May is Skin Cancer Awareness month, and I wanted to get my review of three of MyChelle Dermaceutricals’ sunscreen options in before June.
I went from being in the house almost full-time this winter to working in my yard and gardens for hours at a time as well as jogging outside instead of on the treadmill. Although it was important to wear sunscreen on my face when I was outside shoveling snow or snow-shoeing during the winter, it’s even more important to remember sunscreen now that I’m outside and not wearing layers of clothing.
Sun Protection Information
In addition to the sunscreen products that MyChelle sent me to try out, they shared a lot of information about photo-aging, sun exposure and how to protect your skin in the sun. Several pieces of information really stood out to me. Poshly.com, an online beauty site, reported some interesting findings from a study they recently conducted:
- only 27% of women in their research sample wear sunscreen everyday
- 57% believe the SPF in their makeup is sufficient for sun protection
- 54% of those using sunscreen daily don’t reapply it.
The information was so interesting to me because I am part of those statistics. I don’t always wear a separate sunscreen. Although I know that the SPF in my makeup and skincare products is insufficient, I go with it, and I often fail to reapply sunscreen to my face even when I’m at the beach. Pathetic.
MyChelle offers several tips to help protect your skin from the sun’s damaging and dangerous rays:
- Use lightweight, broad-spectrum sunscreen as a makeup primer to block UVA and UVB rays. They mention that many tinted moisturizers, BB/CC creams and foundations with SPF only protect against sunburn-causing UVB rays. I don’t think I knew that because I mostly didn’t look at the labels closely enough. I just assumed they protected against both types of rays as IT Cosmetics CC Cream does.
- Consider your makeup with SPF an extra layer of protection rather than your only layer of protection. Makeup with SPF of 15 or more applied over sunscreen adds to the protection provided by sunscreen.
- Apply sunscreen around your eyes. Few people apply sunscreen to the eye area, yet sun damage and skin cancer can occur in the lash and lid area. I noticed that I have sun damage in my eye area, and I now use an eye cream with SPF 30. And don’t forget your neck and décolleté.
- Wear your skin protection in addition to using broad-spectrum sunscreen. Get a broad-brimmed sun hat that you love and wear it. I have several that I wear to the beach. Wear sunglasses that provide protection to your eyes. And now there is clothing with 30+UFP protection. I need to get one of those swimsuit coverups with sun protection.
MyChelle Sun Protection Products
As I mentioned earlier, MyChelle, a brand of natural skincare that I discovered several years ago in Whole Foods, sent me three of their sunscreens to try out. MyChelle sunscreens provide broad-specturm SPF/UV protections and are some of the highest rated sunscreens by the EWG, Environmental Working Group, that measures and rates makeup and skincare products for effectiveness and ingredient safety.
- Sun Shield Coconut Broad Spectrum SPF 28: Chemical-free protection with ZinClear and Titanium Dioxide
- Sun Shield Unscented Broad Spectrum SPF 28: Chemical-free protection with ZinClear and Titanium Dioxide
- Replenishing Solar Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30: Mineral-based, Titanium-Dioxide free sunscreen
All three are vegan friendly. They absorb quickly with no white look.
Both MyChelle Sun Shield sunscreens contain Titanium Dioxide (0.67%) which provides a physical barrier from the sun’s UV rays and ZinClear (11.6%), a non-opaque Zinc Oxide (so you don’t get that white look) that gives natural broad spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB as well as aloe leaf juice powder to reduce inflammation and hydrate skin. I like both options, the unscented and the coconut scented. They both spread and absorb quickly and feel lightweight.
They both provide chemical-free, full spectrum sun protection. I use them interchangeably, though I more frequently use the coconut-scented version on my body rather than on my face even though I’m a big fan of coconut-scented anything.
Unscented Active Ingredients: 11.6% Zinc Oxide (ZinClear™), 0.67% Titanium Dioxide
Unscented Inactive Ingredients: Alcohol, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Alumina, Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ceteryl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Citric Acid, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Fructooligosaccharides (D-Beta), Gluconolactone, Glycerin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glyceryl Isostearate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Isononyl Isononanoate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Sorbate, Simethicone, Sodium Benzoate, Squalane, Tocopheryl Acetate (D-alpha), Trisodium Ethylenediamine, Xanthan Gum
Coconut Scent Active Ingredients: 11.6% Zinc Oxide (ZinClear™), 0.67% Titanium DioxideInactive
Coconut Scent Inactive Ingredients: Alcohol, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Alumina, Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ceteryl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Citric Acid, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Fragrance/Parfum (Natural), Fructooligosaccharides (D-Beta), Gluconolactone, Glycerin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glyceryl Isostearate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Isononyl Isononanoate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Sorbate, Simethicone, Sodium Benzoate, Squalane, Tocopheryl Acetate (D-alpha), Trisodium Ethylenediamine, Xanthan Gum
Price of both options: about $20/2.3 oz.
Replenishing Solar Defense
Replenishing Solar Defense contains a slightly higher percentage of ZinClear 13.5% to protect against both UVA and UVB rays as well as Red Algae Extract that contains natural UVA filters. It also contains Aleurites Molccana Seed Oil Porphyra, a component of Hawaiian Kukui and Macadamia oils, to moisturize and reduce the look of lines and wrinkles. It does not contain Titanium Dioxide. I love this one for my face. It has no discernible scent, and it dries down to almost nothing so it’s wonderful for when I use makeup over it. MyChelle suggests applying it with serum and skipping moisturizer for an even more lightweight effect. I often do that when I’m using a BB or CC cream along with it.
Active Ingredients: 13.5% Zinc Oxide (ZinClear™)
Inactive Ingredients: Alcohol, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Aqua (Water), Behenyl Alcohol, Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Ergothioneine (L), Ethyl Macadamiate, Glycerin, Glyceryl Isostearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Lecithin, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Malic Acid (L), Phellodendrom Amurense Bark Extract, Phytic Acid, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Porphyra Umbilicalis (Red Algae) Extract, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Tocopherol (D-alpha), Tocopheryl Acetate (D-alpha)
Price about $31.25/2.3 oz.
Availability and News
MyChelle is available at Whole Foods and other natural retailers as well as through their website. Through June 2015, MyChelle is offering 15% off of these three sunscreens as well as on their Daily Defense Cream SPF 17.
MyChelle is cruelty-free and reef safe/non-toxic to water and ocean life and made in the U.S..
Have you tried MyChelle products yet? Do you have any special sun protection tips you’d like to share?