Review: Thinksport Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50
I’m still searching for a mineral sunscreen. Here’s another one I’m going to review today. It’s the Thinksport Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50. I’m pushing for a mineral-based sunscreen. Ever since I stopped using chemical-based sunscreens, my headaches disappeared. I noticed some acne moving up to the surface when I stopped using the chemical-based sunscreen I was using too. I was using La Roche Posay SPF 100. I loved the protection it gave my skin. I also loved how it moisturized my skin. But I had to stop using it. I couldn’t use it as my daily sunscreen any longer. I haven’t been using it lately either. It’s pretty much out of sight right now.
Here’s more on Thinksport Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50…
- Broad spectrum SPF 50
- Protects against UVA and UVB rays
- Water resistance (80 minutes)
- BPA free
- Non-Aerosol & Biodegradable
- Reef Safe
- No animal by-products
- No animal testing
- Dermatologist tested
The ingredients in Thinksport Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 caught my eye. They are…
Purifed Water, Caprylic /capric Triglyceride, Polyglycery-4, Isosterate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Methyl, Abietate (Pine Wood Resin), Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt), Caprylhdroxamic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Ribes Rubrum (Currant) Fruit, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Hyalurounic Acid (Plant Based), Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit)
The ingredients look pretty natural, but I had some doubts about the oils that it contain. Still, I tried out the sunscreen anyway. The texture of the sunscreen was very nice at first. It’s soft, smooth, and glides over the skin easily. The sunscreen absorbs softly and gently without tugging the delicate skin. There is a white cast, but on my skin, it vanished decently. It’s probably the least white-casted zinc oxide sunscreen I’ve used so far. I didn’t have problems with it. I thought this sunscreen was more moisturizing than drying, even though it contains 23.4% zinc oxide. That’s what it says on the bottle. On their website, it says 20% zinc oxide. Hmmm! The amount of zinc oxide is high, which is a good thing.
I noticed that my skin texture improved after using it a few times. I was very ecstatic about the results. Unfortunately, I can’t use this sunscreen often. I have noticed that it irritated my skin a little bit. I noticed some clogged pores when used too often. I didn’t even bother re-applying because it felt like it just sat on top of my skin. It felt like it left a film on my skin. The sunscreen does contain oils in it. I suspect that may be the issue. My skin dislike oils. The type of acne I developed from this sunscreen were closed comedones and hard sebum within the pores. It’s another type of acne that is annoying and difficult to get rid of. I’m glad I stopped using it on time. I’m glad I didn’t re-apply the sunscreen throughout the day, lol. That would’ve trapped more sebum and cause more acne issues.
I’m not using Thinksport Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 on my facial skin anymore. I love that it contains at least 20% zinc oxide. It also says the zinc oxide is non-nano on their website. Since it clogs my pores, I can’t use it on my face. I find it a bit irritating using it on the skin around my eyes as well. It has a citrus scent that is pretty irritating. I’m just over this sunscreen. I’ll use the rest on my body. Just not my face. Well! I hope this review was helpful!
Review: Vanicream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
If you missed out on my thoughts on Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Face Liquid Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 and Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 <<<
I did an update on Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 <<<
On to the next mineral sunscreen I tried…
It’s the Vanicream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50+!
- Non-nano zinc oxide
- Prevents sunburn, protects from UVA and UVB rays
- Broad spectrum SPF 50+
- Decreases the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun
- Water resistant (80 minutes)
- Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
- Botanical Extract-free
I was very excited to try Vanicream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50+, since it provides higher sun protection. The sunscreen felt lightweight on the skin. It contains only 12% zinc oxide. Hmmm! Yes, it does contain Butyloctyl Salicylate. This ingredient is second on the ingredient list. So, it’s not a true mineral sunscreen. It’s a hybrid. Ugh! Not this crap again! I glanced at the ingredient list before purchasing. I was going to make peace with this ingredient if the product worked out. It had so many good reviews that I couldn’t pass up trying it!
Once again, it’s lightweight on the skin. It’s not a thick zinc-based sunscreen. It’s very light and smooths over the skin nicely. It does leave a bit of a white cast on my skin. If you have deeper, richer complexion, it may leave your skin with a very white cast. I’m pretty pale. I thought this sunscreen made my skin too white. It was unnatural-looking. I didn’t like it. The texture was nice, but it had some flaws as mentioned.
