How the heck do you reapply sunscreen over a full face of makeup?!
Taking everything off every two hours is NOT an option. Powders don’t give you adequate protection and they brush off during the day anyway. Spray sunscreens don’t apply well over makeup and they usually irritate sensitive skin.
Enter Seriously Fab Zinc It Over SPF 25. It’s a sunscreen facial mist you spray OVER your makeup so you can look glam throughout the day without compromising on sun protection. Here’s how it won me over:
Key Ingredients In Seriously Fab Zinc It Over SPF 25
I was shocked when I heard Seriously Fab Zinc It Over SPF 25 has non-nano zinc oxide. If you’ve tried any sunscreens with this mineral before, you know how thick, greasy and white it can be.
It can seriously make you look like Caspar The Ghost after he’s fallen into a grease trap. Not. Cool.
So why do people use it? Cos when done right, zinc oxide rocks:
- Broad spectrum protection: it’s the only UV filter that protects from the entire UV range on its own
- Stability: it’s more stable – and lasts longer – than chemical UV filters
- No irritation: it’s so gentle, even babies can use it
I honestly didn’t think it was possible, but Seriously Fab Zinc It Over SPF 25 has made zinc oxide so sheer, you get no greasy sheen or white cast. Phew!
P.S. I suspect this is why SPF is “only” 25. The higher the concentration of zinc oxide, the messier it gets.
Did you know that antioxidants can boost the effectiveness of your sunscreen?
Antioxidants work because they neutralise free radicals. Guess what sun damage is? Free radicals damage! It’s these nasty buggers that start a chain reaction that eventually leads to wrinkles and dark spots (and cancer).
Anything that helps you destroy free radicals automatically boosts the effectiveness of your sunscreen and reduces UV damage.
Seriously Fab Zinc It Over SPF 25 has its fair share of antioxidants, including algae, pomegranate and blueberry extract so you’re all covered on this front. 🙂
Related: What Do Antioxidants Do In Skincare?
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion
Shake it, shake it, shake it, baby! The bottle needs a good shake to distribute zinc oxide evenly all over your face and neck.
Just hold it 10 inches from your face, close your eyes and give your skin 5 good spritzes. I know it sounds like a lot, but you need that much to reach the SPF on the bottle.
Don’t worry. Seriously Fab Zinc It Over SPF 25 goes on clear. I first spray it on late morning when my sunscreen has become almost useless. I was worried I’d get white patches on my skin or a slick of oil but nope.
I keep reapplying it a few times a day – the past weekend was HOT and I spent a long day at the park – but it looks like I have nothing on. Well, nothing apart from my makeup. That stays completely intact.
The only difference I’ve noticed is that it slightly changes the finish. It gives skin a dewy glow so be prepared for that if your makeup is matte. I’m all about the glow so this is a double win for me.
One more thing: I have the Citrus Passion version – it’s a sweet and summery blend of passion fruit and lemon laced in sugar. Yummy! If you like your skincare fragrance-free, they make an unscented version too.
Does Seriously Fab Zinc It Over Provide Adequate Protection?
I know what you’re thinking: is SPF 25 high enough?
In most cases, yes. Sure, if you go to the beach, I still recommend you forget the makeup and reapply sunscreen as often as you can.
But most of us don’t spend our days at the beach (I know, totally unfair!). We’re working in offices, running errands, going for short walks with the dog… SPF 25 will do just fine for that.
I’m more concerned about getting even coverage. The problem with spray sunscreens – especially something as invisible as Seriously Fab Zinc It Over SPF 25 – is that you can’t see them.
It’s so easy to miss a spot. But you know what’s worse than that? Missing all the spots cos you don’t bother reapplying sunscreen when you wear makeup.
I don’t recommend you use Seriously Fab Zinc It Over SPF 25 as your main sunscreen. You should still slather your fave on in the morning and, if you know you’re gonna spend a lot of time outdoors under a burning sun, keep the makeup simple and bring it with you so you can reapply it often.
But in everyday situation, this mist IS the best way I’ve found to get the MOST sun protection WITHOUT ruining your makeup.
Available at: $39.00 at Seriously Fab
[su_spoiler title=”Ingredients” style=”fancy”]Active Ingredients: Non-Nano Zinc Oxide 5% Inactive Ingredients: Aqua (water), Glycerin*, Shea butter ethyl esters, Olive oil glycereth-8 esters, Oryza sativa (rice) extract & aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf extract*, Aphanizomenon flos aquae (blue green algae) extract, Cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) seed extract, Punica granatum (pomegranate) extract, Vaccinium angustifolium (blueberry) fruit extract, Malpighia glabra (acerola) fruit extract, Aspalathus linearis (rooibos) leaf extract, Rosa roxburghii fruit extract, Xylitol caprylate/caprate*, Triethoxycaprylyl silane, Glucono delta-lactone, and Tocopherol (vitamin e). *Organic[/su_spoiler]