My SPF usage has been through the roof since I decided to actively pursue clear skin. I got on retinoic acid and have become quite serious about sunscreen. I now use sunscreen religiously. It used to take me about 3 months to get through a tube of 50ml sunscreen but that doesn’t last me 1 month these days. Unfortunately, there’s not been much to show for it. Most sunscreens keep me from burning but don’t do much to keep my skin from tanning. I’ve used just about every chemical sunscreen under the sun and still didn’t see much improvements. So I decided to do something I’d never done before – Use a mineral sunscreen.
WHAT ELTAMD UV CLEAR BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 46 CLAIMS
WHAT I THINK OF ELTAMD UV CLEAR BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 46
Whew. Where to start? Alright. Alright. Alright.
I bought this sunscreen because I’ve heard a lot of great word of mouth reviews. People also rave about it online and that includes black people too. So I was very surprised to find that it didn’t match my expectations. So I ordered a second one from another source because I felt I received a fake. But the first wasn’t a fake. They were both the same.
This sunscreen is elite. Okay? Zinc Oxide, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate (salt form of hyaluronic acid), Lactic Acid, Vitamin E. This sunscreen happens to be water resistant and it dries down matte. The lactic acid is supposed to very lightly hydrate and exfoliate while niacinamide is for brightening. That ingredient list elevates it holy grail on paper alone but alas.
Feel free to disregard that “transparent zinc oxide” label because it’s anything but. This sunscreen left the most ghostly white cast on my face. When I say ghostly I mean it. I worked this bad boy into my skin for 5 minutes and the white cast went nowhere. I relegated it to home sunscreen so I wouldnt habe to look like Casper in public. But i still had to deal with the pilling. It pills horribly which makes reapplication a nightmare.
YAY OR NAY?
Would I recommend this? Absolutely. I still have hyperpigmentation and if there’s a sunscreen that will help with hyperpigmentation, it’s this one. And of course I use other actives like BHAs and retinoic acid which makes skin more sensitive to the sun. This broad spectrum sunscreen is as better than most when it comes to UVA/UVB protection.
So yeah, I’d recommend this to anyone who doesn’t mind the white cast and anyone who’s looking to wear it under makeup. It’s hydrating, non-oily, and does not irritate. It also has a host of antioxidants to help neutralize the effects of free radicals. And although this wasn’t for me, I still look forward to trying the tinted formula.