If there is one thing that I would say is the most important step in a skincare routine, it would sunscreen. We often underestimate the amount of damage that can be done from not wearing a proper sunscreen: from burning to damaging our DNA it’s really important to use a good sunscreen.
What is it?
REN Clean Screen is a mineral based sunscreen containing 22% Zinc Oxide which is broad spectrum so it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. While I like the product itself I’m not happy with how it’s marketed. There is no such thing as “clean skincare” no matter what a brand tells you!
The whole “clean” skincare movement is something I really don’t agree with because it’s not based on anything scientific and if I’m honest I feel like it uses people’s fears against them in the sense that people have such an unfounded fear of toxic, dangerous ingredients in skincare. I just really don’t like when brands claim their products are clean as if other products are dirty and dangerous which just isn’t the case.
What does it do?
Ren Clean Screen helps to protect your skin against the harmful effects of the sun. Its an inorganic (physical) filter, but that doesn’t mean its somehow cleaner than an organic (chemical filter)
I know a lot of people don’t tend to like pure zinc filters because they can make you look quite ashy/white if you have deeper skin but since I have the colouring of a milk bottle it doesn’t bother me all that much.
I feel like in a sense they have shot themselves in the foot because there are so many amazing filters out there that are organic (chemical) and by saying they are “clean and natural” they have sort of boxed themselves into using older filters that aren’t as cosmetically elegant.
How do you use it?
I would apply a 20p or around the size of a nickel in America, usually, it’s 2.5g per square centimetre. I dot it around my face then rub it in, you should wait 15 minutes before going out into the sun not because that is how long it takes to activate but its the amount of time it usually takes to form an even film over your skin.
If you are outside for any prolonged period of time, reapply ever 2/3 hours.
What’s in it?
While I do like the formula, I wish they had included silicone it would have helped give the product some slip but I know how people feel about silicone which is completely unfounded as silicone doesn’t cause acne or clog pores. I’m really not keen on how it is marketed it could be so much better instead of playing into this “clean/natural is better” when it really isn’t at all.
Don’t be afraid of organic (chemical) sunscreens, they aren’t dangerous they aren’t bad for you and just because something is inorganic (physical) it doesn’t mean it’s somehow cleaner.
Sunscreens are put through an incredible amount of testing to make sure they are safe, effective and fit for purpose. Don’t fall for the fearmongering.
If you are interested in trying out REN Clean Screen SPF 30 you can find it online at renskincare.com or in stores such as John Lewis for £30*
Have you tried Clean Screen?
What’s your favourite sunscreen?
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