Review: Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

I picked up a new sunscreen for the face. It’s the Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30! This sunscreen is supposed to be a lightweight mineral sunscreen formulated with ceramides and non-nano zinc oxide to provide broad spectrum SPF 30 protection from UVA/UVB rays. It says it’s non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) and non-greasy. It’s free of dyes, fragrance, lanolin, parabens, formaldehyde, gluten, and botanical extracts. I was very excited about this sunscreen since I’m searching for a more moisturizing sunscreen for the winter. Here are my thoughts and experience on this product!

Texture & Application

This product is a moisturizer with sunscreen. It was way heavier and thicker than I expected. It claims to be a lightweight mineral sunscreen. It’s a mineral sunscreen (19.5% Zinc Oxide) alright, but it’s nowhere near being lightweight. I used the recommended amount of sunscreen, and it was so difficult to blend into the skin due to the thickness of the product. The product is a cream that melts into the skin. It feels super soft, and I was super ecstatic about using it, but the finish was awful. It left my skin looking super oily, shiny, and greasy. My face looked like it was smeared with oil. There was a subtle white cast. I didn’t think was too bad. I could tolerate the white cast, but I couldn’t tolerate the greasiness of the sunscreen. It just wasn’t a good look. My skin is already oily. Using this sunscreen made my skin look even more oily. It took so long for the product to absorb into the skin. It just sat on my skin. I really don’t have the time for a sunscreen to take hours to set in the morning. 5 minutes? 10 minutes is OK. 30 minutes to 1 hour? No. I don’t have the time for that. I have other responsibilities and obligations to take care of. It feels like the sunscreen shifts around on the face too, so I’m not sure if I’m getting an even coverage or protection. Applying this sunscreen was a pain in the butt.

It’s very moisturizing.

Since it’s a moisturizer with SPF, it moisturizes the skin very well. It helped with dry patches and flaky skin. Reapplying the recommended amount is not ideal with this product, lol. I can’t walk around with a glistening, greasy face + letting the sunscreen absorb into the skin takes too much time. Don’t even bother reapplying with this product with makeup on. It’s not going to work. It’ll smear your makeup. But this product is really good for touch-ups on dry areas. For example, the skin around my eyes get really dry sometimes. This sunscreen works to keep them moisturized. It kept my skin moisturized throughout the day and didn’t irritate my skin. It soothed my dry skin. It makes an amazing moisturizer that contains SPF. Yeah, it only contains SPF 30, but it’s better than using a plain moisturizer. It’s a moisturizer and sunscreen in one, which makes it a better choice for mornings when the sun’s out. The ingredients in this product aren’t too bad either. It contains ceramides and squalane. I’m not a huge fan of squalane, but I like my ceramides. I can’t get over how moisturizing this sunscreen is. 🥰

Breakouts??

Sadly, after 3 days of using this sunscreen, my skin started to get clogged. I noticed hard sebum within my pores. There were lots of them. I noticed some other breakouts too on my nose, forehead, and chin. I’m glad I stopped using it on time before it made my skin worse. Once I stopped using it, my skin started to look better, clearer. So, it looks like this sunscreen wasn’t made for acne-prone skin. It claims to be non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), but it’s too heavy and greasy. Even though it’s a moisturizer with SPF, it’s very easy to tell that it’s a sunscreen. The texture of the product is thicker. It sits on the skin like other sunscreens I’ve used. It’s just more moisturizing. It’s a no-go if your pores get clogged easily. Maybe it’s just me, lol. My pores get clogged veryyyyy easily, and I have skin that’s very acnegenic. It didn’t work for me.

Final Thoughts

I was hoping that Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 would work. I was looking for a moisturizing sunscreen. It’s very disappointing that I can’t use this on my face due to it being greasy, oily plus breakouts. But, I can use it as a moisturizing SPF for the eye area and neck. I really enjoyed using it around my eyes since it’s super moisturizing and doesn’t irritate or burn my eyes. My skin is getting a little more dry and this product could help lessen the dryness on that part of my face. The skin around my eyes is one of the first areas that dry out too. It would be nice if it was at least SPF 50, so I’m not sure if I’m going to purchase it again for this purpose. I’ll have to keep using the product to see if I like it enough to keep it. Another sunscreen I have — Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 makes a good moisturizing sunscreen for the eye area too. It just doesn’t contain ingredients like ceramides. Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 smells kinda revolting, while Vanicream has no fragrance or smell to it. So it’s not going to hurt to use Vanicream just for the moisture, ceramides, and SPF. 😀 I didn’t mention this yet, but Vanicream is not sweat or water-resistant. All in all, I don’t think it’s a terrible product. I just can’t use it on my face.

What Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 looks like:

This is what Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 looks like. It’s not as lightweight as advertised. It feels thicker, and it’s very moisturizing on the skin (love!!). The product came sealed. I’m really loving Vanicream products, since the ones I have were all sealed. 👌🏻👍🏻

Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Trying CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Face Sheer Tint + Review!

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CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Face Sheer Tint

I had a chance to try out CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Face Sheer Tint. I was getting annoyed with the white cast that mineral sunscreens give off even after blending it into the skin. That darn white cast (though sometimes subtle) never truly goes away. And I’m also trying to wear less makeup and focus on taking care of my skin aka controlling my acne breakouts. The less skin care products on my face, the better. So it seems like it after eliminating a ton of skin care products from my routine. So one day, I did a quick search and this product popped up. It’s the CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Sheer Tint!

So I’m not too fond of CeraVe skin care products. I haven’t had a good experience with this brand, and I’ve tried plenty of their products. It’s like my face just doesn’t like CeraVe. I’ve tried products from sunblock (tried it more than once), moisturizing cream, eye cream, face washes. The leave-on products break me out, face washes don’t leave my skin feeling clean (breakouts), and the eye cream is simply a waste of money. It does absolutely nothing, doesn’t even moisturize. The only product that I can tolerate is the CeraVe Healing Ointment. I rarely use it on my facial skin. Only when I have dry patches of skin on my face. Otherwise, I use it on my lips to moisturize. This is the only good product that works on my skin that I have from CeraVe, lol. With that in mind…

Now back to CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Face Sheer Tint.

CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Face Sheer Tint

My Thoughts on CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Face Sheer Tint!

This tinted sunscreen product comes in a 1.7 fl. oz. (50 mL) tube. It’s actually pretty cute. I really like the packaging and coloring of it. So this isn’t a high SPF product. It’s only SPF 30. I wish it was at least SPF 50, but it is what it is. I decided to pick up a box anyways. The product is NOT sealed upon opening. I prefer products that are sealed. That was a huge disappointment. As for the product itself, it’s a cream that feels super soft and moisturizing. The ingredients include ceramides, niacinamide, and sodium hyaluronate. Knowing the ingredients, this product would provide some skin healing, moisturizing benefits. Pretty awesome, especially when my moisture barrier was on fire.

When I applied the cream to my face, it smoothed over the skin very easily and effortlessly. It feels soft, smooth, and very, very moisturizing. I must emphasize how moisturizing it is on the skin. I think a little too moisturizing for my skin type, which is the oily type. I was a bit worried since I know I can’t use products this moisturizing. On the box, it did say that it’s a ‘hydrating mineral sunscreen’. It truly is hydrating. But on my skin, it looked very oily and I would say on the greasy side. I had to apply another product over CeraVe to tame the oiliness, greasiness. If you have dry or normal skin, this might work better for you. It just made my face look like pure grease.

As for the shade of the product, there’s only one shade available. It’s a sheer tint product. It’s supposed to work on all skin colors from extremely pale to deep, rich skin tones. On my skin, it was too dark and a little too orangey for my taste. I tried to make it work, but when I was going out, I noticed my face looked super orange compared to the rest of my body. The cream does blend and vanish into the skin, but there’s still an orange tinge left behind. It just made my face look like a pumpkin. 🎃 Also, there is no coverage (if that’s what you’re looking for). It’s a sheer tint (what it is). I’m putting this out there because I can understand that some people might have acne marks, dark under eye circles, and uneven skin tone they want to cover even when using a tinted product. This product won’t cover them at all.

This is what the cream looks like. It’s an orange, tan color. I think this would work best on medium, golden skin tones. I think I’m too pale for this product. 😢

CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Face Sheer Tint

Lastly, did it break me out? I’ve been using it for about a week. At first, I thought I found a pretty good moisturizer even though I didn’t like the shade of the product. I was super excited! I was planning on using it anyways because of that. But, nope, I noticed clogged pores by the end of the week. The product is too heavy on my skin. Way too oily. Way too greasy. It didn’t sit on my skin well. It feels wet and feels like my face is being suffocated. The cream also transfers onto clothing and can easily be scraped off the face. lol. Maybe my face is just too oily?

I was initially attracted to this product because I wanted a mineral sunscreen that didn’t leave a white cast behind. That white cast settles into the eyebrows, hairline, and creases of the skin. I noticed it made my skin look blotchy too. I can see white patches of sunscreen even after blending and blending some more. I needed a product that would hide that white cast. I thought this product (or any other tinted product) would make it easier to reapply sunscreen throughout the day too, since I wouldn’t have to deal with that embarrassing white cast. But it looks like this isn’t it for me. It just didn’t work out. I guess this is another CeraVe product down. lol. There’s something about CeraVe products that don’t mesh with my skin. Oh well. Moving on, hahaha.

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