As you probably know, I’m a big believer in good suncare. I love Chanel, Institute Estederm, Shiseido, and other high end lines. Still, if you do as much sunscreen research as I do, you are bound to run into raves for Burn Out Eco-Sensitive Sunscreen ($17.99), also called “Burn Out Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin.” It’s available on the Burn Out website, and also at Whole Foods (where I bought mine).
Unlike some cosmetic company sunscreens, Burn Out is made for rough and tumble outdoor life. Formulated in Santa Cruz, California, the formula uses a physical zinc oxide as a block and is water resistant for up to 40 minutes. It’s oil free, chemical-free, paraben-free, petroleum-free, fragrance-free, eco-sensitive, ocean safe, and biodegradable. It’s made by Sun Resesarch LLC, a company “dedicated to suncare education, and enjoy motivating people to get out and have fun in a sun-safe, environmentally responsible way.”
It’s enriched with plankton extract, aloe vera, and antioxidant vitamins. Also, it’s remarkably cosmetically elegant to wear on the face or body. It provides a very nice stable base for foundation–I’ve been wearing this (on and off) for about three weeks, and found that it doesn’t interfere with (or degrade) foundation.
This has a high zinc oxide content as a physical block against the sun. The inactive ingredients are: deionized water, caprice/caprylic triglycerides, vegetable glycerin, sorbitol, imperata cylindrica (root) extract, caprylyl glycol, lecithin, arabidopsis extract, plankton extract, aloe vera, vitamin C, vitamin E, and citric acid.
Unlike some physical sunscreens, this doesn’t leave a visible white cast that takes 20-30 minutes to disappear. Instead, a little bit (or a lot) blends quickly and invisibly into the skin. It doesn’t feel the tiniest bit greasy (and not drying either).
This is a grab-and-go product–it’s just got a flip-cap and a squeeze tube. Curiously, I don’t even see a volume printed on the label (I’m guessing it has around 1.5 to 2 fluid ounces, but I can’t be sure). You can see that Burn Out Eco-Sensitive has none of the packaging elegance of a Chanel or Shiseido product. Some might find this works well as a good body sunscreen, while others (including me), find that it works well on the face as well.
Bottom line: Worthy of its cult status. A surprisingly excellent formulation at $17.99. Definitely worth a good look.