The Sunscreen I'm Using on My Shaved Head Turned Out to Be a Miracle for My Face

I can't believe how great this tinted powder makes my skin look.
Publish date:
July 7, 2016
sunscreen, tinted sunscreens, Colorescience

When I shaved my head a couple weeks ago, I knew I'd have to take sun protection even more seriously than I already do. My scalp is much more exposed to the sun now, so it's important to make sure it's covered — usually with sunscreen or a hat, and sometimes both.

Of course, it's not always fun trying to rub liquid sunscreen on one's head, even if it is mostly shaved. My hair is already growing back at a fast rate, and I don't love getting sunscreen all over it. That's why I was very happy that I took this powder sunscreen the last time I raided the beauty closet at the office.

This is Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 30. It's a tinted powder sunscreen that contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. It comes in four shades, from fair to deep; I have it in the medium shade (which is apparently also available in shimmer, just throwing that out there). It also comes in a slightly pricier version with SPF 50 in case you'd like extra protection. According to their website, the .21 ounces last for about 90 days "with typical use" — whatever that means.

There's two things that I really like about this sunscreen: one is that it makes it really easy to get some SPF on my scalp, and the other thing is that I love the way it makes my face look. That was a totally unexpected bonus, but after using it on my face a couple times, I couldn't deny that it was having an amazing effect.

I never use bronzer because it never looks right on my pale skin. With this powder, however, the medium shade gives my skin just enough color to look like I've been out in the sun without making me look orange. It's a very sheer tint, so it's difficult to overdo it, which is good because if you're going to overdo the application of anything, it ought to be sunscreen.

I brush a generous amount all over my face in a circular motion and wind up with a very subtle, sun-kissed glow.

My other concern with powders is that they don't always play well with my dry skin. Often my skin ends up looking cakey, but that's not the case with this powder. It gives a really nice finish to my skin by soaking up excess oil and minimizing pores without drying out my skin.

After using this powder, my skin has a bronzed glow while still looking like my skin. It's become my go-to product for an easy no-makeup makeup look this summer. Oh yeah, and my original intention for it is working out pretty great too: no more sunscreen goop in my hair.

Since I have no idea how much protection powder sunscreen actually gives, I layer it on top of PCA Skin Sheer Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 45 and also add a hat to protect my scalp, just to be safe. Then I throw this powder in my bag and bring it with me everywhere I go, since it's the best for quick and easy sunscreen touch-ups (especially when you're wearing makeup).

  • What do you think of powder sunscreen? Do you use one?
  • Would you try this?
  • Did you ever buy a product that ended up being awesome for something other than what you needed it for?