Finally, A Lightweight Mineral Sunscreen That Doesn’t Turn Your Skin Into A Greasy, White Mess

by Gio

blissoma phototonic facial sunscreen + daily moisturizer SPf 25

What if I told mineral sunscreens don’t have to be a white, greasy mess?

I know, everyone says that. And then you’re left slathering on a heavy paste that takes ages to absorb and makes you look like Casper the Ghost. Again.

I thought the same would happen with Blissoma Phototonic Facial Sunscreen + Daily Moisturizer SPF 25. Only that it didn’t.

This sunscreen + moisturiser is as lightweight as a chemical sunscreen but way gentler and provides better sun protection.

How is this possible?!

Key Ingredients In Blissoma Phototonic Facial Sunscreen + Daily Moisturizer SPF 25

Zinc Oxide

Zinc oxide is that culprit that gives mineral susncreens their greasy, white texture. I can’t live without it. Huh?

Out of all the UV filters out there, zinc oxide is the ONLY one that protects against the ENTIRE UV range, ON ITS OWN. That’s an impressive feat, don’t you think?

Plus, it’s so gentle, it can be used even on babies and the most sensitive of skin types. And did I mention that it’s more stable (read: lasts longer) than other UV filters out there?

The type used in Blissoma Phototonic Facial Sunscreen + Daily Moisturizer SPF 25 is micronized (non nano), uncoated (no silicones). Because its particles are smaller than regular zinc oxide, the texture of the sunscreen feels that much higher.

P.S. For a particle to be considered nano, it must be 100 nanometers. The zinc oxide used here is smaller than traditional zinc oxide but bigger than 100 nanometers, so it can be defined as micronized, but not as nano.

Related: Why Zinc Oxide Is The Best UV Filter Ever


Antioxidants are zinc oxide’s supportive system.

Although they don’t have a high SPF to protect you directly from UV rays, they help you fight the free radicals and inflammation caused by the sun. That’s how they boost the sunscreen’s sun protection.

The key antioxidants here are:

  • Black tea: it’s loaded with ponyphenols, a group of antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties that destroy free radicals and reduce UV-induced redness.
  • Centella asiatica: contains madecassoside, a substance that destroys free radicals and soothes inflammation.
  • Milk thistle: a powerful antioxidant that neutralises free radicals before they give you wrinkles.

Related: Common Antioxidants Used In Skincare


Niacinamide may not appear at the top of the ingredient list, but it’s present at a 3% concentration in Blissoma Phototonic Facial Sunscreen + Daily Moisturizer SPF 25.

That’s enough for niacinamide to be effective. What it does? Oh, let me count the ways it helps your skin:

Trust me, there’s nothing niacinamide can’t do.

Related: All You Ever Wanted To Know About Niacinamide

Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion

I LOVE Blissoma Phototonic Facial Sunscreen + Daily Moisturizer SPF 25 as a sunscreen.

It has a lightweight texture that reminds me of chemical sunscreens (minus the alcohol) that sinks into the skin quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy residue behind. For real.

It also doesn’t make me look like Casper the Ghost. The sunscreen is tinted with astaxanthin, the pigment that gives flamingo their pinky peach hue.

The tint is sheer enough so that everyone can use it. It just blends into your natural skin tone without providing any real coverage. It’s here to neutralise the white cast, not cover imperfections or even out the skin tone.

I’ve worn it every day for the past few weeks and I’m pretty impressed with its sun protection abilities. My skin didn’t darken or showed any other sign the protection was failing it.

Instead, I’m not sold on Blissoma Phototonic Facial Sunscreen + Daily Moisturizer as a moisturiser. It may contain its fair share of oils, but they’re all at the bottom of the ingredient list. In other words, not enough here to moisturise skin.

If you’ve got oily skin, you won the sunscreen jackpot. No greasiness. No whiteness. No extra moisture your skin doesn’t need. Just lots of proper sun protection in a lightweight texture that also helps absorb a little excess oil. Blissoma Photonic Facial Sunscreen + Daily Moisturizer SPF 25 is the perfect sunscreen for you.

If you’ve got dry skin, you can still use it. But chances are, you’ll want to use either a hyaluronic acid serum or lightweight moisturiser beforehand.

My skin gets a little drier in the fall and winter months. If I wear this sunscreen alone now, my skin feels a little tight after a few hours. It’s a sign you need to double up on the moisture in the morning.

But my real pet peeve with Blissoma Phototonic Facial Sunscreen + Daily Moisturizer SPF 25 is the small size. You only get 28g! I need at least double that!

I guess I’ll just have to stock up…

Available at: $39.00 at Blissoma

Have you tried Blissoma Phototonic Facial Sunscreen + Daily Moisturizer SPF 25? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Ingredients: Active ingredient: 12.5% micronized (non nano), uncoated zinc oxide Infusion of Camellia sinensis* (black tea) leaf, Euphrasia officinalis* (eyebright), Centella asiatica (gotu kola) leaf and stem*, Vinca minor (periwinkle) leaf*, Hydrangea arborescens root*, Viola tricolor (violet) leaf, and Silybum marianum (milk thistle) seed*, Aloe barbadensis Juice*, Micronized zinc oxide (12.5%), Leuconostoc/Radish root ferment filtrate, Sesamum indicum (sesame) Seed Oil*, Niacinamide, Argania spinosa (argan) Oil*, Cetearyl Alcohol and Cetearyl Wheat Straw Glycosides, Rubus ideaus (red raspberry) Seed Oil*, Squalane, Extracts of Olea europaea* (olive) leaf, Symphytum officinale* (comfrey) leaf and root, and Echinacea purpurea* root, Oenothera biennis (evening primrose) Oil*, Rubus fruticosus (blackberry) Seed Oil*, Calophyllum tacamahaca (tamanu) Oil*, Gluconolactone, Grain Alcohol*+, Xanthan Gum (and) Lecithin (and) Sclerotium Gum (and) Pullulan, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Populus tremuloides (aspen) bark extract, Astaxanthin, Bergamot FCF essential oil, Citric Acid

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Kat October 30, 2018 - 1:57 pm

Hello Gio! Thanks for another great post, it is always pleasure to come and read whatever new you have found this time! Regarding sunscreens- I have recently come across one from No.7 range on Boots, which comes in three different SPF value options (highest being SPF50) that also contains Matrixyl and Retinyl Palmitate: I was wondering if you know this line and have any thought on it. Do you think it is worth consideration? Thank you!

Gio November 1, 2018 - 4:14 pm

Kat, the texture is a little greasy and tacky so if that bothers you, it’s best to avoid it. But it does provide good broad spectrum protection.

Elisa March 14, 2019 - 4:51 am

Between this sunscreen, the Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50, the SkinMedica Mineral Shield Tinted SPF 32, the Avene Mineral Ultra Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 and the Farmacy Green Screen SPF 30 which one do you think is best for dry skin a bit oily in the T zone? I loooove your blog!!

Gio March 16, 2019 - 12:06 pm

Elise, if you’re asking for the more moisturising of the bunch, it’s Farmacy. But they’re all great sunscreen, so if you’re using a moisturiser underneath, they’re all good options.


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