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StriVectin

Full Screen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 100% Mineral Sunscreen Vanishing Tint

1.50 fl. oz. for $ 39.00
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StriVectin’s Full Screen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 100% Mineral Sunscreen Vanishing Tint has an almost-accurate name. It does contain only mineral sunscreen actives (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) for broad-spectrum sun protection but its tint is not what we’d label “vanishing”.

Dispensed from an opaque soft plastic squeeze tube, we love how easy this creamy formula applies without a greasy, thick, or occlusive-feeling finish. It’s just right for normal to dry skin, while those with oily areas will find this doesn’t add shine but tends to feel too moisturizing.

The tint eliminates worry that this all-mineral SPF will leave a white or lavender-ish cast on skin, but the tint lands firmly in orange territory. Despite being pretty sheer, the coloration can look off on fair to light skin tones, and we found that unlike many other tinted sunscreens, this has enough pigmentation to alter the color of foundation applied on top.

If you have a medium to dark skin tone, the tint will likely be less of a visible issue and may even be just perfect, but even then this facial sunscreen has a drawback that impacts all skin colors: a high amount of sensitizing fragrance. It’s truly disappointing that the formula contains more fragrance than antioxidants; we’re concerned this much fragrance will pose a strong risk of irritating skin (see More Info). What a shame, as pure mineral sunscreens like this can be perfect for sensitive skin not to mention people of color need more pure mineral options that don’t make their skin look ashen or dull. Sadly, in this case, looks can be deceiving!

We mentioned antioxidants above, and several are here, including non-fragrant plant oils from soy, argan, and coconut, licorice, oak root, and various vitamins. But it’s less exciting given the prominence of fragrance, the main issue keeping us from rating this higher. Check out our top-rated moisturizers with sunscreen and let’s hope the brand omits the fragrance and fine-tunes the tint on this Full Screen SPF.

Pros:
  • Pure mineral actives provide gentle broad-spectrum protection.
  • Easy to apply without worry of a white cast.
  • Doesn’t feel occlusive, thick, or greasy.
Cons:
  • Highly fragrant formula likely to irritate skin.
  • Contains more fragrance than beneficial antioxidants.
  • Tinted formula veers orange, looking more obvious on lighter skin tones.

Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.

This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.

A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.

References for this information:
Toxicology In Vitro, February 2018, pages 237-245
Toxicological Sciences, January 2018, pages 139-148
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Give your skin essential daily defense, plus a whole lot more from StriVectin. This breakthrough formula with non-nano Zinc Oxide wears comfortably, is cast-free and blends seamlessly into skin, with a subtle hint of tint for an even-toned, matte finish.

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 16%. Inactive: Water/Aqua/Eau, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Diisobutyl Adipate, Glyceryl Stearate, Myristyl Nicotinate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycrylene, Fragrance (Parfum), PEG-100 Stearate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Triceteareth-4 Phosphate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Seed Oil, Polysilicone-11, Caprylyl Glycol, d-alpha Tocopherol, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Bis(Cyano Butylacetate) Anthracenediylidene, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Butter, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Quercus Suber (Cork Oak) Bark Extract, Xanthan Gum, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Hexylene Glycol, Oryza Sativa Extract, Oryza Sativa Germ Extract, Disodium EDTA, Oak Root Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, 7-Dehydrocholesterol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Bisabolol, Citric Acid, Curcuma Longa Root Extract, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499)

StriVectin put itself on the skincare map with its original StriVectin-SD cream, designed to treat stretch marks. The product took off and became the cornerstone of skincare collection whose focus is now on anti-aging. Its main selling point is its use of myristyl nicotinate (called NIA-114 in brand literature), which is related to and has many of the same properties as niacinamide.

Overall, the brand has some worthwhile products and for the most part theyre in packaging that will protect their ingredients from light and air. Unfortunately there are a number of options that include fragrance and other potential irritants, which are noted in our individual reviews.

As of 2019, StriVectin no longer sells in mainland China and is now cruelty-free. For more information about StriVectin, visit www.strivectin.com.

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