Trying Out Mineral Sunscreens…

Mineral Sunscreens

I’m trying out mineral sunscreens again! I picked up some mineral sunscreens I used in the past to test once again. They are Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Face Liquid Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 and Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30. I’ve been using chemical-based sunscreens for some time now consistently. I’ve been getting really bad migraines from them. My eyes would burn constantly even though I’d only applied the sunscreen to my face. It would seep into my eyes somehow. I even wash my hands before applying mineral sunscreen on the skin around the eyes. Still, my eyes would end up burning no matter what. Reapplying chemical-based sunscreens was terrible. It’s just so irritating. I’d have teary eyes all day. I’m over chemical-based sunscreens. I have a few more bottles of chemical-based sunscreens left. I will use them up eventually. I’m just not interested in using them right now. I think it’s time to switch back to using mineral sunscreens. So let’s begin with Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Face Liquid Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50…

I picked Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Face Liquid Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 because it’s a thin liquid. I wanted a sunscreen that’s lightweight. I’m getting tired of thick sunscreens. I’ve used it before, but I wanted to see if it’s going to be different this time. My skin is pretty good right now, and it’s easy to detect if a product is working or not fast.

Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Face Liquid Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 contains 12% zinc oxide. It has a SPF of 50. How? This sunscreen isn’t a true mineral sunscreen. On the ingredient list, it lists Butyloctyl Salicylate as the third ingredient. I’ve noticed that mineral sunscreens with high SPF that doesn’t feel heavy or doesn’t give off too much of a white cast contain this ingredient to boost the SPF.

This sunscreen is truly lightweight on the skin. That’s one of the main reasons why I chose it. When dispensed from the bottle, the sunscreen is a liquid. It’s white. It smooths over the skin nicely. It smells like plastic though. I hated the smell of it. Once applied to the skin, the white cast somewhat fades away, lol. It’s not too bad. It’s pretty easy to blend into the skin. The sunscreen is silky and smooth. As I said before, it’s truly lightweight.

As for irritation and breakouts, I noticed both. The sunscreen feels like silicones. It ended up irritating my skin. It made my skin extremely itchy, especially the neck area. I can’t recall this sunscreen giving me a rash in the past. I also noticed some clogged pores. Even though it feels lightweight on the skin, it does feel like plastic wrap on the face. I stopped using this sunscreen on my face immediately after noticing irritation and breakouts. I’m quite disappointed in the outcome when used as a face sunscreen. But, as a body sunscreen (on my arms), it works pretty well. It’s lightweight, doesn’t have a white cast, and absorbs quickly. It doesn’t stain my clothes either. Unfortunately, I’m not going to purchase it again for these reasons. It’s not a true mineral sunscreen. It irritated my skin and caused breakouts. The size of the sunscreen is too small for a body sunscreen. I know it’s not a body sunscreen. I’m currently using it as a body sunscreen but will not repurchase to use as a body sunscreen. I would rather go for a larger sized sunscreen bottle for the bottle to save money.

Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30ย was another mineral sunscreen I chose. I picked it for its moisturizing properties. This sunscreen is a true mineral sunscreen with 19.5% zinc oxide! I remember this sunscreen being thick and heavy. It’s thick but absorbs into the skin very nicely this time. I actually like it. It feels very gentle on the skin. I didn’t experience skin burning, eyes burning, itchy skin. It’s soothing. It has a white cast that fades into the skin. My experience with the Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 has been good. I haven’t noticed any breakouts. Just moisturized skin. This sunscreen is definitely for sensitive skin. We’ll see how it goes in the next week or so.ย Hopefully no new breakouts from this sunscreen! I think this might be my to-go-to sunscreen if it works out!

Those are my thoughts on Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Face Liquid Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50ย andย Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30! I’ll make an update soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

Update: Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 50 + Other Cetaphil Mineral Sunscreens

Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 50

Alright everyone! Here’s my update on Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 50! If you missed out on my day 1 experience using this sun product, don’t forget to click on this link!

