Thursday, October 27, 2011

I try: Osmosis Shelter SPF 29+ Sunblock Moisturizer


I’m obsessive when it comes to applying sunscreen every day – as should you! – and I’m often asked to recommend a good one that a) won’t clog pores, b) is good for your wellbeing as well as your skin and c) works well with makeup or tinted moisturiser. To get all three right seems like a big ask, but after having Osmosis Shelter recommended to me by Lucy Marr and finally getting to try it myself I can raise my glass to the fact that this baby really does do it all!
Osmosis Shelter provides significant broad spectrum sunblock protection (SPF 29+) by utilizing silica-coated micronized zinc. This is the safest sunblock ingredient available because it does not break down like uncoated zinc and it does not absorb into our system like micronized titanium. Reaserach has suggested that both titanium and zinc will oxidize in the skin and create inflammation above and beyond the sun exposure unless the particles are coated with silica. It has also been said that there may be toxicity associated with micronized and specifically nano-sized titanium and zinc as their penetration into the blood is possible, but Osmosis have cleverly added a silica coating to make the particles inert and therefore inactive/non-toxic in the serum (if any should reach that far). Micronized zinc reflects light significantly better and has a broader UV protection spectrum than any form of titanium, and with a feel just like a light cream, this sunblock is ridiculously painless to apply.
So, along with being chemical-free and with zero chalky residue to mess with your makeup, Shelter is quite possibly also by far the most moisturizing sunblock on the market due to its inclusion of some seriously active antioxidants. Love that! Trust Osmosis creator Dr. Ben Johnson to get it right, huh?
I recommend you go out and grab a bottle of this stuff ASAP, apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure and watch it do its work.

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