Product Review: Sunumbra Daily SPF 15

by Gio

sunumbra daily spf15

Name: Daily SPF15
Brand: Sunumbra
Size: 60ml
Price: $19.70

From Sunumbra’s website:
sunumbra® daily provides…
effective, photo stable, medium level protection against both UVA and UVB radiation
extra protection from free radical damage and atmospheric toxins
active natural skin nutrients and antioxidants to help reverse the effects of radiation damage
that every single ingredient offers a clear and direct benefit and is not merely included to ‘look good’

What I liked:
– provides broad spectrum protection
– very lightweight texture for a zinc oxide based sunscreen; absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy residue behind
– doesn’t leave a white cast on the skin
– gentle, doesn’t irritate skin
– contains antioxidants to fight premature aging
– sleek and eyecatching packaging

What I didn’t like:
– its lightweight texture is not moisturizing enough for dry skin

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Sunumbra sunscreens. They’re zinc oxide-based, thus providing broad-spectrum protection without irritating skin, but don’t leave a white cast behind, and are infused with lots of antioxidants to boot. What’s not to like?

The white cast is not the only problem with Zinc Oxide though. Its thick and somewhat waxy consistency can be quite unpleasant to apply. I found all the Sunumbra sunscreens had relatively lightweight textures compared to other zinc oxide based products on the market, but Sunumbra Daily SPF15, probably because it has a lower SPF than the other versions and therefore requires a smaller amount of this ingredient, surpasses them all.

This sunscreen has the most lightweight texture that I have, so far, ever come across in a zinc oxide based sunscreen. Yes, it feels a bit waxy, but it takes only a minute to absorb, and doesn’t leave neither a greasy residue nor a white cast behind. And, because zinc oxide works by creating a shield on the skin that reflects UV rays away for it, you only need a pea-sized amount for the face. For all these reasons, Sunumbra Daily is a great option to use everyday under your makeup. And moisturizer. If you have dry skin, its texture won’t be moisturizing enough for you.

The sunscreen is also infused with antioxidants, including Ascorbyl Glucoside, a stable form of vitamin C that can stimulate the production of collagen and reduce hyperpigmentation, and superoxide dismutase, an enzyme naturally produced by cells to mitigate DNA damage. It also contains nicotinamide, also known as niacinamide, which can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as the texture of the skin, and reduce hyperpigmentation spots. Pretty impressive, huh?

De-ionized water, Cape chestnut oil (Wild sourced), Cetearyl olivate sorbitan olivate (Eco-certified organic), Carnauba wax, Ascorbyl glucoside (100% Natural certification), Galactoarabinan (Eco-certified organic), Aspen bark extract (populus tremuloides) (100% Natural certification), Superoxide dismutase (SOD) (100% Natural certification), Kigelia extract (Wild sourced), Aloe ferox extract (Wild sourced), Nicotinamide (100% Natural certification), Tyrosine (100% Natural certification), Allantoin, and Cape chamomile oil (organically grown)

Sunumbra Daily SPF has a lightweight, but not moisturizing, texture that absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave neither a greasy residue nor a white cast behind. Infused with antioxidants, it provides broad spectrum protection without irritating skin.

Rating: 4.5/5

Disclosure: this item was sent by PR for consideration. For more information, please see my disclaimer.

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Chic Readings September 3, 2014 - 4:13 pm

I’ve never heard of these creams, probably because I’m buying only Neutrogena for years now.Great review!

Gio September 3, 2014 - 7:14 pm

Helena, Neutrogena makes some great sunscreens too. But I prefer these because it has fewer ingredients, and they’re all beneficial for the skin. 🙂

[email protected] September 3, 2014 - 6:56 pm

Great review…sounds like a nice sunscreen 🙂

Gio September 3, 2014 - 7:16 pm

Anubhuti, it is! 🙂

Laurie September 3, 2014 - 7:33 pm

I’m curious about Sunumbra, but I like my sunscreen to moisturize so I can save on products! I probably won’t try this particular one.

Gio September 3, 2014 - 7:53 pm

Laurie, if it was a bit more moisturizing this sunscreen would be perfect. 🙂 I always use a separate moisturizer, but I can see why that would be a deal-breaker for some.

Natalye September 3, 2014 - 7:56 pm

sounds good but it’s a little pricey

Gio September 3, 2014 - 8:18 pm

Natalye, it’s not the cheapest sunscreen out there, that’s true. But as it is loaded so many beneficial ingredients and does more than just protect you from the sun, I think the price is reasonale. 🙂

Janessa September 4, 2014 - 2:52 am

I have yet to try this brand and I shall someday! You’ve got my hyped about it! My skincare and my daily makeup essentials are splurge-worthy.
Hopefully you didn’t have to type up all the ingredients again! 😛

Gio September 5, 2014 - 7:58 pm

Janessa, they make some great sunscreens. I love it that they load it with antioxidants. 🙂

Kiss & Make-up September 4, 2014 - 10:43 am

If the SPF was higher this would have been perfect.

Gio September 4, 2014 - 7:42 pm

Melissa, they make sunscreens with a higher SPF, but the formula is thicker because it requires more zinc oxide. I use this only on my face for daily wear, and those with higher SPF everywhere else when it’s hot and sunny outside. 🙂

Reply September 4, 2014 - 11:59 am

haven’t tried this one, so glad to know it’s good!

Gio September 4, 2014 - 7:48 pm

Elle, it’s one of my favourite sunscreens. 🙂

Ying March 14, 2015 - 3:25 am

I got the sunumbra 15 at your recommendation, however i have issues putting it on. Do you pat it in? smear it on? I feel this sticky feeling even after a few minutes. Chemical sunscreen does not work for me (rosacea), and this is my first try with physical sunscreen.

Gio March 14, 2015 - 9:15 pm

Ying, I’m sorry you are having problems with this sunscreen. Physical sunscreens tend to have a heavier consistency, and it can take a while to get used to them if you have only ever used chemical ones.

I pat it on because I get a more even coverage that way. On my skin, it sinks in really quickly. If you still get a sticky feeling, then maybe your skin is oilier than mine? Or you’re applying too much? Physical sunscreens create a shield on the skin that reflects UV rays away from it, so you don’t need to apply as much. A pea sized amount is enough.

Ying March 16, 2015 - 2:03 am


I’ve tried patting it on and rubbing it in. Both left me feeling sticky and uncomfortable. I’ll keep trying though. I am sick of testing new sunscreen that does not work on my skin. This only breaks me out minimal.
Thank you.

Ying March 17, 2015 - 3:36 am

You are right. I might have applied too much thus the sticky feeling. I used less than a pea size today and there is no discomfort. Fingers crossed my sunscreen search ends with this product. I cannot Thank you enough.

Gio March 17, 2015 - 4:09 pm

Ying, you’re very welcome. I’m glad it works for you now. This is one of the main reasons why I live physical sunscreens. You can apply less, which feels more comfortable, but are still well protected. 🙂


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