Monday, June 09, 2014

EltaMD UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 Sunscreen

The Ambre Solaire ad above (Vogue UK, June 1967) is a shocking reminder of the way people thought of tanning. Yes, I wasn't even born when it was printed, but that attitude prevailed well into my youth. Which is another reason to be a zealous user of high SPF products. EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Sunscreen needs to be added to my Favorite Sunscreen Roundup, because it's all I've been using for the last three weeks (the husband is also a fan).

When Elta MD says this product is "Very Light" they mean it. Not quite as runny as the Kate Somerville one, this is still incredibly lightweight. So much so that I can actually reapply it over my makeup without ending with a caked mess. The active ingredients in this Elta MD sunscreen are  Zinc Oxide (9.0%, UVA/UVB Sunscreen), Octinoxate (7.5%, UVA/UVB Sunscreen), and so far this summer I've found it wonderfully effective for the Northeast sun and weather. The unique feature here is that despite the lightness and the designation as an oil-free, and non-comedogenic product suitable for breakout-prone skin it's also calming and non-drying, using hyaluronic acid to keep skin supple.

The sunscreen comes in an airless pump bottle that dispenses a good amount of product. I use about 1.5 pumps for my face and neck and the rest on the back of my hands. The perfect performance and super light texture are a winning combination. Out of my current favorites, I think this is the one I'll repurchase first.

Water, Cyclomethicone, Niacinamide, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polyisobutene, PEG 7 Trimethylolpropane Coconut Ether, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lactic Acid, Oleth 3 Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Zinc Oxide, Octinoxate

EltaMD UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 Sunscreen ($33.60, 1.7oz) is available from


  1. oh, girl, we used to use baby oil on our faces when we laid out in the sun. aaaaaaaaaaaah!!! i'm talking mid-70s. my mother swears there was sunscreen, but i think she's confusing suntan oil with suntan lotion. neither of which did jack to protect your skin. i can't wear sunscreens like the one you mention, because they ALWAYS make me break out in deep, acne-like zits that eventually scar. i will be fine for a couple of weeks, then BAM! so i have to stick with the mineral sunscreens - zinc and titanium oxides. finally found one called Cera-Ve at the drugstore that has "invisible" minerals - not really, but it's a much less blue-white cast on my skin than most mineral sunscreens. i use it with the olay foundation that has sunscreen mixed into it (this stuff is REALLY GOOD, people!). so i'm only slightly chalky when i'm done. i could add some bronzer, i'm sure, but i'm lazy. or i could go a shade darker on the foundation to make up for the whiteness of the sunscreen. i might do that. anyway, if you break out like i do with these chemical sunscreens, try the Cera Ve (Walgreens).


  2. This one is my favorite sunscreen as well. Lightweight and non-drying, exactly as you put it. I love the inclusion of 5% niacinamide as well. Niacinamide has solid research behind it showing skin care benefit. The only downside is the cost, I go through a bottle in almost no time. Lately, however, I've started purchasing them on amazon. They have 2 bottle for $40, which is a very good deal. The bottles come in their boxes, new and unused, with batch number and expiration date clearly visible. Amazon is becoming the largest gray market for beauty products, I know. But the savings are very tempting.


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