The $38 physical sunscreen that Cosmo’s online beauty editor swears by

Name a better sunscreen. We’ll wait…

By Erin Cook

Disclaimer: This article is not sponsored.

Ask any dermatologist and they’ll tell you the same thing: Sunscreen is the single most effective anti-ageing product you can buy. Even the most expensive AHA, BHA or peptide-based skincare prods are useless if you’re always in the sun, sans sunscreen.

With that information in mind, I’ve developed an obsession with sunscreen. Specifically, physical sunscreen. Now, I don’t mean to alarm you, but I think I’ve just discovered the best physical sunscreen in the world.

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First and foremost, physical sunscreens — including Mecca’s new To Save Face SPF 30 Mineral Gel Cream — are preferable because they sit on the skin and reflect the sun’s harmful rays. Most of the sunscreens we’re used to are chemical sunscreens, meaning they absorb into the skin and scatter rays. Chemical sunscreens need to be reapplied throughout the day, whereas with physical sunscreens, after one application you’re good to go.

Secondly, the Mecca Cosmetica Mineral Gel Cream is appealing because of its consistency. It’s a gel cream. So light! So smooth! So hydrating! So nice under makeup! There are plenty of physical sunscreens out there that do the trick sun protection-wise, especially on a day trip to the beach. However, they’re often too thick and gluggy to sit comfortably under makeup.

The only slight qualm I have with this product — if you could call it that — is the peachy tint. For me, it disappears into my skin seamlessly. However, I’m not entirely sure that would be the case for everyone — I guess it’s a matter of trial and error.

If you’re not applying Mecca’s new mineral sunscreen every morning, you’re not looking after your skin right. Repeat after me: “Sunscreen is very important, sunscreen is very important, sunscreen is ve—”

Buy Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF 30 Mineral Gel Cream, $38, here.