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Suntegrity All Natural Moisturizing Face Protection SPF30- reviewed and recommended

Reviewed by Marta February 14, 2011 30 Comments

Pros

Doubles as a moisturizer

Cons

Thick consistency, especially for oily skin
Protects skin from the sun with an antioxidant kick

When Emily wrote about her experience with COOLA sunscreen, I was contacted by several sunscreen makers who wanted to tout their supposedly all-natural-do-no-evil-wares. I’m particularly persnickety about sunscreens, but one of the companies caught my attention, Suntegrity, and I agreed to try a sample of its Suntegrity All Natural Moisturizing Face Protection SPF30 ($45 in the shop). Not only is this a rare sun protector that is based only on zinc oxide (no titanium dioxide and certainly no chemical sunscreens here), but – and I know that all you other antioxidant-files out there are going to be as excited as I was – it comes with astaxanthin.

Since I have been testing this in wintry New York, I can’t vouch for Suntegrity’s ability to get between me and tropical rays. Still, there is such a thing as snow glare and I would say that, for starters, Suntegrity does its job. However, I was more worried about the texture and how comedogenic it might prove to be. This is a rather thick cream and if I am completely honest I’d prefer the consistency to be a little lighter. In the ruthless pursuit of science, I slathered it on to my nose for several days and was pleasantly surprised to find that it did not block or further enlarge the pores there.

The slight chalkiness that is typical of mineral sunscreens is evident for only a few moments and then seems to fade. Although now I am inspired by Arandjel’s idea of mixing a little ColoreScience powder with it. Wear this over your serum and you won't need an additional moisturizer thanks to the aloe and hyaluronic acid.

The nicest thing about applying Suntegrity All Natural Moisturizing Face Protection SPF30 is that you get to think about some of the good things it is adding to your skin. Top of that list is, of course, astaxanthin, a dark red cartenoid pigment that is present, amongst other things, in salmon. A radical scavenger, analyses have shown that astaxanthin is also an efficient absorber of specific ultraviolet sunlight rays that may contribute to skin aging and cancer. It gets an antioxidant boost from red algae and pomegranate.

Suntegrity was founded by Tricia Trimble, who lost her mom to skin cancer. Not surprisingly then, she has striven to create a product that is effective and safe – even down to her choice of preservatives. Polyaminopropyl biguanide, a disinfectant that is used in contact lens solutions, is one of the most benign and is enhanced by ethylhexylglycerin, which can be an irritant but is otherwise considered safe.

Suntegrity also makes a body sunscreen and a vitamin D-based supplement. And while you are on the website, check out Tricia’s mom’s hairdo.

ACTIVE INGREDIENT: Zinc oxide 20%

INGREDIENTS: Water (Purified), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Capric Caprylic Triglycerides, Sorbitan Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Jojoba Oil, Cetyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt), Sunflower Oil, Cucumber Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Tea-Oil Camellia, Pomegranate Oil, Red Algae Extract, Astaxanthin, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Essential Oil, Citrus Reticulata Blanco (Tangerine) Essential Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Essential Oil, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide*, Ethylhexylglycerin* *Paraben-free anti-microbial agent.

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  • January 11, 2013

    by Michael Mann

    Oh, and this sunblock also did not irritate my sensitive Rosacea skin!

  • January 11, 2013

    by Michael Mann

    I am very happy with this sunblock- it's surprisingly light, goes on smooth, smells good, and the primer gives my skin a nice radiance.

  • May 31, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi Elena, Suntegrity uses 20% non-nano zinc oxide and it is uncoated. This is what Suntegrity says about being uncoated: "Suntegrity uses uncoated zinc oxide because it is very therapeutic to the skin. Uncoated zinc oxide is the main ingredient used in Calamine lotion and baby diaper rash creams, and it also an ingredient often found in rosacea, melasma and acne treatments."

    Companies like Suntegrity and Badger believe that their particles are larger and therefore less reactive, and are counter-balanced by antioxidants.

    As for the essential oils, there is so much conflicting information on this that I'll have to do some deeper research.

  • May 30, 2012

    by elena

    Hi Marta,
    is Suntegrity's zinc oxide coated? Many sources recommend coating as it prevents breakdown and thus, formation of free radicals. Also, I'm concerned about the sweet orange, grapefruit and tangerine essential oils. Aren't they supposed to be phototoxic?

  • May 17, 2012

    by Kim

    Suntegrity looks like it is on the right track ~ I hope these "toxic" items Erik Kreider mentions are removed or replaced - he is right about being vigilant about other ingredients we don't research. Relying on the maker to assure us their products are "Good" for us is not smart or healthy in many cases !

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