Unscented Body Sunscreen SPF 30 provides gentle, broad-spectrum protection with zinc oxide, and its fragrance-free formula is an excellent choice for those with dry to very dry or sensitive skin not prone to breakouts. It also includes an impressive array of ultra-rich moisturizing ingredients (like coconut extract, jojoba and sunflower oils) along with beneficial antioxidants. It's wonderful that Suntegrity dropped the sensitizing citrus oils they include in some of their other sunscreens; which is one of the reasons this earned a Beautypedia BEST and the others didn't.
Because the amount of zinc oxide is high (20% is a lot!), this sunscreen shows a prominent white cast when first applied, but it will sheer out and become much less noticeable and will continue to fade over time. Given the amount of plant-based moisturizing oils and thickening agents, this feels rather thick and a bit greasy on initial application; however, this greasy feel also dissipates over time, leaving a dewy, moisturized finish on the skin.
We should mention that the body sunscreens in the Suntegrity line are nearly identical to their facial versions, except that the body-care sunscreens are only about half the cost for twice the amount of product.
It's important to point out that Suntegrity lists their ingredients on this product in alphabetical order instead of by concentration, as they do with their Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer SPF 30. Listing ingredients alphabetically is legal for a sunscreen, but it makes it impossible for a consumer to distinguish the difference between two very similar formulas; in this case, their facial version, whose formula is nearly identical. (H-m-m-m, we wonder if that was intentional,… but we can only guess.)
Suntegrity claims that they list the ingredients in alphabetical order to comply with the new FDA monograph, but there is no such requirement—they are either misinformed or dishonest. Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, like sunscreens, have the option to list their ingredients alphabetically, but it is in no way mandatory (FDA.gov, 21CFR201.66(8). It's not a new policy, either; it's been permitted for decades. This also begs the question: If this is a requirement by the FDA, why doesn't Suntegrity list the ingredients alphabetically on all of their sunscreen formulas?
It's worth noting that this product isn't "natural" as claimed. For example, it contains two types of silicone—cetyl dimethicone and dimethicone—along with the synthetic preservatives polyaminopropyl biguanide and ethylhexylglycerin. There isn't anything wrong with these ingredients, but they are about as natural as polyester.
Squirrely marketing claims aside, Unscented Body Sunscreen SPF 30 is a good choice for the face or body if you're in search of an extra-emollient mineral sunscreen that includes a mix of beneficial antioxidants and provides gentle broad-spectrum sun protection.
Suntegrity’s New Unscented Body SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen is unscented, vegan and offers broad-spectrum protection. This sunscreen is free of harsh chemicals like parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic dyes, sulfates, nanoparticles and chemical UV absorbers.
Active Ingredients: 20% Zinc Oxide. Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Camellia Sinensis (Organic Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Caprylic Capric Triglycerides (Coconut Oil Extract), Cetyl Dimethicone (Mineral Based), Cucumis Sativus (Organic Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Dimethicone (Mineral Based), Ethylhexylglycerin (Plant Derived Preservative), Glyceryl Monostearate (Plant Derived), Helianthus Annuus (Organic Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hexyl Laurate (Plant Derived), Hyaluronic Acid (Plant Derived), Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt), Polyaminopropyl Biguanide (Preservative), Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate (Plant Derived), Punica Granatum (Organic Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Stearate (Plant Derived), Water (Aqua)
NOTE: Inactive Ingredients are listed in alphabetical order per new FDA sunscreen monograph.
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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