Beauty product of the week: Invisible Zinc Water Resistant Lotion
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One of the best wrinkle-preventives on the market.
Why we love this product
We all know that Australia has some of the harshest sun in the world. And with a culture that revolves around beaches and barbeques, we spend a lot of time out under the sun.
Sunscreen and sun protection has always been something that is very important to me. I hate feeling sunburnt and I certainly don't want melanoma. But one of the other key reasons that I value good sun protection is ageing.
The quick verdict
Why is it good? Offers effective sun protection without congesting skin.
How much is it? $21.99 for 50mL
Where to buy it? Priceline and Chemist Warehouse
I'm one of those people who spends $100s on premium anti-ageing skin products. It seems very counterproductive to be delicately rubbing on my $250 La Mer cream in the evenings only to undo all the good by laying in the sun, unprotected on the weekend.
And this is how I came to find Invisible Zinc.
I needed a sunscreen that could protect my face from the sun without wearing off if I was exercising or sweating. An SPF 15+ filters out about 93% UVB rays but an SPF 50+ filters out 98%, so I definitely wanted a 50+. Plus I also wanted something with UVA protection, since UVA radiation is what causes your skin to age. And you'd be surprised to know that not all sunscreens actually offer UVA protection. Unless it says "UVA protection" or "broad spectrum" on the bottle, it might not offer any barrier to UVA at all.
And while traditional zinc oxide would definitely solve all of these, my vanity prevents me from wanting to walk around with thick white or pink zinc on my face.
I'd known about Invisible Zinc for year but I wrote it off as being too heavy for my oily skin, that it might cause breakouts or turn my skin white. But, when I'd looked at all the best chemical sunscreens I couldn't find anything on the market that ticked my many boxes. I bought a bottle of the 50+ 4HR Water Resistant Lotion, and let me tell you that it really is a game-changer.
I use this on my face when I know that I'll be spending an hour or more outside like going for a run, heading to an outdoor party or going to the beach. It does leave a slight white-cast on my deep olive skin but not something you would notice unless you pointed it out. It goes on smoothly and leaves my skin looking clear without oiliness or shininess. The effect is flattering enough that I feel comfortable to wear this in place of a foundation or BB cream.
As for the sun protection it offers, I have literally never been sunburnt while wearing Invisible Zinc. Ever. It's worth noting that my darker skin is already more resistant to the sun than other more sun-sensitive skin types. Regardless, this product has essentially made sunburn an issue of the past for me.
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And because zinc is a physical sunscreen rather than a chemical one, your skin gets much more effective protection from UVA radiation. Which is helping me ward off wrinkles, at least for the time being. You can apply it on your face and you can use it on your body too. And a little goes a long way. It takes me a whole summer to get through of the 50mL bottle.
It really is water resistant, just as the bottle promises. It stays put even when I'm sweaty from running and even when I'm swimming. It doesn't rub off on my clothes. And very importantly, it doesn't make me break out, which was the reason I was so hesitant to try the product in the first place. At the end of the day, I remove it with a Face Halo and it comes off easily without leaving my skin feeling congested.
If you're serious about sun protection, I'm not sure why you haven't already bought a bottle of your own.
The Invisible Zinc 4HR Water Resistant formula is $21.99 for 50mL. In my opinion, you can't put a price on sun protection so I think this is a price we should all be happy to pay.
Where to buy
Invisible Zinc is available at Priceline and Chemist Warehouse.