So I’ve been trying to reapply sunscreen more often than I have been even though I’m not the type of person that bathes in the sun. It’s really difficult to reapply sunscreen when there’s makeup on my face. I have powders and all of that good stuff, but I don’t think it’s doing a good job. My skin is very prone to burning, tanning, and freckling. All of the three! Since I’ve been getting more freckles even when wearing sunscreen and staying out of the sun, I thought it would be a good idea to up my sunscreen game! So! I’ve been playing around with the SPFs that I have. This week, I had a chance to try out Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 50 again. It’s a high SPF product, broad spectrum, formulated for sensitive skin, contains vitamin e, and water resistant (80 minutes). I’m not sure what the UVA protection of this sunscreen is. I would have to contact them, so I haven’t fully committed to this sunscreen. I use it first then I follow-up with another sunscreen that is SPF 50+ PA++++. I want to make sure that I get the highest protection and full protection as much as possible. My skin feels very sensitive right now and is prone to damage if I don’t protect it.

As for the results from Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 50, I stopped using it all-over my face after day 2. I started noticing hard sebum on my cheeks (2 of them) and developed a soreness on the tip of my nose (cyst). Yeah, so I’m glad I stopped on time before it got to the rest of my face! I feel that it’s a good sunscreen, but it’s too heavy for the face, especially for people with oily skin that’s acne-prone. It seems to trap in excess sebum within the pores due to its waxy texture. I’m better off using this sunscreen in sensitive areas like my under eyes, ears, and neck. I’m back to how I used it before.

Other sunscreens I tried again…just messing around because I have them…

Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Face Liquid Sunscreen SPF 50:

Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Face Liquid Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50

This sunscreen felt very nice and smooth on the skin. It has a silky silicone texture to it. This type of texture made it easier for me to apply my makeup on my skin. My makeup would just smoothly glide on without any issues. It gave my skin this soft, silky, smooth feel to it. Love it! This sunscreen contains 12% Zinc Oxide. Since it’s a mineral sunscreen, it did leave a slight white cast behind. With this sunscreen, the texture of it is more on the runny liquid side. It’s called a liquid sunscreen as it states on the bottle, lol. The texture of the product made it easier to blend the product into the skin even with the white cast. Much better compared to other mineral-based sunscreens within this brand. Out of all of the Cetaphil mineral sunscreen products, this one was the most ideal for my skin type. It’s lightweight and just melts into the skin upon application. It’s like a sunscreen milk.

I remember using this sunscreen in the past and getting breakouts from it. This time, I didn’t notice any breakouts or clogged pores, but I didn’t use it for long due to it having a chemical smell. Honestly, the smells gets to me every time I use it. I can’t stand it. But, there are some good aspects to this sunscreen, such as it being a physical sunscreen, feels very lightweight on the skin, water-resistant (80 minutes), works as a makeup primer, and leaves the skin feeling silky smooth! But there are some more bad aspects to this sunscreen as well besides the white cast and smell that I mentioned. The sunscreen goes on very patchy as it settles into the skin. It clings to every dry skin possible. Reapplication is a pain with this sunscreen. The more I apply, the more it accentuates dry skin and flaky skin. The white cast becomes more apparent too. I really wanted this sunscreen to work out for me. Too bad it didn’t. Maybe I’ll try it again in a few months. Right now…it’s time to move on…

Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30:

Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

I didn’t expect to try this sunscreen again. I’m going through my sunscreens to finish them up and thought I would try it again. It’s a risk I’m taking, but let’s go at it. haha. This sunscreen is a thick product. It’s a white paste. It is a mineral sunscreen. It utilizes Zinc Oxide (10%) and Titanium Dioxide (3%). I love mineral sunscreens. They don’t irritate my skin or burn my eyes. Quite calming actually. For my skin, that’s the way to go. The product was very difficult to blend into the skin even though it feels soft and smooth. I’m able to blend the sunscreen into my skin after a few minutes. Yay! But it took more effort than other sunscreens I have used. Even though the product is a thick in texture, it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. It feels light on my skin. That was quite interesting! My issue with this sunscreen is that it leaves an obvious white cast behind even after blending and more blending. It makes me look like a ghost. I didn’t like that at all. Also, the finish of this sunscreen is powdery. The powder finish settles into dry skin and accentuates them a ton more. Just awful. Another bad thing about this sunscreen is that it doesn’t stick to the skin that well. After application it swooshes around on the skin. Surprisingly, this sunscreen didn’t break me out after a few days of use, but I’m not purchasing it again. I won’t be able to use it as my daily sunscreen. Too much effort for mornings with a bunch of other issues mentioned.

