Brand Overview: The Sunscreen Company
Meet The Sunscreen Company, a Canadian skincare company seeking to revolutionize the way we think about sun protection. From tinted SPF, and lightweight protection, to retinoids and pigment correcting serums, The Sunscreen Company is growing an impressive roster of brands under their umbrella and is looking to create something for everyone.
Keep reading to learn more about our favorite products from the company's three brands.
I've been trying to incorporate Retinol into my skincare routine, but have been having the hardest time finding one that doesn't irritate my skin. When I first received the CyberDerm Retin+Erase, I was worried it would make me breakout or peel, but I've been slowly adding this to my nightime routine (don't use retinol in the day) once a week and I haven't had any issues with irritation. What makes this retinoid so special, is that it only has 4 ingredients (yep! skincare doesn't have to be complicated, friends) and manages to have 1% active retinoid ester, which I've been told is one of the highest concentrations on the market and yet is not at all irritating.
AVA ISA PURE UNTINTED SPF 45
The thing I was most excited about when I first discovered The Sunscreen Company was their amazing selection of tinted and untinted sunscreens that promise to protect your skin without the unsightly white cast most sunscreens give off. I was sent a few different SPFs to try, both tinted and untinted options. First up, the Ava Isa Pure Untinted SPF 45 boasts itself as being ultra-lightweight and ultra-mattifying, which is amazing for getting through the oily, sweaty heatwave we've been experiencing. I did notice that it was absorbed into my skin immediately and didn't pill when I applied concealer on top of it which is an issue I have with a lot of other SPFs.
AVA ISA AURORA ROSE TINTED SPF 45
The second SPF I was really excited to try was the Ava Isa Aurora Rose Tinted SPF 45. Prior to this, I had never tried a tinted SPF. They often came disguised as BB creams with minimal SPF protection and had shades way too light for me. When I first pumped this out onto my hand, it had a light pink tint to it that worried me a little. Within seconds of blending, though, the pink melted and blended in with my skin tone and became virtually undetectable, which definitely took me by surprise. I think this can be a little intimidating at first, but a wide range of skintones can get good use out of this. It doesn't over coverage like a BB cream, but rather give an illuminating glow that is anything but ghostlike.
CYBERDERM SIMPLY ZINC ULTRA SPF 50
The 3rd SPF I got to try is the Simply Zinc Ultra SPF 50. Picture the Simply Zinc Ultra SPF 50 as being the best of both world between the Ava Isa Pure and the Ava Isa Aurora. Equal parts invisible and tinted (I know, blows my mind too), the Simply Zinc has the liquid-y texture of a serum and a light beige tint that disappears on contact with the skin. It's slightly less mattifying than the other two, and a touch more moisturizing. It also has 25% Zinc Oxide which means it's actually helping to protect you from the sun and prevent sunburn and is Broad Spectrum, so it blocks both UVA and UVB rays (as all of the brand's sunscreens do).
Natrèceutique Pigment Be Light
The last product I got to try from The Sunscreen Company was from their Natrèceutique line. Their Pigment Be Light serum targets the appearance of hyper-pigmentation and helps combat the signs of sun damage. Luckily for me, I don't experience much visible sun damage or hyper-pigmentation and have generally even skin, but on occasion, I do experience scarring and dark marks from acne. I was left with a faint mark of pigmentation after treating a pimple and even though the pimple was now gone, I now had to deal with the aftermath. I incorporated the Pigment Be Light serum into my routine once a week over the course of 4 weeks (I try not to introduce too many new products at once), and found that the mark disappeared completely within 2 weeks. I would love to see what someone who suffers from sun damage or melasma has to say about this!