Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in 2015, but was revised in 2017.
This is my go-to sunscreen recommended by every dermatologist and esthetician I’ve seen. It’s Colorescience Sunforgettable and it’s a powder that’s really easy and convenient to apply. Because let’s face it, the sunscreen that’s easiest to use is the one that you’ll actually put on.
My whole life I was allergic to sunscreen. Always broke out in a rash whenever I dabbed any on. Sadly, I’m also allergic to the sun so I was miserable during the summers. A dermatologist finally figured out that I was allergic to chemical sunscreen, but not physical sunscreen.
15 years ago, there weren’t many physical sunscreens (those containing Zinc and Titanium) in the market which meant I looked like Casper the Friendly Ghost when I applied them. But now it’s mainly physical sunscreens (which are way better for you) that are being sold and they come in a variety of textures and opacity.
Colorescience Sunforgettable is much more expensive than regular sunscreens, meaning you pay a premium for quality. Active ingredients are Zinc Oxide at 24% and Titanium Dioxide at 24%. I challenge you to compare these percentages to your brand of sunscreen and I’m confident you will be impressed.
Because I have extreme sensitivity to sunscreen, I wanted my son to have only the best and after much research, the best is known across-the-board to be Thinkbaby. The active ingredient is Zinc Oxide at 20%. I started using this myself on the weekends when we are out in the sun all day, then use Colorescience for touch-ups.
Have you heard of the Environmental Working Group? They publish several consumer guides and maintain databases of products with an assigned safety rating. You can lookup and research sunscreen products here.
Do you have a favorite sunscreen?