Now that summer is nearly here, it’s time to talk about sunscreen! Cane & Austin Protect Broad Spectrum SPF50 Ultra Sheer Weightless Sunscreen to be exact (what a mouthful!). Sunscreen is the absolute best way to prevent premature aging and sun damage. Protecting your skin is far better than trying to correct the damage later. It is so important to apply it every morning before applying makeup, as well as to reapply it throughout the day. Even if you are inside an office all day, windows aren’t UV-proof and sunlight still gets in.
As a combination/oily skinned person, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with sunscreen. I love that it protects my skin and helps prevent aging and sun damage. But most of the time, the trade-off is greasy skin riddled with breakouts from the heavy, fragrance- and silicone-laden formulas. But Cane & Austin does sunscreen a little differently. Thank the divine powers that be, because someone finally made a super lightweight fluid sunscreen that isn’t loaded with denatured alcohol.
This particular sunscreen formula is much lighter and thinner than most other sunscreens that I’ve tried. It is quite watery/milky (as you can see in the photo) and to dispense the product you actually squeeze it out of a dropper style bottle opening. I usually apply it quite liberally over my face, neck, and decollete. This generally requires about 8-10 drops for my face, and another 6-8 drops for neck and decollete.
Cane & Austin Protect Broad Spectrum SPF50 Ultra Sheer Weightless Sunscreen is a chemical-based sunscreen, meaning that the sunscreen components absorb the sun’s rays, rather than deflect them like a mineral sunscreen. This is good news for people who can’t use mineral sunscreens due to allergies, but bad news for people who are allergic to chemical sunscreens. I have yet to find a well-formulated lightweight mineral sunscreen, but I’m still searching.
Anyway, the sunscreen ingredients used in this product are avobenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, and oxybenzone. These are all widely used skin protectants, and you can rest assured that you are getting full UVA/UVB protection when you use this. It kept me well protected all last summer and fall, as well as when I spent a week in Mexico last winter. I reapplied it faithfully every couple hours, and I didn’t burn once. The formula also contains some antioxidants in the form of vitamin C, green tea, resveratrol, vitamin E and CoQ10.
Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5.0%, Oxybenzone 5.0%, Avobenzone 3.0%
Inactive Ingredients: Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Biotin, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Polyphenols, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetheth-20 Phosphate, Dicetyl Phosphate,Disodium EDTA, Emblica Officinalis Fruit, Ethylhexyl Benzoate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycrylene, Phenoxythanol, Phospholipids, Potassium Hydroxide, Purified Water, Resveratrol, Retinyl Palmitate, Sorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ubiquione (Coenzyme Q-10).
Once I found this product after falling into a multi-hour black hole of googling sunscreens, I knew I had found a winner. This is the only sunscreen I have ever found that is fragrance free, alcohol free, silicone free, paraben free, and cruelty free. It feels so light on the skin, you barely even know it’s there. It also provides some light moisture, so if you are oily you may be able to skip a moisturizer underneath. I prefer to use a vitamin C or hydrating serum.
This sunscreen does leave a bit of a sheen on the skin, but no white cast. Besides, when you are applying makeup over top it doesn’t really matter if your face is a bit shiny to begin with. I have yet to find a quality, well formulated sunscreen that doesn’t leave any kind of shine. The only ones that don’t leave any shine are full of alcohol (in my experience).
This is my favourite facial sunscreen so far, especially for summer since it’s so light and doesn’t clog pores. It’s free of many common skin irritants and should work really well for anyone who is able to use chemical sunscreens.
Find Cane & Austin Protect Broad Spectrum SPF50 Ultra Sheer Weightless Sunscreen in a 2oz bottle for $40USD at Sephora, Macy’s, SpaceNK or on Amazon