Face SPF Ultimate Product Roundup

The last post reviewed what to look for in an SPF face BB/CC cream or lotion (linked here). This post will take a look at some high quality product recommendations for daily use.

Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream


About | This multi-action day cream performs as a regenerating moisturizer, a broad spectrum sunscreen and light make up. Color adjusting earth minerals correct and brighten skin tone while plant oils and herbal synergies assist in skin transformation and repair via anti inflammatories, antioxidants, fatty acids and vital phytonutrients.

This luxurious cream works as a primer, prepping and smoothing skin before make up, or works alone for a moisturized and protected glow with a balanced, smooth finish. We’ve chosen high quality, mineral, uncoated, non nano, high micron zinc oxide to provide effective sunblock against skin damaging solar rays.

Mineral Actives  |   Broad Spectrum  |   SPF 30

EWG Rating  N/A  |  Coverage  Sheer   |  Finish  Satin-Dewy

Formula  |   Josh Rosebrook makes incredible products and his line is extremely clean. I am amazed by his formulations every time I use something new. There are so many high quality ingredients packed into each bottle and this cream is no exception. If you like to keep your skin care regimen simple and you appreciate extremely earthy ingredients, consider this one. It is not completely necessary to apply any other products underneath because this cream acts as an effective anti-inflammatory face lotion and tinted makeup all in one. Josh packs in great cell repairing, calming, and protective ingredients such as aloe leaf juice, evening primrose oil, hemp oil, sea buckthorn, borage, nettles, and burdock. In terms of texture, it has a little bit of a thinner consistency than some of the other products on this list.

Notes  |   Similarly to other products on this list, natural SPF takes some getting used to in terms of application and wear. This lotion tends to not dry down fully and is very moisturizing, which is a note for people who are looking for a more matte finish.

Not many truly natural mineral SPF products leave a very dry finish, so as long as that is expected in general this is a really great product all around. It does comes at a higher price point than the others on this list. Also, there is only one shade option but it is very sheer so it should be fine for a range of skin tones.

Buy  |   Integrity Botanicals, Credo BeautyThe Detox Market, Petit Vour | Price  $55

Ingredients  |   Active Ingredient: 12% Non Nano, Uncoated, Micronized Zinc Oxide. *Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, *Shea Butter, *Evening Primrose Oil, *Hemp Seed Oil, *Jojoba Oil, *Borage Seed Oil, *Almond Oil, *Grape Seed Oil, *Sesame Oil, *Avocado Oil, *Olive Oil, *Sea Buckthorn Oil, *Broccoli Oil, *Calendula, *Bilberry, *Chamomile, *Burdock, *Rosemary, *Fennel, *Dandelion, *Rose Hips, *Catnip, *Chickweed, *Neem Leaf, *Skullcap, *Ginkgo Leaf, *Linden Flower, *Hawthorn Berry, *Green Tea, *Flax, *Nettle, *Sage, *Marshmallow Root, *Cayenne, *Ginseng, *Peppermint, *St. John’s Wort, *Alfalfa, *Vitamin E, Candelilla Wax, *Guar Gum, *Gum Arabic, §Xanthan Gum, §Potassium Sorbate, Mica, *Benzoin Resin, †Carrot Seed Oil. *CERTIFIED ORGANIC †ORGANIC ‡WILDCRAFTED 

Suntegrity 5-in-1 Tinted Moisturizing Face Sunscreen

tinted-face-sunscreen_all-shades_1200__47836-1469069753-500-570.jpgAbout | A tinted, broad spectrum, UV chemical-free, sunscreen/BB cream that treats, hydrates, protects, primes and covers the skin. Supercharged with youth promoting antioxidants that help to scavenge surface free radicals. Hyaluronic acid, astaxanthin, red algae and certified organic aloe vera, jojoba, sunflower, pomegranate, cucumber, and green tea help provide additional sun protection and hydration.

Mineral Actives  |   Broad Spectrum  |   SPF 30

EWG Rating  1  |   Coverage  Sheer-Medium  |    Finish  Satin-Dewy

Formula  |   As a cult favorite and on EWG’s 2017 “Best moisturizers with SPF” list, this is another great formula for nourishing and moisturizing the skin all day. I love the shade options and this product has a very creamy texture. It contains skin nourishing ingredients like aloe leaf juice, jojoba seed oil, cucumber fruit extract, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants. Hyaluronic acid is a great ingredient for retaining moisture in the skin, and the ingredients are well rounded for both a  high quality lotion and makeup product.

Notes  |   Has an herbal scent that does dissipate. This lotion dries down fairly well, but not all the way. It leaves some moisture and more of a satin-dewy finish. It is a little more pricey than some other options.

Buy  |   Amazon, The Detox Market, Credo Beauty, Petit Vour  |   Price  $45

Ingredients  |   Active Ingredient: Zinc-Oxide 20% Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Capric Caprylic Triglycerides (Coconut Oil Extract), Water (Aqua), Sorbitan Stearate (Plant Derived), Glyceryl Stearate (Plant Derived), Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate (Plant Derived), Hexyl Laurate (Plant Derived), Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cetyl Dimethicone (Mineral Derived), Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt), Helianthus Annuus (Organic Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Organic Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Astaxanthin (Algae Source), Hyaluronic Acid (Plant Derived), Chlorella Emersonii (Red Algae) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Organic Green Tea) Extract, Punica Granatum (Organic Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide*, Ethylhexylglycerin*, Iron Oxide. *paraben-free preservative

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream

2254499About  |  The Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Cream is ideal for all skin types and especially beneficial for skin showing the signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles. Since Juice Beauty uses no artificial dyes, the colors are effective for skin tones ranging from very light to dark as the colors blend and adapt.

Mineral Actives  |   Broad Spectrum  |   SPF 30

EWG Rating   1  |   Coverage  Sheer-Medium  |   Finish  Satin-Dewy

Formula  |   Juice beauty has a great line of skin care products, and this formula is quickly becoming a big green beauty cult product. Its creamy texture feels similar to the Suntegrity lotion, and aloe juice as the first ingredient which I love. Jojoba oil, antioxidants, sodium hyaluronate (form of hyaluronic acid) also round out this lotion and makeup product. It is a great formula for nourishing the skin and keeping it moisturized all day.

Notes  |   It does have a distinct strong herbal scent that does not dissipate, so if you are sensitive to smells you should test it first. The last ingredient is citrus oil which, although last on the ingredient list, can cause photosensitivity (making skin sensitive to the sun) and can also be be irritating to skin. Hopefully because it is an SPF product we do not need to worry about photosensitivity. Like the two products before this, it does not dry down all the way and has a more satin-dewy finish.

Buy  |   Amazon, Credo Beauty, Petit Vour  |   Price  $39

Ingredients  |   Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 20% Juice Beauty proprietary blend of fruit stem cells: apple buds, grape buds & lemon leaf. Inactive Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (organic aloe juice)*, cocos nucifera (organic coconut oil)*, pyrus malus (organic apple juice)*, vitis vinifera (organic white grape juice)*, caprylic/capric triglyceride†, sorbitan stearate, ricinus communis (castor seed oil), polyglyceryl-10 laurate, magnesium sulfate, helianthus annuus (organic sunflower seed oil)*, simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba seed oil)*, tocopherol (Vitamin E/), magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (Vitamin C), sodium hyaluronate†, malus domestica (apple fruit cell culture extract), vitis vinifera (grape fruit cell extract), citrus medica limonum (lemon leaf cell extract), iron oxides, phenethyl alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin†, citrus reticulata (mandarin oil), citrus aurantium (petitgrain oil). *certified organic ingredient † plant derived

MDSolarSciences MD Crème Mineral Beauty Balm


About  |  With a universally flattering tint and a silky-smooth texture, this luxurious crème is a perfect addition to any daily beauty or grooming routine. This non-irritating and oil-free mineral sunscreen is water-resistant up to 80 minutes, won’t clog pores and is gentle enough for the most sensitive skin types. The lightweight matte finish makes this formula a perfect primer for makeup. Naturally derived and safer Eco-cert zinc oxide helps reduce the risk of photo aging and skin cancer. Sheer coverage and anti-aging benefits in a luxurious whipped formula. Caffeine and niacinamide help reduce discolorations and redness for a brighter, more even-toned look.

Mineral Actives  |   Broad Spectrum  |   SPF 30 or 50

EWG Rating   1  |   Coverage  Sheer  |   Finish  Matte

Formula  |  This formula contains Dimethicone, (used in most mainstream face primers) which leaves a silky smooth texture and an excellent base for makeup. It is the easiest to use out of the ones listed for those transitioning over from mainstream makeup. The texture is very light and mousse like and it dries down very well. This cream contains antioxidants, comes in both SPF 30 and 50, and is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. It is a good product for a day at the beach, but of course re-applying is necessary.  This is the most matte formula on the list, which makes it an excellent option for those who are very oily skinned and those seeking a lightweight product.

Notes  |   This comes in only one “universally flattering” shade. Because it is sheer it can suite a range of skin tones. Its use of silicones might turn some away, as it can be a moderately toxic ingredient according to EWG. Silicones can also clog pores. The last note is that the lack of nourishing oils within the formula make it the least skin nourishing.

Buy  |   Credo Beauty, Amazon  |  Price  $32

Ingredients  |   Actives: 2% Titanium Dioxide / 17% Zinc Oxide, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Isostearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Silica, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Polysilicone-15, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Iron Oxides, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Camellia Sinensis (GreenTea) Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract

COOLA Rōsilliance Organic BB+ Cream

mineral-face-spf-30-rosilliance-golden.MAIN.00About | Skin perfecting tinted moisturizer to support fresh, healthy-looking skin. Offers a barely there feel, while a sheer tinted coverage blends and perfects your skin tone. A proprietary bouquet of Rose Stem Cells offers an advanced bio-complex to smooth, moisturize and replenish your skin’s natural resilience and improve visible signs of aging for radiant, soft and youthful-looking skin.

Mineral Actives  |   Broad Spectrum  |   SPF 30

EWG Rating   3  |   Coverage  Sheer  |   Finish  Satin

Formula  |  The COOLA BB cream is the thinnest of the formulas and it applies like a very light watery lotion. It sinks into the skin and dries down pretty well, making a nice base for makeup. It is also one of the easier formulas to use while transitioning over from mainstream makeup. It contains nourishing plant oils and is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes which makes it great for the beach.

Notes  |  This is one of the more expensive products out of the options listed and it does contain silicones.  It does not feel as moisturizing and cream like as some of the other products on this list, which makes it a bit of a lighter product. It has unspecified “flavor” in the ingredients, which EWG notes.

Buy    |    Amazon, The Detox Market, Credo BeautyBirchbox, Sephora    |   Price $52

Ingredients | Active ingredients: titanium dioxide (sunscreen) 5.6% Inactive ingredients: aluminum hydroxide, caprylhydroxamic acid, caprylyl glycol, carthamus tinctorius (organic safflower) seed oil*, citrus aurantium dulcis (organic orange) fruit water*, cocoglycerides, commiphora myrrha leaf cell extract, cucumis sativus (organic cucumber) fruit extract*, dicaprylyl carbonate, euterpe oleracea pulp oil, flavor, (organic) glycerin*, helianthus annuus (organic sunflower) seed extract*, helianthus annuus (organic sunflower) seed oil*, hydrogen dimethicone, hydrolyzed wheat protein / pvp crosspolymer, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloydimethyl taurate copolymer, iron oxides, octyldodecyl oleate, oryza sativa (organic rice) bran oil*, plankton extract, propanediol, rosa alba leaf cell extract, rosa centifolia leaf cell extract, rosa damascena leaf cell extract, rosa gallica leaf cell extract, rosmarinus officinalis (organic rosemary) leaf extract*, silica, sodium citrate, trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, water, xanthan gum. *organic ingredients

W3LL PEOPLE Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer

bio_tint_fairAbout | Advanced bio-peptide complex boosts collagen, premium natural pigments correct imperfections, organic coconut hydrates, broccoli seed oil smooths and brightens, organic pomegranate rejuvenates, algae extracts combat hyper-pigmentation, and organic Ginseng anti-oxidizes and revitalizes.

Mineral Actives  |   Broad Spectrum  |   SPF 30

EWG Rating  2  |   Coverage  Medium  |   Finish  Matte

Formula  |  W3ll people is a trusted makeup line in the green beauty world and it is one of the only brands on this list that is exclusively a makeup company, therefore it is not a surprise that the formula has the most coverage. After it is applied, it feels and looks the most like foundation. It contains plant oils, shea butter, and broccoli seed oil which also gives this formula a nourishing boost. It conceals imperfections better than the other products on this list, and the formula dries down pretty well.

Notes  |   Because it is more opaque, it can cling to dry patches if your skin is on the drier side. The cream can look bit heavy while on the skin if too much is applied, so apply a thin amount at first before applying more. It does also use a few specific preservatives that raise a small flag on EWG, but not enough to send the rating higher which is a positive.

Buy  |   Target, Integrity Botanicals, Credo Beauty   |   Price $28.99

Ingredients  |   Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 20% Other Ingredients: Water, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Silica, Castor (Ricinus Communis) Oil, Glycerin, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Magnesium Sulfate, Isostearic Acid, Lecithin, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Gluconolactone, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, CONTAINS 1% OR LESS OF EACH OF THE FOLLOWING: Tocopheryl Acetate, Isoamyl Laurate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil*, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Benzoate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Tribehenin, Punica Granatum (Pomegrante) Seed Oil*, Bisabolol, Isoamyl Cocoate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Phytic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Ceramide NG, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Panax Quinquefolium Root Extract*, Calcium Gluconate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextin, Algae Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 *Certified organic May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide (CI77492),Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxide (CI 77499)

Devita Moisture Tints

DVA-40087-5About  |  Exquisite combination of active moisturizers and sun screen, plus enlightening pigments, and DeVita’s signature age defying ingredients unite to create a one-step BB Cream. Sun Protection + Natural Moisturizer + Tinted Coverage, no nano technology, safe for sensitive skin, and reef friendly. Ingredient labeling adheres to international INCI standards.

