Perfect Mineral Sunscreen: Kimberly Sayer Spf 30


   Remember my search for a mineral, nano-free, alcohol-free sunscreen that doesn't leave a white cast? I have a winner! The Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light Facial Moisturizer Spf30 is amazing: nano-free, purely mineral, mostly organic, and it doesn't leave a white cast! What is this witchcraft?
     The texture is light, like that of a very light moisturiser. I like to do 2-3 layers for proper protection, I wait till the first layer sinks in before applying another. The last layer is usually around the eyes (where the skin is dry and prone to ageing), and the upper lip (where I get discolouration).
   Like I already mentioned, the product sinks in quickly and doesn't leave a trace of whiteness. It would work even for dark skin tones. The Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light moisturises my combination skin quite well, thanks to the nice balance between the oils/butters and the humectants. However it might not be moisturising enough for dry skin, in that case you want to apply a richer moisturiser or a few drops of oil below (or use the version for dry skin, more on that below). The product never broke me out. I do dust a bit of powder over it to keep my T-zone matte.




   If you're thinking "oh, but it only has an spf of 30", you need to know that the numbers of SPF, well, they are complicated. Basically SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays; an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays; and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays.
   The scent is lemony, it smells like lemony lemony lemon cakes. A nice, non-obnoxious scent that comes from the lemon oil in the product. Lemon oil is controversial, according to some it might make the skin more prone to pigmentation. Update: according to Kimberly Sayer  the lemon oil is distilled, and there is only a small amount of it in the product, so it should not be an issue.
the lemen oli is distilled, and there is only a small amount of it in the product, so the controversity regarding lemen oil is not an issue for this product like it is in many others. - See more at: http://www.venusianglow.com/2014/06/perfect-mineral-sunscreen-kimberly.html#sthash.bbVYGV4H.dpuf
he lemen oli is distilled, and there is only a small amount of it in the product, so the controversity regarding lemen oil is not an issue for this product like it is in many others. - See more at: http://www.venusianglow.com/2014/06/perfect-mineral-sunscreen-kimberly.html#IDComment981147903
he lemen oli is distilled, and there is only a small amount of it in the product, so the controversity regarding lemen oil is not an issue for this product like it is in many others. - See more at: http://www.venusianglow.com/2014/06/perfect-mineral-sunscreen-kimberly.html#IDComment981147903
     The product comes in an air-tight plastic bottle with a pump, convenient to use though not very ecological -- however it means that the product contains less conservants. Oh, and the bottle has an empty space at the bottom, to make it look bigger. Still, the 120ml does seem to last forever.
   There used to be an older version of 150ml of spf 25 for the same price, it is now discontinued.
   A similar product is the Kimberly Sayer Anti-Oxidant Daily Moisturising Cream SPF30. It is richer and meant for dryer skins, it has a lavender scent. It contains a couple of interesting anti-aging ingredients such as the amazing Tamanu oil, or Borrage extract. A problem is that the jar packaging doesn't provide as much sterility as the pump packaging, and some uses report the product going bad before they had the chance to use it all up.

   Obviously everyone wants to know how it compares with my old favourite, John Masters Organics spf 30. I'd say that John Masters is much heavier and leaves a very slight white cast, and it needs more powder to mattify. It is also pricier. However it is perfume-free, and the glass bottle is definitely more ecological (and aesthetic).
   I got my Kimberly Sayer spf30 at Lovelula.com for £25.80 for 120ml. It's not exactly cheap, but I am willing to invest in this product as it is almost perfect, and sun protection is the most important thing you can do for your skin with a cosmetics.

Bottom line: An ultra-light and non-toxic sunscreen that doesn't leave a white cast! I use it every day and it is definitely a staple on my shelf!

   Over to you: what sunscreen are you using right now? Has anybody tried either of the Kimberly Sayer's sunscreens?




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