Three Beautiful Non-Nano Zinc Oxide Sunscreens

August 07, 2016

After my last post about Zinc Oxide I had a few upcoming sunscreen posts in mind but it's already August, which means summer is coming to an end and summer inspired posts aren't as "in" as they were a month or two ago. Well if I would manage to post more often then I wouldn't have this problem. Oh well, I think I'm still going to post them haha. Since I've shared that non-nano! Zinc Oxide is pretty much the best UV filter out there, I decided to share some of my favourite facial sunscreens with Non-Nano Zinc Oxide, which I'm currently using.
First one is from a gorgeous, gorgeous brand, the amazing Earthwise Beauty. Oh my gosh, I love this brand so much! I don't say it much on my blog, but I really, really love Ava and her blends, she really knows what she is doing. I can ask her anything (I bet she is sick of my questions :P) and she always responds with so much knowledge and integrity. Love. Also, it's so exciting following the brand on Instagram, I highly recommend it! I have learned so many new things about ingredients and the magic of plants. Not to mention that Ava is on a roll with creating new products and her new launches are beyond exciting.
Ava's sunscreen is unique. It's called Farizad's Veil SPF 30+ Powder* and I've already proclaimed my love for it here. Contains uncoated non-nano Zinc Oxide, Aloe and flowers like Rose Absolute and Geranium Oil, to name most of them. Now if you remember I wrote that zinc oxide is safe up to concentration of maximum 25%. This product contains 94%. BUT all is not lost! I was worried for a hot minute but Ava completely reassured me. Let me quote a little bit of what she said:

Farizad's Veil is not meant to be used separately but as a component of a sunscreen lotion made up of an oil part and the powder part. It would be very unlikely for a customer to create a paste that contains more than 25% zinc oxide because it would be pretty whitening (I have a few sunscreens as testers from other brands and one contains 22.5% zinc oxide and is somewhat whitening, more noticeably than most people would want.

I wish we had a microscopic scale on hand to figure out the typical zinc oxide content in a customer's mix: we would need to weight the 7-8-9 drops of oil a person uses and then weight the amount of Farizad's Veil a person uses (and subtract the aloe content). While visually, many people will mix about half oil and half Farizad's Veil, once you weight the two, you would see that the powder content is a small percentage (typically 10-20% max.) because powders are light. It takes a lot of powder to weigh the equivalent of a heavy oil.
So as you see, because you mix the powder with the oil, the concentration of zinc oxide is much, much smaller than 94% so you don't have to worry one bit. Just don't go crazy with the powder and you'll be perfectly alright. Not only that Farizad's Veil (love the name!) protects my skin from the sun and doesn't break me out, the thing I love most about it is that I can mix it with my favourite facial oil to create my own custom blend, my own "DIY" sunscreen. I still get all the nutrients from oil but with that extra treat. The oil I use is also not as oily and sinks in quicker because the powder makes it a bit lighter. Lighter and dryer in texture but not drying to the skin. I've tried it with a few different oils and it was a beautiful experience every time. It's a wonderful product and I really recommend it. Just a quick note on the application - I apply a few drops of oil into the palm of my hand and sprinkle some Farizad's Veil on top (it has a twist and lock sifter, so it's all very easy to do). Mix and apply. On the first photo bellow I used a bit too much and if that happens (which is rare) I just add more oil and apply it to my neck and hands. Check out Ava's instructions here. If you want to try it, you can use my code "Loveliness" (not affiliated) and get 15% off your order.
Next sunscreen is one that is already mixed together - powdered zinc oxide and oils are already mixed and ready to go. Of course I'm talking about July's BH Hero, the beautiful Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28**. Here is all you need to know about this product so I don't want to write another novel for a product (like I did with the Farizad's Veil). 
I still have to mention, that it contains 17% Zinc Oxide and some very gorgeous oils, like Red Raspberry Seed and French Plum Oil. It's formulated without a drop of water but loaded with Macadamia, Kukui, Avocado and Jojoba oils, and Vitamin E. It's such a stunning product and I've been loving it to bits. This product was featured in July's Beauty Heroes box but you can buy it in the Beauty Heroes Beauty Store, where you can get 15% off your order if you are subscribed to their beauty subscription service. If you're interested, you can do it here. Right now they are having a gorgeous giveaway with Thoughtfully Magazine. All details here.

Now onto the product you will want to eat because it smells so yummy! Say hello to Canadian brand Ryz Rémi and their Day Balm Concentrate* with 20% non-nano Zinc Oxide. The Day Balm Concentrate is a rich medley of premium organic & wild (and ethically sourced) ingredients - buttery raw Shea & Virgin Coconut Oil hand-blended with cold-pressed Rosehip, Jojoba & Green Tea Seed Oil. Minimally processed & nutrient-packed. Enjoy the calming aroma of sweet Calendula & golden Chamomile, with hints of creamy Vanilla Bean & dark Cocoa. Rich & very concentrated, this day balm contains no water or fillers.
First is the scent. It smells like a rich chocolate (contains Cocoa powder) with vanilla. Omg, so delicious. Rich and seductive. It looks like a super milky chocolate too, so be careful not to eat it haha. Based on ingredients, I was expecting a rich and super nourishing cream but to my surprise it doesn't feel that rich. Which I like and enjoy. Because it is not as rich nor oily as I thought, I like to apply a small amount of facial oil under it. That way I can massage it onto my skin more easily (it also applies beautifully without an oil!) but I just like that combo. Also, a little goes a long way. The cream doesn't break me out (none of the three do!) and makes my skin soft. The product is just lovely. Natasha, one of the founders of Ryz Rémi, obviously knows what she is doing blending.
It has a different consistency than the other two (at least if you mix Farizad's Veil with facial oil). This SPF cream has a balmy texture but it sinks into the skin like a moisturizer. Rich moisturizer. It's a mix between a balm and a moisturizer. It's gorgeous and I love using it. Not that I mind taking a bit of extra time massaging SPF product into my skin, but I really love that I don't have to deal with that with this product. It blends in seamlessly and leaves my skin protected, nourished and soft. Use code "LOVELINESS" (not affiliated) to get 15% off your order.

Have a happy week!

Much love,

Jana xx

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