Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen
Fenty Skin’s Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen starts out great thanks to its aesthetics and several beneficial ingredients. The only hiccup is the presence of fragrant ingredients, as these pose a risk of irritating skin. Otherwise, Hydra Vizor does a great job of protecting and hydrating while leaving a hint of glow.
Housed in an opaque, refillable pump bottle, Hydra Vizor has a moisturizing base that’s silky to the touch as it’s blended in. Skin is left with a dewy sheen and smooth, soft barrier, particularly nice for those who have normal to dry skin. Hydra Vizor feels protective without being super heavy or occlusive.
The synthetic sunscreen agents help the formula live up to its “truly invisible on all skin tones” claim, while providing broad-spectrum UV protection. If you’re blessed with melanin-rich skin, you may notice a slight white cast at first, but once fully worked into skin, it sheers out.
Skin is also treated to other beneficial ingredients including niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and various antioxidants. Don’t expect this to totally get rid of dark spots and discolorations as the marketing may lead you to expect (more targeted discoloration treatments are needed for this), but at the very least it can help prevent them from worsening thanks to the sun protection.
The one downfall? We’re bummed by Fenty’s inclusion of fragrant ingredients in this formula. As much as you may love the lingering aroma, fragrance has negative repercussions for the health of your skin (see More Info for a detailed explanation).
We’re crossing our fingers that Fenty comes out a fragrance-free version of this moisturizer with SPF because there’s otherwise a lot to love about it!
- Delivers broad-spectrum sun protection workable for all skin tones.
- Illuminates skin with a dewy-looking glow.
- Leaves a soft, smooth, hydrated feel.
- Treats skin to beneficial niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and various antioxidants.
- Packaged to preserve stability, while also being refillable.
- Lingering aroma stems from fragrant ingredients that pose a risk of irritation to skin.
Why Fragrance is a Problem for Skin: We cannot stress this enough: Sensitizing, harsh, abrasive, and/or fragrant ingredients are bad for all skin types. Daily application of skincare products that contain these irritating ingredients is a major way we unwittingly do our skin a disservice.
Irritating ingredients are a problem because they can lead to visible problems, such as redness, rough skin, dull skin, dryness, increased oil production, and clogged pores, and they contribute to making signs of aging worse.
Switching to non-irritating, gentle skincare products can make all the difference in the world. Non-irritating products are those packed with beneficial ingredients that also replenish and soothe skin, without any volatile ingredients, such as those present in fragrance ingredients, whether natural or synthetic.
A surprising fact: Research has demonstrated that you do not need to see or feel the effects of irritants on your skin for it to be suffering, and visible damage may not become apparent for a long time. Don’t get lulled into thinking that if you don’t see or feel signs of irritation, everything is OK.
Generally, it’s best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to ingredients that are known to irritate skin. There are many completely non-irritating products that contain effective ingredients, so there’s no reason to put your skin at risk with products that include ingredients research has shown can be a problem.
References for this information:
Annals of the Brazilian Journal of Dermatology, July-August 2017, pages 521-525
Journal of Dermatological Sciences, January 2015, pages 28–36
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2014, pages 379–385
Clinical Dermatology, May-June 2012, pages 257–262
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
This 2-in-1 sunscreen and moisturizer is lightweight, oil free, and truly invisible on all skin tones. It claps back at dehydration, discoloration, dark spots. Makeup-friendly, too: No pilling and zero flashback. Refillable.
Fenty Skin comes on the heels of the successful Fenty Beauty makeup line founded by pop star Rihanna (whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty). According to their website, Fenty Skin is all about making “skincare uncomplicated” with multitasking products that are easy to use and packed with benefits.
At the time of this writing, the line is still in its infancy with just a few products, all of which unfortunately contain fragrance, posing a risk of skin irritation. That aside, Fenty excels in the aesthetics department with textures that create a sensorial self-care experience.
In particular, Fenty Skin’s Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen is touted as inclusive option for dark skin tones, omitting the dreaded white cast that some sunscreens leave. We’re interested to see what other types of skin care products that come out with in the future.
For more information on Fenty Skin, visit https://www.fentybeauty.com/fentyskin.
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