Tested on animals:Yes
This water-resistant sunscreen is a decent option whether you stick with the labeled use for face or apply it from the neck down. The formula contains an in-part zinc oxide sunscreen for broad-spectrum protection, and is surprisingly easy to blend. In terms of this going on "clear" as the name states, it doesn't; however, the white cast the zinc oxide leaves behind is definitely on the subtle side, though will be more obvious on those with medium to dark skin tones.
This sets to a smooth, hydrating finish that's best for normal to dry skin. Sport Performance Faces Clear Zinc isn't optimal for the breakout-prone due to the mix of zinc oxide and a few heavier thickeners, plus beeswax.
This is fragrance-free, but the inclusion of octocrylene as an active ingredient doesn't make it a slam dunk for extra-sensitive skin. Still, it's highly unlikely this sunscreen would cause an irritant response, as it's an overall gentle formula and should be fine to use around the eyes.
The lack of antioxidants in this sunscreen is disappointing and held this back from earning a better rating. Research is clear that adding antioxidants to a sunscreen not only boosts your skin's environmental defenses, but also allows the sunscreen to be more effective. So, buying a sunscreen that lacks antioxidants is selling your skin short.
One more comment: The packaging for this product indicates the formula is hypoallergenic. See More Info to learn why this claim isn't one you can rely on.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Does not leave an obvious white cast (though it's not "clear" or invisible, either).
- Blends easily.
- Doesn't go on as "clear" as the name states.
- Formula lacks antioxidants or other beneficial anti-aging ingredients beyond the sunscreen actives.
"Hypoallergenic" is little more than a nonsense word meant to make products sound safer or somehow better for sensitive skin. There are no accepted testing methods, ingredient restrictions, regulations, guidelines, rules, or procedures of any kind, anywhere in the world, for determining whether or not a product qualifies as being hypoallergenic. Any company can label any product "hypoallergenic" because there is no regulation that says they can't, no matter what proof they may point to—and what proof can they provide given there is no standard against which to measure? Given that there are no regulations governing this supposed category, which was made up by the cosmetics industry, there are plenty of products labeled "hypoallergenic" that actually contain problematic ingredients and that can indeed trigger allergic reactions, even for those with no previous history of skin sensitivity. The word "hypoallergenic" gives you no reliable understanding of what you are or aren't putting on your skin (Sources: www.fda.gov; Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, May 2004, pages 325–327; and Ostomy and Wound Management, March 2003, pages 20–21).