Name: Sunkids SPF 40
From Sunumbra’s website:
Sunumbra® sunkids provides…
- effective, stable, high level protection against both UVA and UVB radiation
- protection from free radical damage and atmospheric toxins
- active natural nutrients to reverse the effects of radiation damage
What I liked:
- protects against the entire UV range
- contains natural extracts with antioxidants, soothing and sun-protective properties
- easy to apply, spreads evenly on the skin
- doesn’t leave a white cast on skin
- doesn’t cause breakouts
- eye-catching and hygienic packaging
- suitable for combination, oily and sensitive skin types
What I didn’t like:
- its lightweight texture is not moisturizing enough for those with dry skin
Last month I raved about Sunumbra Sunscreen SPF 30, a physical sunscreen that protects your skin from the harmful sun’s rays but without leaving an unattractive white cast behind. Its only flaw, if so it can be called, is its somewhat greasy texture that takes a few minutes to sink into the skin. This isn’t a problem for me, but if you’re looking for a sunscreen that dries instantly, then you’d better opt for Sunumbra Sunkids SPF 40, which can be used safely by both children and adults.
But there’s a catch. The sunscreen has a very lightweight texture which does mean that it sinks in immediately, but also that it isn’t very moisturizing. It won’t dry out your skin, but it won’t hydrate it either, which makes it more suitable for people with combination and oily skin types than for those with dry skin. The sunscreen is also brownish in colour so there’s no risk of it leaving a white cast on the skin. It doesn’t leave a brownish one either.
The active sunscreen agent in Sununbra Sunkids SPF 40 is Zinc Oxide, which protects against the entire UV spectrum on its own. It is also very gentle and doesn’t irritate skin. Here, Zinc Oxide is coated with Dimethicone to make it photostable, and thus effective for longer. Its long-lasting and water resistant properties are also enhanced by Carnauba Wax, which helps prevent it from melting at high temperatures.
Furthermore, Sorbitan Olivate, an emulsifier derived from oil, allows Zinc Oxide to be dispersed more easily and evenly on the skin. According to the company that makes it, “it can improve the homogeneity of the sunscreen giving better efficacy and stability performance”. But that’s not all. The sunscreen also contains a bunch of natural extracts, including broccoli sprout extract, black tea extract, allantoin, astaxanthin, green rooibos extract and kigelia extract, that help prevent sun damage and the premature signs of aging.
A 2007 study has found Broccoli Sprout Extract “reduces the inflammation and cell damage caused by UV rays” by boosting “the production of a network of protective enzymes inside cells that defend cells against many aspects of UV damage”. Black Tea Extract can, according to a study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, prevent “the skin damage and sunburn by absorbing UV rays and secondly, it repairs UV induced damage to the skin cells.”
Astaxanthin, a dark red carotenoid pigment present in the skin and tissues of several animals such as salmon and lobster, is also, according to Truth In Aging, an “efficient absorber of specific ultraviolet sunlight rays that may contribute to skin aging and cancer.” It also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Kigelia Fruit Extract, derived from the big fruits of the kigelia africana plant cultivated in sub-Saharan Africa, also has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
Green Roboois Extract is another powerful antioxidant, while Allantoin has soothing properties. Antioxidants fight free radicals, which are one of the main causes of premature aging, helping you to keep wrinkles and fine lines away for longer. Ingredients with anti-inflammatory properties instead calm and soothe irritations, making this sunscreen suitable for people with rosacea and sensitive skin too.
Overall, this is one of the best sunscreens I’ve come across. It protects your skin from the entire UV spectrum, it is chockfull of antioxidants to help prevent the premature signs of aging and has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe skin. Because of this, it is suitable for all skin types, even those with very sensitive skin. However, if yours is dry, you’ll have to use a rich moisturizer in conjunction with it. And, unlike Sunumbra Sunscreen SPF30, this one doesn’t stink of broccoli. Its herbal scent isn’t very strong and fades quickly.
Ethylhexyl Olivate, De-Ionized Water, Zinc Oxide Dimethicone, Sorbitan Olivate, Carnauba Wax, Allantoin, Aloe Ferox Extract, Astaxanthin, Black Tea Extract, Broccoli Sprout Extract, Green Rooibos Extract, Kigelia Extract, Milk Thistle Extract, Cape Chamonile.
Available at: sunumbra.com
Sunumbra Sunkids SPF 40 has a lightweight texture that sinks immediately into the skin, without leaving a white cast behind. Its Zinc Oxide formula, enriched with natural extracts, will help prevent and reduce sun damage and the premature signs of aging, and soothe skin. However, it may not be moisturizing enough for those with dry skin.