The Pacific Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF 20 offers excellent broad-spectrum coverage via safe, nontoxic ingredients. It contains calcium carbonate and conchiolin which create a barely-there pearl luster, leaving a subtly luminous finish on the skin. And thankfully, for makeup-wearers, it works well under makeup.
Know Which Sunscreen Agents Are Best
A surprisingly small number of sunscreens on the market offer stable broad-spectrum coverage. Many offer limited UVA protection and contain ingredients which are known to degrade in light. Because the United States doesn’t have a proper rating system for UVA protection–the SPF system rates only UVB ray protection–nearly every sunscreen out there can be marketed as “broad spectrum” while paying mere lip service to UVA safeguards.
But I’ll let you in on a little secret. The king of sunscreens is zinc oxide. Unfortunately, some zinc oxide products leave such an ugly white cast on the skin that they’re better off left on the noses of 1980s lifeguards. So when one finds a zinc oxide moisturizer with a complexion-enhancing tint, it’s a find worth sharing.
(For a quick primer on popular sunscreens, with their specific advantages and drawbacks, check out Sunscreens: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.)
Inside the Ingredients
Ingredients: green and white tea, 17.7% non-nano zinc oxide, vegetable glycerin, broccoli seed oil, cherry kernel seed oil, emu oil, pomegranate seed oil, red raspberry seed oil, tocopherol (vitamin E), yangu oil, cosmocil CQ, xanthan gum, n-acetyl glucosamine, lecithin, potassium sorbate, pearl powder, rosemary oleoresin, beta glucan, coffee fruit extract, hydrolyzed silk, rose essential oil, neroli essential oil, helichrysum essential oil, cistus essential oil, iron oxides.
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Non-nano zinc oxide is the gold standard when it comes to safe sunscreen. While several of the other popular sunscreens on the market have flaws like poor UVA protection or hormone disruption (yikes), zinc oxide doesn’t penetrate the skin, doesn’t disrupt hormones, remains stable when exposed to sunlight, and offers extensive UVA and UVB protection.
This sunscreen was named one of the Environmental Working Group’s top-rated sunscreens of 2015. Only 124 products have earned their place in the Moisturizers with SPF category. You can wear this sunscreen with confidence.
There is one notable disadvantage to the Pacific Everyday Sheer Coverage…. it comes in a very limited color palette. Between the light and medium shades, there isn’t a good option for women with deeper complexions. But if that bums you out, hopefully this will cheer you up: it generally works well for those suffering from acne or rosacea.
Where to Purchase
The Pacific Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF20 costs $40. Find it here.
This product is part of my popular guide to natural skin care, Natural Skin Care: 99 Amazing Products to Transform Your Skin.
*This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own.
**Products get makeovers too. Be sure to check if this product has been recently re-formulated before using it yourself.