Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Daily Moisturizer Face SPF 30+

$11.99 - 3 fl. oz.
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This in-part zinc oxide sunscreen is formulated in a slightly emollient base formula that’s best for normal to dry skin. Despite containing 8% zinc oxide, this sunscreen does not leave a white cast on skin, although it can feel thick, and it has a slightly tacky finish. Given those characteristics, many won’t find this an appealing option for use as a facial moisturizer, but it’s well suited for use from the neck down. It also contains some notable antioxidants as well as a skin-identical ingredient, making it Blue Lizard’s most impressive formula. This sunscreen is fragrance-free.

UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum Protection. Antioxidant Enriched. Fragrance-Free. Oil-Free, Non-greasy formula.

Active: Octinoxate (5.5%), Zinc Oxide (8%), Other: Purified Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cyclomethicone, Lauryl PEG/PPG 18/18 Methicone, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Hyaluronic Acid, Camellia Sinesis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract, Beeswax, Caffeine, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

Most well-known drugstores in America carry this small collection of sunscreens. The brand’s name indicates an association with Australia, which is odd because these sunscreens are manufactured by Crown Laboratories, a U.S.-based company. As it turns out, the Blue Lizard brand isn't even sold in Australia, which the company confirmed. We suspect the Australia connection has to do with the facts that (1) all of these sunscreens provide high levels of sun protection and (2) that Australians now take sunscreen seriously because of the country's high rates of skin cancer (Source: In this case, Blue Lizard is on the right track!

According to Blue Lizard, all of their sunscreens maintain "extreme water resistance after 240 minutes in whirlpool water." That test is not part of the FDA's water-resistance testing methodology, although it is part of the testing program for the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), which is Australia's regulatory group. Given that Blue Lizard products aren't sold in Australia, there's no need for them to follow the TGA testing methodology in determining a sunscreen's water resistance.

In the United States, FDA regulation allows a "very water resistant" claim of no more than 80 minutes without needing to reapply (Source: Sunscreens labeled "water-resistant" must maintain sun protection for at least 40 minutes in water. Admittedly, it can be argued that Australia's method for determining a sunscreen's water resistance goes above and beyond what's required in the States. It does seem impressive that a sunscreen can last for 240 minutes (4 hours) in moving water, but legally and testing-wise, that's irrelevant for a sunscreen brand not sold in Australia. If anything, the United States' more conservative water-resistance timeframe is a stronger reminder to consumers that "water resistant" does not equal "waterproof," and so encourages consumers to be more diligent about reapplication. In summary, as long as you follow FDA guidelines for liberal application and reapplication after swimming or sweating for 80 minutes when the label says "very water resistant," you'll do fine with this brand.

The bottom line is that all of the Blue Lizard sunscreens are worth considering, regardless of where you live. They all provide impressive broad-spectrum sun protection and they're inexpensive. A few of them also are fragrance-free and contain only gentle mineral active ingredients, making them winners for those with sensitive skin. Although Blue Lizard isn’t the only sunscreen brand to consider, and the formulas aren't perfect (the texture and finish won't please everyone, especially those with oily skin), they are worth strong consideration for anyone spending time outdoors.

For more information about Blue Lizard, call (800) 877-8869 or visit

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  1. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Monday, January 19, 2015
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Love this sunscreen!
    • This sunscreen works extremely well and blends well on the skin! Not sure if it can be used around the eye area since it has chemical sunscreens as well as physical. Can the research team advise?

    Paula's Choice Research Team Response
    Replied on: Monday, January 19, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for the question! It really depends on how sensitive your eyes are to synthetic sunscreens - if you've used them in the past around the eye area with no sensitivity, then it should be just fine!

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  2. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Tuesday, May 20, 2014
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    Thick and pasty
    • I have no doubt that this sunscreen works. I will also note that it has few damaging chemicals. But as a face moisturizer it fails spectacularly. The consistency is horrible; thick, pasty and impossible to put makeup over. It gives you a whitish pale. I have relegated this to a beach or outdoor activity sunscreen and for that it succeeds brilliantly. I may even buy it again. But it is NOT a moisturizer. It is a heavy duty sunscreen.

  3. Rohan
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 05, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Awesome SPF Moisturiser
    • While I agree with your 'Best' rating, I disagree that the finish of this is tacky. In fact it has the best finish of all moisturisers/sunscreens I've ever tried and makes my skin look dewy at first, but certainly not greasy. After a while, it dries to a matte finish. And you barely need a tiny amount! It's thick but spreads really well.

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