Green Screen Daily Environmental Protector SPF 30
Farmacy’s Green Screen Daily Environmental Protector SPF 30 can live up to its claims and it has great aesthetics, making it one of their better products and a brilliant daytime option for those with normal to combination or sensitive skin.
This fragrance-free sunscreen comes in a squeeze tube and has a creamy, but not overly thick texture that smooths across skin with ease. It provides broad-spectrum SPF 30 via mineral sunscreen actives, and while mineral-based sunscreens often have a white cast, once this is blended that cast is minimal. Its lightly moisturizing feel sets to a soft satin finish.
Alongside the gentle SPF, there are also antioxidant non-fragrant plant extracts in the mix, among them chokeberry (aronia) and marigold. Both are good sources of antioxidants that can protect skin from a variety of environmental factors, including blue light from electronic devices, as claimed.
If you’ve been wanting to try one of Farmacy’s natural-themed products, this ranks among their stronger offerings.
- Provides broad-spectrum SPF 30.
- When blended in, has a minimal white cast.
- Contains antioxidants that protect against environmental assault.
- Hydrates without a slick or greasy feel.
- Packaged to keep its light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.
- Fragrance free.
This non-greasy, SPF 30 daily sunscreen never leaves a white cast on any skin tone, and it’s photo-flash friendly! Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide sit on the skin’s surface to deflect damaging UVA/UVB rays, unlike chemical sunscreens that typically penetrate the skin and absorb UV rays. Formulated with natural antioxidants marigold and aronia extracts, ingredients known to guard against free radicals emitted from smartphones, tablets and computers that can lead to accelerated photoaging.
Farmacy is the creation of entrepreneurial businessman and self-described “plant geek” Mark Veeder. Due to a chance discovery, he was able to bring together his childhood background on a farm and his experience as a marketing and public relations expert to create a skin care brand focused on farm-raised ingredients.
As the story goes, during his time as a marketing professional in New York City, Veeder still maintained a 7-acre farm 90 miles away. The chance discovery happened in 1999, when he noticed an unusual green variant of the normally-purple Echinacea Purpurea on his property. Excited by what this could mean, he sent the plant to a lab for testing. The test results showed that this version had 300 times more of the antioxidant cichoric acid than the usual strain of the plant. Veeder patented it, sold it to local nurseries, and named it GreenEnvy. Fifteen years after the initial discovery, he resolved to create a skin care company, Farmacy, with GreenEnvy as its star ingredient.
Before you get too excited: there’s little independent research backing the claims surrounding GreenEnvy’s potency (most of the research has been done on Farmacy’s behalf), though as with most plant extracts, it provides antioxidant benefits and may also prevent collagen breakdown, which is nice but hardly unique to this plant.
As for the products themselves, most have solid foundations (great, plant-based antioxidants abound) but some of them are undone by additions that make them less-than-ideal for skin. Many contain fragrant plant oils which, while natural, aren’t good for skin. Fragrance, whether natural or synthetic, puts skin at risk for irritation that can cause numerous problems. Frustratingly, many of the fragrant plants are, in fact, also brilliant antioxidants; however, plenty of natural ingredients also provide antioxidant benefits without risking skin irritation and other problems.
We like that Farmacy’s take on natural is to combine it with key lab-engineered (synthetic) ingredients. This approach is refreshingly honest and affirms the research-supported fact that just because an ingredient is synthetic doesn’t mean it’s bad for skin. The truth is there are good and bad natural ingredients as well as good and bad synthetic ingredients.
Farmacy’s other issue beyond fragrance is that several of the products are packaged in jars, which exposes their good ingredients to light and air that will eventually cause them to break down and lose effectiveness.
There is one mineral-based sunscreen that’s a standout, especially for sensitive skin, but because of the issues mentioned above, this line isn’t quite the farm-fresh merger of nature and science it’s made out to be.
To learn more about Farmacy, visit https://www.farmacybeauty.com/.
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