I have to admit that I am not the most assiduous applier of sunscreen, nor am I a big make-up user. But one product that has really made my life easier on all fronts is Jane Iredale’s Pure Pressed Base Mineral Foundation – SPF20.
The foundation comes in solid form in a compact and is applied with a kabuki brush (a short, dense brush that you press into the powder and then onto your face). It can be `fixed’ with a mist spray; although this feels and smells nice, it is not really necessary.
The fact that the foundation comes in 24 different colours makes matching your skin tone easy (in the long run…hard when you are faced with so many choices to begin with).
The powder contains physical sunblocks in the form of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Since it is a solid rather than a loose powder there is little risk of inhaling these minerals, which is something you probably want to avoid. It is rated as 2 (on a scale that goes from 0-10), a low health/toxicity risk, by the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database. It scores well on UVA and UVB protection and is fairly water-resistant.
But the great thing about it, as far as I am concerned, is that it is super-easy to apply, barely shows when it is on your face (just enough to make your skin look a little more even – no tell-tale golden coating) and does not feel heavy at all. So this gives me no excuse not to wear sun-block on my face on a daily basis.
Jane Iredale sells in many locations in the US, Canada and internationally. Click here for a Canadian internet option or Google `Jane Iredale’ and your city name. You will probably want to buy from a shop/spa to begin with so you can find the right colour match for your skin. Full compacts cost about $57 with refills going for about $10 less. I am just coming to the end of a compact I bought in August last year so it has lasted a good 9 months.