To most Australians, the word zinc conjures memories of bright, colourful streaks across children’s faces – pink, yellow, green, blue, and none of them particularly attractive! But zinc is all grown up now, and it has been making its way from the bottom of beach bags to our daily routine over the past 10 years thanks to Australian brand Invisible Zinc.
I’ve always been obsessive about sunscreen, and reapply constantly when I am out in the sun, but unfortunately my combination skin means that facial SPF is a tricky one, particularly SPF30+. The multi-award winning Invisible Zinc Tinted Daywear* acts as a 3-in-1 moisturiser, sunscreen and foundation, and uses a low-irritant formula so it is ideal for anyone who has been hesitant to use sunscreen on a daily basis.
It is created using micronised zinc oxide, which is invisible to the eye yet reflects UVA and UVB rays, giving everyday protection. It is important to note that they are micronised particles rather than nanoparticles, so there is no risk of the zinc oxide making its way into your bloodstream. It forms a physical barrier between your skin and the sun, thereby acting as an anti-ageing agent, as we know that the sun is responsible for the vast majority of visible ageing.
It comes in light and medium tint options depending on your skin. I trialed the light option, and didn’t notice any tinting at all, so I sampled the medium at my local Priceline store to compare – and even the medium wasn’t enough for any real coverage, it just provides a very subtle tint and assists in evening out any obvious redness or blemishes. The finish is quite sheer so you will still need to use a finishing powder at the very least to avoid that sticky, shiny sunscreen sheen. My skin is fine with a light dusting of my Australis powder, but I do need to reapply at least once throughout the day. For the first week or two, I needed to double-cleanse at night to avoid my skin feeling clogged, but this stopped being necessary once my skin settled and got used to it.
The tube is the perfect size to carry around if you are going out in the sun, and the click cap closes solidly, so it won’t leak or pop open accidentally.
Overall, I’m a lot more impressed than I expected to be with a sunscreen! And while it was still important to use in winter, I will definitely be bringing it out a lot more when summer comes around.
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The fine print:
Invisible Zinc Tinted Daywear 50g RRP $32.00