Monday, 2 August 2010

Product Review: Invisible Zinc ESP SPF 30

Apologies for my silence readers... I have just returned from holiday which proved the perfect time to trial Aussie brand, Invisible Zinc. The PR had kindly given me a selection of samples to trial but I opted for the Environmental Skin Protector SPF 30.

I'm something of a fanatic when it comes to SPF- I wear it every single day of the year, regardless of the weather in the quest to protect my skin against aging so new protectors do tend to grab my interest.
As a general rule, I prefer natural products so it stands to reason that I'd choose physical over chemical sunscreens but I have to admit that this is one of those areas where I don't mind if a product isn't particularly natural- I'm looking for results, without compromise.
Elle Macpherson is the face (& body, of course) of the brand in her homeland, Australia whilst it launched in the UK recently with mother & daughter, Jerry Hall & Georgia May Jagger as the spokeswomen. I'm not sure of the thought process behind this, other than grabbing attention in a busy marketplace and highlighting that it's a prestigious brand.
As the name suggests, Invisible Zinc is a physical sunscreen based on a high level (20%) of zinc to act as a barrier against both UVA & UVB rays. There is a tendancy for physical blocks to leave a ghostly white sheen and although there is no escaping this, it does what it says on the tin and is, for the main part invisible.
I've tried a lot of sunscreens in my time and have to admit that I was impressed with this product. The packaging is a little chunky for travel, with a sporty vibe- I'd prefer a slimline tube as opposed to this pump bottle but it is functional and for me, this is the only negative. The blurb states that it "feels like a moisturiser, works like a sunscreen" and I honestly can't think of a better way to describe it. It's a wonderfully, lightweight formula which is easy to apply, sinks into skin quickly and doesn't leave a greasy feeling. It really is a pleasure to use! I was impressed with protection offered- of course, everyone is different but I did feel that SPF 30 was perfect for my holiday in the sun. I haven't tried wearing this under make-up but I'm confident that it wouldn't be a problem, based on the texture and there are other products, e.g. powder or tinted moisturisers, within the range if this is how you'd prefer to wear your SPF.

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