Tested on animals:No
MDSolarSciences Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is a sheer-tinted version of their Mineral Creme SPF 50 formula, but this version is available in two shades: Light/Medium and Medium/Dark. Fragrance-free and housed in a tube with a twist-off cap, this silicone-based gel formula has a thick texture on application that dries to a powdery matte finish on skin. Due to its matte finish, this is best for normal to oily skin types, including those with sensitive or rosacea-affected skin.
Although it has qualities similar to those of their Mineral Creme SPF 50, the MDSolarSciences Beauty Balm includes a few “upgrades” to the formula that arguably make it the best facial sunscreen in their line.
First, you’ll find a nice array of antioxidants and cell-communicating agents, including caffeine, niacinamide, ubiquinone (commonly known as coenzyme Q10), green tea, and many more. This is an excellent feature for any skincare product, but especially for a sunscreen because they provide additional free-radical and anti-aging benefits.
The sunscreen actives include titanium dioxide (2%) and zinc oxide (17%), a gentle duo that will absolutely provide protection against both UVA and UVB rays. The aforementioned tint largely counteracts the white cast from the mineral actives, making it a non-issue in this sunscreen. (The white cast of MDSolarSciences formulas is a quality that can be polarizing among consumers, and, to be fair, it’s characteristic of many mineral sunscreens.)
The tint is quite sheer, so don’t expect any coverage from the color—making the “BB” aspect of this product more marketing than capable of fulfilling the expectation of light-to-medium coverage that you can get from most BB creams in the U.S. cosmetics market. Nevertheless, both shades are neutral (nary a hint of orange or pink) and workable for most, except for those with super fair or very dark skin tones.
This is also water resistant up to 80 minutes; in fact, this is an incredibly tenacious sunscreen! You may need to use a soft washcloth/cleansing brush or a bit of nonfragrant plant oil to break up the sunscreen prior to cleansing, because one pass with your cleanser will likely not be enough to remove it entirely.
Although this is best for normal to oily skin types, its tenacious nature can make it tricky for the acne prone—it’s certainly an option to experiment with, but make sure you remove it completely in your nighttime skincare routine.
Note: If you are using this as your facial sunscreen, be sure to use a non-tinted option for your neck because the tint of this formula will transfer onto clothing.
- Provides broad-spectrum, mineral sunscreen protection.
- Available in two neutral tints that suit most skin tones.
- Includes an excellent array of antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients.
- Water-resistant up to 80 minutes.
- On the expensive side for a sunscreen (this isn’t a BB cream).
- Despite the “BB Cream” name, this is a tinted sunscreen—it provides no coverage.
- Tenacious; requires a bit of effort to remove completely.