The sunscreen left my skin looking very shiny. Not glowly. Extremely shiny. How am I supposed to re-apply if it makes my skin look awful, lol. So after a day of using Vanicream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50+, it gave my the worse type of acne. And that is, cystic acne. So much for the non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) claim! Yeah, it didn’t work on my acne-prone skin. This sunscreen is pore-clogging from my own experience. I immediately rinsed it off and stopped using it. If you have acne-prone skin, do a patch test first. It was pore-clogging on my skin.
Here’s to another Vanicream sunscreen product that didn’t work on my skin. First it was Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Now it’s Vanicream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50+. This is what happened. It’s time to move on…
Update: Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30
It hasn’t been too long since I reviewed Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30. But I’m ready to do another update on this product.
I was hoping that Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 would be my main moisturizer and sunscreen for mornings, but it didn’t work out like I thought it would. It’s moisturizing and provides SPF 30 with 19.5% zinc oxide. I love that it’s a true mineral sunscreen. That’s exactly what I was looking for! When applied to the skin, the sunscreen feels sticky and heavy. It’s moisturizing, but it left my skin looking very shiny. The more product I applied, my skin looked even more shiny. It wasn’t a pleasant look. I don’t want to walk around with an extremely shiny face.
That’s not the reason why I stopped using it. I would’ve kept using it even though it was shiny on my skin. The reason why I stopped using it was because it irritated my skin and caused breakouts. The sunscreen clogged my pores. It’s labeled as non-comedogenic, but it wasn’t on my skin. It’s way too thick on the skin and messed up my skin. I ended up with some breakouts and redness out of the blue. I didn’t think it was the sunscreen because I wanted it to work. I kept using it until I finally convinced myself that the new breakouts, redness, and skin irritation was from the sunscreen. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out.
Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 didn’t work on my skin. I have a ton of product left that I can use…I guess…in my dry areas such as my eye area and neck. But I’m never using it on my facial skin ever again. The ingredients are nice in this product. Check out the ingredients right here:
purified water, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, isopentyldiol, squalane, glycerin, coco-caprylate/caprate, bis-octyldodecyl dimer dilinoleate/propanediol copolymer, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, polyhydroxystearic acid, cetearyl alcohol, sucrose stearate, ceramide EOP, ceramide NG, ceramide NP, ceramide AS, ceramide AP, carnosine, phytosterols, hydrogenated lecithin, dimethicone, triethoxycaprylylsilane, polyacrylate crosspolymer-11, caprylyl glycol, 1,2-hexanediol
The formulation wasn’t compatible with my skin type. I love the moisture that it provided my skin. With my skin type (oily skin that’s acne-prone), it wasn’t happening. This sunscreen would probably work better on someone that doesn’t experience breakouts and have dry skin. I won’t purchase this sunscreen again. Very disappointed this time around.
Review: Sun Bum Face Mist, Aveeno Protect & Hydrate, Hawaiian Tropic Mineral Sunscreens
I tried out some new sunscreens! They are…
- Sun Bum Face Mist Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45
- Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Face Lotion SPF 60
- Hawaiian Tropic Mineral Translucent Sunscreen Powder Brush SPF 30
Here are my thoughts!
Sun Bum Face Mist Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45:
Sun Bum Face Mist Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45 comes in a 3.4 fl. oz. (100 mL) spray bottle. The packaging is really cute. It’s a pale yellow color. It’s a nice color that I can look at, ha. The sunscreen is a face mist, but on the packaging, it says to spray liberally into the palm and apply evenly to the face and neck 15 minutes before sun exposure. Once again, it’s supposed to be a face mist, but it states to use it another way. I didn’t use it as a face mist, by the way. I sprayed it into my palm and applied it to my facial skin. I’m not a fan of spraying products on my face. The application would be uneven and a waste of product. Yeah, it defeats the purpose of a face mist, but whatever.
When I applied the sunscreen to my face, it smelled like bananas, felt really greasy, and ruined my makeup application. It smeared all over my face. I wasn’t happy about that, but I gave it a go anyway. I can’t tell if it protected my skin in a day of use on my face, but I noticed breakouts after using it once. It gave me pimples on my chin and jawline. I’m pretty sure it’s this sunscreen because it was the only new product I introduced. So, Sun Bum Face Mist Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45 didn’t work for me. I used the rest of the sunscreen on my body instead. Since it contains alcohol denatured in it, the product sinks nicely into the skin. I loved that aspect of the product when used on the body. My face didn’t like it at all.
I was able to finish this sunscreen product within a month of using it on my body. It absorbs so well. But I won’t repurchase it because it is too costly for a sunscreen spray. I just don’t think it’s worth the money. It was nice to try, though.
Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Face Lotion SPF 60:
I’ve been eyeing Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Face Lotion SPF 60 for some time. I finally picked it up this summer. This is another sunscreen product that contains alcohol denatured. That is one of the reasons why I hesitated to purchase this product. My experience using sunscreen products with alcohol denatured (for my face) has been mainly misses. They don’t seem to agree with my skin. But here I am, giving Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Face Lotion SPF 60 a try.
Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Face Lotion SPF 60 comes in a 2.0 fl. oz. (60 mL) bottle. It is a sunscreen lotion. I love the texture of this lotion. It absorbs into the skin well and doesn’t leave it feeling sticky. Pretty sure it’s the alcohol that’s doing that. My oily skin really loved this sunscreen. It just sunk right into my skin without leaving it all messy like a bunch of other sunscreen products. Loved it! But not so fast! Unfortunately, my skin started breaking out after one day of use. Thankfully, I caught the breakouts on time! Yep, breakouts. This sunscreen made me break out. And yes, another sunscreen that contains alcohol denatured that clogged my pores.
This is another sunscreen that truly works well on my body. Just not my face. The smell of the product is pretty bad, too. It smells like plastic to me. I guess I finally killed my curiosity about this product. I won’t purchase again.
Hawaiian Tropic Mineral Translucent Sunscreen Powder Brush SPF 30:
I’ve been meaning to purchase Hawaiian Tropic Mineral Translucent Sunscreen Powder Brush SPF 30. I needed a face powder that would decrease the shine on my face. I’ve been walking around with an ultra-shiny face all summer, lol. So, I finally picked up a face powder. Hawaiian Tropic Mineral Translucent Sunscreen Powder Brush SPF 30 is a loose face powder that comes in a retractable bottle with a brush. The brush feels really soft on the skin. The packaging of the product is terrible. Do not twist open any caps on the bottle, or you’ll risk the powder spilling!! I can’t imagine tossing this product into my bag. The cap may loosen from movements and will get everywhere. I was disappointed in the type of packaging when I first received it. Fortunately, I was able to catch the powder from spilling everywhere. Just a heads up!
The ingredients in this product are fairly straightforward. The sunscreen active is Zinc Oxide (24.5%). Here’s the ingredient list if you’re interested:
Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 24.5%
Inactive ingredients: Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Fragrance, Sea Salt, Ceramide Np, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Fruit Extract, Plumeria Acutifolia Flower Extract, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Iron Oxides.
The powder is fragranced, which I didn’t like so much. It’s pretty intense. If you are sensitive to fragrance or powerful scents in general, this may not work for you. Once again, I didn’t like it at all. Since it’s a loose powder, it can really get in the air, and you know what happens next. I had to transfer the powder into one of my powder containers to prevent spilling any of the product. The packaging is just plain terrible. Applying the powder was relatively simple. I would take a brush, tap the excess powder off, and lightly brush it onto my skin. The powder has amazing staying powder. It doesn’t budge. I tried applying concealer on top of the powder because I do light touch-ups sometimes. It didn’t work. I couldn’t even blend my concealer in. Not even a little bit of concealer. I’m amazed at the staying powder!!
The finish of the powder is light and smooth while absorbing excess powder. I really liked how it made my skin look! But, sadly, I experienced breakouts from this powder. It reminded me of those mineral makeup days. Those powders also irritated my skin and gave me acne. I had the same experience with Hawaiian Tropic Mineral Translucent Sunscreen Powder Brush SPF 30. I stopped using it on my face and am attempting to finish the rest of it. I won’t purchase it again. Another product I was curious about that didn’t work on my skin.
That’s my review of some of the summer sunscreens I’ve tried. I hope this was helpful! 🙂
May & June Skin Care Empties
I’ve gone through a bunch of skin care products. Let’s get started!
Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream:
I was able to finish one jar of Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream. I have one more and am trying to finish that one too. So my thoughts on this product are not so good. I thought it was working out for me in the beginning, but it was making my skin worse. It didn’t leave my skin feeling moisturized either. Just greasy and oily. It made me break out as well. I tried using it only as an eye/neck cream. I didn’t like it as an eye cream. As a neck cream, it works, but it’s not the best, moisturizing neck cream I have used. The ingredients in this product are nice. It contains shea butter, beta-carotene, ubiquinone, and vitamin E, to name a few. It just didn’t live up to what it claims to do. I didn’t get any results from it but clogged pores and greasy skin.
