- Value: 18/20
- Functionality: 19/20
- Ease of Use: 20/20
- Aesthetics: 19/20
- Blendability: 19/20
- TOTAL: 95/100
This summer, we're spending more time indoors than we did back when The Sims first came out. But that doesn't mean we're packing the sunscreen away and going bare-faced. It's important to wear SPF at all times, especially if your work station is by a window or you're frequenting the outdoors for short mental clarity strolls around the block. Not to mention all the blue light damage we're incurring while staring at screens for 12 hours a day.
I typically like to stick to mineral sunscreens, which sit atop the skin to physically block out the sun's rays, instead of sinking into skin and dispersing the sun like chemical SPFs do. Why, you ask? Because mineral sunscreens are often made with one of two FDA-cleared ingredients that are safe for sensitive skin and also classify as reef-safe (aka they won't harm ocean life): zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. I keep my beauty routine as clean as possible, so why spend all that money on non-toxic products just to undo all of it with a potentially toxic sunscreen?
However, if you've ever used a thick zinc oxide product, you know it rubbing it completely in can basically classify as your morning workout. That's why I'm so obsessed with Versed skincare's first SPF launch, Guards Up Daily Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 35. The formula is non-toxic, vegan, cruelty-free and made with 15.2 percent non-nano zinc oxide. But unlike other zinc oxide-based sunscreens, Versed created theirs with a skin-brightening peachy tint that strikes the perfect balance between dewy and matte, and never leaves a white cast on my skin—seriously, it's magic. The real kicker is its lightweight, moisturizing feel and its protection against the three biggest threats to skin: sunlight, pollution and blue light. It also doesn't hurt that Versed has some of the most Instagrammable packaging I've ever seen (made with 79 percent post-consumer recycled plastic to boot), complete with #shelfie-worthy pastel hues. So yeah, I actually enjoy using this every morning.
Turns out, so does everyone else. The sunscreen launched on May 6th, but it already has glowing reviews from buyers. Like Caitlin who raves on the brand's website, "Finally a physical sunscreen that doesn’t turn me WHITE! I am obsessed with this sunscreen!! It comes out tinted but dries clear, yet I still feel like it somehow blurs imperfections and smooths my skin. It is the perfect consistency—not oily or too liquidy—sort of between a cream and mousse. It is so, so, so good!"
And Jaclyn who also wrote a glowing review and has similar thoughts, "I love everything about this, but my FAVORITE thing is how it is so lightweight. I can put on a good amount without feeling greasy or heavy. I also LOVE the packaging. It's easy to carry around and use which is always a plus when it comes to sunscreen. Last, but not least, I love the tint of it. It doesn't leave any kind of color on my face."
Oh, and it's also great for darker skin tones according to one anonymous reviewer who gushes, "Love the Versed brand overall, but was so impressed with the fact that this is a mineral sunscreen with absolutely no grey or white overcast. Coming from a girl with melanin, who often runs into that issue, this is definitely a game changer!!"
What more of an incentive do you need?