It’s been so hot here. I sweat from doing absolutely nothing. As soon as my skin is introduced to the climate outside, the sweat starts. It’s not just humid, but absolutely and unbearably torching hot here. The weather has been toggling between two extremes and I feel like I’m at a loss with either. I’m usually beat and drenched even before I reach my classroom. No bueno.
A lot of my students, if not all have taken summer trips with their families and returned a few shades tanner. My first outburst was of course “Who are you and why didn’t you wear sunscreen?!” I feel like bringing all of my sunscreen to work and distributing them to my students or better yet just teach a 40 minute lesson on the importance of sunscreens.
For more on the importance of wearing sunscreen, you can read one of my older reviews (Etude House Sun Prise Natural Corrector SPF42 PA++). My review today will be over Innisfree Mineral UV Whitening Pact (No. 21 Natural Beige), an alternative for those of us who simply can’t reapply sunscreen throughout the day and are looking for an alternative (and perhaps in powder form).
Description: This UV intense powder pact helps to brighten up your dull and dark skin tone, creating a radiant complexion.
This whitening pact is for those who can’t afford to reapply sunscreen throughout the day and by that I mean slathering actual sunscreen onto your already made face. The SPF is definitely high in this mineral powder and you’ve also got PA+++ which means greater protection from UVA rays (the ones that penetrate deeper into our skin and cause more long term damage). Although unofficial, the more plus signs a product is labelled with, the more protection it offers. This is however not something that is recognized by the FDA but rather just something you would generally find on Asian products. So it goes something like this: PA+ -> PA+++ with PA+++ being the highest.
Some may not be aware of this but applying sunscreen before you leave for school/work in the morning will not keep you protected all day long. The moment you step out the door and expose your skin to the sun, your sunscreen formula will have already started to destablize and degrade. Therefore, it’s important that you reapply.
Personally, I can’t even imagine layering sunscreen over my makeup and what that would look like (or why I would do that in the first place)…therefore, mineral powders containing sunscreen are perfect for those who may share the same sentiment. What I love most about this is the convenience of having a powder pact that I can carry with me everywhere I go. Just a pat here and there and I’ve got a shield on my face again. Most people seem to be more concerned with SPF (which is great for protecting our skin from sun burns), however I would say protection against UVA rays is just as important if not more.
The active ingredients in this whitening pact are titanium dioxide, octinoxate, oil-soluble licorice extract and zinc oxide. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are both key ingredients in sunscreens however octinoxate seems to be unstable when exposed to the sun thus making it less absorbent of UV rays. Octinoxate seems to offer both advantages and disadvantages. Its advantages are keeping the skin younger looking, reducing wrinkles, dark spots, freckles and of course protecting our skin from UV rays however there are claims that it causes hormonal imbalance. Octinoxate degrades when paired with avobenzone but this particular mineral powder does not contain the latter. It seems like it’s one of those ingredients that is quite often disputed.
(If you’re interested in reading more about octinoxate, visit this link for more information: http://beautifulwithbrains.com/2013/05/28/spotlight-on-octinoxate/)
The Mineral UV Whitening Pact does brighten my complexion, otherwise it appears just like any other makeup powder. The only difference is it offers my skin great UV protection. It has a slight scent that is hardly detectable unless you put it close enough to your face to take in a whiff. Just like with any other powder, you may want to be a bit light handed when you apply this to avoid it appearing cakey.
Here’s the good:
– convenient application
– comes in three shades
– contains titanium dioxide & zinc oxide
– made with Jeju green tea and mineral powder
– lasts up to two years
– 4-free (does NOT contain: mineral oil, acrylamide, animal ingredients, or artificial fragrance)
– available through most online shops that carry Innisfree products
And the bad:
– contains octinoxate (often disputed chemical agent and not photostable)
While I listed octinoxate as a con, there’s no concrete evidence on most of the claims brought up against this chemical agent. Therefore, if you have concerns regarding this ingredient, I suggest you find out more information on it just so you can make an informed purchase.