Could you do without wrinkles?
Yes, it is that simple (most things are – it’s humans who overcomplicate them). The sun causes 80% of premature wrinkles and dark spots. Put your sunscreen on every morning and you won’t have to deal with them anytime soon. Plus, it’ll keep you safer from cancer, too.
But, you can’t just grab one from the shelves. Well, you could, but you may end up with something that doesn’t provide broad spectrum protection (most UV filters protect you from either UVA or UVB rays) or that penetrates your skin all the way through to your bloodstream (more of a concern for your kids than you).
That’s why I get my fix from mineral sunscreens. But, if you’ve ever tried them, you know that calling them aesthetically unpleasant is a euphemism. Those can be as thick as toothpaste and leave you as white as Caspar.
So, when I came across Cyberderm, a Canadian company that claims to belong to a “new” school of sunscreen formulations made with my beloved zinc oxide, I knew I had to see what the deal was (hint: it’s pretty good).
Why Zinc Oxide?
Because it’s the best UV filter ever:
- It protects, on its own, from the entire UV range – find me another UV filter who can do that
- It’s super gentle on the skin – even babies can use it
- It’s safer – they don’t get absorbed by the skin into the body, like other synthetic filters do
Ok, ok, there’s the thick texture and white cast to deal with – most of the time. I’d personally rather put up with them than use an unstable chemical sunscreen that may give me an irritation. But, you may have found one you love and be hesitant to part ways with it.
I get it. You don’t have to do it. But, if you’re willing to be open-minded, I think you’ll like Every Morning Sun Whip SPF25. Here’s why:
Cyberderm Every Morning Sun Whip SPF25
This is what I use every morning to whip the sun away from my face (sorry, had to do it!).
You know how zinc oxide sunscreens are usually so thick you have to drag them all over your skin when you put them on? I don’t get that with this. Its texture is so lightweight, it goes on super smoothly and dries to an invisible matte finish within seconds.
You know what else I don’t get? That awful ghost-like cast. This one goes on clear (at least in real life – it’d probably make you look like Caspar in photos).
I believe that’s because zinc oxide (15%) here is paired with encapsulated octinoxate (7.5%) to up the protection.
Regular octinoxate is a UVB filter the founders want to see banned from sunscreen. It can get through to the bloodstream and, while there’s no proof it does something bad to most of us, it isn’t recommended for children and women who are pregnant and nursing. Just in case.
But, when you encapsulate it, octinoxate is forced to stay on top of your skin. There, it protects it from UVB rays without causing any drama.
In a nutshell, Every Morning Sun Whip has the lightweight texture of a chemical sunscreen but the safety and protection of a mineral one.
I find it so easy to apply several layers (a teaspoon is the recommended amount for the face) without getting my face feeling all sticky and uncomfortable.
It also makes an excellent base for makeup and doubles up as a moisturizer (for oily skin). I doubt I could get away with it in winter when my skin’s on the drier side, but during this time of the year, I can put the sunscreen on after a serum and skip the moisturizer entirely.
If you’re looking for a good everyday sunscreen, this one is hard to beat.
Simply Zinc Sun Whip 30
This is for the purists. It contains ONLY zinc oxide – and a whopping 22% of it, too.
So yeah, you can’t escape the thick texture. Simply Zinc is a lot thicker than Every Morning, which makes it an absolute pain to pump out of the tube. It’s like it doesn’t want to get out. I wish it came in a different type of packaging. It would make my mornings easier.
Once you’ve managed to pump up the dollop you need, it’s application time. Again, the thicker texture makes application a bit trickier. It doesn’t glide on as smoothly as Every Morning and feels stickier on the skin.
Granted, if you’re into your mineral sunscreens like I am, these “flaws” won’t bother you one bit. They don’t bother me, at all. We’re used to them and think them a small price to pay for the huge benefits we’re receiving in return. If you don’t agree, there’s always Every Morning Sun Whip 25.
Either way, you’ll be happy to know Simply Zinc doesn’t make you look like a ghost either IRL. You can still use it under makeup, but because it’s so heavy duty, I prefer to keep it for the beach or those days when it’s so boiling hot, I’m skipping the foundation anyway.
This one doubles up as a moisturizer, as well. It has a rich olive oil base that deeply hydrates the skin and provides free radicals-fighting antioxidants to up the sunscreen’s protection.
That’s great news if you have dry/mature skin, but oily-skinned ladies may find it a bit too moisturizing for their tastes. FIY, it didn’t make me breakout.
One more thing. Apply it everywhere your skin’s exposed to the sun. My desk is near the window and I made the mistake of changing into a V-neck top in the middle of the day, completely forgetting to apply sunscreen to my now exposed decollete.
It was only when I looked in the mirror a few hours later that I realised the area was a little red (although, it hadn’t developed into a full on sunburn yet). My face and neck, instead, were unscathed. But hey, that’s proof of how well these sunscreens work (I was wearing Every Morning Sun Whip SPF 25, in case you’re wondering).