Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Matter Baby Suncare Stick SPF 30 - Review

I love a good SPF. Unfortunately, there aren't that many options on the market that don't risk actually increasing free radical damage to the skin or unbalancing the endocrine system. Fortunately, more and more companies are beginning to formulate safe sunscreens that function effectively while preserving the modern textures that the conventional sunscreen producers have developed.

A perfect example of such a sunscreen is the Matter Baby Suncare Stick. Formulated with non-nano zinc oxide at a 20% concentration, this emollient sunscreen butter glides onto skin (tugging? zero. zip. zilch.) and leaves a slightly dewy finish and a velvety smooth texture. In the past, I've had issues with stick sunscreens; they've always been either too hard to apply properly, or have left behind a noticeable white cast. While the Matter SPF does apply as an opaque white cream, a gentle massage and a bit of pressing melts the formula into the skin, rendering it almost imperceptible. While it may seem odd to be talking about SPF in autumn, the sun doesn't disappear as soon as september rolls around. In fact (as anyone who has ever come back from a ski trip with ridiculous goggle tan-lines will tell you), UV radiation can often be magnified by the reflective expanses of snow we get in the winter. We all know that unprotected exposure to the sun ages our skin prematurely, it only makes sense to take preventative measures.

This sunscreen is quite moisturizing, and, as such, can be worn over just a serum, an oil, or even on bare skin. However, those with drier skins (my people!) will probably want an added layer of moisture underneath it, as (with any physical sunscreen) a certain amount of cling to flaky patches should be expected. Also, given that this stuff was formulated for babies, it's completely scent-free and very gentle on the skin. In fact, the high level of zinc oxide coupled with emollient shea butter and skin-repairing capric/caprylic triglycerides actively calm inflammation while protecting the skin from the sun's harsh rays.

(oh, and it's made in Canada. So that's nice)

Check Matter out here.

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