I love when a skin care product actually does what it promises. I approach all of my new products with childlike excitement, but I often come crashing down when it disappoints. It’s a vicious cycle of excitement, hope and utter letdown.
Such is the case with the Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen for Body SPF 30 ($24 in theshop). I've yet to hit the 35-years-old mark. As an Esthetician, I like natural skin care products. I also know the effects of the sun on our skin and how powerful zinc oxide is in counteracting harmful sunrays. And as someone with a marketing background, I know skin care hype. However, not all skin care products are hype, and getting the right formula for zinc oxide that offers sufficient protection while still blending into the skin. It is a challenging mineral to formulate stylishly. (Unless you like that white nose look during your day running around in the sun.)
I have been using Suntegrity consistently for the past 30 days. Every time I left the house for a day of prolonged sun exposure, I used this product as my go-to sun block. So, I will start with the likes and positive truth of my experience. It has a nice citrus fragrance. It has zinc oxide as the only active ingredient. It has a very sweet “Why I made this product” sentence on the front of the tube. (Endearing marketing that made me say, “Awwww”).
Now, let’s get to why I disliked this product. First and foremost, after about 30 minutes in the sun, I began to feel the intensity of the sunrays. (Yes, that means it’s time to reapply…but after 30 minutes? Really? Two hours is usually the norm for chemical and some mineral sun blocks). Secondly, the formulation of zinc oxide enhanced my wrinkles and the pigmentation of my skin. (Not all zinc oxides will do this) What do I mean by that? I mean, when I spread this onto my legs and arms, my skin wrinkles and “chicken skin” bumps were clearly seen. I didn’t like this -- I use skin care products to look better, not to have my flaws brightened by a thin white, paste. Plus, the thin white paste would begin to crease and make white lines upon my body. No, I don’t know how, but that’s what began to happen consistently upon my use. And lastly, for whatever reason, the bottle itself began to change colors, fade and the lettering on the tube disappeared the more I handled the tube. As much as I wanted this to give me that amazing product high this was not the case.