Umbra Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30

What It Is:

A natural sunscreen

What It Does:

Protects skin from UV damage

KEY INGREDIENT:

Zinc oxide (sunscreen)

HOW IT LOOKS/FEELS/SMELLS:

Unusual for a sunscreen, it's unscented—like, not a whiff of anything. The thin white cream has an almost mousselike texture and goes on sheer.

WHY WE LIKE IT:

This physical sunscreen with 20 percent non-nano zinc oxide defies a lot of bad stereotypes about natural sunscreens: first and foremost, that they leave you looking like you rolled in chalk dust. This airy cream goes on with the whiteness of most sunscreens, but it sinks in—on our fair and medium-toned testers, it was scarcely noticeable. Our dark-skinned tester was left with a more visible light cast, but less so than with similar sunscreens she's worn. It spreads easily and feels light on the skin, and unlike other physical sunscreens we've tried, it washes off easily. It does slip a bit if you sweat intensely—this isn't a sport formula—so be extra sure to reapply on hot days or during outdoor exercise.

PRICE*: $38

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