Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen Tinted SPF 30 is a tinted version of Suntegrity's Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer SPF 30, but this version is available in five shades, including options for light to deep skin tones. This exceptionally moisturizing formula is best for dry to very dry skin not prone to breakouts, as well as for sensitive (including rosacea) skin. It also includes a nice array of antioxidants. The sole active ingredient—20% zinc oxide—certainly supplies UVA/UVB protection. However, unlike the Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer SPF 30, this version does not include the skin-sensitizing fragrant citrus oils, earning it a Beautypedia BEST.
If you've been searching for a mineral sunscreen that's extra moisturizing, this is certainly an option to consider due to its super-rich blend of emollients (coconut extract and jojoba and sunflower oils) along with a mix of plant-based fatty acids. We should note that due to the richness of the formula, it's quite thick and has an initially greasy feel on the skin, but this dissipates within minutes.
Suntegrity added a tint to counter the rather prominent white cast inherent in a product that contains 20% zinc oxide. The shades are mostly workable due to their sheer coverage, but you may find the shade names a bit of a mismatch—they tend to be darker than you may think based on the shade names.
The Fair shade isn't the best choice for a truly fair skin tone; it's actually good for skin 1–2 tones deeper than what the industry commonly refers to as a fair skin tone. However, it might be a good choice for those with a light skin tone. Suntegrity's Light shade is slightly orange, and best for those with light to medium complexions. Deep Bronze is one of the few all-mineral tinted moisturizers for deep skin tones that won't appear gray or ashen.
Fortunately, if you're unsure which shade would be best for you, Suntegrity offers a generous sample option for just a few dollars, so you can experiment to find the right match.
Suntegrity claims this formula offers coverage, but don't expect this to conceal any type of discoloration or uneven skin tone (but that's a minor quibble). However, there is enough of a tint here that it will rub off on clothing, so you'll need to apply a non-tinted sunscreen for your neck and chest area, assuming those areas will be exposed to the sun and coming into contact with clothing.
Suntegrity refers to this as a "UV chemical-free" sunscreen, which is nonsense, as everything on Earth is a chemical or made up of chemicals (water, plants, rocks—they're all chemicals). Mineral actives are certainly made up of chemicals, so the whole "chemical-free" claim is merely scare mongering, nothing more. Chemicals are not bad!
Suntegrity portrays ingredients like cetyl dimethicone on their ingredient list as being "mineral-based." Technically, all silicones are engineered from the mineral silica (sand), but what comes out of that engineering process is anything but natural.
An all in one, "UV Chemical-Free" Tinted Sunscreen/Beauty Benefit (BB) cream that treats, hydrates, protects, primes and covers the skin. Supercharged with youth promoting antioxidants that help to scavenge surface free radicals, this cream also provides mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 30 protection.
Active Ingredient: Zinc-Oxide 20%. Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Capric Caprylic Triglycerides (Coconut Oil Extract), Water (Aqua), Sorbitan Stearate (Plant Derived), Glyceryl Stearate (Plant Derived), Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate (Plant Derived), Hexyl Laurate (Plant Derived), Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cetyl Dimethicone (Mineral Derived), Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt), Helianthus Annuus (Organic Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Organic Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Astaxanthin (Algae Source), Hyaluronic Acid (Plant Derived), Chlorella Emersonii (Red Algae) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Organic Green Tea) Extract, Punica Granatum (Organic Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Iron Oxide.
Created by aesthetician Tricia Trimble, Suntegrity is a relatively small collection of products focused on mineral (zinc oxide)–based sunscreen formulas. According to Trimble, she developed the Suntegrity line out of the desire to create sunscreens that appeal to those who traditionally don’t like to wear sun protection, due either to their aesthetics or other qualities. That’s certainly a commendable goal!
Unfortunately, these noble intentions are wrapped up in a lot of misinformation that’s intended to make these products seem safer than other options, which is not the case at all. For example, Suntegrity makes a great deal about their products being “natural,” which they are not; they contain many “unnatural” ingredients. They describe certain ingredients as being plant or mineral derived, but that doesn’t make them natural in the least.
For the record, we have nothing against any ingredient—natural or synthetic—as long as it is good for the skin. But, there isn’t anything special about a natural ingredient that makes it automatically better for the skin than a synthetic ingredient. In fact, many natural ingredients are extremely damaging to the skin, and some are phototoxic, which means they cause even more damage when they are applied and then the skin is exposed to the sun.
What we do take issue with are beauty brands that use scare tactics to sell the notion that their natural products are good and that everyone else’s products are bad because they contain synthetic ingredients. This is especially obnoxious when a company, like Suntegrity, makes products that do include synthetic ingredients. Their products are not “chemical-free” as they state; in fact, everything on a cosmetic ingredient label is technically a chemical, including water.
We’re always so disappointed to see such needless twisting of the facts; brands should just rely on the quality of their products to speak for themselves, but we know that’s not going to happen any time soon.
When we evaluate the potential benefit or potential harm of any ingredient, we always consider what the peer-reviewed, published research demonstrates as fact—whether an ingredient is natural or not isn’t relevant in determining whether it’s helpful for the skin.
It’s ironic, and so frustrating, that many of Suntegrity’s formulas would have been excellent options had they not included citrus oils, which have strong potential to irritate skin and cause phototoxic reactions. Suntegrity doesn’t address the fact that the ingredients they demonize, like mineral oil and sulfates, have plenty of research demonstrating their safety and effectiveness in cosmetics formulas, while the fragrant ingredients Suntegrity includes in their products (such as grapefruit, tangerine, and orange oils) are well documented for their potential to provoke sensitizing and allergenic reactions (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).
If you look past the Suntegrity products that contain citrus oils (and you should), you will find that they have a few truly excellent mineral-based sunscreens for dry to very dry skin (an area of the market that’s largely lacking; it’s tough to find a truly emollient mineral sunscreen). If Suntegrity had left the fragrance out of all of their formulas, they would have a lineup of BEST-rated sunscreens; we might even overlook their scare tactic marketing approach.
It’s worth noting that Suntegrity’s body sunscreens are nearly exact duplicates of their facial formulas, but their body formulas cost only about half as much for twice the amount of product. Suntegrity appears to use a few rather, what we call, “slippery” techniques to make this fact less obvious, and we point these out in the relevant reviews. All told, we wish we were as impressed with this brand’s approach to sunscreen marketing as we were with some of their products. In a perfect world, such misinformation wouldn’t be perpetuated, and we could focus on what’s most important for skin health: Protecting it from sun damage.
For more information about Suntegrity, visit www.suntegrityskincare.com
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