Reviewed by Ann

I have always tried to avoid freckling and excessive tanning. I have never liked the dry and tight feeling my skin has after spending an afternoon “laying out” (as we used to refer to it here in the Midwest). I’m working hard to minimize my wrinkles and aging, so protection is more important than ever. It’s a struggle to find a sunscreen that won’t actually do damage, that is not greasy or cloudy and that doesn’t clog your pores.

One afternoon while shopping at Whole Foods I came across a skincare line called MyChelle. The company’s mission is to provide results-driven, non-toxic skincare. And I strive to find and use the same! Its creams, serums and toners contain some cutting-edge ingredients, such as spin trap and Matrixyl, and the prices are only in the double digits.

One of the items I opted to try was the MyChelle Sun Shield SPF 28. It blocks UVA and UVB rays with physical sunscreen ingredients titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. The zinc is manufactured in a trademarked fashion known as “ZinClear.” Whatever the process is, it does mostly remove the chalkiness and all of the heaviness from the product; the cream is thick, but easily spreadable. It is odorless and dispenses easily from a standard tube. It sinks in and does not leave a cast or a greasy feeling on your skin. I use this all over my face, around my eyes, on my neck and on my hands and arms. It is non-irritating and actually moisturizing. There are no problems layering it over serums and other moisturizers. I also can re-apply during the day and it doesn’t build up.

While there are a few fillers, everything is plant based and mostly organic. The worst ingredient was cetearyl alcohol, but in this product, it is processed using organic coconuts. How bad can that be?

Another sunscreen product I would recommend is the Boscia BB Cream SPF 27 PA++ ($38). FYI: the “PA++” is the Japanese rating for UVA blocking. Three pluses is the highest rating. I like and have used many Boscia products. The company says everything is made in a “clean” room and is untouched until you squeeze it out of the tube. There is minimal use of chemicals and there are no preservatives in the products. However, as I've aged, the ingredients just aren’t potent enough. This formulation has a few dimethicones, but nothing really offensive. It has some nice moisturizers, including allantoin, with arbutin for whitening and brightening.

When I first received a sample of this, I hated it. It was gray and gloopy. I used it on its own and it sat on my face and left it feeling as if I were wearing a greasy mask. I tossed the sample back in the drawer and forgot about it. Then I bought a PaloVia laser ($499) and had those sore scorch marks around my eyes. I didn’t like applying makeup to the raw skin, and I remembered that BB creams were developed for women to use after “procedures” (Does the PaloVia count as a procedure?). So I dug my sample out from the back of the drawer. This time, I applied all my regular skincare products and used the BB cream simply as a sunscreen and concealer. Applying it this way was the secret!

The thin cream has a strange texture. It’s almost like thick, separating salad dressing. It comes in a tube and you squirt out a blob, then dab it on and gently rub it in. Out of the tube, it is more of a brown color, but I find it melts in to match my skin tone, while lightly concealing small blemishes and the red marks left by the laser. I find it so soothing and cooling. The red disappears and it really softens and moisturizes those dry “stamps.” While I am not blemish-prone, when the occasional one does flare up, this cream is non-irritating and healing. I have also found there is a minimal lightening of dark spots and evening of skin tone. Layering it with my regular products, and not expecting it to do everything, I find the finish more matte and dewy, not greasy. It does rub off on tissues and napkins, but if I touch my face I don’t take anything away, and it doesn’t leave marks on my clothes.

While this is not the far-reaching, one product that will do everything, I do find it has a place on my counter. It does triple-duty as a sunscreen, soothing moisturizer and gentle makeup. I’ll rely on other things for more anti-aging benefits.

Ingredients in MyChelle Sun Shield: Active: 11.6% Zinc Oxide (ZinClear™), 0.67% Titanium Dioxide; Inactive: Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut)**, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate (Coconut Oil), Glycerin (Vegetable)*, Cetearyl Alcohol (Coconut)**, Cetearyl Glucoside (Coconut)**, Squalane (Spanish Olive), Gluconolactone**, Dicaprylyl Ether (Coconut Oil/Palm Kernel Oil)**, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Fructooligosaccharides (D-Beta) (NutraFlora®), Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Allantoin (Comfrey Root), Glyceryl Isostearate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate (Vegetable), Polysorbate 60, Xanthan Gum (Fermented Sugar), Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Alumina, Simethicone, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate**. (*Certified Organic)

Ingredients in Boscia BB Cream: Active: Titanium Dioxide 6.4%; Inactive: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Sodium PCA, Glycereth-26, Dimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, Arbutin, Beta-Glucan, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Methylsilanol Hydroxyproline Aspartate, Panthenol, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Phenyl Trimethicone, Acrylates/Dimethicone Coploymer, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Adenosine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Butylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG/PPG-20/15 Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Alumina, Mica, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Iron Oxide (C.I. 77499), Iron Oxide (C.I. 77491), Iron Oxide (C.I. 77492)