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