I wish this was today! We’ve had some beautiful sunny days here in the burbs of Vancouver, but, today isn’t one of them! It’s been hailing and raining on and off all morning. But, even when the day is rainy and grey you need to wear sunscreen. I wasn’t always one to do that myself. Actually it’s only been the last five years or so that I’ve really put a conscious effort into wearing sunscreen daily. When I was younger I did wear foundation more frequently and most of the time it did contain a SPF.
It’s kind of funny, but, my husband was the one that started to use mineral sunscreen at first. I noticed that he had a tube of “kids” sunscreen in the bathroom and I questioned him about it. He told me that he had read about the harmful effects of some of the ingredients in traditional chemical sunscreens vs mineral sunscreens. So, at some point he switched over to mineral. He rides his motorcycle a lot in the summer and he knows it’s important to wear sunscreen and to try to avoid getting sunburns.
I’ve been searching for a good mineral sunscreen ever since. I don’t want my face covered in a white cream and it has to blend well. I wrote a post a while back on a few sunscreens I tried and I’ve still been using called Mineral Sunscreen or Chemical. I watched Hot and Flashy and she explained the way sunscreens work really well in this video on her YouTube channel:
Here’s a video where she rates mineral sunscreens:
While I like the sunscreens I’ve been using, they are not very thick in texture, not easy to blend and leave my face very whitish. My husband wears them alone (and doesn’t really care about the whitish cast to his face) but, I don’t like that look when I’m out and about… unless it’s the beach or camping (neither which I’ve done in years).
My sister and I went across the border to Washington on my birthday, for some shopping, Trader Joe’s, and lunch! I’d been hunting for the Neutrogena sunscreen with Purescreen that was mentioned in the video, but, I couldn’t find it in Canada, so, that’s what I had on my list to check out when we went to the USA.
I found this in one of the drugstores. While it’s not exactly the one she mentioned. It is Neutrogena and it is the one with Purescreen. It’s all fragrance free which is great and the active ingredients are titanium dioxide 4.9% and zinc oxide 4.7%. I’ve been using it and I really like it. It’s very easy to blend and it really doesn’t leave my face as white as the others. I would definitely wear this one alone without makeup. I’ve put makeup over it too and there is no issue at all. I found this tube for $12,98 and the second tube I bought was half price. Since I enjoy wearing this mineral sunscreen I’m sure I’ll wear it more often. My goal is to wear it daily! The above video explains how the sun rays really do get to you even while inside or on a cloudy day causing sun damage. I’m now the ripe old age of fifty I’m continuing on with the quest to stay healthy and youngish!
My sister Liisa and I on our shopping trip. What’s shopping without a selfie or two?!
Let me know what your favourite sunscreen is in the comments. Have you found a good mineral sunscreen in Canada?
Talk to you soon,