Powder Sunscreen

A powder sunscreen I've used

A powder sunscreen I’ve used

Anyone who knows me will tell you I treasure my sunscreen. It truly is the holy grail of my beauty skincare regime. I’d sooner give up a lot of items in my beauty stash before I gave up my sunscreen. I’m really about physical, zinc or natural sunscreen over chemical sunscreen, because it does a better job of protecting my skin, among other reasons. Physical sunscreen comes in two different types, powder and liquid, and I love both for different reasons.

So What Is Powder Sunscreen?

Quite simply, it’s sunscreen in powder form. They are made from highly refined minerals, the formulation of which offers very broad-spectrum protection from the much-publicized harmful effects of UV rays. The majority of powder sunscreens contain a high level of zinc, titanium dioxide and iron particles, which are widely used in regular sunscreens. All three ingredients work synergistically to block UV rays and keep your skin cool.

Powder sunscreen comes in both clear and tinted colours. I’m sure a lot of lady will agree that powder sunscreen is truly a God sent product, in that it enables us to touch up our sunscreen all through the day, without ever worrying about spoiling our makeup! What’s more, it’s fantastic because you can throw out those blotting papers and stick with the powder sunscreen, as it does a great job of mopping up those oily patches. I absolutely adore these sunscreens, but hate the fact that they can be hard to find and are understandably pricy.

What’s To Love?

Besides everything I’ve stated above, here’s why I love powder sunscreen. I’m sure everyone one else who’s unfamiliar with them, will love them just as much if not more!

  • Because of the particle size, powder sunscreen will blend in with your facial oils, adhere to the skin and form the perfect barrier against UV rays. Be sure to wait until your other products are fully absorbed into your skin before applying.
  • There’s no wait time between application and exposure to the sun, as soon as you’ve applied it, you’re good to go!
  • Very clean, not at all mess compared to other sunscreen
  • Can be applied as many times as you require through the day without messing up your makeup
  • Easy to carry around as it’s portable and can slip very nicely into you handbag.
  • Easy to apply as it usually comes with a neat brush applicator.

I just can’t get enough of powder sunscreen, and have already tried a few; Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 50, Eminence Organic Sun Defense SPF30, Peter Thomas Roth Oily Problem Skin Instant Mineral SPF 30 and the Peter Thomas Roth Anti-aging Instant SPF 45; I can vouch for them all. I still apply liquid sunscreen at the start of the day and set it with the mineral version, re-applying through the day. I couldn’t tell you the last time I was sunburnt!

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My Own

Physical Sunscreen



It’s no secret that I’m a huge advocate of sunscreen. There’s never a day that goes by that I don’t lather the stuff on. Having said that, I do believe that not all sunscreens are “created equal”. There are two different kinds of sunscreen – chemical and physical, also known as mineral sunscreen.

My personal favourite sunscreen is of the physical variety, as opposed to the chemical variety. Physical sunscreen; also known as natural sunscreen, typically contains zinc oxide. The higher the zinc content the better; because zinc is a natural sunscreen, and thus protects skin better.

Reasons To Go With Natural Sunscreen

  • It doesn’t irritate skin or sting your eyes like the chemical versions do
  • Physical sunscreen can be very light and luxurious, compared to chemical sunscreen, which in my experience tends to be very greasy. A royal nightmare for someone like me with already oily skin
  • Chemical sunscreen ingredients—often with names ending in salate or -benzone—can give a better look and feel to skin-care products than physical sunscreens because they tend to sink into skin and dry clear. By contrast, physical sunscreen can sometimes leave a grey or white cast. Before you celebrate the virtues of chemical sunscreen however; there’s been some evidence that shows that the ingredients used in chemical sunscreens can affect hormones negatively.
  • Physical sunscreens are less likely to irritate and cause redness, making them better suited to sensitive skin.
  • Further proof of this is demonstrated by the addition of Zinc Oxide as the main ingredient to diaper rash cream. Some of you will have used diaper cream as a zit zapping solution in the past, I know I have and it works like magic! Plus all babies have the softest and smoothest bottoms!
  • It provides optimum protection
  • Physical sunscreens, which contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, can offer broad-spectrum coverage, and work immediately after application and are FDA approved. So there’s no need for you to apply 30 minutes before exposure, as is the case with chemical sunscreens!
  • Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are physical blockers. For those of you who for whatever reason, would rather stick with chemical sunscreens, look out for zinc oxide on the packaging, as it’s the only ingredient you need for excellent broad-spectrum protection.
  • Experts prefer zinc oxide over titanium dioxide because it provides protection against the entire spectrum of UVA and UVB rays

