I have personally used and worn on my face and neck areas. Developed and approved by dermatologists, it is non-comedogenic, fragrance free, water resistant (up to 30 minutes) and suitable for all skin types. The active ingredients are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

MD Solar Sciences has created a proprietary blend of antioxidants trademarked as “ProVentin-R,” which has a cutting-edge liposome delivery system, pigment lighteners, biomimetic moisturizers (meaning, based on natural processes found in biological systems), humectants and science-based signaling peptides. Translation summation: this is a hardcore, heavy-hitting anti-aging multitasking sunscreen that is worth checking out. Especially, if you’re a fan of BB creams and fancy a thin and light touch and feel.

I am quite impressed with this product’s ingredients and dynamic anti-aging benefits, as any baby boomer would be.  However, I am not enamored by the tinted color or consistency. I actually prefer a little bit heavier and creamier moisturizing sunscreen — minus the tint. The color is a neutral light beige tone and the product leaves you with a slightly luminous, yet matte finish. The lightness of the fluid (the instructions state to shake the tube before applying) will most certainly appeal to those with younger and/or oilier skin, as well as those mature users who prefer lighter coverage and color. Those who don’t may feel the need to use a foundation layered over it.

A radiant and light-diffusing makeup finish, providing moderate to full coverage, is the signature look that I am always after, so I always use a foundation over my sunscreen. Hence, the reason why I would not choose to use this particular product, but would instead love to try an untinted version. It could possibly be worn over if this product was reformulated with a creamier and more luxurious feel and heavier coverage — along with two or three other color options. For myself, I would need a deeper tone one or two shades darker than this universal one-size-fits-all color. The neutral light beige color is more suitable for those with fair/light to light medium skin tones.

With my sensitive skin and aversion to the unnecessary use of chemicals in all products, I will always opt for a fragrance-free mineral-based sunscreen. Just give me a little extra veil of moisture and thickness to de-age and hide flaws — with or without a correct match of color — and I am super-shielded and good to go!

Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 1.5%, Zinc Oxide 17%. Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Isostearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Silica, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Polysilicone-15, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Iron Oxides, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Camellia Sinensis (GreenTea) Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract