With the weather acting like a seesaw lately and pandemic stress at an all-time high, my skin has not been happy. In fact, you could say it’s been full-blown angry, with stubborn dry spots taking over my chin area and red splotches, well, just about everywhere. For this reason, I’ve been stripping back my skin-care routine to just three or four products, and today, I’m telling you about the MVP: EltaMD’s UV Restore Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 40.
For starters, never have I ever used a 100-percent mineral sunscreen that feels as featherlight and undetectable on the skin as this one. I don’t know how the famous sun-care brand does it, but the formula is gorgeous, folks.
Speaking of which: In addition to 15 percent transparent zinc oxide, which is its main source of UVA and UVB protection, it also contains skin-nourishing squalane, texture-smoothing ginger root, and vitamins C and E, which provide powerful antioxidant protection.
Additionally, as demonstrated in the #unfiltered photos above, it does a great job at minimizing redness and making everything appear more even and seamless-looking. In other words: It makes my complexion look way less obviously blotchy, and it does so without looking heavy or cakey on the skin, either.
In terms of the tint, it comes in a very sheer light-medium shade that works on my skin tone — but unfortunately, there aren’t any options for those with fair or dark skin, which is a major shame seeing as otherwise, it checks all the boxes. Here’s hoping the brand comes out with a more inclusive shade range of tinted SPFs soon.