Tested on animals:Yes
Every Sun Day UV Illuminating Sunscreen SPF 36 combines mineral and synthetic sunscreen actives in a lightweight formula that's great for normal to oily skin, but it's lack of broad spectrum sun protection makes it not worth strong consideration. What a shame, as otherwise this has beautiful esthetics!
Fragrance free, this daytime moisturizer with SPF contains the mineral pigment mica for an instant (and lasting) glow. (Note that this "glow" can be softened if you apply foundation over it.)
This sheer formula is easy to blend and hydrates without feeling too slick or greasy. It's not enough moisture for dry skin, though, despite that it is marketed as providing "70% more moisture than regular sun cream."
You're also getting a nice mix of plant- and vitamin-based antioxidants. We didn't see a trace of white residue from the mineral sunscreen titanium dioxide, something we look for and alert our readers of when it's apparent.
As you can see, this SPF product has a lot going for it, so it's disappointing we cannot enthusiastically recommend it. See our list of Best Daytime Moisturizers with Sunscreen for better options.
IMPORTANT NOTE: When this product review debuted, it was rated higher and listed as offering broad spectrum sun protection, which we realized later on was a mistake. We apologize for the error and any confusion it may have caused.
- Lightweight, sheer formula.
- Adds a luminous glow.
- Contains a nice mix of plant- and vitamin-based antioxidants.
- No trace of white residue.
- Fragrance free.
- Dry skin types: This isn't as moisturizing as the marketing claims.
- Doesn't provide broad spectrum protection from UV light.
Sunscreens Not Rated "Broad Spectrum": Although this sunscreen may contain ingredients that have the potential to provide broad-spectrum sun protection, it also bears this warning as part of the Drug Facts labeling:
"Skin Cancer/Skin Aging Alert: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging."
This product's label indicates that the formula did not meet the broad-spectrum testing requirements of the FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration, 2012), so it isn't as anti-aging capable as many other SPF-rated products.
To ensure your sunscreen provides both UVA and UVB protection, it must be labeled "broad spectrum" and also contain one or more of these UVA-protecting ingredients listed as "active": avobenzone, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, Mexoryl SX (ecamsule) or Tinosorb (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 2005).
How We Rate Sunscreens vs. Daytime Moisturizers with SPF: Sunscreens are judged based upon whether they provide broad-spectrum sun protection, their SPF rating, potential for irritation, packaging and aesthetics. Additional qualities that push it into four or five star (best-rated) category are the inclusion of meaningful amounts of repairing, cell communicating or antioxidant ingredients as well as unique characteristics that enhance its wearability.
"Sunscreens" are differentiated from "Daytime Moisturizers with SPF" by three primary qualities.
• They must be marketed as "sunscreens" only by the brand.
• They lack specific anti-aging claims.
• Their size is greater than 2 ounces, unless it is specifically called out as a sunscreen for the face and is not positioned as a facial/daytime moisturizer with SPF.
For more detail on how we rate this category of products, see the Best Sunscreens section of Beautypedia.