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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.