Zinc is a particularly drying ingredient. So if you have dry or dehydrated skin, it can exacerbate the condition to use a mineral sunscreen. But for those of you with drier skin, have I got the sunscreen for you.
Sunumbra first caught my eye because their sport sunscreen contains red raspberry seed oil and their kids sunscreen contains astaxanthin. You guys know how much I adore astaxanthin. It has been shown to prevent UV-induced lipid peroxidation, sunburn, phototoxicity, photoallergy and protect collagen after UV radiation exposure . So whenever I spot it in a product, I need to try it.
Sunumbra Sunkids uses Cape Camomile oil, which is anti-inflammatory and soothing for irritating skin. It contains aloe ferox extract, which is healing for chapped skin, polyphenol rich green rooibos and broccoli sprout extract adds additional UV protection. No wonder it has a whopping SPF 40.
Sunumbra is slightly tinted. It means that if I'm lazy and forget to fully rub it in, you can't see white streaks.
One negative about the formula is that it separates easily. I find myself regularly shaking the bottle to combine the thick and the liquid consistencies.
What stood out most about this sunscreen was it's moisturizing properties. I didn't even have to use a facial oil or cream under it. That's unheard of. It's perfect for polar vortex dry skin.
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1. Arakane, K. (2001) "Superior Skin Protection via Astaxanthin", KOSE Corporation.
I sought out this product, received a complimentary sample courtesy of Blissoma, and was not compensated monetarily or otherwise for this post.