Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30
Drunk Elephant's original Umbra Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30 is a standout in the world of physical sunscreens due to its pleasant esthetics and moisturizing formula. This tinted version shares many of its best attributes without the slight white cast some may have experienced with its predecessor's original formula.
Featuring a mineral-only sunscreen formula with broad spectrum zinc oxide, this emollient cream is best for those with normal to dry skin, and is also suitable for those with sensitive skin. It contains several non-fragrant plant oils to make it moisturizing, but it doesn't leave a greasy finish or feel.
This sunscreen is packaged in a foil-style squeeze tube, which is ideal for protecting its more delicate ingredients from light and air; and there are several delicate ingredients here, including a robust mix of antioxidants to give this formula an anti-aging boost.
As for the tint, it's sheer enough that it can work on a wide variety of skin tones (it's one of the more versatile tints we've seen from this kind of product!), but as in most cases, it's not universal as claimed. If you have very fair to fair skin the coloration this imparts will be quite noticeable. Keep that in mind when considering if you want to select this sunscreen or the original non-tinted version, whose subtle white cast likely won't be objectionable on very fair skin.
- Provides broad spectrum, mineral-based SPF 30.
- Includes a comprehensive mix of antioxidants.
- Contains soothing and moisturizing non-fragrant plant oils.
- Fragrance free.
- Tint isn't universal as claimed.
This tinted daily sunscreen is loaded with potent antioxidants like astaxanthin, grape juice extract and sunflower shoot extract to help defend from free radicals and environmental aggressors. Infused with raspberry seed and marula oils, Umbra Tinte delivers essential moisture and helps minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving your skin looking healthy and youthful. This unique physical formulation is ideal for daily use and wont leave any white residue or greasiness. With a universally flattering tint, it is ideal for most skin tones and leaves the complexion gorgeous and glowy.
Drunk Elephant At-A-Glance
Drunk Elephant, based out of Los Angeles, California, was started in 2012 by former skincare executive Tiffany Masterson. As their website describes, Masterson developed the brand out of a desire to create natural-themed formulas that were truly effective. Beyond effectiveness, Masterson wanted to leave out what wasnt effective - primarily fragrance. We concur, because fragrance isn't skincare.
We were pleasantly surprised by this stance, as in our experience, the inclusion of an abundance of fragrance is where many natural-themed brands seem to go wrong, along with using too few beneficial ingredients or formulas. Fragrance, whether from essential oils or synthetic perfumes, is never helpful for skin because over the long term, it can cause damage that holds any skin type back from being its healthy best.
As for the brands unconventional name, Drunk Elephant is in reference to anecdotes that African wildlife, including elephants, partake on the fallen, fermented fruit of the marula tree, an indulgence that leads to intoxication.
Drunk Elephant avoids using ingredients like non-mineral sunscreen actives, silicones, and parabens, even though countless studies have indicated these ingredients are safe (Journal of the Academy of Dermatology, 2013 and Skin Therapy Letters, 2013). Regardless, were just happy that the line has made it a focal point to use what research has been shown improves skin concerns like sun damage, breakouts and signs of aging, and leave out everything else. They're also using some novel yet potentially exciting ingredients in many of their formulas.
Drunk Elephant line is a small line, but tends to make each product count, or at least puts an unconventional twist on the norm. Overall, we came away impressed with most of its products and (usually) smart packaging.
Many of the formulas include the ingredient marula oil, which is an ingredient the brand favors due to the fact it contains an array of beneficial fatty acids, calming agents, and antioxidants (Journal of Food Lipids, 2004 and Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2014). It's a good ingredient, but there are many excellent non-fragrant plant oils, including coconut, jojoba, sunflower, and more, of which have similar benefits, meaning marula oil isn't the best out there, just one good oil among many.
Though the price tags are absolutely on the higher end, if you decide to to splurge on some key items, this is a good line to do so!
For more information, visit the brand at www.drunkelephant.com.
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