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MDSolarSciences Mineral Screen Tinted Gel SPF 30+

June 9, 2011 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 10 Comments
Reviewed by Kira

I was lucky to receive a full-size tube of MDSolarSciences Mineral Screen Tinted Gel SPF 30+ from Marta. First off, I have to confess a long-standing "hate-hate" (no love here!) relationship with sunscreens. And now that I decided to embark on Obagi journey, it becomes more complicated than ever: the infamous Obagi program intentionally causes some major peeling, sensitivity and redness BUT requires abstaining of any kind of moisturizers. That's right, you have to embrace your "outer" lizard in hopes of a smoother skin in the future! So the only sunscreen that I ever could stick to with any kind of consistency - the Marie Veronique SPF 30 Moisturizer - is not quite optimal in this regard since it is loaded with moisturizing and nourishing ingredients. I informed Marta about my specific needs and sensitivities and received my new favorite SPF that actually delivers:

- it is a mineral based and contains Titanium Dioxide 7.7% and Zinc Oxide 3.8%

- feels light on the skin and doesn't have moisturizing ingredients

- is tinted hence covers any of my skin imperfections or redness

- does not aggravate skin sensitivity and doesn't cause clogged pores

- I didn't personally test it in the water but it is labeled waterproof!

I was especially impressed with a concept of a Sunscreen Gel as opposed to a moisturizer or cream, and this is the first of any that I know of to offer SS in this lighter delivery form. But the funny thing is that as curious as I am regarding new skin care products, I would NEVER buy this Sun Screen myself since I am quite a picky ingredient reader and this product is based on Dimethicone and other silicones which I have always been told are not suited for the skin that is prone to blackheads and acne. I tried it only because I was a) desperate and b) received it from beloved TIA - which together is enough to take a gamble.

First impression - the heavenly smooth consistency of a thick gel that somehow just melts into skin, and despite of the Dimethicone and other silicones being used as a base doesn't leave your feeling suffocated. Of course I was highly suspicious of the claim on the box that reads "Non-comedogenic" since I have always been told that the silicone containing products are not suited for the skin that is prone to blackheads and acne. But surprise-surprise! The dreaded silicones failed to cause any negative impact on my skin, which makes me think that I either have to be more open-minded about this ingredient, or that the MDSolar Sciences company came up with a unique formulation...or both! Ironically, many of the so-called "all-natural" brands that I was proudly seeking out before have often caused this casualties for my skin...go figure!

As for the tint, the Gel provides a velvety smooth cover of a rather universal medium shade which I suspect can nicely match a broad variety of skin tones - it certainly gave my light olive skin a very much welcomed healthy color boost.

Rounding up this review up, I would like to mention that my Mineral Screen package came with the SolaAlert UV index card (they also sell UV Index Wristband on the web-site) which can help you to determine the immediate level of exposure according to your skin type. And while I never used the card, it is just another sign of how seriously the MDSolar Sciences takes the sun protection. From the web-site: it is a "physician driven primary skin cancer prevention company" which "recognizes the need for a broad range of state-of-the-science and state-of-the-art ultraviolet radiation protection products" and that has a whole Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) on board!

Would be great to hear from any TIA readers that may have used this Gel or any other MDSolar Sciences products.

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

Other 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 Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Hexyl Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylsilane, Iron Oxides
  • July 8, 2011

    by June

    Kira, this comment refers to your Obaji journey. I am a current Obaji user too. For my previous face routine, I always used a face brush (wooden handle w/ natural bristles) whenever I used the cleanser. So I continued that routine with the Obaji cleanser, both morning and night. It removes the aligator scaly look for a smooth look for several hours before it scales up again.

  • June 15, 2011

    by Tracy

    I like the Tizo3 mineral sunscreen. Also got a great feel going on, and the tint, while on the darker side, is great for my medium asian skin. And while terribly acne prone, hasn't broken me out.

    But, I'm very interested in trying these 2 out.

  • June 10, 2011

    by Gloria

    Thank you for everyone's input. I have a day off today and I will spend some time checking these out. Just love sopping for me!

  • June 9, 2011

    by Kira

    I am glad that my review was helpful you guys, the search for the perfect SS is truly eternal:-)) I certainly liked this one enough to repurchase, which only happened to me once(!) before in regards to SS ( Marie Veronique), so may be I will take advantage of some discount offers posted on their web-site and try the SPF 50+ - thanx to Sunday's comment above :-)
    Vanessa, are you also using the SPF 30+ as well?
    Gloria and Jennifer, it is so hard to find and recommend a great matching tint, I tried many and was never too happy... Other than this new Tinted Mineral Gel, I will keep using my favorite Marie Veronique after I am done with Obagi... Actually, I think you may want to try their lightest tint - I find it to be very adjustable and the quality is just superb. It is pretty expensive, but does last me a while. OK, I will have to restrain myself from writing a review on it right here and now, but it contains 20% of non-nano Zinc...enough said:-)
    Pinky, thnx for reminding about the trick of mixing products...I used to do this when I had some unsuitable tints, and another thing I got into is dusting some mineral make-up to correct the shade...

  • June 9, 2011

    by Vanessa

    I love this sunscreen! it's the perfect tint and great to put on under makeup.

  • June 9, 2011

    by Sunday

    Well that's 3 for 3 for MD Solar Sciences!

    Nice review Kira and I agree about your "First impression – the heavenly smooth consistency of a thick gel that somehow just melts into skin,"

    The feel of the Sensitive Formula SPF 50+ was absolutely Lovely!

  • June 9, 2011

    by Jennifer

    Thanks for the review! I am looking for an ideal tinted face sunscreen, so may have to try this one...AND the Arcona Reozone product that Ravon recommends!

  • June 9, 2011

    by Pinky

    Gloria, I have the same problem, I bought a mineral sunscreen from E.Arden in the lightest shade, and it was still too dark. Rather than return it I started mixing it with John Masters Organic mineral sunscreen - it's white and tones the tint down. It worked, but I'm still on the lookout for a solution.

  • June 9, 2011

    by Ravon

    I suggest Arcona Reozone SPF 40. Active ingredients are 9% Titanium Dioxide and 6% Zinc Oxide. It does have a silicone base but feels lovely on the skin. It is the best tinted sunscreen I have tried.

  • June 9, 2011

    by Gloria

    I am looking for the best sunscreen for my fair complexion that has some tint and I find most of the tinted ones are too dark for my skin. I tried the Revsion Inellishade with SPF 45 and it was a little too dark. I do like a high SPF and the ingredients sound pretty good. Are there any other recommendations as far as some color with an SPF for fair skin?
    Great review Kira.

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