Clinical grade sunscreen that does it all – prevents, camouflages, and repairs!
For years, I’ve had this love/hate thing going with sunscreen. When I was on Accutane a few years ago, you couldn’t catch me without at least two bottles of it in my purse. My skin was so sensitive that I wouldn’t dare go without sunscreen, even on a cloudy day.
But for most of my life, sunscreen and my face have not been able to play nice. While the products did protect my skin from sun damage, they caused other problems – my face would break out, and my makeup would slide off. Whether it was face or body sunscreen, oil-free or regular, high end or drugstore, it messed up with my skin.
While the formula have generally improved as time went on, they still weren’t good enough. I saw the negative effects of sunscreen lessen, but not disappear completely. When I was given the opportunity to review Neova’s DNA Damage Control Silc Sheer 2.0 with SPF 40, I was wary but excited at the same time.
Neova is owned by ProCyte Corporation, a medical skin care company whose products are found in the offices of dermatologists, cosmetic and plastic surgeons, and spas. Neova products are known for being effective, potent and gentle enough for the most sensitive skin – how would they contend against my face?
Neova Silc Sheer 2.0 ($45) delivers a triple threat. Firstly, it prevents damage with a broad spectrum, SPF 40 formula. UVA and UVB rays are deflected with micronized physical sunscreens (zinc and titanium dioxide). According to the Environmental Working Group, “zinc and titanium-based sunscreens are among the safest and most effective sunscreens on the market”. Additional UVB protection is delivered by octinoxate. Even on very sunny days, this protected my skin from getting sunburned.
Secondly, Silc Sheer camouflages the damage that was done in the past. The tinted formula (best for medium skin tones or lighter) has a slight amount of pearl, which hides minor flaws. It’s not heavy coverage, but it does improve the appearance of my skin in a subtle way.
To get an idea of the coverage, in this image, you see the Silc Sheer on the left half my face (viewer’s left) while the right side is bare. As you can see, the Silc Sheer does a nice job of hiding red, blotchy spots and slight imperfections.
While it initially feels and smells like regular sunscreen out of the bottle, after applying the product, it felt lighter than regular sunscreen, and dried down to a semi-matte finish. It stayed put all day. Thanks to the water-resistant formula, my foundation still looked flawless at the end of the day – even after a long, sweaty workout!
Finally, it repairs the skin damage at a cellular level. Endosomes, liposomes, work to reverse damage and visible aging. Extracts from marine microbes and plankton-derived phytolase gradually reduce photodamage (how cool does that sound?)
I feel that this product truly delivers in all three of those areas. While I don’t feel that I’ve been using this long enough to really see it totally reverse the minimal sun damage to my skin (and most of my splotches are acne-related), I am impressed at how well it works as a sunscreen, especially under makeup.
While it is more expensive than your average drugstore sunscreen, it’s lower priced per ounce than many department-store/Sephora brand sun products, and it’s one of the better sunscreens that I’ve tried.
Readers and Testers – are you impressed with the triple threat against sun damage offered by Neova’s DNA Damage Control Silc Sheer 2.0?
Marilyn is a makeup maniac and slow but stubborn runner. She loves color coding her day planner, reading celebrity gossip and drinking good wine. Marilyn blogs about makeup and fitness over at her blog, Lipgloss and Spandex.
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