When it comes to skin care in general, I prefer products made of natural ingredients that are, where possible, organic. And when it comes to sunscreen, add non-nano zinc to my list of criteria. For my face specifically, I wear tinted suncreens, but they have often left me wanting. They can be too dark, too heavy, too sticky or too shiny, so I was very curious to see how I would do when I was asked to review Mukti's Tinted Moisturizer with Sunscreen ($44.23).
The instructions are to apply it to moisturized skin and two pumps are more than enough to cover my face. It has a mild, fresh fragrance and blends easily. I was overjoyed by its texture: it is light weight, non-sticky and non-greasy, and leaves the skin with a satin finish. I have reapplied it once throughout the day without it becoming thick or caking and creasing, and have experienced no breakouts. Of the two available shades (hopefully, there will be more), I trialled fair. I will admit that, initially, I was a little worried. It has a greyish-mauve tint and my skin has a warm undertone. Luckily, that proved not to be a problem in the least – although the coverage is on the sheer side, it evens out my skin tone. And there is no ghostly pallor as sometimes occurs with zinc-based sunscreens.
Mukti's ingredients impress me quite a bit. As well as being 80% organic, they include some that I seek in my skin care. For instance, my usually-dehydrated, nearly-40-year-old skin responds to products containing high amounts of aloe vera, so I was really pleased to see aloe vera juice as the first ingredient. Vitamin C is also something that I regularly try to include in my skin-care routine and, in this sunscreen, it comes in the form of kakadu plum. As is explained on the Mukti site, this Australian fruit "contains the world's highest concentration of nutrient-available vitamin C ... and stimulates pro-collagen 1 and hyaluronic acid to help reduce wrinkles, improve skin texture and protect against UV related damage." Even though I had heard of it, I was pleasantly surprised to learn of its marvellous benefits. Other ingredients are extracts of green tea and desert lime, another native-to-Australia fruit. I wasn't familiar with the latter, but learnt that, like green tea, it has also been found to have photo-protective properties. To my mind, both seem like great components for enhancing the sunscreen itself.
As for packaging, I adore the miron glass bottle – it is wonderful for preservation without the need for excessive preservatives. That said, its weight could affect portability, though this is simply resolved by decanting some into a smaller container. This product is not waterproof, however, I like that as it removes with minimal effort. The instructions also suggest using this as a primer under liquid or mineral foundations. As I no longer use either, I cannot say how it would perform, but, given its lack of silicone (yay!), I should think that it would make it compatible with other makeup.
From its ingredients to how it wears and feels on the skin, I am delighted with Mukti’s Tinted Moisturizer. In fact, there is nothing about it that I don't like! And I think that it is smartly formulated: while providing protection from the sun, it also cares for the skin. It is a lovely product for daily use and would gladly continue!