About a year ago I wrote a blog post on the search for the perfect tinted sunscreen and I must admit I wasn’t that crazy about any of them. I think this is a really tricky product category to get right. As we all know, sunscreen will only be effective to its rated SPF if enough is applied. I apply a teaspoon of sunscreen to my face, neck and ears, but when you’re dealing with tinted sunscreen it is so easy to scrimp on the correct amount because it’s tinted and you don’t want your face to look cakey. That’s why I always approach tinted sunscreens with caution.
“The average-sized adult needs a teaspoon of sunscreen for their head and neck.” – Source: SunSmart
My most recent experiment in this category has been with the Mesoprotech Melan 130 Pigment Control SPF 50+ by Mesoestetic. The brand is stocked by Cult Cosmetica who are local to me and I just happened to come across it on their front desk. After some digging I discovered that Mesoestetic are a big name in the medical and aesthetic industry and they manufacture all of their own products in their facilities. They are located in Barcelona, Spain and dedicate 40% of their budget to research, development and innovation. Not only do they design and manufacture cosmeceutical products in house, but they also produce topical medications and even medical devices.
The Mesoprotech Melan 130 contains a combination of chemical and physical screens that provide broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB radiation, blue light and infrared radiation. It contains Azeloglycine which regulates the enzyme tirosinae, responsible for the production of melanin so this sunscreen protects your skin from sunburn and pigmentation at the same time. Two ingredients that you might like to know about if you have sensitive skin or are into natural skincare are silicones and fragrance. The Mesoprotech Melan 130 contains both of these.
The texture of this sunscreen is very runny but extremely hydrating and glowy on application. I have a light neutral skin tone and the golden tint makes me look like I have fake tanned – which I like but I understand that it might not be everyone’s cup of tea. The fragrance is seriously strong so it’s not for the faint hearted and I would advise that you test it first if you’re prone to reactions or headaches from fragrances. It reminds me of a Chanel perfume or Giorgio Armani’s Si, so it is a very luxe smelling product indeed.
Mesoprotech Melan 130+ Pigment Control – texture
Personally this product works well for me, the tint is gorgeously dewy and the fragrance doesn’t bother me. I like that it has been developed in a reputable lab and the experience of using the product is great, as is the squeezy bottle packaging. When I wear it, it evens out my skin tone and blurs any imperfections. So much so that I don’t add concealer and I almost wear it as a super charged CC cream. It’s not going to be suitable for everyone, but finding the right sunscreen for you is a journey and as they say, the best sunscreen is the one that you like and use every day. I am keen to try a few other Mesoestetic sunscreens including the anti-ageing oil and light weight fluid. There is also a matt finish one which would be good for oily skin types.
One thing that does bother me is that the tinted sunscreens I have reviewed to date are not suitable for people of colour. It’s very frustrating that as a product reviewer I can’t recommend something that will suit everyone. If you have come across tinted sunscreens for people of colour that work, please leave me a comment below and I’ll be sure to include it as en edit to this and my previous blog post. You can also email me and connect with me on Instagram. To listen to the latest Fluke podcast, please visit iTunes.
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