I didn’t see this coming.
When a sunscreen without zinc oxide lands on my desk, I’ll try it out of curiosity. Write a few lines about it to let you know why it doesn’t live up to my beloved. Go back to my first love again.
Other UV filters are just so… well, they often don’t protect skin as well. Or irritate it. Or they’re floating in a sea of alcohol. No, thank you.
Then, I met Piz Buin. Its sunscreens look so unassuming, I didn’t think much of them. Until I tried them. Now, I’m not so sure I want to go back to zinc oxide anytime soon…
Ultra Light Dry Touch Face Fluid
Holy Moly, how can a sunscreen be this lightweight without being diluted with a dollop of alcohol? Its texture’s on the runny side and dries to a delicate powdery finish.
No white cast. No stickiness. No suffocating feel on the skin. I can easily apply a few layers without turning my face into a white, greasy mess.
You guessed it, this is NOT a mineral sunscreen. It uses synthetic UV filters, including Tinosorb, the European darling that’s still to be approved in the US (bummer!):
Octocrylene: a UVB filter that boosts the effectiveness of your sunscreen by helping it coating your skin better. It’s absorbed by the body, so avoid it if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. It can irritate sensitive skin, too.
Ethylhexyl salicylate: aka Octyl Salicylate, a UVB filter with a slightly oily consistency and a mild floral scent.
Butyl Methodydibenzoylmethane: aka avobenzone, one of the few UVA filters approved by the FDA. It’s very unstable (ie stops working quickly when exposed to light) and is absorbed by the body. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, this is another one to avoid.
Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol: aka Tinosorb M, an hybrid filter that absorbs, reflects and scatters both UVA and UVB rays. It’s stable and helps protects other UV filters from degradation, too.
Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenol Triazine: aka Tinosorb S. It protects from both UVA and UVB rays and prevents other UV filters from going off too soon.
If you have oily skin, you’ll fall in love with this at first touch. Heck, all skin types (bar sensitive) will fall in love at first touch.
It has the lightweight texture every sunscreen should have, feels so comfortable on and provides protection from the entire UV range. I have a feeling that, for the first time in I don’t know how many years, I will actually finish a tube of chemical sunscreen.
Protect & Cool Refreshing Sun Mousse SPF 30
Shaving cream with SPF. That’s how I describe Piz Buin Protect & Cool Refreshing Sun Mousse SPF 30 if I had to sum up this review in just one short sentence.
It has a true moussey, frothy texture that spreads really easily on my skin. I just spritz it all over my body and gently pat in. It sinks in immediately without leaving any greasy, whitish residue behind.
The best part? It’s so refreshing! When it’s 100 degrees in the shade, it feels so good to be hit by its coolness.
You can use it on the face, too. Just don’t spritz it there! Spritz it on your hands and then pat the mousse on your face. It takes longer but it does the trick (I rarely bother, unless I want to cool down my face, too).
Its sun protection’s top notch, too. It uses the same UV filters as the Ultra Light Dry Touch Face Fluid, so I won’t repeat myself here. But, yep, it works. 😉
The Bottom Line
If you’re looking for an effective and lightweight alternative to zinc oxide that’ll keep your skin safe in the sun without any whitish casts or stickiness, I think you’ll like this. But, if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or have sensitive skin, zinc oxide is still your best bet.