What’s There Not To Like?

In my experience, I’ve found that in as much as I love physical sunscreen, it can be a nightmare to find. Even when I was living in England, I had to move heaven and earth, searching for it. Now back in Botswana, trying to find physical sunscreen is even worse than trying to find a needle in a haystack….go figure! By comparison, it seems easy enough to find anywhere in America!

I’ve also observed that physical sunscreen can be pricier than the chemical versions. This obviously means it’s less accessible to some.

A lot of the chemical sunscreens I’ve used have been luxurious and easy to apply. However, not all physical sunscreens are like that. In fact, a huge number of them tend to leave a white or grey cast, not quite the look I’m going for. –especially with being darker skinned! This then means that applying make up can prove to be an uphill battle, or even an impossible task. So my one word of advise would be to be very careful when choosing your physical sunscreen.

I personally like the Obagi Nu Derm sun shield SPF 50 matte, which contains 10.4 per cent Zinc oxide. It’s very light and goes on matte, allowing makeup to go on smoothly and flawlessly. It’s widely available on Amazon and eBay, but sadly not on the high street.

Do you use a physical sunscreen? Any you’d recommend?

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Vitamin C Serum


One of my beauty regime staples Vitamin C serum. I discovered it a few years ago through a beauty discussion forum. Once I started using it, I was hooked. I read somewhere that women would do well to start using Vitamin C serum in their early twenties, so I wish I’d discovered it a lot sooner for sure.

Vitamin C serum looks oily, but is very easily absorbed, leaving no residue whatsoever. My skin positively glows and perks up when I’m using it. For this reason, it has become a staple in my arsenal of beauty products. It doesn’t always come cheap, but in my opinion, it’s worth every penny!

So What Is Vitamin C Serum?

Vitamin C serum is a natural skin care product that has for the last few years been causing a buzz in the beauty industry. Vitamin C can also be found in high-end beauty products, with many of the best beauty houses in the cut-throat beauty industry scrambling to produce the best quality and most luxurious Vitamin C serums, creams and lotions. We really are spoilt for choice in that regard!

What Does Vitamin C Serum Do?

Vitamin C serum is one of the most powerful antioxidants in skin care. As a result, it helps slow down the aging process by protecting skin against free radicals. Here’s how else Vitamin C serum addresses many other beauty concerns:

  • Prolonged use has been proven to aid collagen production, promoting firmer skin
  • Improves the appearance of wrinkles
  • Vitamin C serum brightens and evens out skin tone
  • A natural sunscreen, Vitamin C also offers some protection against harmful UV rays, by improving the efficacy of your sunscreen
  • May reduce inflammation and trauma to skin, thus preventing further damage to skin

* Results can be seen within approximately 6 months of consistent Vitamin C serum use.

What To Look For When You’re Looking For Your Vitamin C Serum

There are different types of Vitamin C, but sitting pretty at the top of the list is Ascorbic Acid, also known as L-ascorbic acid. Out of all the vitamin C’s, this is the most researched and most widely used in beauty products.

Look out for as high a concentration as you can get between 15-20%. The price increases the higher the concentration. The higher the concentration, the more effective your serum works in addressing the most stubborn skin concerns.

Because Vitamin C serum can be highly unstable and spoils easily, always opt for dark bottles and store it in a cool, dark place. I sometimes store mine in the fridge, if it gets too hot.

Have you ever tried Vitamin C serum; if you did, what were your thoughts?

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