A Decision to Not Carry Sunscreen
I've spent hours and hours of my skin care career researching and trialing facial sunscreens. I had settled on carrying the original Blue Lizard facial formula with Octinoxate, 5.5% and Zinc Oxide, 8%. It has an SPF profile very similar to the beloved (in its day) Obaji sunscreen but at a more accessible price point. Plus it had vitamin E, green tea and caffeine. They even sold it in 5oz bottles which I recommended for the body over their body formulations. I eventually added their "reef safe" all mineral facial formula, which had a more matte finish, for the purists and most sensitive. Then came the pandemic when Amazon became an authorized seller. Eventually a new "sheer" formula was added that I haven't even tried.
Rather than trying to appeal to all the characteristics clients are looking for in a facial sunscreen formula, I'm stepping out of carrying it all. It's like trying to keep up with stand-up comedians on Netflix but without the laughs. I know Diane at Fine Feather in Grandview Heights OH carries Suntegrity, another brand I favor, as well as others that are "clean."
It's a complicated subject that is only becoming more so. Dermatologists like to say the best sunscreen is the one you'll use. I'm guessing that is an oversimplification but simplification is a direction in which I am headed nonetheless. Cheers.
Amy Linville is an artist and esthetician that believes simple, sustainable and non-rushed daily skincare and beauty rituals are the foundation for finding comfort in your skin and looks, no matter your age.
Photos used under Creative Commons from Pen Waggener, Brett Jordan