Mineral Sunscreen Lotion Sport SPF 50
Bare Republic’s Mineral Sunscreen Lotion Sport SPF 50 achieves most of its stated goals, but some disingenuous claims and iffy ingredients keep it from being a product we can confidently recommend.
This squeeze tube-packaged creamy sunscreen is remarkably spreadable. It provides broad-spectrum SPF 50 with a mineral-based formula, and while many mineral sunscreens typically leave a telltale white cast, this one’s isn’t visible once it’s fully blended.
This sets to a non-drying matte finish and is water-resistant as claimed. In addition to the sun protection, there are also some antioxidant plant extracts in the mix.
The reason this doesn’t rate higher is that it contains fragrance ingredients that have the potential to cause skin irritation. Another problem: Bare Republic says its products are free of synthetic fragrances, but that’s patently not true. Most of the fragrance ingredients in Mineral Sunscreen Lotion Sport SPF 50— gamma decalactone, gamma-nonalactone, gamma octalactone, and heliotropine—are lab-created and thus, synthetic. There’s also some drying alcohol in the formula, which isn’t the best for skin.
While not a terrible product, there are better sport sunscreens available that skip the potentially-irritating ingredients this one contains.
Note: Because sunscreens are classified as over-the-counter drugs in the United States, its inactive ingredients are listed in alphabetical rather than descending order. Although this is acceptable for sunscreens sold in the United States, it’s more helpful to consumers to see these ingredients in order of predominance so they have a better idea how much they’re getting.
- Provides mineral-based broad-spectrum SPF 50.
- Doesn’t leave a visible white cast once blended.
- Matte but not drying finish is comfortable on skin.
- Water-resistant as claimed.
- Contains fragrance ingredients that can cause irritation.
When it’s time for an action, we want you to be confident that your sunscreen will keep up! That’s why we created this powerful mineral sport lotion for the eco-conscious adventurer in all of us. Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide protect physically, not chemically, and provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB coverage with 80 minutes of water resistance. A natural coconut vanilla scent and lightweight application will help you keep your cool even in the most extreme conditions.
An offshoot of the popular (and more expensive) COOLA brand of sunscreens, Bare Republic focuses on mineral-only sun protection catering to the entire family of outdoor enthusiasts. Based in Southern California, the name is a pun on that state’s nickname (“The Bear Republic”) and reflects the ideology of a lifestyle focused on routinely spending time in the sun.
For the most part, Bare Republic gets its sunscreens right: all its offerings focus on SPF ratings that are at least 30, and in most cases even higher. Given SPF 30 and up is recommended by medical boards around the world, clearly Bear Republic did their SPF homework—you’ll be getting reliable broad-spectrum protection.
In most cases the products are also affordable, meaning you’ll be more likely to apply these sunscreens liberally to get the most from them.
A couple of missteps occur, like the inclusion of fragrance ingredients in some of the products that mean these mineral sunscreens aren’t ideal for those with sensitive skin (and sensitive skin usually responds best to mineral sunscreens).
Speaking of those fragrances, Bare Republic claims its sunscreens are free of synthetic fragrance ingredients in an effort to be eco-friendly. While the brand does use natural fragrance sources like coconut and vanilla, it also uses synthetic fragrance ingredients like heliotropine and gamma decalactone, making this claim disingenuous.
For more information about the brand, visit https://www.gobareoutside.com/.
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