Sunscreen Database

Keep in mind that this is VERY much a work in progress, and if your favorite sunscreen isn’t here, I’m getting to it! Also, my skin is dark (Fitzpatrick Scale 5/6), oily, and prone to acne, hyperpigmentation, and dehydration. What works for me may not work for you, and vice versa!

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Abib: Heartleaf Sun Essence Calming Drop

Volume/Weight: 50 mL

SPF: 50+

UVA: PA 4 Plus [UVA-PF (PPD) ≥ 16]

Type: Organic (Chemical)

Filters: Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine (Tinosorb S), Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate (Uvinul A Plus), Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone (Uvasorb HEB), Ethylhexyl Triazone (Uvinul T 150), Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol (Tinosorb M), Polysilicone-15 (Parsol SLX)

Cast on Me: No

Tint: No

Water Resistance: No

Added Fragrance/Essential Oils?: No

Alcohol?: Yes

Eye Sting for Me? No

Vehicle (Texture): Liquid

Finish: Natural/Dewy

Nice Ingredients: Niacinamide, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Adenosine, Glycerin, Panthenol, Licorice

My Notes: This is so nice! Droppers aren’t my favorite way to have sunscreen (you’ll probably need 4-5 droppers of this to get the right amount), however, this product is great. No cast or eye stinging, sinks in quickly into the skin but is till moisturizing. Great for sensitive skin as there are some nice soothing ingredients in here. Obsessed.

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Entry Date: February 19, 2022 at 2:33 pm

Last Updated: July 10, 2022 at 4:14 pm

Acnemy: Zitcontrol®

Volume/Weight: 40 mL

SPF: 50

UVA: UVA Circle (EU) / Broad Spectrum (AU) [UVA-PF/SPF ≥ ⅓ + Critical Wavelength]

Type: Organic (Chemical)

Filters: Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate (Uvinul A Plus), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Octinoxate), Ethylhexyl Salicylate (Octisalate), Ethylhexyl Triazone (Uvinul T 150), Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol (Tinosorb M)

Cast on Me: No

Tint: No

Water Resistance: No

Added Fragrance/Essential Oils?: No

Alcohol?: No

Eye Sting for Me? Some

Vehicle (Texture): Lotion

Finish: Natural/Dewy

Nice Ingredients: Niacinamide, Salicylic Acid, Zinc PCA, Glycerin, Ceramide NP, Cholesterol

My Notes: An acne treatment and SPF in one… I’m not mad! I’m not sure how well the anti-acne ingredients in this can work in a sunscreen, but it’s a nice thought nonetheless. No cast but it did sting my eyes a bit which a totally personal thing, but very annoying. It’s a very lightweight lotion that’s right on the border of a liquid. The finish is dewy at first but does get a little silkier as the day goes on. Heavier than I expected for a product meant for acne-prone skin, but nice nonetheless.

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Entry Date: June 29, 2022 at 4:16 pm

Last Updated: July 10, 2022 at 4:23 pm

AHC: Safe On Light Sun Serum

Volume/Weight: 40 mL

SPF: 50+

UVA: PA 4 Plus [UVA-PF (PPD) ≥ 16]

Type: Organic (Chemical)

Filters: Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine (Tinosorb S), Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate (Uvinul A Plus), Ethylhexyl Triazone (Uvinul T 150), Isoamyl p-Methoxycinnamate (Amiloxate), Polysilicone-15 (Parsol SLX)

Cast on Me: No

Tint: No

Water Resistance: No

Added Fragrance/Essential Oils?: Yes

Alcohol?: Yes

Eye Sting for Me? No

Vehicle (Texture): Gel

Finish: Natural

Nice Ingredients: Niacinamide, Alpha-Arbutin, Green Tea, Korean Ginseng, Ascorbic Acid, Madecassoside, Ectoin, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Glycerin, Ceramide NP, Tranexamic Acid, Kappaphycus Alvarezii Extract, Adenosine, 4-T-Butylcyclohexanol, Gluconolactone, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Prickly Pear, Allantoin, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Madecassoside, Panthenol, 4-T-Butylcyclohexanol, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid

My Notes: This is absolutely stunning. A lightweight gel that does leave a slight glow but doesn’t feel heavy at all on the skin. AHC is known for packing it’s products with active ingredients, and this is no exception. There’s antioxidants, brighteners, soothing ingredients, hydrators, and some ingredients that function like peptides. Not sure if these all can get into the skin to do what they need to do, but it’s impressive nonetheless. The texture is weirdly… chunky at first, but it’s smooth once it applies on the skin. There’s also added fragrance that smells citrusy/floral with a hint of alcohol, but doesn’t linger on me. Absolutely fantastic.

