You know how I feel about sunscreen, don’t you? If you need a refresher course in why I’m a scientific experiment in the merits of screening up every day, then head over and read this post. I’ll be here waiting for you when you get back.
… good, so we’re all on the same page now aren’t we? Sunscreen is the number one product that will save your skin as you age
disgracefully gracefully. Yes, a skincare routine is important but without taking preventative steps to stop skin damage in the first place, then you are asking for all sorts of trouble in your 30s, 40s and beyond.
It’s something I’m conscious of all year round because I live at the beach but I’m even more aware as the temperature climbs and the whole of Australia seemingly heads to the coast – any coast – for summer.
And judging by the comments on my previous sunscreen post, I know you are conscious of this too.
As part of my quest to find and beach-test as many sunscreens as humanly possible, I was like an eager bunny putting my … ahhem … sunscreened hand up to trial two from the Invisible Zinc range: ESP Moisturiser SPF30+ (50ml $35) and UV Silk Shield Foundation SPF30+ (12g $42).
Before I get into the nitty gritty of each of these products, I’ll just bring you up to speed with Invisible Zinc as a whole.
A paste of zinc across the nose is about as iconically Australian as sunscreen gets. Invisible Zinc still uses Zinc Oxide as its one active sun protection ingredient but instead of going on the skin as a thick, icky cream, its micronised zinc oxide particles mean that it can work just as effectively but in formulas that we’ll actually be happy to wear every day.
Zinc oxide forms a physical barrier to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. It’s the UVA rays that cause that deep damage, bringing on wrinkles before your time. And more seriously, can cause skin cancer. UVB rays are the chief cause of sunburn. That’s why you need a sunscreen that blocks both. Yes, you know when you’re getting burned but you don’t know how much UVA that your skin has absorbed at the same time as the UVBs have been doing their thing.
Now back to those products …
What: This lightweight, non-icky cream has that physical UVA and B protector I talked about before, plus it’s stacked with antioxidants to neutralise cell-damaging free radicals before DNA damage can occur.
Why you’ll love it: You can wear this one alone but it also works a treat under makeup. You have peace of mind that your skin is essentially under armed guard!
What: A stick foundation that reflects UVA and UVB rays but also offers “highlighter performing pigments” and “spherical powders” to create a flawless skin finish.
Why you’ll love it: It’s SOOO easy to apply, is long-wearing and doubles as a concealer.
Want to see how I’ve been using both products together for the ultimate summer travel beauty kit? Check out my video below. (If you can’t see the screen, click here.)
Invisible Zinc is available online or at David Jones, Myer, Priceline, Terry White and all good pharmacies.
This competition has now closed!
Invisible Zinc is offering one Styling You reader the chance to win an Invisible Zinc pack, with products to keep the whole family protected this summer. The prize includes: ESP Moisturiser SPF30+; UV Silk Shield Foundation SPF30+; Tinted Daywear SPF30+; and Junior Clip-On SPF30+. Total prize pool $128.95. To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question: How will Invisible Zinc benefit your summer? The competition opens, Thursday, November 17 at 6am (EST) and closes Friday, November 25 at 4pm (EST). One entry per person. Australian entrants only. The winner will be notified by email and their name will appear here. For full terms and conditions, click here.