Biossance Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen, 50ml, £23.00
Non-organic vs organic?
Non-organic. Zinc Oxide.
Main SPF active ingredients?
Zinc Oxide 14%, Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Squalane, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Methyl Dihydroabietate, Sorbitan Olivate, Coco-Glucoside, Cetyl Palmitate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Acacia Senegal Gum, Ethyl Ferulate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Gluconate, Lecithin, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Isostearic Acid.
White/ash residue on darker skins?
No, appears to blend well.
Works under makeup?
How does it look on the skin?
Leaves a moderate glow, not sticky.
Suitable for all skin types?
Yes, including sensitive.
Water resistant/waterproof/sweat resistant?
Not particularly. Reapply if sweating or swimming.
Any skin benefits?
It contains squalane to hydrate and waterlily to cool and calm.
You Need This If:
You want a mineral facial SPF and you have dry/dehydrated skin in particular.
You Don’t Need This If:
You want a higher SPF or do not like using mineral SPF.
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The correct scientific terminology for UV filters is organic (chemical, such as avobenzone, octocrylene or oxybenzone) or inorganic (physical, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide).
Both types work by absorbing the rays and turning them into heat, but with inorganic aka physical sunscreens, between 5% and 10% of incoming rays are reflected and scattered.
With organic filters (‘chemical’ in the traditional, non-scientific sense), the UV rays are mostly absorbed and turned into heat in the skin.
Always apply last after moisturiser, before makeup – unless otherwise stated.
Reapply every two hours if in active sun (on holiday, sunbathing, generally being outside all day).
Reapply after swimming or excessive sweating/drying off with a towel.