Just because you have sensitive skin doesn't mean you shouldn't be able to play when it comes to makeup and skin care. This is the ethos behind the brand Tower28, which focuses on making high-quality products free of potentially sensitizing ingredients. And brand's latest product, SunnyDays SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen Foundation is the only complexion product to have the Seal of Acceptance from the National Eczema Association.
"As someone who has suffered from severe eczema my entire adult life, I know how hard it can be to find a mineral SPF foundation that will still give you the coverage you want and the UV protection you need, without irritating your skin," says Tower28 founder Amy Liu. "We use non-nano zinc oxide to provide mineral protection since chemical sunscreens have been known to trigger sensitive skin types." Zinc oxide is also coral-reef safe.
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Although SunnyDays ($30) was made for sensitive skin, it doesn't tiptoe around coverage. It performs exactly how you'd want any tinted sunscreen to perform, providing light-to-medium buildable coverage. Available in 14 flexible shades, it's the perfect your-skin-but-better formula—providing coverage while being sheer enough to allow your undertones to shine through. This takes off the pressure to find the perfect match. But, if you want to build the product for fuller coverage and do want that perfect match, the shades are designed to be mixable. This allows you to blend them without having to worry about strange color-theory-related outcomes.
SunnyDays is SPF 30, but Liu says you'll still want to layer it over sunscreen for full protection. To get full SPF coverage on your face, derms advise putting on enough product to cover two fingers, or an amount to fill an old-fashioned metal bottle cap. That's way more than the amount you'd likely want to use of this product. Use SunnyDays to add additional coverage, not to replace your go-to sunscreen (which you should be wearing every day, even in the winter). "People with problematic skin including eczema and acne need sun protection even more since sun damage can also lead to scarring," says Liu.
I love the way this product goes on. It provides just enough coverage while still allowing me to look like myself. I put a few dabs on my face and then blend it out with a sponge. It's light enough that you can apply it with just your fingers, but if you're like me and prefer applying complexion products with a tool, you don't have to worry about the formula being so watery that a sponge or brush would soak it all up.
In order to receive the National Eczema Association's Seal of Acceptance, SunnyDays underwent rigorous third-party testing to ensure its free of known eczema irritants. But, because everyone's skin is different, while the chances of this product irritating eczema-prone skin are low, it's not impossible. Whether or not you have sensitive skin, SunnyDays is more than worth giving a try.
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