Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30
- Provides gentle, broad-spectrum protection.
- Elegantly creamy texture applies easily.
- Leaves skin feeling smooth and hydrated.
- Fragrance free.
- Leaves a slight white cast on darker skin tones.
- Meager mix of antioxidants compared to similar products.
Biossance’s Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 has more going for than against it, earning an enthusiastic recommendation for those with normal to dry and sensitive skin or anyone who wants a dewy finish (although if you have very oily skin this won’t feel too great).
Housed in a protective opaque squeeze tube, the lightweight yet moisturizing cream relies on zinc oxide for gentle, broad spectrum protection. The formula is even more gentle due to the omission of fragrance.
In use, this blends easily, looking almost transparent if you have a fair to medium skin tone. If your skin tone is darker, you can expect to see at least a slight gray-to-white cast; however, it’s easily remedied if you apply foundation or powder over it. Don’t wear such makeup? Then this is a facial sunscreen you’ll want to consider carefully if you have a darker skin tone.
Beyond broad-spectrum sun protection, you’re also getting emollient squalane, a triglyceride, and hydrating glycerin. Biossance added a few antioxidants, including ethyl ferulate (a derivative of potent antioxidant ferulic acid), but it’s a meager mix compared to many of today’s best facial sunscreens.
Powerfully invisible broad-spectrum, mineral SPF 30 protects even the most sensitive skin like you’ve never seen—literally. This lightweight, deeply hydrating sheer sunscreen lotion blends in for all skin tones fast without leaving a trace. It calms and cools sun-stressed skin and leaves absolutely everyone with a soft, dewy finish.
Biossance is the commercial beauty arm of biotechnology brand Amyris. Amyris manufactures plant sugars (like that from sugar cane) into specialty ingredients for use by other companies, but chose to center Biossance around one ingredient in particular: plant-based squalane.
Each Biossance product prominently features squalane; so much that it’s in the name of every offering. Squalane has its merits—it’s an excellent skin-conditioning ingredient and has antioxidant properties—but skin needs much more than one focused ingredient to feel, look, and perform its best.
Thankfully, Biossance includes other ingredients in many of its squalane-centric products and these are also impressive, particularly bakuchiol (which has many retinol-like properties), antioxidants, and peptides. Unfortunately, the brand also uses a number of fragrance ingredients in many of its products, and whether naturally-derived or not, fragrance is known to irritate skin—even if you don’t see or feel the damage taking place. For this reason, most of the brand’s offerings wind up being middle-of-the-road, though there are a couple of standouts.
For more on Biossance, visit the brand’s website at https://biossance.com/.
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