Vanicream makes several high-quality, inexpensive sunscreen products that contain zinc oxide, and that are paraben-free and non-comedogenic. They also have a sensitive skin version that is free of chemical sunscreen ingredients. I’ve been using Vanicream sunscreens all winter long due to their great value and quality. For people concerned with ratings on the Environmental Working Group website, Vanicream gets excellent safety ratings.
Vanicream Sunscreen Sport SPF 35
As much as I love my favorite Shiseido SPF 55 sunscreen, it’s expensive, and during the winter months, I switched to Vanicream Sport because it’s 4 times cheaper per ounce, and it contains the same active ingredients as the Shiseido. Vanicream Sport contains 8% zinc oxide and 7.5% octinoxate, so while it doesn’t have as much zinc oxide (Shiseido had 13.9% until they recently changed their formula), I think it’s plenty for wintertime, unless you go skiing, or live somewhere extremely hot. Usually when I see the word Sport in a sunscreen, I assume it’s water-resistant, but the package doesn’t state this to be the case. So I wouldn’t use this in the water, or when you’re sweating a lot.
I used Vanicream sunscreen several years ago and didn’t like it, so I think they have changed their formula to go on more sheer, or maybe I’m just easier to please now. The Sport sunscreen goes on slightly thick and white, but it soaks in well, and it would be good for anyone with normal to dry skin. I have light skin and it looks almost sheer on me, but I’m not sure how well it would look on someone with dark skin. The sunscreen is slightly shiny on my face, so I always wear a light foundation and powder over it, and makeup goes on perfectly over it. It gives my face a slight glow, and it never causes me to breakout. It is oil-free, odorless, preservative-free, and it doesn’t contain any pore clogging ingredients. Keep in mind that everyone is different, so the product still could cause breakouts even though it won’t in most cases.
A while ago I rated Blue Lizard as my favorite drugstore sunscreen, and I still really like Blue Lizard, but it’s not recommended for acne-prone skin, unlike Vanicream. While Vanicream has a drugstore price ($14 for 4oz), I haven’t actually seen it in drugstores, although you may be able to get it at your pharmacy, according to the Vanicream website.
Now that the UV index is past 5 in Las Vegas, I will soon switch back to a stronger sunscreen for my face because I’m obsessive about sun-protection, but if you don’t live in an extreme climate, Vanicream Sport would be a great year-round sunscreen for your face and body, as long as you don’t have really oily skin. Just keep in mind that since it goes on a little shiny, it might be too greasy looking when the humidity is really high.
Vanicream Sunscreen SPF 60
This is a sunscreen product that only has chemical-free active ingredients, so it’s great for sensitive skin, and for use on children. The SPF 60 contains 7.5% titanium dioxide and 7.5% zinc oxide. There is also an SPF 30 version that I haven’t tried, which contains 5% titanium dioxide and 5% zinc oxide. This SPF 60 sunscreen feels very similar to the Sport version, but I find it’s even more shiny, so even under makeup, it’s a little too “glowy” for me. I also get nervous about putting a lot of titanium dioxide on my face because other sunscreens with that ingredient have caused me to breakout. So far though, this sunscreen has been safe for me, and it doesn’t contain other pore cloggers. Like the Sport version, it’s fragrance-free, paraben-free, and preservative-free. If you can handle a little glow on your face, this would be a great sunscreen for normal to dry skin, and it’s a great kid’s sunscreen. As far as I know, this is not a water-resistant, so I wouldn’t recommend using this if you’re swimming at the beach or pool, or if you’re excessively sweating.
Have you tried Vanicream sunscreens? What do you think?