Mineral sunscreens are fantastic. They provide sun protection for sensitive skin, you can layer them on top of chemical sunscreen for bulletproof protection, they’re matte and often times they contain enough zinc to actively help calm acne or redness prone skin.
Sounds great, right? Well the one major drawback of mineral sunscreens is that in general they tend to be either very thick, very white or in the worst case scenario; both.
Enter the Invisible Zinc Tinted Daywear. A fantastic mineral sunscreen with a little bit of tint in it so that it doesn’t look white on your skin. I bought this about 2 weeks ago now and can firmly say it’s one of my favourite sunscreens, read on to find out why!
Invisible Zinc is THE cult natural sunscreen brand in Australia, where a glaring sun and outdoor lifestyle means their sunblock technology is extremely advanced. Tinted Daywear SPF 30+ is a multi-tasking, tinted moisturiser with 3 essential benefits. More than just mineral makeup, this sheer foundation enhances and evens out your complexion, moisturises and provides the best Zinc sunblock we have found for natural, broad spectrum UVA, UVB SPF 30+ protection everyday.
I’m going to tackle the review in sections:
Protection – This contains about 18% Zinc which gives this sunscreen a superb level of UVA/UVB protection. In addition to that, the high levels of zinc make it great for soothing acne or rosacea prone skin; you might find your skin looking and feeling a lot calmer after a day of wearing this stuff.
Texture and Finish – Like most mineral sunscreens, this has quite a rich cream texture. When you first apply it, it feels a little bit heavy and looks a tiny bit shiny. However once you’re done massaging the product into your skin, it dries down to a matte finish (that lasts!). It does still feel a tiny bit heavy on the face (even though it doesn’t look it) but that’s a price you have to pay when it comes to mineral sunscreen. This is also waterproof so it won’t go anywhere during the day and needs to be properly removed at night (I recommend washing twice or using an oil-based cleanser).
Colour – I have this in the colour Medium/Tan which is perfect for me and my darker, tanned skin. There is also a Light/Medium if you have pale to lightly tanned skin. The best thing about this is that the tint is very very sheer so you don’t have to get an exact colour match as the shades are quite forgiving. Just apply, blend away and it’ll pretty much look invisible – very very natural looking and undetectable even with a magnifying mirror.
I’ve included a few pictures (you can click to enlarge) to show you the colour and coverage. As you can see, once it’s on you can barely tell I have anything on my skin apart from the fact that the skin tone on my hand is slightly more even looking. It doesn’t cover the veins on my hands and it won’t cover anything like vivid redness, pimples or acne scars. It’s just a very very light wash of barely-there colour that makes the sunscreen go on without a white cast.
How to use it – Squeeze out the appropriate amount, dot it all over your face and blend it away with your fingers just like a regular sunscreen. Make sure to blend this downwards under your chin too. Finish by patting your face all over with the flats of your fingers to make sure you have an even application all over.
Since this is a matte finish sunscreen, you probably won’t like this if you have dry skin. In fact it may make dry skin look even drier so yeah, best to avoid it in that case. With me and my combination skin, I still had to apply a moisturiser underneath this for it to go on smoothly.
You can also use a pea sized amount of this over your regular sunscreen to add an extra layer of protection to your skin. This is perfect if you’re in a very sunny climate and don’t want to pick up any colour on your face, Dr. Leslie Baumann (a dermatologist) recommends layering mineral sunscreens in this way when golfing!
Final thoughts – I love this stuff. I think it’s a bit too heavy to wear every single day but I always reach for this when I want good sun protection without a weird white cast on my skin. I usually layer this over my chemical sunscreen to great effect but have worn it alone too and can see this being invaluable for my next holiday. Probably the most wearable mineral sunscreen that i’ve come across to date. Thumbs up for this one!