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.
- 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.
- 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.