RETHINKING ZINC

Min­eral sun­screens get a makeover

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Front Page -

Many Aussies long ago ditched the solid, neon zinc of their child­hood sum­mers and made the switch to more aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing chem­i­cal sun­screens. But re­cent ad­vance­ments in min­eral for­mu­la­tions might soon bring them back.

To re­fresh: the syn­thetic in­gre­di­ents in chem­i­cal sun­screens pen­e­trate skin, where they ab­sorb UV ra­di­a­tion and con­vert it to heat, while min­eral sun­screens use zinc ox­ide and/or titanium diox­ide to cre­ate a phys­i­cal bar­rier that de­flects and scat­ters rays. “This lat­ter group are de­rived from nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring min­eral ores that have un­der­gone some pro­cess­ing to give the fi­nal in­gre­di­ent,” ex­plains Nat­u­ral In­stinct se­nior brand man­ager Polly Rod­er­ick. To­day’s min­eral for­mu­las are lighter and wear well un­der make-up, and they’re ideal for chil­dren and those with sen­si­tiv­ity is­sues.

They do, how­ever, tend to be slightly thicker in vis­cos­ity, and some for­mu­las can still leave a slight white tint on the skin, so thor­ough re­moval and cleans­ing is es­sen­tial for those with oily or acne-prone com­plex­ions. All the other usual SPF guide­lines re­main. “Ap­ply min­eral sun­screen lib­er­ally at least 15 to 20 min­utes be­fore go­ing out in the sun,” says Rod­er­ick. “Then reap­ply at reg­u­lar one to two hour in­ter­vals, and also af­ter swim­ming, towel-dry­ing or ex­er­cis­ing.” You can get any­thing de­liv­ered to your door – in­clud­ing DIY hair colour, thanks to this new sub­scrip­tion ser­vice. Log on to the web­site and an­swer a ques­tion­naire, out­lin­ing your hair colour and skin tones, and The Shade will sug­gest a colour from the 27 on file. You can also set a colour plan, where you de­ter­mine the fre­quency of sub­se­quent colour de­liv­er­ies, de­pend­ing on your per­sonal needs. The ini­tial de­liv­ery comes with sleek black ac­ces­sories to deck out your own home sa­lon – tint bowl and brush, clips, cape, bench mat and stor­age bag – plus a colour kit and de­tailed in­struc­tions, whether you’re do­ing a root touchup or all-over dye job. The for­mula is Ital­ian-made, per­ma­nent and has added gloss and con­di­tion­ing ar­gan oil, and an ac­cel­er­ated 35-minute pro­cess­ing time. You’ll still need to visit a sa­lon if you’re af­ter a dras­tic colour change, but it’s a great op­tion for those hop­ing to stretch the time be­tween ap­point­ments (or are reg­u­larly caught off guard by newly sprouted greys).

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