I wear sunscreen every day. It’s an essential part of my skincare routine.
I’ve been using chemical (as opposed to physical) sunscreens for years, but I’ve recently discovered that chemical sunscreens degrade quickly on the skin and can be absorbed into the bloodstream leading to hormone disruption (see Jen’s post here for further scary and useful info). I decided to switch to physical sunscreens immediately, as they provide better sun protection and won’t leech into my bloodstream. The downside is that physical sunscreens can be thick to apply and leave a white cast on the skin.
Consequently, I spent hours reading reviews and consulting the Environmental Working Group website trying to work out which sunscreens would be kind to my skin and offer decent sun protection. The Environmental Working Group organisation is made up of scientists, engineers, and policy experts who test each product individually and have created the most objective sunscreen guide around, so this was the most useful single tool in my research. I compiled a list of physical sunscreens I wanted to try, but the one that stood out to me was the Moisturising Face Screen SPF 30 from Marie Veronique Organics .
Given my less than happy experience with Invisible Zinc, I emailed Marie Veronique Organics and asked for a sample of their Moisturising Face Screen. They very generously sent me samples of their Moisturising Face Screen SPF 30 (No Tint), as well as the Moisturising Face Screen SPF 30 (Light Tint), Anti-Aging Oil, and Exfoliating Cleanser. I’ve reviewed each of the products here, and for clarity, I’ve divided each into subheadings below:
I love this sunscreen, but at first I didn’t.
I have quite dry skin, and I tried applying it half-way through the day, which meant that it went on thick and streaky on my dryish skin.
However, by applying a small amount straight after I apply my moisturiser, there is enough slip to give a smooth, even coverage, and it is super easy to apply. You only need a thin layer of this sunscreen for it to be effective too. I’m thrilled that it doesn’t dry out my skin (even under the eyes!) and doesn’t budge for the whole day. As it adheres so well and sits so closely to the skin, you will need a makeup remover to take it off.
If you are applying foundation over the top of this sunscreen, you will need to do so immediately otherwise it won’t spread evenly. This doesn’t really bother me though, as I usually do my ‘base’ in one go anyway. As the sunscreen itself lends some coverage to the skin, you may have to use less of your usual foundation. I don’t find that it disrupts the application of blush, highlighter or powder to the skin at all.
No breakouts, no redness. This sunscreen is brilliant, and has become a staple in my daily routine. I love wearing a sunscreen that actually works.
Moisturisng Face Screen SPF 30 (Light Tint) applied
Artful application of Ellis Faas concealer (S102) to further hide sun-damaged skin
Application of Becca SkinTint in ‘Watermelon’ for blush
The entire look
I wasn’t particularly interested in trying this tint, but I’m *so* glad it was sent to me.
It has all the properties of the sunscreen I mentioned above, but with a tint to even out imperfections in the skin. Like the sunscreen, I apply it straight after my moisturiser, and it’s great when I’m in a hurry. Coverage is light to medium, so I need some strategic concealer when wearing this one. The finish reminds me a lot of Chanel’s Mat Lumiere Foundation: matte but with a ‘glow’ to it. I love that it doesn’t budge at all and works well with any makeup.
As this only comes in a Light or Medium tint, you might be stuck for colour choice if you fall outside that range. It’s worth picking up if you can get a colour match though.
I’m not surprised that people rave about this oil. If you’ve used facial oils, you’ll know that they can sometimes be a bit thick and take a while to sink in. Not this one. As soon as you apply, it sinks straight into the skin, and provides an instant pick-me-up. It’s rare to use a product that makes your skin look instantly better, but this is one. It’s an absolute pleasure to wear:
The oil has an orange tint to it which disappears when rubbed into the skin:
Whilst I’m not in love with the smell, this is a really effective exfoliator.
I alternate between chemical and physical exfoliants, and this product leaves my skin smooth and ready for the next product in my routine. I particularly like using it before I apply the Anti-Aging Oil. Utter bliss for a winter-ravaged skin. I use the exfoliating cleanser about 1 – 2 times per week.
So, what started out as a quest for a sunscreen that worked, turned into the discovery of a fantastic range of ethical products.
If you’re after a brilliant sunscreen, or are interested in niche, ethical brands, check out Marie Veronique Organics.