Protect + Glow Daily Sunscreen Gel SPF 30
Tula’s Protect + Glow Daily Sunscreen Gel SPF 30 is mostly-good sunscreen option for normal to dry skin, but a couple of problematic ingredients hold it back from being a great option.
Tula gets the packaging aspect right: this comes in an opaque plastic bottle that protects the good-for-skin ingredients inside from light and air exposure that can diminish their effectiveness. While this is described as a gel, you might be a little surprised with the texture: it’s more of a lightweight cream with microbeads throughout that burst as you smooth it onto skin. There’s no description of this on Tula’s site, or what benefit it might have; it’s essentially just a cool effect.
This feels creamy and hydrating, and is easy to apply. It leaves a somewhat dewy, pearlescent sheen on skin (thanks to mineral pigments), which gives a nice glow to skin – but it definitely isn’t ideal if you experience any areas of oil-triggered shine throughout the day!
SPF 30 is provided here by synthetic sunscreen actives (so true to claim, there’s no white cast), and is boosted by antioxidant extracts, among them pineapple, papaya, green tea, pear, apple, and raspberry. In addition to helping bolster the SPF, they also protect against blue light damage, making Tula’s claims in that regard true. Other supporting ingredients include the brand’s signature probiotics, as well as hydrating and skin-replenishing ingredients.
While that’s all great, what disappointing is the inclusion of orange and lemon peel extracts. They’re not present in high amounts (you can’t smell them, either) – but both contain volatile compounds that still pose a risk of irritating skin. This formula would be even more impressive if those ingredients had been left out. Still, this is a good illuminating daytime moisturizer for normal to dry skin.
- Lightweight cream feels hydrating.
- Pearlescent sheen creates a glow effect for normal to dry skin.
- Provides broad-spectrum SPF 30.
- Antioxidants help boost sun protection + defend against blue light as claimed.
- Contains soothing and probiotic ingredients.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Contains citrus extracts that put skin at risk for irritation.
A broad spectrum sunscreen that provides daily SPF 30 plus protection from the damaging effects pollution & blue light—a must have for indoors & outdoors. Leaves a gorgeous glow that wears well under makeup or on its own. Non-comedogenic formula won’t clog pores or leave a white cast. Powered by skincare-first ingredients like probiotics, pineapple & papaya. Non-greasy, smells good & is reef-safe. It’s not just sunscreen—it’s skincare.
Tula Skincare is a brand focused on an emerging group of skincare ingredients: probiotics. While it’s long been known that probiotics (such as those found in yogurt) were beneficial for health when consumed via certain foods and supplements, new research shows they’re also beneficial applied directly to skin. Internally, probiotics (which are live microorganisms that live in and on the body) can regulate digestive health; externally they play a role in managing a key component of skin’s surface known as its microbiome.
Tula was founded by Dr. Roshini Raj, a still-practicing gastroenterologist who says she noticed that many of her patients who had consumed probiotics showed signs of improvement in their skin. This concept of balancing skin became the core foundation of Tula, a word which means “balance” in Sanskrit.
To that end, all Tula products contain probiotics (in the non-living form of lysates, which retain many of the same topical benefits as live probiotics), along with some pre- and postbiotics as well. Postbiotics are exciting because these by-products from the breakdown of probiotics give each person’s microbiome key substances skin needs to be strong and healthy.
There are a couple of standout options, but unfortunately, Tula includes fragrance in the majority of their offerings, and fragrance – whether synthetic or from natural sources (essential oils and extracts) such as Tula uses, puts skin at risk for irritation. Irritation can disrupt skin in a way that counteracts the anti-inflammatory benefits of probiotic ingredients, so these formulas would be better minus the fragrance.
As far as packaging goes, with a few rare exceptions (such a couple of products in jars), Tula does a good job keeping its skin care in opaque containers that protect its best-yet-most-delicate ingredients from losing their potency in the presence of light and air. Overall, it’s a hit-or-miss brand – with some top-notch options, some that are good (except for the fragrance), and others to skip altogether.
To find out more about Tula, visit https://www.tula.com/.
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