zo skin health oclipse smart tone broad spectrum spf 50 review, what is UVA UVB, what is HEV light

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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.

zo skin health oclipse smart tone broad spectrum spf 50 review, what is UVA UVB, what is HEV light

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.



  1. September 9, 2015 / 8:30 am

    Oooh this is intriguing!

  2. September 9, 2015 / 2:50 pm

    Computer monitors emit harmful rays, OMG! I better wear sunscreen in the house too, I guess. Obagi is a great brand. This sounds fabulous.

  3. September 9, 2015 / 2:56 pm

    UV protection for my face is one thing I still have to constantly remind myself to do. It makes it easier when you have products like this to incorporate into your usual routine.

  4. September 9, 2015 / 6:53 pm

    This sounds like a fab sunscreen for those who can use it.

  5. September 9, 2015 / 7:20 pm

    This product has peeked my interest! I was distracted by the all the pretty makeup in the background 😉

    • September 10, 2015 / 2:49 am

      hahaha. I can relate whenever I see makeups in background 🙂

  6. September 9, 2015 / 7:21 pm

    This sunscreen sounds great! Glad to know that companies are addressing other harmful rays from the sun.

  7. September 9, 2015 / 10:35 pm

    Sounds interesting, but I don't know what I would think of the floral scent.

  8. September 9, 2015 / 10:40 pm

    Eeep I bet I'm soaking up UVB rays from my laptop. This sounds like a great choice both indoors and outdoors.

  9. September 9, 2015 / 11:25 pm

    Thanks for introducing me to this brand. I'd love to try it without the scent.

  10. September 10, 2015 / 1:49 am

    Love me a great sunscreen, especially one that smells like flowers!

  11. September 10, 2015 / 2:02 am

    I wish it wasn't fragranced since it sounds great otherwise.

  12. September 10, 2015 / 4:27 am

    This is such a great sunscreen! I love this brand!

  13. September 10, 2015 / 4:41 am

    They have a separate line that's actually called Obagi right?!

    • September 10, 2015 / 7:07 am

      It was already sold to a new company who retained the name. Clever ha?

  14. September 10, 2015 / 7:29 am

    man, it's totally unfair that I have to protect myself from rays from my computer monitor, but they don't even give me a tan! Sunscreen all the things!

  15. September 10, 2015 / 1:10 pm

    I don't know I'd love the scent, but this sounds great otherwise.

  16. September 11, 2015 / 1:06 am

    My eye balls went right to the Gucci!!! The scent sounds easy enough to handle… I had no idea about the computer monitor business =

  17. September 11, 2015 / 9:19 pm

    I always love finding out about new sunscreens since I basically burn the second I step into the sun. This one sounds fantastic!

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