Suntegrity has created some of the highest-quality natural sunscreens around. Kayaking, paddle boarding, and gardening here in Wilmington has given me the opportunity to test their sunscreens extensively.
I can say with confidence that Suntegrity lives up to the hype.
If you have felt like mineral sunscreens just don’t work for your skin tone, don’t give up hope. Suntegrity makes natural zinc oxide sunscreens for face and body that work even on deep skin tones.
Suntegrity 5 in 1 for Face Details
The Tinted 5-in-1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF30 has taken the place of my daily moisturizer in these warm summer months and creates an ideal canvas for makeup.
The Tinted 5-in-1 Natural Moistuizing Face Sunscreen SPF30 is a BB cream that treats, hydrates, protects, primes and offers light coverage. It imparts a healthy (non-greasy) glow, without looking like there’s anything on my skin. Just don’t confuse it with a foundation, as the coverage is very light. The texture is somewhat surprising. It isn’t at all heavy or oily, but instead has a light mousse-like texture which spreads evenly on the skin. It is available in 5 shades.
Suntegrity for Face vs. Suntegrity for Body
It may not be obvious from the packaging, but the face and body sunscreens are very different, as shown below:
The Natural Mineral Sunscreen for Body is light and easy to apply as compared with zinc sunscreens of the past. Best of all, it blends in completely.
Inside the Ingredients
5-in-1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF30, Tinted. Active Ingredient: non-nano, uncoated zinc oxide (20%). Inactive ingredients: organic aloe, capric caprylic triglycerides, water, sorbitan stearate, glyceryl stearate, polyglyceryl-4 isostearate, hexyl laurate, organic jojoba seed oil, cetyl dimethicone, magnesium sulfate, organic sunflower seed oil, organic cucumber fruit extract, astaxanthin from algae, hyaluronic acid, red algae extract, organic green tea extract, organic pomegranate seed oil, polyaminopropyl biguanide, ethylhexylglycerin, iron oxide.
Natural Mineral Sunscreen for Body, Broad Spectrum SPF30. Active ingredient: non-nano, uncoated zinc oxide (20%). Inactive ingredients (listed in alphabetical order per the new FDA sunscreen monograph): organic aloe, organic green tea extract, caprylic caprice triglycerides, cetyl dimethicone, sweet orange essential oil, grapefruit essential oil, tangerine essential oil, organic cucumber essential oil, ethylhexylglycerin, glyceryl monostearate, organic sunflower seed oil, hexyl laurate, hyaluronic acid, magnesium sulfate, polyaminopropyl biguanide, polyglyceryl-4 isostearate, organic pomegranate seed oil, organic jojoba seed oil, sorbitan stearate, water.
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If you have a working knowledge of essential oils, their presence in a sunscreen may be a red flag to you. Many citrus essential oils can create photosensitivity (aka sensitivity to light, which may show up as an exaggerated sunburn). This is not a desirable trait in a sunscreen. Suntegrity, however, is one step ahead of you. They only use folded essential oils, meaning the component which causes the phototoxicity (aka terpenes) is removed. Furthermore, they hired an outside lab to perform RIPT (Repeat Insult Patch Test) testing to demonstrate that no sensitization or contact irritation occurs with use of their sunscreens.
Suntegrity also incorporates antioxidants such as green tea extract and pomegranate seed oil in their sunscreens. Antioxidants are an important accompaniment to any sunscreen formulation because antioxidant-fortified skin behaves more favorably to UV exposure even when no topical sunscreen is present. Antioxidants prevent and repair skin damage and premature aging.
There’s something else very important to note in these ingredient lists: All ingredients have been disclosed. When you find a product that stands by all its ingredients—like this one—that’s a good thing.
Finding the word fragrance on the ingredient lists of other products means the company behind the product has chosen to not disclose all ingredients. Thanks to the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1966, fragrance is considered proprietary information and allowed to be hidden from consumers. So while you see that single word on the label, it may contain any number of secret ingredients.
But here’s the good news: more and more companies are choosing to disclose all ingredients in their cosmetics, thus empowering consumers like you to make a choice with your eyes wide open. Transparency matters. And that’s just another reason I love these products.
Why Zinc Oxide is the Best
When it comes to sunscreen, zinc oxide is the gold standard. Not only is it stable when exposed to sunlight (a trait which some other popular sunscreens surprisingly lack), it offers the broadest UVA and UVB protection of any sunscreen available in the United States. While other popular sunscreens may penetrate the skin, disrupt hormones, and even find their way into mother’s milk, zinc oxide offers nothing but benefits.
If you’re still choosing your sunscreens based on which ones have the highest SPF level, please do yourself a favor and read this. SPF levels can be misleading and don’t give you a full picture of the protection you’re receiving.
- offers extensive UVA and UVB protection
- is stable when exposed to sunlight
- does not penetrate skin in nano and non-nano forms
- does not disrupt hormones
- is soothing and healing
Where to Purchase
The 5-in-1 Tinted Face Sunscreen is $45 for a 1.7 oz pump bottle. You can purchase it here. At such steep price, I’m sure you’re wondering if it’s worth it. And I truly believe that yes, this sunscreen lives up to its promise. It really is that good.
The Mineral Sunscreen for Body is $24 for a 3 oz bottle, and is also available without the light citrus scent.
The 5-in-1 is part of my popular guide to natural skin care, 97 Remarkable Natural Skincare Products.
*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.4