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acne-safe sunscreens

sun protection is important for all skins, but is particularly vital when using acne-clearing products that can sensitize your skin to the sun. these sunscreens provide much needed protection, so your skin can heal and clear without further damage from the sun
  • safeguard SPF 40
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    safeguard SPF 40

    $ 48.95

    note: new label, but same formula!

    a daytime moisturizer with physical sunscreen (SPF 40) to protect against sun damage and hyperpigmentation. this moisturizing + water-resistant sunscreen is suitable for most skin types, especially those that need extra moisture support or will be spending extended periods outside.

    can also be used on the body.

    3.5 oz

    active ingredient:  20% zinc oxide

    inactive ingredients: c12-15 alkyl benzoate, caprylhydroxamic acid, caprylyl glycol, cetyl peg/ppg-10/1 dimethicone, cyclohexasiloxane, cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, dimethicone crosspolymer, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, dimethiconol, disodium edta, glycerin, methicone, microcrystalline wax, peg-10 dimethicone, peg-30 dipolyhydroxystearate, polyglyceryl-4 isostearate, polyhydroxystearic acid, polysorbate 20, sodium chloride, stearyl dimethicone, tetrahexadecyl ascorbate, tocopheryl acetate, triethanolamine, triethoxycaprylylsilane, water


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  • tizo 100% physical block sunscreen
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    a broad-spectrum physical block sunscreen that mattifies skin for all-day oil control. this pure physical sunscreen offers excellent protection against hyperpigmentation and other signs of sun-damage.

    because this sunscreen does not have any moisturizing agents in it, it can be drying (as all mineral-based products inherently are).  this can be used alone on oily skins, or for drier skins, can be layered with hydrating gel or hydrating cream underneath.

    please purchase a trial size to make sure you like it! see below for instructions on how to apply this product for best results.


    for best results, use a small amount and ensure the product is rubbed thoroughly into the skin for maximum cosmetic blending into the skin, and protective coverage. using too much will result in the product not fully absorbing into the skin, leaving your skin  feeling greasy.

    be aware that although most all of our clients that use this product do so without any problems, a very small percentage of clients (somewhere between 1-5%) who are sensitive and reactive to silicones may experience breakouts from this and any other product that contains silicones such as dimethicones, which are prevalent physical block sunscreens that are formulated to be cosmetically elegant, and not pasty. when in doubt, do a patch test and see how it goes over the course of several weeks, or as we do, 3-6 months!


    available in tinted (tizo 3) and untinted (tizo 2) formulas.


    tizo 2
    active ingredients: titanium dioxide 8%, zinc oxide 3.8%.
    other ingredients: alumina, cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, dimethicone crosspolymer, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, dimethiconol, lauryl peg/ppg-18/18 methicone, methicone, peg-10 dimethicone.

    tizo 3
    active ingredients: titanium dioxide 8% zinc oxide 3.8%
    other ingredients: alumina, cyclohexasiloxane, cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, dimethicone crosspolymer, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, dimothiconol, iron oxide (ci77491), lauryl peg/ppg 18/18 methicone, methicone, peg-10 dimethicone

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  • beyond complexion daily facial moisturizer SPF 30
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    a daytime moisturizer with an SPF of 30 to protect against sun damage and hyperpigmentation. this moisturizing sunscreen is suitable for most skin types, normal, combo and normal to oily. if you need more moisture, layer some hydrating gel or hydrating cream underneath.


    active ingredients: avobenzone 2.5%, octinoxate 4% 
    inactive ingredients: aloe barbadensis leaf extract, benzyl alcohol, c12-15 alkyl benzoate, c13-14 isoparratin, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) oleosomes, citric acid, fragrance (tested by sS to be acne-safe), laureth 7, methylisothiazolinone, polyacrylamide, sodium hydroxide, tocopheryl acetate, water

    please be advised:

    - this is an acne-safe chemical sunscreen. we explain the difference between chemical and physical block spf's on our blog post here

    - finding a sunscreen with this light a texture with a physical block ingredient that's also acne-safe has been a real challenge. i am looking though and if i find one that passes our stringent standards i will stock it! 

    - some chemical sunscreen ingredients, including octinoxate (that this formula contains) is banned for sale in areas (such as hawaii) due it's damaging effects to coral marine life. this should be ok to use for everyday use, but please don't wear this when swimming in the ocean. use one of our other physical block sunscreens - the moisturizing safeguard spf 40 (my favorite) or either tizo formulas - instead! 

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