Had someone gone back in time and told me that I would one day purchase an $85.00 sunblock and be happy about it, I would have thought that person insane. Fast-forward to the present, following many years, many trials, and many dollars spent searching for a daily use physical sunblock for my dark brown skin, and that reaction seems completely rational. Until now, my search for the elusive non-whitening, physical sunblock has been a cycle of high hopes and inevitable disappointment. I had all but resigned myself to the fact that I would have to hold my head high while walking around with the infamous white, chalky cast of most physical sunblocks, or return to using chemical sunscreens. That was before Josh Rosebrook.
Perusing green beauty blogs, one of my favourite past times, I came across a review of the Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream with SPF 30 Non-Nano Zinc Oxide. The blogger who wrote that post claimed that Nutrient Day Cream is non-whitening. So did many readers in the comments section. But as all lovers of beauty and skincare products know, what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for others. This is especially true with zinc-based sunblocks. So I searched and read, and searched and read other reviews and comments. They were all unanimous – this sunblock is completely translucent. But none of the reviewers or commenters identified themselves as having a richer skin tone. And none of the reviews or comments included any pictures. So I decided to take the plunge and ordered the Nutrient Day Cream.
When I went to place my order, I noticed that Josh Rosebrook had come out with a tinted version of Nutrient Day Cream. However, tinted products can sometimes be more difficult than their transparent originals (think Bare Minerals Mineral Veil versus Tinted Mineral Veil). So I bypassed the tinted version and purchased the original.
Nutrient Day Cream has an impressive ingredients list that includes everything but the kitchen sink:
Looking at these ingredients, it is evident that Nutrient Day Cream provides more than just sun protection.
The packaging urges you to “[t]ransform and protect your skin with this multi-action, nutrient-dense formula of active organic herbal extracts, plant oils and essential oils, potent anti-inflammatories, antioxidants and diverse phytonutrients designed to:
* Protect, repair & support cell proliferation
* Increase & balance moisture to plump & brighten skin
* Restore vitality, health & luminosity”
In short, we are told that Nutrient Day Cream blocks UVA and UVB rays, inhibits cell loss, boosts the skin’s collagen structure, and promotes healthy skin. I must say that my skin has been problem-free, even-toned and radiant on a more consistent basis in the month or so that I’ve been using this sunblock.
The best way to use Josh Rosebrook’s Nutrient Day Cream is to apply just enough (for me that is slightly less than two pumps) to cover your entire face and neck immediately after cleansing. I normally apply this sunblock on top of a mist and moisturizer, but it also does well on its own. Using a moisturizer first helps me because it lessens the harshness of Nutrient Day Cream’s natural shine, especially on my fivehead. I’m used to having a slight glow to my face, so it’s not that bothersome. But if you have oily skin like me, and you want to lessen the glow, you can also try using powder or blotting paper on top of this sunblock.
Why I love it:
This is the only physical sunblock I’ve tried that looks fantastic on dark brown skin. And by “fantastic” I mean translucent. Applying a thin layer to your skin actually goes on clear. Slightly less than two full pumps covers my entire face and neck. Any more than that and yes, it will start to build up and your skin will get that dreaded white cast, albeit not as badly as with some other physical sunblocks that I’ve tried. But applying just a thin layer of Nutrient Day Cream allows for a completely clear application that does not pill if you touch your face. I was amazed the first time I tried it. A physical sunblock that is actually invisible on dark brown skin!!! Hooray! I didn’t think it was possible. And now that I see it is possible, I wonder why it is that only one brand has managed to accomplish this feat? Then again, considering the ingredients list, it looks like a lot went into crafting this product and I do not take that for granted.
Speaking of the ingredients, don’t be put off by the fact that this sunblock contains shea butter. Shea butter is the third ingredient in Nutrient Day Cream. As much as shea butter is loved by my body, it is hated by my face. The mere mention of those two words together is enough to make my face break out. But for some reason my skin hasn’t had any adverse reaction to this sunblock. In fact, my skin has never looked better while being well-protected from the sun.
Why I don’t love it:
Obviously, the cost. Considering its stellar performance, clean ingredients, and the time and money that I’ve spent searching for a clean, non-whitening, physical sunblock, I have to say that I am willing to pay the price to protect my face. Given that you only need a small amount, I’m sure that this bottle will last for a good amount of time, even with daily use. My search for a non-whitening physical sunblock has finally come to an end. Nutrient Day Cream is now a year-round staple in my daily beauty routine.
So, is Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream with SPF 30 Non-Nano Zinc Oxide worth the price? Yes! And because you’ve read this far, I’ll give you a little tip. By purchasing it on the Josh Rosebrook website you can get free samples or purchase the less expensive 1.0 oz/30 mL size. So if you want to try the tinted version, head right on over. Or you can get free shipping (in the U.S.) plus rewards points if you purchase it on Petit Vour. The choice is yours.
What is your favourite beauty product to splurge on? Is it a staple or a treat? What makes it splurge-worthy? What is your favourite non-whitening zinc oxide sunscreen? Let me know in the comments section below.