Product Review: Sunumbra Sport SPF 40 Sunscreen

by Gio

sunumbra sport spf 40

Name: Sport SPF 40
Brand: Sunumbra
Size: 100ml
Price: $29.90

From Sunumbra’s website:
sunumbra sport provides…
effective, photo stable, high level protection against both UVA and UVB radiation
protection from free radical damage and atmospheric toxins
active natural nutrients and antioxidants to help reverse the effects of radiation damage
that every ingredient offers a clear and direct benefit and is not merely included to ‘look good’
Water resistant 40 minutes

What I liked:
– provides broad-spectrum protection
– although not tinted, the white cast is hardly visible
– for a zinc oxide-based sunscreen, the texture is quite lightweight; takes only a few minutes to sink in
– contains antioxidants to fight premature aging and enhance the photoprotective properties of the sunscreen
– water-resistant
– doesn’t cause breakouts
– sleek, pretty, and hygienic packaging

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

Zinc Oxide is my favourite sunscreen agent. Very gentle, and suitable even for the most sensitive of skins, it provides, on its own, protection against the entire UV range. The catch? Because of its white colour, it can leave an unattractive white cast on the skin. There are a couple of ways to get around this. You could micronize it, making its particles so small to be invisible to the naked eye, or you could add a tint to the formula.

Sunumbra used to adopt the latter approach. Both their Sunumbra SPF 30 and Sunkids SPF 40 sunscreens are tinted, giving you all the protection of Zinc Oxide without its side effects. But for the two new additions to the line – Sunumbra Sport and Sunumbra Daily -, the brand has decided to remove this tint. Like most zinc oxide-based sunscreens on the market, they are now white too.

No visible white cast

So, do they make you look like a ghost too? Sunumbra Sport, doesn’t. My skin is very pale so I rarely get a bad white cast. The whiteness usually just melts into my skin. This sunscreen just made my face look that little bit paler but the difference was so subtle you really have to look for it. If you don’t know it’s there, you may not notice it. No one has commented on it so far, anyway. That’s why I think that, with Sunumbra Sport, the white cast could potentially be an issue only for dark skintones.

Lightweight texture

Zinc oxide-based sunscreens also tend to be on the thick, heavy side. Sunumbra Sport is, instead, surprisingly lightweight. The texture is not as light as those of alcohol-based sunscreens that use non-mineral sunscreen agents, but it doesn’t feels heavy on the skin, and just takes a few minutes to sink in. The formula is slightly hydrating too, although if you have dry skin, you would still need to apply your moisturizer beforehand. The sunscreen alone may otherwise make your skin feel a bit tight.


The sunscreen claims to be water-resistant for 40 minutes. I haven’t tested this personally. It’s rare for me to go to the beach, and even rarer that I get into the water, but the inclusion of carnauba wax does make it water-resistant for a while. Just make sure you reapply it after the 40 minutes are over, though.

Antioxidant properties

Apart from the tint, which has now disappeared, my other favourite thing about Sunumbra sunscreen is their multi-tasking approach. They don’t just provide sun protection, but also are infused with antioxidants – such as raspberry seed oil, ocimum basilicum hairy root culture extract, and nicotinamide, – that can fight free radicals, stimulate collagen production, and boost the photoprotective properties of the sunscreen.

Cape chestnut oil (Wild sourced), de-ionized water, zinc oxide, galactoarabinan (Eco-certified organic), cetearyl olivate sorbitan olivate (Eco-certified organic), red raspberry seed oil (Eco-certified organic), ocimum basilicum hairy root culture extract (100% Natural certification), carnauba wax, nicotinamide (100% Natural certification), magnesium chloride (100% Natural certification), Aspen bark extract (populus tremuloides) (100% Natural certification), silica (100% Natural certification), tyrosine (100% Natural certification), ascorbyl glucoside (100% Natural certification), kigelia extract (Wild sourced), aloe ferox extract (Wild sourced), superoxide dismutase (SOD) (100% Natural certification), and allantoin.

Sunumbra Sport SPF 40 has a lightweight texture that takes a few minutes to absorb and the white cast it leaves behind is so subtle to be hardly visible to the naked eye. Its zinc oxide-based formula, enriched with antioxidants, provides water-resistant, broad-spectrum sun protection that prevents sunburns and the premature signs of aging. However, it is not moisturizing enough for dry skin.

Rating: 4/5

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

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Brittany August 6, 2014 - 5:49 pm

One of my favorite brands has Zinc Oxide in their sunscreen and I love it!

Gio August 6, 2014 - 7:35 pm

Brittany, zinc oxide is wonderful, isn’t it? It’s my fave sunscreen ingredient ever. 🙂

[email protected]planetbeauties August 6, 2014 - 5:55 pm

this sounds impressive. I hate the white cast formed by sun blocks 🙁

Gio August 6, 2014 - 7:36 pm

Purva, it is. And the cast it leaves behind is so subtle you’ll hardly notice it!

Janessa September 4, 2014 - 5:24 am

I need this! I am going to purchase this when I run out of my current one since I like to run. -Bookmarks this page-

Gio September 4, 2014 - 12:05 pm

Janessa, then you’ll love it! 🙂

H March 31, 2016 - 4:17 am

How many oz.?

Gio April 2, 2016 - 9:20 pm

It’s 100ml. That should be about 3oz, if I’m not mistaken.


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