Mineral Actives  |   Broad Spectrum  |   SPF 15

EWG Rating  N/A  |   Coverage   Sheer  |   Finish  Satin

Formula  |   Devita has made great SPF products for the body, and when they came out with this face tint it seemed obvious that this would be the same. It has an impressively short ingredient list and has a very mousse like and light texture while still being very nourishing. Aloe is the first ingredient and it contains antioxidants along with the powerhouse ingredient hyaluronic acid. It dries down a bit more than some of the other dewy products on this list, but not fully.

Notes  |   It does have less SPF protection, not making it a good option for a beach trip or very hot days. It does not contain plant oils but does have other ingredients that moisturize well.

Buy  |    Devita, Whole Foods, Amazon  |   Price: $31.95

Ingredients  |   Active Ingredient: Micronized Zinc Oxide 9%. Inactive Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis* (certified organic aloe vera) gel, Purified water (aqua), Capric/caprylic triglycerides (derived from coconut oil), Glycerin (vegetable), Iron oxides, Pomegranate extract, Japanese green tea, Hyaluronic acid (vegan source), Glyceryl stearate SE (derived from vegetable oil), Stearic acid, Lecithin phospholipid, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Allantoin*, Vitis vinifera* (grape) seed extract


From Top to Bottom   |   Suntegrity in Light  |   Devita in Light  |   W3ll People in Fair   | COOLA in Golden   |    Not Pictured  |    Josh Rosebrook  |   MD Solar Sciences  |  Juice Beauty


w3ll people bb cream
W3ll People in “Fair”
Devita in “Light”
COOLA in “Golden”
MD Solarsciences “Universal Tint”
suntegrity 5 in 1
Suntegrity in “Light
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Josh Rosebrook in “Universal Tint”
Juice Beauty in “Natural Glow”



Budget Buys

Andalou Naturals All-in-One Beauty Balm Sheer Tint

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About  |  Fruit stem cell complex and vitamin C are the stars of this multi-benefit balm providing broad spectrum protection with a natural, sheer mineral tint for flawless coverage in one easy step.

Mineral Actives  |   Broad Spectrum  |   SPF 30

EWG Rating 2  |   Coverage Sheer  |   Finish N/A

I have not had the opportunity to try this yet,  but it rates well on EWG and seems to have great reviews. One  blogger compared it to Suntegrity’s formula which is great because it is half the cost.

Formula  |   Aloe juice is the first ingredient which is amazing, and the formula looks clean and also nourishing with  Hyaluronic Acid and plant oils. This seems like a great alternative to other higher priced daily tinted SPF lotions.

Notes  |   I don’t love the added citrus oils as they can be irritating as well as cause photosensitivity, but because it contains SPF hopefully photosensitivity is not an issue. Note that this also contains silicones. If anyone has the opportunity to try  it please comment and let me know. This is also more widely available and easier to find in stores.

Buy  |   Amazon, CVS, Whole Foods  |   Price $19.95

Organic Wear Creams by Physicians Formula 

8b07d01b-6bd0-43e7-8df4-42173885590b_1-db0f26b3951de9950623df8c4baf167a.jpegAbout   |    The price points are really hard to beat at drugstore value. I have heard generally positive reviews about this line and it looks like they have added some new SPF products. In regards to formulations, they are fairly clean and they do have some skin nourishing oils in them.

Notes   |    These are going to be the most cost effective out of the options on this list. If this is the price point you are looking at, take a look at which formulation is right for you. They have varying SPFs, and the CC/BB creams are going to be provide the most coverage out of the product line, while the tinted moisturizers will provide the least.

Mineral Actives  |   Broad Spectrum  |   Varying SPFs

Buy  |    Devita, Whole Foods, Amazon  |   Price $14.95

I have not had the opportunity to try any of these yet, so I will just list them below    

100% Natural Origin CC Cream


100% Natural Origin CC Cream SPF 20


100% Natural Origin Work It! Marathonista Tinted Moisturizer SPF 40


100% Natural Origin Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15


Current Stash

Suntegrity 5 in 1  |  going into fall and winter when skin will be drier

 Devita Moisture Tints |  when I want a bit of a lighter texture on my skin, and for those times a higher SPF is not necessary


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