The Ordinary Argireline Solution 10%:
This serum has a watery texture that easily absorbs into the skin. It’s supposed to help with dynamic lines on the forehead and smile lines. I didn’t see any results using it. I loved how fast it absorbs and isn’t sticky on the skin, but it did nothing for me. I have one more bottle of the serum that I’m still trying to use up.
Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50:
I was so happy when I finished a bottle of this sunscreen. It’s taking me forever to finish it up for many reasons. Honestly, I really don’t like this sunscreen. It smells awful, feels greasy and heavy on the skin, leaves an obvious white cast, clogs my pores, and is difficult to spread on the skin. I love that it’s 21.6% Zinc Oxide and is SPF 50, but I stopped using it on my face for the reasons mentioned. It feels very uncomfortable on the skin. I have one more bottle of this sunscreen and won’t repurchase it when I finish it. I don’t even know how I’m going to use the last bottle. Wish me luck!
The Ordinary Amino Acids + B5:
I’m done with The Ordinary Amino Acids + B5! This is my last bottle and I’m over it! It did NOTHING for my skin. It feels like I’m applying expensive water to my face. I will not repurchase. What a waste of money!
The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% Ferulic Acid 3%:
I finished another bottle of The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% Ferulic Acid 3%. I don’t really hate this serum. It just didn’t work on my face. It’s too greasy and oily. It made me break out. I didn’t know I was breaking out from using it until I stopped using it. It was one of the many causes of my breakouts. But, I started using it on my body consistently instead. I really like it as a body serum. Not too bad. So I stopped using it on my face and kept using it on my body instead. I might keep using it for that reason. I have a few bottles left to test it out and see if I like it.
Skin79 Super+ Beblesh Balm Orange:
I’ve been using this bb cream for years and finally finished my last bottle of the product. I noticed that I stopped getting breakouts from it after I started using my acne cream. This isn’t a bad bb cream. It’s one of my favorites, but it’s not like what it used to be. I love how it controls oil on my skin. I have very oily skin and this bb cream seems to work for my skin type. But, the one I received was much different. I have a sample of this bb cream and it seems to have a different texture compared to the full-size bottle that I just finished up. Maybe I received a fake? Maybe they changed the formula? I don’t know. I think it’s time to move on to something new…
Andalou Naturals Clear Skin Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Mask:
I haven’t talked about this product yet. I was going to, but I got really busy. So this is an exfoliating mask. I’ve been using it to just use it up, lol. It contains argan stem cells, grapefruit kombucha, pineapple, and papaya enzymes to exfoliate and dissolve dull, dry surface cells. It’s supposed to help unclog pores and help with breakouts. I didn’t see any results from this exfoliating mask. It was fun to use, but that’s about it. I wouldn’t waste my money on it again.
CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Face Sheer Tint:
Another product that I wished I didn’t stock up on, lol. It’s the CeraVe Hydrating Face Sheer Tint. This sunscreen product is awful on my skin. I was a dedicated user. In the end, it caused me to break out without realizing that it was one of the main causes of my breakouts. I even tried it again and noticed breakouts. What is it with CeraVe that causes my skin to dislike it so much? Since it causes acne, I’ve been trying to use it up, but it’s been a pain in the butt. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone with acne-prone skin. Do a patch test first to see if you have any reactions to it. I wished I did.
Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF 50+ PA++++:
No more leftovers of this sunscreen! I finished them all!!!! It didn’t work for me at all. It dries out my skin, leaves my skin looking like plastic, and sun protection is poor (didn’t work for me). I noticed it making my skin look very aged. It must be the dryness or something. I tried using it with a moisturizer underneath. That didn’t work either. This sunscreen product is just not for me. Very overhyped for the price. Not worth it, in my opinion.
Purito Centella Green Level Buffet Serum:
I shouldn’t have bought so many of the Purito Centella Green Level Buffet Serum. It is a calming and soothing serum, but it didn’t do much for my facial skin. I’ve been using the rest of what I have. I’ve been very generous with it too. This serum sucks. I’m over it and just in the process of finishing them up and tossing them out, haha.
