Finder Beauty Fave: Ultra Violette Lean Screen SPF50+ Sunscreen
If you've been searching far and wide for a physical sunscreen, you need to try Lean Screen.
Gone are the days where physical sunscreens were synonymous with that dreaded white cast effect. You can still get that strong sun protection without it feeling heavy on your skin.
Ultra Violette's Lean Screen SPF50+ Sunscreen is a mattifying and fragrance free formula that's been designed for sensitive skin types. The latest product to come from this Aussie beauty brand is unlike anything I've seen before – and this is exactly what I thought of it.
The quick verdict
Why is it good? I've got a feeling that you've never tried a physical sunscreen like Lean Screen before.
How much is it? $45 for 50mL.
Lean Screen is a mineral sunscreen, offering physical SPF protection at the highest level. So, how is this physical sunscreen different from others on the market? I have to say that the differences are pretty noticeable.
First off, there's no white cast. Using mineral pigments, Lean Screen offers a sheer beige tint that works to counteract the white cast effect. While I can't comment on how it looks on darker skin tones, I will say that the colour doesn't show on my skin, it blends out really beautifully.
The hero ingredient is obviously zinc oxide, which protects your skin by creating a shield and filtering out harmful UVA and UVB rays. This has been coupled with pentavitin and Kakadu plum to provide you with a super hydrating and nourishing formula.
Ultra Violette's physical sunscreen doesn't feel sticky or heavy on the skin. The formulation promises to be lightweight yet mattifying at the same time, making this a perfect option for those with sensitive skin.
I've been using Lean Screen every day for the past two weeks and I've been loving the results.
One of the most notable features of this product is the texture. It's super creamy, with a mousse-like texture and a matte finish, but don't think your skin is going to look dehydrated after using this. I personally love the finish as I feel like my skin looks matte yet super airbrushed at the same time.
I love wearing BB and CC cream over the top of my sunscreen but I don't have to do that with Lean Screen. Using just the one product gives me higher sun protection, while still smoothing out my skin.
I recommend applying Lean Screen after your facial moisturiser, using around five pumps in total. This may sound like a lot, but if you want the full SPF protection, this is what's recommended by Ultra Violette.
Personally, I can always trust Ultra Violette to provide me with adequate sun protection, it's just about finding what formula works best for you. The brand also offers an option for dry skin beauties - Supreme Screen - and one that's got a serum-like texture - called Queen Screen .
Ultra Violette's Lean Screen retails at $45 for 50mL.
Do I think it's worth it? For a sunscreen, I do think it's worth the price because honestly, applying SPF is one of the most important steps in your skincare routine.
However, if you don't have the cash to spend, you can find a number of cheaper alternatives from stores like Chemist Warehouse. You can see our round-up of the best face sunscreens for more great options.
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