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!
Trying Out 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 30 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. 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 50 and Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30! I’ll make an update soon. 🙂
Review: Sun Bum Kids Clear Face Stick SPF 50
I’ve been trying a bunch of different sunscreen products. I’ve already finished Sun Bum Kids Clear Face Stick SPF 50. The outer layer (packaging) peeled off all of a sudden.
- Glides on clear
- Water-resistant formula
- Can be applied on wet or dry skin
- Broad spectrum protection
- Water-resistant (80 minutes)
- Hawaii Act 104 Reef Compliant
- No synthetic fragrance
This sunscreen is 0.53 oz (15 g). It’s really small for the price. I thought I would give it a try anyways. I love clear sunscreen sticks. They work very well for re-applications. They’re convienent and easy to carry around and use. This sunscreen was just that. It’s easy to toss it in my bag and easy to re-apply. I can use it anywhere without hassle.
I first started using this sunscreen on my body, especially my neck and hands. I didn’t want to risk using it on my face at first. The sunscreen feels nice on the skin. It smells like bananas. I actually like the smell of the sunscreen product. It’s truly clear. It doesn’t leave the skin feeling extremely sticky. It goes on well. I haven’t had any big issues with this sunscreen. I just wish it would absorb a little faster. Otherwise, it works for me.
After testing it on my body, I decided to try it on my face. I liked that it’s a sunscreen stick. It wasn’t as messy compared to a lotion. With the Sun Bum Kids Clear Face Stick SPF 50, it felt moisturizing on the skin, but it felt a bit drying after it sets on the skin. I didn’t like the feeling of it on my face. Also, it burned my eyes. It’s a chemical sunscreen, by the way.
Here are the ingredients:
Homosalate 10%, Octocrylene 10%, Octisalate 5%, Avobenzone 3%
octyldodecanol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, butyloctyl salicylate, dibutyl ethylhexanoyl glutamide, dibutyl lauroyl glutamide, trimethylpentanediol/adipic acid/glycerin crosspolymer, tocopheryl acetate, fragrance, pongamol
I love that it’s a sunscreen stick that smells good. It works well on the body. I haven’t used it at the beach or anything. I haven’t used it when my skin is wet. I’ve only used for everyday use. I can’t comment if it works in extremely high UV cases. It worked for everyday use. As for my face, I don’t like it that much. I prefer to use it on my body. But, as a last resort, I would use it on my face. I didn’t experience breakouts while using it. Shocker! I was surprised by this. Maybe I’ll repurchase in the near future. Just not right now.
Review: Neutrogena Mineral Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Face & Body Stick SPF 50
Another sunscreen I purchased to try this summer is Neutrogena Mineral Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Face & Body Stick SPF 50. I’m still searching for that perfect mineral sunscreen and thought I would give this one a try.
- Protects skin with broad spectrum SPF 50
- Portable, swipeable sunscreen stick
- No white cast
- Contains 21.6% zinc oxide from natural sources and vitamin e
- Gentle for sensitive skin
- Dermatologist recommended formula
- Leaves skin feeling soft and smooth
- Dry touch technology
- Goes on clear
- Water resistant (80 minutes)
- Not tested on animals
- Mineral oil-free
Here are my thoughts on Neutrogena Mineral Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Face & Body Stick SPF 50!
I didn’t use this sunscreen on my face. I used it on my body. I noticed that the sunscreen felt too thick and greasy on the skin. I don’t want to use sunscreen that feels thick and greasy on my face. It’s advertised as being non-greasy, dry-touch, and non-comedogenic. It’s truly not non-greasy. It’s also not dry-touch. Non-comedogenic? It feels waxy. That won’t go well on my skin. It didn’t give me breakouts on my body, but the skin on my body is very much different than the skin on my face.
It’s broad spectrum SPF 50 with 21.6% zinc oxide. That’s awesome. That’s exactly what I’m searching for. It leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth yet sticky and greasy. I just wish it wasn’t sticky and greasy. It really ruins the entire experience. As for leaving a white cast, it does leave a white cast. The sunscreen doesn’t go on clear (as advertised). The white cast isn’t as bad compared to other zinc-based sunscreens I’ve used, but I can still see a slight white cast on my skin. I didn’t like that at all. I love how it’s gentle on my skin. But I’m not a big fan of it. The sunscreen became messy (as shown in the photo). It actually cracked after a few days of use. I had to put it back together.
I love that it’s a mineral sunscreen and gentle on the skin. It didn’t make my skin itchy. I just disliked how it felt like I had sunscreen on. It’s not lightweight or easy to use. I mean, my sunscreen fell apart after a few days. I’m currently just using the rest of it. I won’t purchase again after finishing it.
Review: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist SPF 70 & Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Stick Sensitive SPF 50+
I finished two more sunscreens. They are…
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 70
- Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Stick Sensitive SPF 50+
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 70:
I wanted to try Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 70 for the heck of it. I was picking up a few sunscreens for the summer. This one just popped up. I had to try it! The sunscreen comes in a spray bottle. It’s 5.0 oz. (141 g). It’s water resistant (80 minutes). It has a spray nozzle that clicks (opens and closes). I didn’t have any issues with the sunscreen getting everywhere with this type of nozzle. The sunscreen sprays out like a fine mist. It claims to be a ‘mist’. It really is a mist. I was really intrigued by that. It feels lightweight and greasy at the same time. It’s not ultra-light or non-greasy as it claims. It’s funny because it sprays out so light but looks and feels heavier on the skin. It left my skin looking shiny and greasy. I was disappointed in that. I was hoping for a clean feel. Something like Sun Bum Face Mist Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45. Sun Bum had a lighter feel on the skin. It absorbs faster and doesn’t leave any residue behind. Neutrogena, on the other hand, was the opposite (shiny, greasy, heavy).
The smell of this sunscreen was awful. It’s very strong. Honestly, it’s probably not healthy using a spray sunscreen like this daily. The fumes get everywhere, and even though I try my best to not breathe it in, it’s just not a healthy way to use sunscreen. Darn, I really was pulled into spray sunscreens this summer, haha. As for protection, I didn’t burn when using it, but I wasn’t outdoors for too long. It’s a chemical sunscreen, doesn’t leave a white cast, broad spectrum. Hmmmmm. Do I like it? Not really. I really was hoping for a truly lightweight feel spray sunscreen. I just didn’t get that. I’m so glad I finished this. It was a convenient sunscreen to use, but I’m over it. I didn’t like it that much. It took me about a month to finish it, by the way.
Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Stick Sensitive SPF 50+:
I’ve had a bunch of these sunscreen sticks for a while. I finally finished my last sunscreen stick of Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Stick Sensitive SPF 50+! I’m so happy! haha! 😂 So this is a mineral sunscreen. It contains 20% Zinc Oxide. It’s very thick on the skin. I stopped using it on my face so long ago. It contains ingredients that are just not compatible with my skin. It’s just very heavy. Here are the rest of the ingredients if you’re interested:
aloe vera extract, shea butter, coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, waxes (sunflower seed, candelilla), castor seed oil, jojoba oil, squalane, cocoa butter, and a few other ingredients.
As you can see, my acne-prone skin did not fare well with an ingredient list like this. I used the rest of the sunscreen sticks on my body. The sunscreen is water-resistant (80 minutes) and sweat-resistant. No kidding. This sunscreen sticks to the skin like crazy. I’ve used it on my arms and noticed that it’s really difficult to remove. I have to deeply cleanse my skin to fully remove every single trace of this sunscreen. It also gets everywhere. Since it leaves a white cast on the skin, the white cast transfers onto my clothes, bed sheets, and car seats. Just everywhere. That’s not what I want from a sunscreen. Yuck! Even though the texture of the sunscreen is soft and soothing, I’m not a fan of it. I’m just happy to be done with all of them. It’s not for me.
That’s my experience with Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 70 and
Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Stick Sensitive SPF 50+! More to come! Stay tuned!