I’m big on sunscreen, more so if it’s developed by a doctor who understands what consumers exactly need in the realm of skincare. I had the chance to try ZO Oclipse Smart Tone SPF 50 ($70, 45ml, 1.5 fl oz), the latest to join the expansive skincare line of innovator-scientist-dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi.
Without repeating the obvious but yes, it’s a broad spectrum sunscreen which offers protection against UVA/UVB rays including HEV light. As most of you probably know, UVA is the culprit to wrinkles, leathery skin and sunspots; UVB is responsible for tanning/burning and melanoma. HEV or high energy visible light is a relatively new area of concern in photoaging, skin sagging, redness, among others. Computer monitors, flat screen TVs, reflective surfaces like snow, concrete, water, car windows are some sources. The whole point is, the mighty sun is becoming more of a nemesis so mega-protection is necessary.
ZO Oclipse Smart Tone is scented, slightly leaning on the floral side to mask the typical sunscreen fragrance. It’s quite thick compared to most sunscreens I have tried so a dime-sized amount is enough to cover my face and neck. While it’s said to have customizable beads that adjust to any skin color, it’s neither tinted nor something like BB cream which you can use as light foundation. I did not have sensitivity issue or irritation so that’s a plus!
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 10%.
Inactive Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Styrene/ Acrylates Copolymer, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Dvimethicone/ Divinyldimethicone/Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Mica, Butylene Glycol, PEG-100 Stearate, Steareth-21, Polyamide-5, Acrylates Crosspolymer-4, Titanium Dioxide, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Coco-Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylene Brassylate, Steareth-2, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Boron Nitride, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Panthenyl Triacetate, Isostearic Acid, Ethyl Linoleate, Fragrance, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Disodium EDTA, Oleyl Alcohol, Melanin, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Aluminum Hydroxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Polyglyceryl-5 Trioleate, Ethyl Ferulate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Petasites Japonicus Root Extract, Disodium Uridine, Phosphate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Schizophyllan, Potassium Sorbate, Pentylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Iron Oxides.