I admit that I was not always diligent with my application of sunscreen, however, during my short period of practice and learning to recognize and manage sun damage; I discovered the importance of this step.
But find a good sunscreen for oily, sensitive and acne-prone skin is a mission impossible, so I'm not at all surprised that the majority of people with this skin type and condition just prefer to choose not to wear that extra layer of fat that ultimately contributes to more pimples.
Helping others with these particular skin issues is a big part of why I do reviews on my blog and, although I prefer to write and share my opinion on the products I love, in today's post. Today we will be looking at a product which unfortunately did not meet my standards.
This is my Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 30 review, so let's go straight to it:
Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 30
So the first thing you need to know is that the Unseen Sunscreen presents different strengths for European and American customers.
I got mine from Cult Beauty and it is SPF 30 while US buyers can get SPF 40 directly from the official website. It's the same thing, just different forces.
To move on.
The official Supergoop website indicates that the Invisible sunscreen is an oil-free chemical sunscreen free of some controversial ingredients commonly associated with chemical sunscreens such as oxybenzone and octinoxate.
The oil-free formula doesn't turn me on with products like moisturizers even though I'm an oily person, but I do appreciate it when it comes to sunscreens.
I like sunscreens that won't make my skin look dead and dry, but it also won't make me look like a lump of fat. Unfortunately, the perfect matte look is a stretchy demand when it comes to sunscreens.
Supergoop's description goes on to say that Unseen Sunscreen can be used as a makeup primer under foundation when you want a little more coverage.
This is a statement with which I totally disagree, as you will read below. But the first thing is the first - let's explore the ingredients.
This sunscreen is loaded with silicones which contribute to the silicone and plastic feel.
Most of these ingredients do not absorb into the skin but they do not even sit on the skin - they are ridiculously easy to remove which will unfortunately lead to uneven coverage and poor sun protection if you are not careful when layering other products.
Let's see. there are silicones, silicones, more silicones, jojoba esters and zinc. But the zinc part of this particular product is no relief because zinc sulfate is a chemical compound that results from the interaction of zinc with sulfuric acid.
Very little research suggests that this particular form offers any skin benefit and is among the latest ingredients in the product, so I don't have much hope for that, anyway.
The ingredients aren't, at least not for me, and I already knew I wouldn't like this product, but decided to give it a chance anyway.
Unseen sunscreen has a consistency that can best be described as a silicone gel. As one reviewer pointed out, it's very reminiscent of Smashbox Photo Finish primer, but with a medium density.
It is very smooth and glides easily on the skin, but it does not make me feel good at all because my skin is immediately suffocated as soon as I apply it.
The invisible sunscreen has no added scent and smells absolutely nothing.
Even though I wasn't immediately a fan of the ingredients, I still decided to give this sunscreen a try as it was marketed as a matte, water-resistant product that was great for oily skin.
Well not really.
While I like that it's perfectly clear and doesn't leave a white cast, I didn't like the invisible sunscreen for several reasons.
For a, this product does not hold well on my oily skin. I felt like it was going to slip off my face within an hour of application. It got very fat and left me shiny.
Second, It's really easy for that to come off, and as soon as you apply it to the skin and want to put on makeup right after - chances are it will rub off and give you unevenness (if only) cover and sun protection.
Third, my pores looked HUGE after applying the product. We have the impression of rubbing a kind of soft rubber that easily melts on the skin. It's just a fatty mess.
On the other hand, my boyfriend who has normal to dry skin loves invisible sunscreen. In fact, it's the only sunscreen he tolerates and uses every morning.
He likes the texture and he likes the dullness of his face as he usually sweats around his nose and forehead.
So i guess if you are someone who sweats on areas of the face and has dry skin - you might like this product, especially for the summer.
On the other hand, if you are excessively fat and prone to acne, this product does not have the power to control sebum and keep your face matte all day long.
Plus, invisible sunscreen is safe for sensitive skin, even though it is chemical sunscreen.
Who is it for?
Normal to dry skin / light and dark complexion.
Who is it not?
Oily skin with dilated pores.
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Is Supergoop Unseen sunscreen safe?
Supergoop Unseen SPF Sunscreen is reef safe, however, I wouldn't call it a universal product or a perfect match for all skin types.
Is Silicone Bad in Skin Care?
Silicones in skin care are generally considered to be safe and although there have been claims that they can be problematic and dangerous - these claims are not supported by research and are more of a personal observation or perhaps. be misinformation.
Silicones are hypoallergenic and are not known to cause skin irritation and sensitivity. On the contrary, they are excellent emollients with excellent conditioning properties which can prevent moisture loss from the skin.
However, keep in mind that any ingredient can be problematic, and this is more of an individual matter than an overall one.
My oily / acne prone skin, for example, hates silicones and besides making me look oily - they also make my pores look huge.
Silicones are not bad in skin care, in and of themselves, but you have to experiment for yourself and determine whether they are causing any problem to your skin or not.
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Thanks for stopping by! My name is Simone and I am a certified skin specialist. I created this website to teach my readers how to take good care of their skin, and I also like to occasionally share my honest opinions on the skin care products I have tried. You can find out more about me here.
We all dream of flawless, glowing skin, but with new products constantly hitting the shelves and the seemingly endless skincare advice out there on the Internet, it’s not always easy to figure out the skincare routine that’s going to work best for you. You know the basics — drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, and wash your face, but what about everything in between ? Luckily, there’s no need to shell out couleurs of cash on any magical procedures or expensive creams to achieve flawless skin.
