Is Sunumbra Daily SPF 15 Enough For Daily Sun Protection?

by Gio
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Isn’t SPF 15 a bit too low for daily wear?

That’s the question that popped into my mind when I heard Sunumbra was releasing a new sunscreen called Daily SPF 15.

I get what they’re doing. The lower the SPF, the lighter the texture. No greasy mask on your face. No white cast. But does that compromise protection?

It depends. There’s a time and a place for SPF 15 in your skincare routine, too. Here’s what I mean:

What’s In Sunumbra Daily SPF 15?

ZINC OXIDE

Like all Sunumbra sunscreens, Daily SPF 15 uses zinc oxide (9%, non-nano, non-coated).

This white mineral protects ON ITS OWN from the entire UV range. Plus, it’s so gentle, even babies can use it.

You’ve probably heard that zinc oxide creates a shield on the skin that reflects UV light away from it. That’s only partially true. It deals with some UV rays that way, I’ll give you that.

But for the most part, it acts like every other UV filter: it absorbs UV rays and converts them into a less damaging form of energy (heat).

The catch? Zinc oxide can leave a white cast behind. And its thick texture can feel greasy on the skin. Maybe it’s because there’s not too much here, but this sunscreen feels nice and clear to the touch.

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ANTIOXIDANTS

Did you know that antioxidants help boost the effectiveness of your sunscreen?

Here’s the deal: SPF 15 blocks only 93% of UV rays. The remaining 7% penetrates into your skin, generating free radicals. It’s the first step of a chain reaction that leads to wrinkles, dark spots and, in the worst case scenario, cancer.

That’s where antioxidants come in. The skin’s police, these little molecules patrol the body looking for free radicals to destroy. The more antioxidants you use, the more free radicals damage you can avoid.

Sunumbra Daily SF 15 is loaded with antioxidants. Here are the highlights:

Related: Is Superoxide Dismutase The Most Powerful Antioxidant Of All?

Texture

For a zinc oxide-based sunscreen, the texture is so lightweight. 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. Phew!

Fragrance

It’s fragrance-free.

How To Use It

Generously.

Apply at least 1/3 of a teaspoon for the face and neck and a small glass shot for the body. Reapply regularly (at least every couple of hours in the sun).

P.S. Pat, don’t rub. When you rub sunscreen in, you’re actually rubbing some of it OFF your skin!

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Performance & Personal Opinion

Sunumbra Daily SPF 15 is one of the most aesthetically pleasing mineral sunscreens I’ve tried.

It’s not as runny as Asian sunscreens, but it’s not as thick as toothpaste either. You can pile it on without feeling like you’re wearing a thick mask of grease.

On my pale skin, the white texture leaves no cast behind either. Of course I apply sunscreen afterwards, but not because I need to disguise the Caspar-like cast.

Talking about makeup, this sunscreen makes a good base for it. What it can’t replace is moisturiser. If you have dry skin, slather it on before you apply anything else.

But how does it protect from UV rays? SPF 15 may be the minimum dermatologists recommend, but it’s incredibly low.

It’s enough for daily use in winter when the sun hides under thick clouds and goes bad to sleep after a few short hours. But come summer, you’ll need much higher protection.

Who Is This For?

  • Normal skin
  • Combination skin
  • Anyone who’s looking for a winter sunscreen

Who Is This Not For?

  • Dry skin
  • Anyone looking for a summer or beach sunscreen

Packaging

Sunumbra Daily SPF 15 comes in a bright orange and blue tube. It’s both hygienic and practical.

Does Sunumbra Daily SPF 15 Live Up To Its Claims?

CLAIMTRUE?
A light, non-whitening, moisturising, DAILY sunscreen that provides excellent balanced protection from both the UVA and UVB rays, as well as antioxidants to fight off free radicals that bombard us every day.It’s not moisturising, but everything else is true.
Can be used by anyone with dietary, environment or sensitive skin concerns.Yes – unless you’re allergic to one of the ingredients.
Active natural skin nutrients and antioxidants to help reverse the effects of radiation damage.Some antioxidants can soothe UV-rays induced inflammation. Just don’t expect them to get rid of wrinkles or dark spots.
Sunumbra daily is made exclusively from natural and organic ingredients. It is the unique combination of these ingredients that has enabled the total replacement of harmful chemicals to be found in many sunscreens. There are NO harmful chemicals in sunscreens. This is just fearmongering.

Price & Availability

$23.70 at Sunumbra

Do You Need It?

If you live in a place where the winters are long and gloomy, Sunumbra Daily SPF 15 may provide all the sun protection you need in the colder months.

Dupes & Alternatives

Ingredients

Zinc oxide (non-nano, non-coated) 9%, De-ionised water; Cape chestnut (Calodendrum capense) seed oil*;sorbitan olivate and cetearyl olivate**; ascorbyl glucoside (Vit C)*; galactoarabinan**; Aspen (populous tremuloides) bark extract *; superoxide dismutase*;  aloe ferox extract***; kigelia extract***; tyrosine*; allantoin*; nicotinamide (Vit B3)*

KEY:  * 100% Natural    ** Eco-certified organic   *** Wild sourced

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19 comments

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!

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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. 🙂

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

Great review…sounds like a nice sunscreen 🙂

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Gio September 3, 2014 - 7:16 pm

Anubhuti, it is! 🙂

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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.

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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.

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Natalye September 3, 2014 - 7:56 pm

sounds good but it’s a little pricey

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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. 🙂

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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! 😛

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Gio September 5, 2014 - 7:58 pm

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

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

If the SPF was higher this would have been perfect.

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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. 🙂

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Ellesees.blogspot.com September 4, 2014 - 11:59 am

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

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Gio September 4, 2014 - 7:48 pm

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

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Ying March 14, 2015 - 3:25 am

Gio,
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.

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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.

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Ying March 16, 2015 - 2:03 am

Gio,

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.

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Ying March 17, 2015 - 3:36 am

Gio,
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.

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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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