A week into my trial with Skin2Skin Care Anti-Photoaging Sunscreen, I have learned a few things. Lord knows I need all the help I can get in preventative measures against sun damage. As the consequences of a childhood spent half-naked under the Florida sun are starting to surface in the form of age spots and cancer scares, I have learned this lesson the hard way. Throughout years and years of searching for the perfect daily sunscreen for my sensitive-skinned face, I have encountered mostly shine-eliciting, pore-clogging, chemical-laden lotions. But Skin2Skin Care simplified my quest.

I don't recall ever applying a face sunscreen without needing to dab my T-zone afterward. Even some of my favorite SPF moisturizers, including Eminence Organics Tomato Sun Cream and Juice Beauty SPF 30 Mineral Light Moisturizer, leave behind more morning shine than I'd like. Skin2Skin's tinted sunscreen ($68), on the other hand, spreads on thickly and makes skin appear completely matte, so much so that I can forego my usual powder/bronzer touch-up after moisturizing. Like a heavy-duty foundation, its tinted pigment evens out skin tone and conceals blemishes. In many ways, this sunscreen reminds me of Neocutis Journee Day Cream, minus the fetal skin cells part. Instead of off-putting human growth parts, Skin2Skin has stirred in a whole garden of delightful botanicals.

As with Skin2Skin Care's Anti-Wrinkle Night Recovery cream, you can tell that a great deal of care went into formulating this product. It must be no easy task to come up with a sunscreen that provides sufficient protection from the sun while sticking exclusively to organic ingredients. Skin2Skin's physical sun blockers, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide (each listed with 6% content) are the two most recommended sunscreen agents for reflecting and scattering the dual combination of UVA and UVB rays. This double defense wards off signs of aging inflicted by free radicals, damage to the surface such as burning, and most skin cancers.

As the first ingredient after water, lecithin is an emulsifying, softening substance found in the cells of all living organisms. Comprising 8-9% of egg yolk, lecithin is beneficial in skin products because it replnishes the acid mantle and improves the homeostasis of the skin. Shea butter, jojoba oil, and coconut oil provide extra hydration. Combined with the usual silicone suspects, these ingredients help the lotion glide on the skin for an even distribution.

But therein lies the rub. In spite of its dutiful emollients, the cream tends to make the skin feel dry and cakey after application, leaving your fingers with the impression that they just wrote on a chalkboard. More importantly, the deep tint leaves an indelible souvenir around your hairline and in your eyebrows (much like a self-tanner), which can be dangerous if you (like me) are the type who moisturize on your way out the door. This sunscreen needs to be applied methodically (never has "use in moderation" been so crucial), and probably either preceded or followed by a separate moisturizer to take away the dry sensation. It took me three attempts before I finally achieved an optimal amount and dispersal.

But once I discovered the precise balance of Skin2Skin sunscreen and supplementary hydration, I could not have been happier with the appearance of my skin. It was soft, shine-free, even-toned, and- the best part- fully protected from the sun. Knowing that I was coating my face in a bountiful blanket of botanical extracts like pomegranate, green tea, aloe vera, and yerba mate made my appreciation even stronger. Instead of parabens, mineral oil, chemical sunscreen components or PABA, I was getting only the safest physical sun blockers and a thyme oil-based preservative. Even its color and fragrance are natural. Considering how pure this product is, who cares if you get a bit of brownish goop around your hairline? The sun doesn't discriminate.

Zinc Oxide 6%, Titanium Dioxide 6%

Inactive Ingredients:
Water, Lecithin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Iron Oxide (and) Methicone. O-cymene-5 –ol. (Thyme oil based preservative), Cyclopentasiloxane (and) Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Isododecane (and) Butylene/Ethylene/Propylene Crosspolymer.

Certified Organic Extracts of:
Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry/Loganberry) Leaf, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea), Camellia Oleifera Leaf (Green Tea), Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Rosa Canina (Rose Hips) Seed, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow), Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Sambucus nigra (Elderflower), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Trifolium pratense (Red Clover), Althaea Offinalis (Marshmallow) Root, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) , Macrocystis Pyrifera (Sea Kelp), Panax (Ginseng) Root, Ilex paraguariensis (Yerba Mate), Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack), Malva silvestris (Blue Malva Mallow), Porphyra Yezoensis (Nori), Ginkgo ( Ginkgo Biloba ), Humulus Lupulus (Hops), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit.