It suddenly felt different this winter. I used my trustee Sofina Perfect UV daily when I was in San Francisco, but I had to stop after I came home because the combination of the Sofina and New York winter literally hurt my face.
I have been curious about elta MD sunscreens for some time, and it seemed a high time to try this sunscreen with cream formulation.
elta MD UV Shield Broad-Spectrum SPF 45
elta MD UV Shield SPF 45 has the ideal combination of active ingredients for me (Zinc Oxide 9% + Octinoxate 7.5% - simple yet reliable), and I like the fact that it contains no Titanium Dioxide which is not always cosmetically elegant (I've found an exception recently, though. Clarins UV Plus HP Ecran Multi-Protection is an all-physical sunscreen yet wonderfully elegant).
Other aspects of this sunscreen sound very promising as well - oil-free light weight formula, transparent zinc oxide, broad spectrum with high SPF protection, fragrance-free, paraben-free, sensitivity-free, and noncomedogenic.
elta MD UV Shield SPT 45 is also an affordable choice. I paid less than $20 for 3 oz tube. Price point is quite important to choose a sunscreen because we all should be "slathering" our sunscreens on, no?
It comes in a light cream formulation.
At this point, I was almost sure that elta MD UV Shield would leave a strong white cast.
But no, it disappeared beautifully only leaving a slight sheen.
For a sunscreen with cream formula, it wears impressively well.
I do not think people with drier skin types would find it particularly moisturizing, but then it is meant for oily to normal skin. I personally find it works perfectly for my skin at this time of the year.
I can definitely feel that this cream sets immediately, which kind of resembles the "shrink-wrap-sensation" ever so slightly. My skin still is hydrated and comfortable, if that makes any sense.
Foundation goes on easily once I leave it on for 1 minute to set (which I do with any other sunscreen anyway - it is quite important to set your sunscreen so it forms a proper barrier on skin), and it lasts all day with no issue.
I would highly recommend elta MD UV Shiled Broad-Spectrum SPF 45 as a winter sunscreen for anyone with normal to combination skin (or a summertime sunscreen for dry skin types!).
Currently I am happy to slather on elta MD UV Shield everyday, although I will probably go back to Sofina Perfect UV in summer. Some flexibility is required to keep my skin happy, I am afraid.
Have you tried elta MD sunscreens?
What are you using to protect your winter skin from the sun?