Spring has finally arrived in Montreal, so it is a perfect time for a review of two new mineral sunscreens from LASPA Sun Care Naturals! I was sent an absolutely gorgeous PR package from PK Communications / LASPA.
LASPA is a Canadian company that specializes in natural suncare products, more specifically mineral sunscreens.
So what exactly is a mineral sunscreen and what are the benefits of using mineral sunscreens instead of chemical sunscreens? [info in italics taken from the LaSpa website and press release (Apr 23, 2018)]
Sunscreens use either a physical or chemical filter to protect your skin from the sun’s rays. Zinc Oxide (as used by LASPA) and Titanium Dioxide are natural mineral sun blocks that sit on your skin and stop both UVA and UVB rays from penetrating your skin. Chemical sunscreens use synthetic chemicals to reflect the sun’s rays after they have penetrated the skin’s surface
- Zinc Oxide provides a broad spectrum protection against both UVA/UVB rays whereas chemical filters don’t necessarily provide this function
- Zinc Oxide is effective immediately upon application, whereas chemical filters need approximately 20 minutes to be absorbed
- Zinc Oxide reduces or eliminates the risk of allergies or skin irritation that can be caused by the chemicals used in chemical sun filters
- Zinc Oxide avoids the risk of health issues that have been documented concerning the cumulative effects of chemical sunscreen ingredients on reproductive health
As you can see in the beautiful box, I received two different mineral sunscreens – The Daily Sun Protection Mineral Sunscreen SPF 20 and the Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30. As, well there was a shower pouffe, and a hair cord – both of which went into immediate use!
LASPA Mineral Suncare is made from 100% natural source ingredients which are clinically tested, broad spectrum UVA/ UVB protection, hypoallergenic, and are fragrance / paraben / gluten / nut free, have recyclable / biodegradable packaging, and are water / sweat resistant.
The LASPA line is formulated with sensitive skin in mind, but I still did my usual skin patch test. After 24 hours and no issue, I began testing out both sunscreens – I tested the SPF 20 on my body, and the SPF 30 on my face and neck.
LASPA Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen Sensitive Skin SPF 30 (80ml / 2.7 fl oz) $40 CAD
Light and translucent, this all natural Zinc based sunscreen lotion is perfect for protecting and moisturizing sensitive skin. Used as a daily regimen, it counteracts the aging and damaging affects of the sun rays and uses antioxidants to protect your skin.
This mineral sunscreen is formulated for the face and neck. I was really surprised that this sunscreen did not have the scent or white cast normally associated with zinc oxide based sunscreens. I’ve worn this on it own, with concealer and powder, and with my normal full makeup routine. It plays nicely with my makeup! It is light and does not make my skin feel heavy or greasy!
INGREDIENTS: Zinc Oxide 20%, NON-MEDICINAL INGREDIENTS: beeswax, bisabolol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, isoamyl cocoate, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, tocopherols
LASPA Daily Sun Protection Lotion SPF 20 (125ml / 4.2 fl oz) $44 CAD
Used as a daily regime for under makeup or all over body, it moisturizes the skin with organic coconut oil, and counteracts the aging and damaging effect of the sun rays with vitamin E.
I tested the Daily Sun Protection Lotion SPF 20 on my body. It is highly moisturizing, and goes on silky, almost – but not quite – greasy, until it is absorbed into the skin! Like the Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen, it does not have any scent, nor does it have a white cast. It will be well used this spring and summer!
INGREDIENTS: Zinc Oxide 14%, NON-MEDICINAL INGREDIENTS: beeswax, bisabolol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, certified organic cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, isoamyl cocoate, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, tocopherols
I am sure that you know that sunscreen should ALWAYS be worn to reduce your risk of skin cancer, but I’m telling you again! As an added bonus, you will reduce early aging caused by UV exposure (wrinkles, sunspots). Please wear sunscreen!
LASPA is currently available at spas and resorts all across Canada, and you can also find it online at beautysense.
Thank you PK Communications and LASPA Naturals for one of the most beautiful PR packages that I’ve received thus far!
Thanks for reading, have a beautiful day, and please remember to apply your sunscreen!
Disclosure: In case you totally missed it at the beginning of my blog post, this review contains PR samples. My sensitive skin and opinions are entirely my own.