Sunday, October 27, 2013

Graydon - Clinical Luxury by Nature - SPF 30 Sun Cream Review

Sunscreen is super important and, while there are days that I forget to apply it, I try my hardest to apply it most days. Natural sun blockers that blend well and leave behind an invisible layer of UVA/UVB protection can be hard to find. Often times, a white cast is left behind which makes it unfavourable for those who are darker than a ghost or just don't enjoy looking like they're wearing white face paint. Look no further, *SPF 30 Sun Cream by Graydon is top notch and leaves no white cast! She also uses non-nano zinc oxide, which allows the zinc to sit on the skin as opposed to being absorbed into the skin.


Description: Blended with skin soothing, sun protecting zinc (a naturally occurring mineral) and a host of sun reflective carrier oils, this light textured cream with SPF 30 will infuse your face and body with the anti-oxidant protection you've been craving without any goo, grease or stickiness. We also use Green Tea in our formula which is rich in polyphenols (antioxidants that form part of the green tea leaves) and has been shown to provide internal and external protection from UV radiation and in turn, photo aging. You will enjoy re-applying this lovely unscented blend not only because it's so good for your skin when you're outside, but because it feels so good to put on. And guess what? This 'airless pump' allows you to use every last drop, so there's no product wastage. Plus it's a dream to throw in your bag or carry on luggage because it won't leak.

I've been testing this out for a few months now and, most recently, tested it on a sun filled vacation. Let me start with the brilliant packaging, I love airless pumps and this bad boy has one! The pump works so well, doesn't leak, and ensures that every bit of sunscreen stays fresh and bacteria free. The bottle is super light and easy to travel with. The ingredients list is chock full of greatness, including sea buckthorn oil (a personal fave), shea butter, aloe, and raspberry seed extract. All great for nourishing, soothing and loving your skin. The cream is white and a little a grainy at first with virtually no scent. There are times when I find it clings a little to dry patches, but for the most part it blends seamlessly and gives my skin an extra boost of hydration...which I need with the colder months here. I should mention though, it's not heavy or greasy which means all skin types could use it. When I first started using this, I was getting little bumps wherever it was applied and so I stopped using it. Then I gave it a go on my arms and same thing. Third time seemed to be a charm because It hasn't given me bumps or broken me out since. While in Jamaica, I used this on my face and neck daily and reapplied constantly. I'm happy to report that no sun burn in those two areas took place, which is a shocker because my nose and cheeks tend to burn first. I think it's great that this can be used on your face and body because it saves space in your bathroom and travel bag. While I personally find most natural sunscreen bottles too small for 7+ days in the sun with daily application and reapplication, this lovely sunscreen has a 240ml/8oz bottle option! Thank you vacation for giving me the opportunity to fall in love with this product. Definitely recommend!

Retails for $20 CAN for 50ml/1.7 fl oz or $33 CAN for 240ml/8oz. Can be purchased through Graydon or any of these e/retailers.




See the grainy texture?

Gone and no white cast!

Ingredients: purified water (aqua), zinc oxide (zinc oxide), cetyl alcohol (coconut product), stearyl alcohol (mixed plant), shea butter (butyrospernum parkii), cocoa butter (theobroma cacao), aloe vera (aloe barbadensis), cherry kernel oil (prunus avium), rice bran oil (oryza sativa), pumpkin seed oil (cucurbita maxima), buriti oil (mauritia flexuosa), sodium chloride (mixed plant), raspberry seed oil (rubus idaeus), seabuckhorn oil (hippophae rhamnoides), green tea (camellia sinensis), sodium lactate (sodium-l-lactate), rosemary co2 extract (rosmarinus officinalis L) and nothing else!
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*Product provided for review consideration. All opinions are my own

8 comments:

  1. Very nice post! Finding a suncream is probably the trickiest part in the quest for organic/ clean products. I read that sunscreen loses it potency with people with a Vit. D deficiency. There's also that debate concerning the potential risks of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, apparently it's important to find non-nano zinc oxide. Right now, I have my eyes on Badger SPF 16 Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen. But this one you just reviewed has a really impressive ingredient list. xoxo, Liz from http://smellslikeagreenspirit.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for the interesting note about sunscreen losing its potency with people with a vit d deficiency, never read that. There is definitely an ongoing debate about the safety of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. I feel there's always a debate about something, nothing's safe anymore. The badge one sounds amazing, I've read many rave reviews on it, I like the SPF 30 in this one though. If you try it, let me know. xo

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  2. This product sounds promising! I always love to hear about natural sunscreens that work for people.

    http://coconutsandmascara.blogspot.ca/

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    1. thanks for the comment! Agreed, it's nice to hear what works for others..especially since we're all so different. xo

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  3. This does sound nice! I haven't seen shea butter in a sunscreen before, I bet thats what makes it moisturizing.

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    1. oh for sure. BUT, it's not greasy or shiny at all which is a bonus

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  4. Sounds great and the ingredients look good too :) x

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    1. it's really, really nice. Thanks for the comment xo

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