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Entry Date: April 18, 2022 at 2:37 pm

Last Updated: August 12, 2022 at 11:05 pm

Alpha H: Daily Essential Moisturiser

Volume/Weight: 50 mL

SPF: 50+

UVA: UVA Circle (EU) / Broad Spectrum (AU) [UVA-PF/SPF ≥ ⅓ + Critical Wavelength]

Type: Organic (Chemical)

Filters: Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone), Ethylhexyl Salicylate (Octisalate), Ethylhexyl Triazone (Uvinul T 150), Homosalate, Octocrylene

Cast on Me: No

Tint: No

Water Resistance: No

Added Fragrance/Essential Oils?: No

Alcohol?: No

Eye Sting for Me? Some

Vehicle (Texture): Lotion

Finish: Dewy

Nice Ingredients: Glycerin, Panthenol

My Notes: This was SO close to perfection, but I had a few issues. Unfortunately this did sting my eyes, and it was pretty greasy and shiny on me (even though it’s marketed as matte, which I do NOT understand), which I didn’t necessarily love. This is also the exact same formula as the Coles Facial Sunscreen, which is 1/10th of the price. Not bad, but better Australian options are available.

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Entry Date: August 16, 2022 at 10:09 pm

Last Updated: August 16, 2022 at 10:22 pm

Altruist: Dermatologist Sunscreen

Volume/Weight: 100 mL

SPF: 50

UVA: UVA Circle (EU) / Broad Spectrum (AU) [UVA-PF/SPF ≥ ⅓ + Critical Wavelength], Boots 5 Stars [UVA/UVB ≥ 0.9], PA 4 Plus [UVA-PF (PPD) ≥ 16]

Type: Hybrid (Combination)

Filters: Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine (Tinosorb S), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone), Ethylhexyl Salicylate (Octisalate), Ethylhexyl Triazone (Uvinul T 150), Octocrylene, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid (Ensulizole), Titanium Dioxide, Tris-Biphenyl Triazine (Tinosorb A2B)

Cast on Me: No

Tint: No

Water Resistance: Yes (US 40 Min / EU “Water Resistant”)

Added Fragrance/Essential Oils?: No

Alcohol?: No

Eye Sting for Me? No

Vehicle (Texture): Lotion

Finish: Natural/Dewy

Nice Ingredients: Glycerin

My Notes: This sunscreen is honestly unbelievable. No cast, packed with filters, water resistant, and DIRT CHEAP if you live in Europe. It’s moisturizing without feeling heavy, and feels great on the face and body. Honestly so impressed with this one. Definitely recommend purchasing this from the UK, it’s much cheaper.

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Entry Date: September 14, 2021 at 10:46 am

Last Updated: July 10, 2022 at 4:28 pm

Altruist: Face Fluid

Volume/Weight: 50 mL

SPF: 50

UVA: UVA Circle (EU) / Broad Spectrum (AU) [UVA-PF/SPF ≥ ⅓ + Critical Wavelength], Boots 5 Stars [UVA/UVB ≥ 0.9]

Type: Hybrid (Combination)

Filters: Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone), Ethylhexyl Salicylate (Octisalate), Ethylhexyl Triazone (Uvinul T 150), Octocrylene, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid (Ensulizole), Titanium Dioxide, Tris-Biphenyl Triazine (Tinosorb A2B)

Cast on Me: No

Tint: No

Water Resistance: Yes (US 40 Min / EU “Water Resistant”)

Added Fragrance/Essential Oils?: No

Alcohol?: No

Eye Sting for Me? No

Vehicle (Texture): Liquid

Finish: Dewy

Nice Ingredients: Glycerin

My Notes: Another stunning sunscreen from Altruist. This is a fluid that feels lovely on the skin but be warned because you will be ~shiny~. No cast or eye stinging with a high amount of UVA protection to boot. This does have filters that can leave a cast but on me, it’s totally transparent when it dries down. Love this.

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Entry Date: July 8, 2022 at 5:20 pm

Last Updated: July 10, 2022 at 3:49 pm

Altruist: Family Sunspray

Volume/Weight: 250 mL

SPF: 50

UVA: UVA Circle (EU) / Broad Spectrum (AU) [UVA-PF/SPF ≥ ⅓ + Critical Wavelength], Boots 5 Stars [UVA/UVB ≥ 0.9]

Type: Organic (Chemical)

Filters: Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone), Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate (Uvinul A Plus), Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone (Uvasorb HEB), Ethylhexyl Salicylate (Octisalate), Ethylhexyl Triazone (Uvinul T 150), Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid (Ensulizole)

Cast on Me: No

Tint: No

Water Resistance: Yes (US 40 Min / EU “Water Resistant”)

Added Fragrance/Essential Oils?: No

Alcohol?: No

Eye Sting for Me? N/A

Vehicle (Texture): Spray

Finish: Dewy

Nice Ingredients: Glycerin

My Notes: Altruist makes some really nice and simple sunscreens and this is no exception. I highly recommend you spray this at a distance from your body as the product can splatter. It does feel a little greasy but it’s great for beach or heavy outdoor days. Loved it!

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Entry Date: July 4, 2022 at 9:21 pm

Last Updated: July 10, 2022 at 3:50 pm

Ananya Aesthetics: Clear Perfection Mineral Sunscreen

Volume/Weight: 50 mL

SPF: 50+

UVA: Broad Spectrum [Critical Wavelength]

Type: Inorganic (Mineral/Physical)

Filters: Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide

Cast on Me: No

Tint: No

Water Resistance: Yes (US 80 min / EU “Very Water Resistant”)

Added Fragrance/Essential Oils?: No

Alcohol?: No

Eye Sting for Me? No

Vehicle (Texture): Lotion

Finish: Natural/Dewy

Nice Ingredients: Ascorbic Acid, Glycerin, Oat Meal Extract, Bisabolol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate

My Notes: I’m flabbergasted at how good this is. A high protection, water resistant, mineral sunscreen without a white cast?? Who would have thought. This is a medium weight lotion that doesn’t feel super heavy or lightweight; it’s right in the middle. Doesn’t sting my eyes either. It does look a little glowy (not a shock given that it’s water resistant) but not greasy. This is just… incredible. Go get this right now.

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Entry Date: April 17, 2022 at 12:50 pm

Last Updated: July 10, 2022 at 4:05 pm

Anessa: Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk (2020)

Volume/Weight: 50 mL

SPF: 50+

UVA: PA 4 Plus [UVA-PF (PPD) ≥ 16]

Type: Hybrid (Combination)

Filters: Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine (Tinosorb S), Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate (Uvinul A Plus), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Octinoxate), Ethylhexyl Salicylate (Octisalate), Octocrylene, Polysilicone-15 (Parsol SLX), Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide

Cast on Me: Tolerable

Tint: No

Water Resistance: Yes (No Set Criteria)

Added Fragrance/Essential Oils?: Yes

Alcohol?: Yes

Eye Sting for Me? Some

Vehicle (Texture): Liquid

Finish: Matte

Nice Ingredients: Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Licorice

My Notes: Fragrance is incredibly strong, floral and stays around for me during the day. Very popular but not for me. Finish is not only matte but has a powdery finish. Others have reported this is their holy grail and that it works well under makeup.

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Entry Date: August 5, 2021 at 11:22 pm

Last Updated: July 10, 2022 at 4:14 pm

Aquaphor: Lip Protectant + Sunscreen

Volume/Weight: 10 mL

SPF: 30

UVA: Broad Spectrum [Critical Wavelength]

Type: Organic (Chemical)

Filters: Benzophenone-3 (Oxybenzone), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Octinoxate), Ethylhexyl Salicylate (Octisalate), Octocrylene

Cast on Me: No

Tint: No

Water Resistance: Yes (US 80 min / EU “Very Water Resistant”)

Added Fragrance/Essential Oils?: No

Alcohol?: No

Eye Sting for Me? N/A

Vehicle (Texture): Lip Balm

Finish: Natural/Dewy

Nice Ingredients: Glycerin, Panthenol

My Notes: A great lip SPF. My only problem with it is that it does have a bit of a weird taste, but very effective and inexpensive!

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Entry Date: August 22, 2021 at 5:21 pm

Last Updated: July 10, 2022 at 4:07 pm