July 27, 2008

Korres Watermelon Lightweight Tinted Moisurizer SPF 30

A few weeks ago, after a post about my picks for summer's best sunscreen-moisturizers, a couple readers asked me to recommend a sunscreen that absolutely, positively won't break them out—aka no plant oils of any kind!

As someone who's favorite word in the skincare dictionary is "non-comedogenic," I appreciate this caution (even though most plant oils are non-acneic).

After much research, I found one. It falls in the lenient "more natural" category:  Korres Watermelon Lightweight Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 is dermatologist-tested, has the official "non-comedogenic" stamp and contains no plant oil of any kind.  It gives great coverage for a tinted moisturizer and provides broad-spectrum sun protection.

Pretty factor: Nutrient-rich watermelon extract prevents photo-aging, tumeric extract wards off free radicals, and algae and glycerin soothe and moisturize. According to InStyle, Angelina Jolie uses Korres' sister product Ginger & Vitamins Foundation SPF 10.

Eco factor: No parabens, mineral oil, silicones or propylene glycol

To buy: $28 at Sephora stores and sephora.com


Anonymous said...

How come that it contains chemical sunscreen and talc? I didn't read the whole ingredient list but these are some of them. Weren't you against them or something like that?

Anonymous said...

thanks for your research, but i was actually looking for an untinted oil-free natural sunscreen. does it exist?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your comments. To answer the first anonymous' question, yes, this product does contain (a small amount of) chemical sunscreen--which, yes, I don't use. However, Eco*Pretty is devoted to both hard-core "green" products as well as those that fall into the more lenient "natural" category.

To the second anonymous, check out Alba Botanica's Green Tea SPF 30 Sunscreen. I used it 2 years ago and it didn't break me out. Here's what I've learned through the years: You can use a "heavier" moisturizer/tinted moisturizer/sunscreen during the day if you use a lotion (and/or a cleanser) with pore-purifying willow bark or salicylic acid at night. I've recently been using Jane Iredale's new Dream Tint, which I thought would break me out. But it hasn't at all--most likely because I also started using a lotion with .7% active sal. acid at night. (Going to feature this line soon!)

Anonymous said...

i use salicyclic acid wash but i still need oil-free mineral sun protection. i have just tried nia24 spf30 - and it seems great! not greasy, evens skin tone, natural protection paraben free... will you please review this product, in case i'm missing some harmful ingredient. thanks.