Thursday, October 29, 2015

For the Sunny Commute: Dr. Dennis Gross Sheer Mineral Sun Spray SPF 50

[Product was purchased by me. No affiliate links.]

Er, I always end up reviewing sunscreen AFTER summer is over.

Because I'm super timely.

But hey, at least you know I used it during its finest hour, right?

The sun here is intense, and I always worry that the sunscreen I put on in the morning (face) is all gone by the time I leave work at the end of the day. So, I purchased this Dr. Dennis Gross Sheer Mineral Sun Spray SPF 50, intending to use it for my face, neck, arms and hands before I drive home (my commute is anywhere from 30 -60 minutes, depending on traffic). I also use it in the mornings on my arms and hands, if I remember.

This is a mineral spray and comes out white. It rubs in easily; hands are greasy for a little bit afterward, but it goes away quickly. I spray my arms and hands, rub it in, and then spray my hands and pat/press it into my face, as instructed (they don't want you to spray yourself in the face, I guess. Based on my idiot experiences with MAC Fix+, this is prolly good advice).
Single spray.

For arms and legs, it's great. The spray distribution is nice, it rubs in easily, and doesn't feel overwhelmingly thick or greasy afterward. Ace, especially when you're just going to work and don't want full on sport sunscreen gunking up your nice clothes. If you're going hiking, I would stick to the Neutrogena or whatever you like for strenuous outdoor activity.

And for the face, though, I think I want something different for touchups, like this Jane Iredale Powder Me Dry Sunscreen SPF 30, that can be applied over makeup. By the end of the day, I don't really care if my makeup gets messed up when I apply sunscreen over it, but...it'd be nice not to have to rub everything on my face. So I guess I have mixed feelings. I like it, but I don't like it. We don't always have to have a final verdict, right?

It's pricey at $42 (4 oz) but does always seem to be out of stock at Sephora, so I guess it is popular. I do like that it is all mineral (12% zinc oxide) (have you read this piece on how chemical sunscreens are affecting our coral reefs?), and that it is a great everyday sunscreen  - aside from the price. I'm not aware of any other product like this out there, though - something all mineral that can be sprayed in non-aerosol form. Do you know of any?

What do you use for sunscreen reapplication during the day?

Full ingredients:
active: zinc oxide 12%
inactive: ascorbic acid, ascorbic palmitate, biotin, camellia sinensis leaf extract, acetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 dimethicone, cyclopentasiloxane, embolic officials fruit extract, glyceryl isostearate, neopentyl glycol diphetanoate, phenoxyethanol, polyhryxoystearic acid, resveratrol, tocopheryl acetate, ubiquinone, water