For the majority of the year, I’ve been using Tarte’s Maracuja Miracle Foundation 12-Hour Broad Spectrum SPF 15. I’m actually disappointed in myself for using it for so long. When it comes to sunscreen, there are physical blockers such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which literally block UVA and UVB rays, and then there are chemical sunscreens, which absorb UV rays before they can cause damage to the skin.(1) We certainly don’t want to absorb UV rays.
Two chemical sunscreens are listed on the back of this Tarte foundation bottle: octinoxate and oxybenzone. The following is a direct passage from No More Dirty Looks:
Oxybenzone has shown endocrine disruption in animals and is absorbed easily by skin – in fact, 97 percent of us have it in our urine. Homosalate and octyl-methoxycinnamate (octinoxate) are also suspected of messing with hormones.
Plain and simple, chemical sunscreens pose a high risk to our health and can cause accidental aging by UVA rays. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
So. This product went straight in the trash.
During this Whole Foods trip, I picked up various samples of BB creams with SPF, all of which were physical blockers. I’m a fan of sampling products whenever I can because skincare and makeup products can get costly. Luckily, WF has an awesome return policy if sampling isn’t your thing.
I’m very happy with the Mineral Fusion all-in-one BB Cream. It is lightweight, fragrance free (read more on why fragrance is a huge problem here), and contains titanium dioxide, which is a physical UVA/UVB blocker. The best part about this product is that it does not sit in any fine lines. It’s breathable and also non-drying, a huge plus for someone like myself who has dry skin.
This BB cream does provide more coverage than some of the other brands I’ve tried, but I don’t recommend it if you are trying to cover-up any spots or flare ups. This alone won’t do the job. Essentially, it’s a tinted moisturizer so you’ll want something a bit more heavy duty if you have skin flare-ups.
You can find this product at Whole Foods for $25. If you want to learn more about Mineral Fusion, you can visit their website here. If you’re about to cry because your SPF foundation contains a chemical sunscreen, don’t fret, but DO read No More Dirty Looks to protect yourself against toxic ingredients.
(1) No More Dirty Looks, page 38Back to Blog