We spoke with dermatologists and top beauty experts to put together a list of some of the best skincare tips. From choosing the right cleanser for your skin type to the importance of cleaning your makeup brushes, these easy tricks — plus some top-tested product picks from the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab — will help guide you to glowing skin ASAP.
' For oily or acne-prone skin, a salicylic gel or benzoyl peroxide wash works great, ' says Dr. Ava Shamban, a dermatologist in Santa Monica. ' For dry mature skin, use either a moisturizing glycolic or milky cleanser. For skin with brown spots or melasma, use a brightening wash, such as an alpha hydroxy acid cleanser. '
' The best times to moisturize are right after you get out of the shower and right before you go to bed, ' explained Dr. Janet Prystowsky M. D., an NYC-based dermatologist. Avoid lotions with heavy fragrances and make sure you find a moisturizer gentle enough for every day use with zero irritation.
Dr. Tzu says figuring out how to avoid touching your face is very important. It doesn’t just spread bacteria and cause breakouts — it can lead to scarring, an increase in wrinkles, and even the flu or other viruses.
Every skin spécialiste we spoke to emphasized the importance of hydration. ' A lack of water means less radiance and more sag, ' says Dr. Mona Gohara, a dermatologist in Connecticut. She suggests choosing products ( cleansing, moisturizing, and anti-aging ) that have hydrating formulas. And, évidemment, drink around eight glasses of water a day.
Don’t just watch out for the sun — getting too close to heaters and fireplaces can also wreak havoc on your skin. ' It causes inflammation and collagen breakdown. I recommend staying at least ten feet away, ' explains Dr. Debbie Palmer, a New York dermatologist. So next time you’re roasting chestnuts or s’mores over an open fire, take a step back.
' We lose 50 million skin cells a day, and without a little extra nudge, they may hang around leaving the skin looking sullen, ' says Dr. Gohara. to fight this, you should ' choose a product that is pH neutral so it doesn’t dry as it exfoliates. ' And don’t just stop with your face — the skin on your body needs exfoliation, too.
A balanced diet is important, but there’s more than one way to give your skin vitamins. There are also topical antioxidants, which are serums and creams that contain ingredients that nourish the skin ( think vitamin C serum ! ).
' These can really help to repair the skin from sun damage, ' says Dr. Palmer. Not sure how to use them ? The best time to apply them is right after cleansing so that your skin can soak them in, or they can be layered under your sunscreen for added protection.
Though it’s tempting to grab a coffee the minute you wake up, Joanna Vargas, a skincare facialist in NYC, says choosing the right beverages can be a game changer. ' Drink a shot of chlorophyll every morning to brighten, oxygenate, and hydrate your skin. Drinking chlorophyll also helps drain puffiness by stimulating the lymphatic system, so it’s also good for cellulite. '
If you’re not keen on downing a shot of the stuff, chlorophyll supplements can be found at many drugstores and health food stores. She also advised drinking green juices with lots of veggies in them : ' It will transform your skin in a matter of days — and it helps oxygenate the skin and stimulates lymphatic drainage, so it’s de-puffing, too. '
' Your skin has a natural barrier to retain moisture, and essential to that is omega-3 fatty acid, ' Joanna advises. ' Flax seeds on your salad or even walnuts will be an instant boost to your omega-3, thus increasing your skin’s ability to hold onto moisture. ' And be sure to eat a diet low in foods with a high glycemic index ( simple and complex carbohydrates ).
to fight infection and clogged pores, Dr. Prystowsky recommends washing concealer and foundation brushes once a week. For brushes you use around your eyes, she recommends twice per month, and for any other brushes, once a month is fine.
Here’s how : Put a drop of a mild shampoo into the palm of your hand. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water. Then, massage the bristles into your palm to distribute the shampoo into the brush. Avoid getting the metal part of the brush wet/or the base of the brush hairs because the glue could soften and the bristles could fall out. Rinse the shampoo out and squeeze out the water with a towel. Lay the brushes on their side with the bristles hanging off the edge of the counter to dry.
' Many people feel they only need to protect themselves on sunny days or when visiting the beach, ' says Dr. Palmer. ' But the truth is that we need to protect our skin even when we’re driving a car, flying in an airplane, or running errands. It’s the daily uv exposure that contributes to the visible signs of aging. ' What kind of sunscreen is best ? Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or greater — and remember that it needs to be reapplied every 2 hours.
We’re talking SPF makeup, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats. ' Preventing sun damage is a million times better for your skin than treating it after the fact, ' says Dr. Prystowsky.
' Fad products and fancy ingredients are fun to try, and sometimes they work well, ' says Dr. Prystowsky, ' but usually they’re off the shelves just as quickly as they’re on them. ' Find a cleanser and moisturizer that you know work for you, and keep them at the core of your routine.
It’s not just about getting eight hours a night. Skin will also benefit from regularly using clean silk pillowcases. ' The material glides easily and prevents creasing and wrinkles, ' says Jesleen Ahluwalia, M. D., a dermatologist from Spring Street Dermatology in New York City. ' Silk is also easier on hair — it helps avoid tangles and breakage. ' Better hair and skin while you sleep ? Yes, please.