That’s my update on Cetaphil sunscreens! More on sunscreens coming up! ๐ŸŒž

Trying Out Sunscreens Again! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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A Day of Using Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 50!

Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 50

I used Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Stick Sensitive SPF 50+, and it was a huge mess. The product crumbles, leaves a white cast, accentuates dry skin and flakes. It was just a terrible result visually. I couldn’t continue to use it on my face anymore. So I remembered that I had Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 50. I decided to use it again on my face because I needed a sun protection product that would stay on my skin and is water-resistant. This sunscreen had it all. It’s SPF 50, broad spectrum, formulated for sensitive skin, contains vitamin e, and is water-resistant. Alright! This is how it went!

You can read my previous review right here: Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 50 — Previously, I didn’t use it all-over my facial skin but on parts of my face (lips, eyes) and body.

In saying that, I started applying this sunscreen all-over my face. The sunscreen was very easy to use and moved across my face just fine. I didn’t have any problems with application. The product felt soft and smooth. It felt very conditioning and moisturizing on the skin. My skin didn’t feel dry. It does feel a bit heavier compared to my other sunscreens due to it being a sunscreen stick. This sunscreen stick contains…

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 6% (sunscreen), Zinc Oxide 4.7% (sunscreen)

Inactive Ingredients: aluminum hydroxide, beeswax, bht, butyloctyl salicylate, c12-15 alkyl benzoate, cetyl alcohol, dimethicone, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, isostearic acid, neopentyl glycol diethylhexanoate, ozokerite, paraffin, polyethylene, stearic acid, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin e), triethoxycaprylylsilane.

I was really afraid of using this product on my face, since I’m acne-prone. It has some acne offenders (on my skin) like beeswax, candelilla wax, and paraffin. I was afraid that some of the ingredients would trigger a break out. After one day of using this sunscreen stick, I can’t tell if it has, but I’ll make an update on that. This sunscreen is a mineral sunscreen and contains Titanium Dioxide (6%) and Zinc Oxide (4.7%). It does leave a white cast behind, so it’s not as sheer as it is advertised. I was able to blend the ‘white cast’ into my skin. I did have trouble with that when I first applied it, but it got better after reapplications. Also, this sunscreen accentuates dry skin, flakes on the skin too. I’m using exfoliants, and I feel like this sunscreen really makes them more obvious.

Now let’s get into what I like about this product!

The sunscreen is very moisturizing! It helped improve the quality of my skin! Not sure if it’s a day of protecting my skin from UV rays (the sunscreen sticks to my skin much better) or the overall formula of this product is more moisturizing than what I usually use. All I know is that my skin feels a lot softer when using it and after I removed it! Another thing I like about this sunscreen stick is that it is really easy to apply to my skin, especially on-the-go! I don’t have to deal with globs and blobs of lotion. I can just take this sunscreen stick out and apply it on my face on-the-spot! I’m easily protected from UV rays whenever and wherever I am! As I mentioned before, the sunscreen sticks on my skin! I love it! Unlike my other sunscreens, it stays on my skin (water-resisanttttt!!). I have oily skin and products just move around on my face and comes off very easily. This was awesome!

My first day of using Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 50 went well, but I’m still worried about some other effects it may have on my skin with continued use — breakouts and accentuating dry skin and flaky skin. I’m just going to leave it here and see how it goes. I just hope it doesn’t clog my pores. I’ll be devastated. ha! Stay tuned for my next update! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Read more on my sunscreen update right here:

Trying Out Sunscreens Again!ย ๐Ÿ˜Ž

More Sunscreens I Tried Again for Summer!ย ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

More Sunscreens I Tried Again for Summer! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

Summer Sunscreens 2021

Here are some more sunscreens that I tested out for summer! They’re sunscreens that I have and wanted to give them a try again. Here are my thoughts on them!

Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun SPF 50+ PA++++:

I’ve been withholding myself from using this sunscreen. I’m just kidding. It’s been sitting there, and I forgot about it. So I only have a less than a quarter left of this sunscreen, so I decided to use it. Only on my body, not my face. It’s still good to go. I’ve kept it sheltered from the sun and kept it in a safe place. My first impression of this sunscreen is how moisturizing it is on the skin. Loved it! Super ultra moisturizing! The sunscreen feels soft, smooth, and supple on the skin. Very lovely indeed. The sunscreen says it contains SPF 50 PA++++. I believe it’s actually SPF 19 (from what I remember). Yeah, pretty low. I haven’t purchased a Purito sunscreen since after the whole controversy about Purito having the incorrect SPF then what is labelled on the bottle. Oh well. I wore the sunscreen when indoors. As I said earlier, I only had less than a quarter left of the product. The only thing that bothered me besides that it’s only SPF 19 is that it smells like lavender. I can’t see myself wearing this smell on my face every day. It just smells so strong and awful. I’m glad I’m officially done with it. Out it goes!

Differin Oil Absorbing Moisturizer with SPF 30:

I finally finished a whole bottle of Differin Oil Absorbing Moisturizer with SPF 30. I have a few left. haha. I was so ambitious that it would work for my face that I stocked up! Well! I stopped using it on my face and started using it on my body instead. This sunscreen is very moisturizing and lightweight on the skin. It absorbs into the skin well. No issues there! It’s supposed to be fragranced-free, but it smells like a bunch of chemicals. I didn’t like the smell of the product. ๐Ÿคฎ That just reminded me that this sunscreen burned my eyes when I used it on my face! Ouch! As a body sunscreen, it’s nice. I wouldn’t purchase it again once I’m done with my bottles. It only contains SPF 30. I prefer sunscreens that are above SPF 30. It’s quite easy to find a sunscreen with SPF over 30 for the body.

I almost forgot! This moisturizer is not oil-absorbing as advertised!

Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30:

Here’s another product that I only have a quarter left. I remember using this sunscreen on my face last year and the results were absolutely terrible. The sunscreen is really thick in texture and consistency. It doesn’t glide over the skin smoothly. It takes a good amount of time to blend the sunscreen into the skin. Also, the sunscreen leaves a very noticeable white cast that looks horrible for everyday use. I mean, it was literally impossible to use it in a single day without looking like a ghost. This time, I didn’t use it on my face but my body instead. I can’t imagine using this sunscreen on my face without going through what I went through before. On the body, the sunscreen still feels thick and difficult to blend into the skin. It still left a white cast after applying the sunscreen. The sunscreen smells like chemicals too. The finish actually looks really good on my legs, lol. But, I would not repurchase this sunscreen again. It’s just too much work for an everyday sunscreen. I need something much simpler and easier to use. This sunscreen is a mineral sunscreen with Titanium Dioxide (3%) and Zinc Oxide (10%).

Coppertone Defend & Care Clear Zinc 50:

I have a full bottle of the Coppertone Defend & Care Clear Zinc 50. I didn’t use it on my face. It feels more like a body sunscreen. That’s what I used it for. The sunscreen is a mixed sunscreen with chemical and physical filters. They are Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 4.5%, and Zinc Oxide 9.7%. When I opened the bottle, it smelled like a bunch of chemicals and plastic. I really dislike that smell when it comes to sunscreens. As for the application, it works very well on my skin (body). It blends in well. It didn’t feel too heavy on the skin but not lightweight. I can feel that it’s sitting on my skin. I don’t think it’s too bad. I think this sunscreen is best for beach days. For me, I can’t use it every day. It’s great that it comes in a 6 fl. oz. bottle though!

Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Face Liquid Sunscreen SPF 50:

I really wanted to like this sunscreen, but it’s been a disappointment. It’s a physical sunscreen with 12% Zinc Oxide. It feels very lightweight, since it’s a thin liquid that melts into the skin well. I thought that it would be great considering the texture, how lightweight it feels on the skin, and that it contains Zinc Oxide. But, I didn’t really like this sunscreen. It smells really bad. Like plastic. Once again, I can’t stand products that smell like this because I get really bad migraines from them. Also, I noticed when using this sunscreen that the application can be uneven. My skin looked patchy and dry with it on my face. I think this sunscreen is pretty much hyped up. It’s not that great. Pass.

Banana Boat Ultra Sport Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 50+:

Out of all of the sunscreen sticks I have tried, this one was the most convenient and very easy to use. It glides over the skin easily, blends into the skin well, doesn’t leave a white cast (it’s a chemical sunscreen, by the way), and contains SPF 50+! I love how simple it is to use this sunscreen. It moves over my skin without pulling at my skin. I really love that! Unfortunately, it’s way too sticky and pore-clogging for my facial skin. I ended up using it on my body instead. Still, it felt sticky on the skin. Formulation-wise, I’m not a fan of it. The only thing I like about this sunscreen is that it’s mess-free, portable, and very easy to apply on the spot if I needed a re-application. I most likely won’t purchase it again because it’s not a well-rounded for me in this case.

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Review: Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

Here’s my review on Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50! If you missed out, check out my full review on Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30. ๐Ÿ™‚ Since my skin didn’t like Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30, I didn’t use the SPF 50 on my face. I used it as a body sunblock instead. So this sunblock utilizes mineral filters just like the SPF 30. It contains zinc oxide (4.7%) and titanium dioxide (4.9%). It’s water resistant (up to 80 minutes), hypoallergenic, paraben-free, fragrance-free, and great for sensitive skin. Hmm, that’s interesting, but I can’t be too impressed until I actually use the product, especially after my experience with the SPF 30. Anything goes! I’ve had this sunscreen since the beginning of summer and used it consistently on my body. Here are my thoughts on it!

I had a terrible experience with Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30. I couldn’t possibly use the SPF 50 on my face. I didn’t want to have a huge massive acne breakout again. Cetaphil does have another SPF 50 mineral sunscreen that’s a liquid. If you want to learn more about it go here: Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Face Liquid Sunscreen SPF 50. So the texture of the SPF 50 is very similar to the SPF 30. It feels creamy and thick, but it’s less thick compared to the SPF 30, which was really surprising because usually sunscreens become thicker when the SPF increases. In this case, it felt lighter on my skin but only when compared to the SPF 30. Compared to other sunscreens, it goes on pretty heavy, and I had a difficult time blending it into my skin. Once applied to the skin, it leaves a white cast. It is a mineral sunscreen after all. I wouldn’t recommend this sunscreen if you have a tan or a darker complexion. The white cast is very obvious. I didn’t like it either even though I’m on the light skin side. I’d much prefer something that blends into my natural skin tone and looks natural on my skin. If the white cast fades, it would be great, but it looked like it left a white tint on my skin. That’s not something I’m going after. This sunscreen doesn’t pill or irritate the skin. It’s pretty moisturizing. It has a soothing and calming effect on the skin. I think it has to do with the zinc oxide. This ingredient has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Even though the two sunscreens (SPF 50 and SPF 30) don’t have identical ingredients, they’re pretty similar in texture and consistency. If I had to choose between the two, I would choose the SPF 50. That’s if I had to choose. haha. After using the SPF 50 on my body throughout the summer, I thought it felt too heavy on my skin for me to consider it in my daily routine. And this is something I would never use on my face. Thank goodness I didn’t! Also, it tends to stain fabrics and surfaces too, since it doesn’t completely set on the skin. I don’t want my car seat stained white from sunscreen. No way, it’s not going to happen, lol.

โœ… Pros

โŒ Cons

Here goes another Cetaphil mineral sunscreen that didn’t work for me. It’s too thick and heavy for everyday use. I can’t imagine slathering this stuff on my face or body to be left with a white cast on my skin. I don’t want to look like a ghost, lol. It’s a gentle, moisturizing, soothing sunscreen with SPF 50, but the sunscreen needs to be wearable for daily use. It needs to play well with my other skin care products and my skin as well. My skin just didn’t like this sunscreen. Love the 3 fl. oz. bottle, but this isn’t something I would purchase again (even for my body). There are better options out there that doesn’t leave white stains on clothes or surfaces. The idea of this sunscreen is nice. It’s just not what I’m searching for. It doesn’t fit into my lifestyle. It’s not something I would recommend to anyone either.

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