Lavanila Healthy Sun Screen SPF 40 Face Cream

A sunscreen has some basic practical requirements: it needs to be portable, have an SPF of at least 30, not leave a white-ish cast, and blend seamlessly into skin. It also has to be durable enough to withstand high humidity & heat, and wear well under liquid foundations. If you don’t have a feel-good sunscreen on your vanity table yet, Lavanila Healthy Sun Screen SPF 40 Face Cream ($28) is an excellent choice.

If sensitive skin has been the bane of your existence, here is a sunscreen to alleviate that inner skin stress. The usual zinc & titanium dioxide sun protectants are impeccably balanced with the effective coconut oil and shea butter additives. Here, the highly revered shea butter is preferred for its protective properties from harsh environment (such as the hot sun) and dehydration (from loss of active moisture). But, we also found inconspicuously hidden in this formulation is a healthy dose of Provitamin B5. A 2002 "Journal of Dermatological Treatment" study noted that Provitamin B5 enhances the repair of the skin barrier while reducing inflammation. The synergistic effect of both oil & vitamins helps prevent dry patches while protecting from environmental aggressors.

We like how the texture has got a fresher feel than most creamy versions. We also found no trace of grease or shine even a few hours after wearing it, but don’t hope for a matte feel. ‘Dewy to the touch’ finish makes this a relief for those using dehydrating topicals such as Retin-A. And, tsk, tsk…don’t forget to protect the delicate skin on the neck, chest, and even backs of hands while driving.

Breaking the norm of chemically-based SPFs, this is an imaginative solution to stodgy sunscreens with that dreadful sunblock scent.