“If you don’t have to use your car headlights you should be wearing sunscreen. As physicians the biggest stumbling block with sunscreen is to get our patients to use it. Here we have a product that actually makes us look better and it’s good for your skin,” says Dr. Susan Baskin, MD on her experience with Colorescience Brush-On Sunscreen. It’s much more than your average sunscreen. The application method and formula make it truly stand out from the sea of sun care products on the market today. We’ve put together 11 of its key features to show you why it’s so unique, is a media favorite - winning numerous awards, and is highly recommended by the top doctors and dermatologists.
1 – Mineral powder formula
When you typically think of sunscreen, you imagine a white, liquid consistency. The zinc and titanium dioxide minerals in our brush-on sunscreen create a powder formula, making the product easier to apply, less likely to irritate the skin, and mess-free. “Some people may have a reaction to chemical sunscreen. What I like about Colorescience is that it’s all mineral. Patients who are acne prone or have sensitive skin will benefit from this product,” says Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Marina Peredo, MD.
2 – Physical, non-chemical active ingredients
The minerals in our brush-on sunscreen actually sit on top of the skin, rather than penetrate the skin like chemical sunscreen formulas. It creates a physical barrier guarding against the sun’s damaging rays with less potential for skin irritation. “There’s two kinds of sunscreens – chemical sunscreens and physical sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens only go so far into the UV spectrum. Physical sunscreens are creating a physical barrier to the sun with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide,” says Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Mona Foad, MD.
3 – Broad spectrum protection
Just because a sunscreen claims a high SPF doesn’t mean it’s shielding your skin from all of the sun’s damaging rays. Colorescience Brush-On Sunscreen offers broad spectrum protection. By combining both Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, your skin is protected from a both UVA and UVB rays. “Use sunscreens that cover the broad spectrum of UV rays, things like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide – physical blocks that cover the entire range of UVA and UVB. Protect your skin from the burning rays (UVB) and also the aging rays (UVA) of the sun,” says Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Marguerite Germaine, MD.
4 – Water-resistant
Important for more than just pool and beach days, being water-resistant is a vital feature for everyday wear. During hot summer days or an intense indoor-cycling session, sweat can cause some other sunscreens to run down your face and irritate your eyes. Our sunscreen stays water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. “Now for the real test, I’m going to grab some water and I’m going to put it on my face and smudge it around and hope it doesn’t move…It does not budge!” says YouTube vlogger Jessica Wyatt.
5 – Immediate brush-on protection
Most of the time you don’t think to apply sunscreen until you’re already in the sun, or you only apply first thing in the morning before you do your makeup. If you wait to apply your typical liquid sunscreen until you’ve trekked across the sand and set up your umbrella and chairs, your skin has been at risk for damage the entire time, including the thirty-plus minutes the typical sunscreen takes to properly protect your skin. With Colorescience Sunscreen, you can easily remove the cap and brush-on sun protection with one hand, even while you walk. “Once you apply Sunforgettable you can just go outside. You don’t have to wait like you do with a chemical sunscreen,” says Aesthetic Physician Doriana Cosgrove, MD.
(Left side: unprotected, right side: protected with sunscreen)
6 – No white-cast
No one has to know you’re wearing sunscreen. Our sunscreen comes in a variety of shades, including fair, medium, tan, and deep so you can seamlessly match your skin tone. “It’s kind of airbrushed me, giving me a nice, natural glow and I really really like it. I feel like it did cover up my skin really nicely. It is quite buildable,” says YouTube vlogger Jessica Wyatt.
It may have been a cool look for lifeguards in the 80’s, but lets just say you won’t be seeing Instagram tutorials for the “white nose look” any time soon. “Over-the-counter sunscreens are still white and pasty. Particularly for women, because once they put their makeup on, they don’t want to mess with creams again,” says Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Mona Foad, MD.
7 – Non-messy
Whether you’re laying out by the pool, in the office, or driving in your car, you don’t have the ability to wash your hands immediately, but you also don’t want a greasy residue or the smell of sunscreen on your skin. This issue prevents you from applying and reapplying sunscreen, which in turn leaves your skin vulnerable to damage. “With Colorescience sunscreen it’s an easy application with the brush versus dirty hands and reapplying creams,” according to Aesthetic Physician Doriana Cosgrove, MD.
8 - Non-greasy
A very common complaint from those who don’t like wearing sunscreen is the texture. If your skin is already oily or acne-prone, the last thing you want to do is apply a greasy lotion. “When I use traditional sunscreens, cream-based or oil-based, I routinely break out. What I love about Colorescience is I can put it in the pocket of my cycling jersey and as I’m riding down the road, pull it out and quickly apply. If I’m on a bike and my hands are wet and slippery, I can’t hold on to the handle bar or shift gears, it’s also a safety factor,” says Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian Lee, MD.
9 – Easy to reapply
You wake up, wash your face, apply your moisturizer then sunscreen. Now you're good-to-go with sun protection for the day, right? Wrong! Sunscreen needs to be reapplied several times throughout the day to be effective. “I’m always telling patients to reapply sunscreen every two hours, but it’s so hard to do,” says Dr. Annie Chiu in InStyle magazine, who keeps one of these in her purse. “This makes it easy.”
10 – Touches up makeup
Who wants to ruin their expertly applied foundation, blush, and contour by piling on extra layers of liquid sunscreen throughout the day? Not us! That’s why the majority of people aren’t achieving adequate coverage. This sunscreen won’t undo your makeup application – it actually has the opposite effect. It sets your look in the morning and refreshes your makeup with each application. “Layering sunscreen is a concept that is unique. Nobody wants to put a really thick, lotion sunscreen on top of another thick, lotion sunscreen. That’s what’s so nice with the mineral base. It can be easily reapplied. There are very few sunscreens that you can actually apply and say ‘Hey I look better!” says Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Janet Turkle, MD.
11 – Travel-friendly
The perfect size for your purse, glove compartment, or gym bag, the cylinder can easily go anywhere with you. Since it’s a powder, it also won’t take up space in your quart-size liquids bag on the airplane. “They can have it in their golf cart and their tennis bag, “says Aesthetic Physician Doriana Cosgrove, MD about the sunscreen brush.
With these 11 unique benefits, you no longer have an excuse for not wearing sunscreen and applying it every two hours. You can keep it in your purse, car, or gym bag and quickly apply with one hand without messing up your makeup. Our mission is to provide healthier looking skin by making sun protection easy to apply year-round, so join us and #AlwaysReapply.