The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG:
I was going to keep The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG in my routine, but I never saw any true results with this eye serum. I just wanted it to work and kept using it. It feels pretty drying too even with moisturizer. I gave up on it. Here’s to another product that I’m trying to finish up. I think I have at least 1 more bottle of this serum left…
Eucerin Advanced Hydration SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray with Hyaluronic Acid + Humectants:
I’m not big on spray sunscreens but gave this one a shot. I thought it could work on my face. The sunscreen sprayed out nicely and was very easy to use, but it felt and looked greasy on my skin. It burned my eyes. It has a strong sunscreen smell to it. This would work better as a body sunscreen than a sunscreen for the face. Since it’s alcohol-free, it feels greasy as mentioned. I was hoping that it would work on my facial skin. Oh well. Moving on…
Banana Boat Ultra Sport Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 50+:
I finally finished my last tube of this sunscreen stick. It’s not for me. It’s greasy and oily. It gets everywhere. It feels sticky on the skin. I just didn’t like it. I can’t imagine using this on a daily basis. Maybe if I’m at the beach but there are so many options out there that I’m not even thinking about purchasing this sunscreen again.
Up & Up Sport Sunscreen Lip: Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 50:
This is my current lip balm with SPF 50. It’s cheap. lol, that’s the reason why I use it. I would love to switch over to a mineral-based sunscreen, but I haven’t found one that works for me. It is what it is. It’s a lip balm with SPF.
Trader Joe’s Daily Facial Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40:
I ran out of Trader Joe’s Daily Facial Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40! I’m not sure if I’m going to pick up some more. My current SPF product is working for me, and I just don’t feel like going to the store to get more, haha. But, this sunscreen is pretty decent. I wish the SPF was a little higher.
Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50:
I finished my second bottle of Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50. I don’t use this sunscreen on my facial skin. I use it around my eyes. It’s greasy on my face but works on the skin around my eyes and neck, so that’s what I use it for. I’m not even sure I’m going to stick with it. I have 2 more bottles left and just using it because it’s supposed to be a high UVA sunscreen. We’ll see if it works or not!
GUERISSON 9 Complex Cream:
I’m glad to be done with this cream. It didn’t do much for my skin. It’s a pretty heavy product. I honestly don’t care much for it. I almost forgot about it and decided to slather my body with it for weeks until the jar was empty. Wouldn’t purchase it again, to be honest.
Coppertone Defend & Care Clear Zinc 50:
Another sunscreen that I finished. Coppertone Defend & Care Clear Zinc 50 smells like plastic and left a white cast on my skin. I used most of it on my body since my face hated it. It’s not a sunscreen that I would purchase again. It’s affordable, but I can’t stand using it. It wasn’t an enjoyable experience.
PanOxyl Acne Creamy Wash (4%):
I was hoping that a benzoyl peroxide-based face wash would work instead of my current face wash. It didn’t work. PanOxyl did nothing for my skin. It didn’t even clean it well. I’m better off sticking to benzoyl peroxide topical treatments to target my acne-prone skin. This face wash may work for others, but it didn’t for me.
Neutrogena Stubborn Acne AM Treatment:
Love this product. It cleared my skin after months of using it. I noticed results very early on (a few weeks). It sinks into the skin nicely and doesn’t leave residue behind. I love it. I’m currently using it in the morning to control sebum and prevent breakouts while using SPF. My sunscreens tend to be greasier and the acne treatment helps to decrease the grease on my face, haha. I finished one bottle of the acne treatment. Now I’m on to my second bottle! Wow, this stuff is amazing at fighting acne. I’m going to keep using it.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Body & Face Mineral Sunscreen Gentle Lotion SPF 50:
I thought this would be my HG sunscreen, but I’m so over it. It’s a mineral sunscreen and I really wanted it to work. The texture of the sunscreen is very soft, smooth, and elegant. It’s easy to blend into the skin. It does leave a white cast on the skin, which I didn’t like. It’s a very noticeable white cast. I prefer a more moisturizing sunscreen that doesn’t leave my skin looking extremely white. This was just too much and noticeable. It’s quite embarrassing. I can’t go anywhere using this sunscreen. It’s hilarious, haha.
Aussie Total Miracle Conditioner with Apricot For Damage Hair:
I was able to finish the Aussie Conditioner (Apricot). Another brand that I’m over with. The conditioner didn’t do much for my hair. It feels like it’s moisturizing when I’m using it, but it left my hair looking frizzy and gross afterward. I didn’t like the results of it. I guess it’s affordable for a reason. Next…
Catch up on my skin care empties right here!
August Skin Care Empties!
September Skin Care Empties
November Skin Care Empties
December Skin Care Empties
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January Skin Care Empties!
February Skin Care Empties
March & April Skin Care Empties!