Whilst hunting for new and improved sunscreen recently, in light of a trip to the South of France, I came across a review of Invisible Zinc at SCforM. My next port of call was Selfridges in London where despite a slightly shoddy display c/o Selfridges, I managed to get hold of everything I wanted. I’m a fan of mineral sunscreen for it’s kindness to sensitive skin (many people are allergic to sunscreens) – a favourite of mine is Avene Very High Protection Cream SPF 50+, great for sensitive skin. Mineral sunscreens however, such as Avene, can be too thick and aren’t easily absorbed into the skin – leaving a white residue that looks like you’ve forgotten to rub in the cream, not a good luck when you’re trying to play it cool at Z Plage in Cannes.
The solution… enter Invisible Zinc of Australia, winner of various awards and current hot (no pun intended) topic in the sunscreen market. No as you might imagine, the products contain high levels of Zinc (Oxide), I’m talking around 18%. Skin calming Zinc Oxide is found in many mineral sunscreens and household favourites such as Sudocrem, thanks to it barrier and reparative properties.
So Invisible Zinc ticks all the boxes that many mineral sunscreens tick… now down to the business end, does it layer on thick? Well, the Invisible Zinc range isn’t as straight forward as just a sunscreen. The range combines the use of mineral sunscreen, with Zinc Oxide and transforms it into modern day heroes. Obviously there’s a sunscreen but beyond that, there’s the fantastic Tinted Daywear, a sunscreen and self-tan in one. Currently there are 11 products on offer but for the purposes of keeping this review short, I’ll keep the products down to 3 hero options, for men…
The Invisible Zinc Face & Body Sunscreen SPF30 employs a physical barrier of natural Zinc Oxide forms a second skin that acts like a shield to combat against the everyday effects of UV radiation and environmental pollutants. The difference with Invisible Zinc and this really is the pièce de résistance is the micronised 100% mineral reflectors, which delivers the highest UVA + UVB protection under the Australian sun (or whichever sun you may be under). And with no titanium dioxide, minimal skin penetration and surface layer protection, even sensitive skin and children can use it. Now the crux, is it thick!? Well yes and no – at the end of the day it’s a mineral sunscreen but it’s by far the least thick and easily absorbed mineral sunscreen I’ve used to date, thumbs up! RRP £17.95 (75g) and £22.95 (150g)
Next up is the Jet Set Tan – This arrives in the form of an easy to apply spray tan (in a can), it covers really easily (at 30cm away, important) and gives your skin a completely believable tan that lasts for up to 7 days. The translucent solution is composed of sugars + Erythrulose, which react with proteins on the skin and start working two hours after application and continuing for the next 12 hours. 150ml – £24.95
And finally, I’ve saved the best for last, the Invisible Zinc Tinted Daywear, a cult classic almost already, offering excellent sun protection, moisturiser and a self tanner in one. It contains no titanium dioxide, no parabens, no chemical UV filters, no preservatives or mineral oils, and using 100% naturally derived Micronised (non-nano) Zinc Oxide as its only active UV ingredient the result is fantastic, a light, non-greasy formula that covers all the bases; sun protection, moisturiser and self tanning – thoroughly recommended. RRP £24.95 (50g)
CONCLUSION: Summer might nearly be over but the Invisible Zinc range takes sensitive suncare and mineral sunscreen to a new level.