Now that the sun’s out, I hope you’re getting your sunscreen on every day, without excuses. Luckily, I found Dermaquest Sheer Zinc SPF 30, a mineral/physical sunscreen that draws on the power of zinc oxide to minimise skin damage. Nod if you agree that when searching for sunscreen, the following attributes are key:
- Fast absorbing
- Does not leave any residue or white/grey casts
- Can be worn under makeup
- Safe for sensitive Skin
- Safe for acne-prone skin
Dermaquest Sheer Zinc SPF 30 came into my stash after a wide search for a sunscreen that did more than protect my skin from the sun. Eventually, I came across a suggestion for Dermaquest as a sunscreen suitable for sensitive skins, skin prone to heat rashes (mine) and the formula also helps to repair existing sun damage. Added to that, it offers a blurring effect and if you have maturing skin, it offers a smoothing effect.
Another thing I wanted in my sunscreen was one that’s fast-absorbing, compatible with makeup and other skincare along with the biggy, that it would not leave a grey, silver, white or hyperthermia blue cast on my skin. Thankfully even when I was not wearing makeup, this remained true.
So what is it? Dermaquest is a physical sunscreen, uses a zinc oxide filter and offers UVA and UVB protection.
While physical sunscreens tend to be better tolerated by sensitive skin, they’re more likely to leave a cast on the skin but newer formulations have made that less of a concern. Also, physical sunscreens work by reflecting the sun’s rays whereas chemical sunscreens, ones that use filters such as avobenzone and octinoxate, absorb the sun’s rays then bounces them away from your skin.
Texturally, it’s a light cream that absorbs rapidly without leaving that dreaded cast. After quickly absorbing, skin feels dry to the touch so you can continue applying other products on top.
Mercifully, this elegant formula is without that odd, metallic sunscreen scent and at under two ounces, there’s no excuse not to put it in your travel bag. As a makeup wearer, it’s important to emphasise how well this formula works under makeup and that includes my summer jam foundation, Chanel Ultra Le Teint Ultrawear All-Day Comfort Flawless Foundation.
My ultimate test for this foundation happened in tropical temperatures that included trips to the beach. IRL, I apply this sunscreen after my anti-pollution serum, then over it I layered a tiny bit of powder to mattify ( it was hotttt) then makeup primer, a tad bit more powder, then foundation, followed by more powder, blush, and setting spray. In hot temperatures, my dry skin produces more oil than normal plus tropical heat is a formidable opponent to a fully made-up face. So despite how extreme the steps may sound, I did what was required and my makeup held up quite well each day. All the details are [here] if you fancy a read.
Behind the Dermaquest brand is a chemist with more than three decades of experience that includes formulating products for multiple brands. Harnessing the power of plant stem cells, peptides and antioxidants, Dermaquest refers to these three elements as their ‘Tri-Factor’. In addition to the Sheer Zinc SPF 30, the brand’s portfolio also includes tinted sunscreens along with other skincare products such as serums, moisturisers, and cleansers in addition to men’s skincare.
If you’re acne-prone, have sensitive skin, maturing skin or need a sunscreen that’s suitable to use post-procedure and even on children older than six months old, Dermaquest should be on your radar especially since they are leaping bunny certified which means they don’t test on animals. I’m so pleased that’s it now part of my skincare routine and hopefully, this points you in the direction of a product that may just be what you’ve been in search of. Let me know what sunscreens have worked for you, or not…and I hope this helps.