02.20.2015
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Mineral Lotion For Face & Body Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UVA-UVB Sunscreen
2.57 fl. oz. for $34
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Expert Reviews
Last Updated:02.20.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

Despite the name, MDSolarSciences Mineral Lotion for Face & Body SPF 50 is absolutely not a lotion—it’s a very thick, rich cream. However, it’s nonetheless a very good, fragrance-free sunscreen for those with normal to dry skin, especially those with sensitive or rosacea-affected skin.

Packaged in a tube with a flip-top cap, this includes a nice array of antioxidants, along with hyaluronic acid (sodium hyaluronate). The aesthetics are the polarizing quality that we suspect will make or break this product for most.

The sunscreen actives are a mix of titanium dioxide (3%) and zinc oxide (15%), which provide gentle broad-spectrum protection. The high percentage of mineral actives gives this a rather intense white cast that remains visible long after application—those with medium to deep skin tones will likely find this unusable as a result, and should consider the MDSolarSciences sunscreens that have a sheer tint.

MDSolarSciences makes note of their “ProVention-R Antioxidant Complex,” referring to the antioxidants present—vitamin C, green tea, cranberry, and pomegranate. While these antioxidants are excellent to have in a formula, it’s important to clarify that MDSolarSciences isn’t using a special form of them. Rather, the “ProVention-R” moniker is just a fancy way of saying, “contains antioxidants.”

Mineral Lotion for Face & Body SPF 50 is also water-resistant up to 80 minutes, and, 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.

Though the aesthetics may be questionable for some, aesthetics are largely subjective, and so we didn’t downgrade the rating of this formula based on this factor. There’s no question that some people will love how this feels, and if you love how a sunscreen feels you’ll be much more apt to apply it daily—which is the point if your goal is younger-looking, healthier skin!

Note: MDSolarSciences makes the claim that this formula contains “naturally derived” mineral sunscreen actives, which is both accurate and misleading. Technically, all mineral sunscreen actives are engineered from earth elements, but what comes out of that engineered process is about as natural as the plastic used to house this product (or the silicones and polymers it contains). Of course, there’s nothing wrong with using synthetically engineered ingredients, but it’s important to point out the silliness of this type of marketing claim.

Pros:

  • Provides broad-spectrum, mineral sunscreen protection.
  • Fragrance-free formula that includes antioxidants for additional environmental protection.
  • Water-resistant up to 80 minutes.
  • Able to moisturize dry skin.

Cons:

  • The white cast of this formula may be polarizing for some, especially those with dark skin tones.
  • Tenacious; requires a bit of effort to remove completely.
Community Reviews
Claims
This rich, emollient formulation features a unique combination of naturally derived, mineral, UV protective sunscreens enhanced with ProVention-R Antioxidant Complex and skin moisturizing humectants. It provides maximum strength protection but is gentle enough for even the most sensitive complexions.
Ingredients
Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 15%, Titanium Dioxide 3%; Inactive Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Octyldodecanol, Quaternium-90 Bentonite, Propylene Carbonate, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polysilicone-15, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin.
Brand Overview

MDSolarSciences At-A-Glance

Strengths: Excellent array of fragrance-free mineral sunscreens; products are packaged to protect ingredients from exposure to air and light; a very good eye-area treatment; water-resistant sunscreen formulas; nearly all sunscreens contain beneficial antioxidants and are suitable for sensitive skin.

Weaknesses: Some products are on the pricey side; some of the mineral sunscreens are difficult to remove; a few formulas contain irritating fragrant ingredients or fragrance.

MDSolarSciences specializes in mineral-based sunscreens, and you will find multiple variations of silicone-based, gel-cream formulas with a blend of the sunscreen actives titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Mineral sunscreens are particularly ideal for those with sensitive skin, including those with rosacea or eczema, as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are virtually non-reactive; that is, they have little to no ability to provoke irritation. To our delight, nearly every MDSolarSciences formula is free of fragrance, including their mineral sunscreen options.

While many love the scent of citrus, lavender, or spicy notes, such ingredients and compounds-whether natural or synthetic-are potentially irritating to skin (especially if you're dealing with issues like rosacea or eczema). A few of the newer MDSolarSciences formulas do include some degree of fragrance, which is a disappointing turn for the brand and one we hope doesn't continue as the brand's product lineup expands. Those that contain fragrance are noted as such in their respective reviews.

The polarizing aspect of mineral sunscreens is often aesthetic-and that's certainly no exception with the options offered by MDSolarScience. Any mineral-based sunscreen will have some degree of white cast-it's unavoidable-and whether a particular product's degree of such is suitable for you is subjective. The white cast and the texture of the MDSolarSciences mineral sunscreens have varying levels of intensity and thickness, all qualities that are noted in each review.

Another note: As all of their mineral sunscreens are water-resistant (at the time of this review), they are exceptionally tenacious. You may need to use a soft washcloth or cleansing tool (like the Clarisonic, etc.) with your cleanser, or consider using a few drops of nonfragrant plant oil before your cleanser to help aid the removal process.

For more information about MDSolarSciences, call 1-877-301-5355 or visit http://www.mdsolarsciences.com.

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MDSolarSciences At-A-Glance

Strengths: Excellent array of fragrance-free mineral sunscreens; products are packaged to protect ingredients from exposure to air and light; a very good eye-area treatment; water-resistant sunscreen formulas; nearly all sunscreens contain beneficial antioxidants and are suitable for sensitive skin.

Weaknesses: Some products are on the pricey side; some of the mineral sunscreens are difficult to remove; a few formulas contain irritating fragrant ingredients or fragrance.

MDSolarSciences specializes in mineral-based sunscreens, and you will find multiple variations of silicone-based, gel-cream formulas with a blend of the sunscreen actives titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Mineral sunscreens are particularly ideal for those with sensitive skin, including those with rosacea or eczema, as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are virtually non-reactive; that is, they have little to no ability to provoke irritation. To our delight, nearly every MDSolarSciences formula is free of fragrance, including their mineral sunscreen options.

While many love the scent of citrus, lavender, or spicy notes, such ingredients and compounds-whether natural or synthetic-are potentially irritating to skin (especially if you're dealing with issues like rosacea or eczema). A few of the newer MDSolarSciences formulas do include some degree of fragrance, which is a disappointing turn for the brand and one we hope doesn't continue as the brand's product lineup expands. Those that contain fragrance are noted as such in their respective reviews.

The polarizing aspect of mineral sunscreens is often aesthetic-and that's certainly no exception with the options offered by MDSolarScience. Any mineral-based sunscreen will have some degree of white cast-it's unavoidable-and whether a particular product's degree of such is suitable for you is subjective. The white cast and the texture of the MDSolarSciences mineral sunscreens have varying levels of intensity and thickness, all qualities that are noted in each review.

Another note: As all of their mineral sunscreens are water-resistant (at the time of this review), they are exceptionally tenacious. You may need to use a soft washcloth or cleansing tool (like the Clarisonic, etc.) with your cleanser, or consider using a few drops of nonfragrant plant oil before your cleanser to help aid the removal process.

For more information about MDSolarSciences, call 1-877-301-5355 or visit http://www.mdsolarsciences.com.