Mineral sunscreens get a makeover
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).