Sunscreen updates: back to BurnOut

Dr Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker conduct scientific experiments on gingerism.

I. SUNSCREENS THAT AREN’T WORKING NOW THAT IT’S PROPERLY SUNNY AND HOT

(but fine, here in the Pacific North-West, the rest of the year)

  • CoTZ sensitive SPF 40 (ZnO): drying
  • Replenix sheer spray SPF 50 (ZnO): doesn’t dry down, and slips off including onto clothes
  • Badger SPF 30 (ZnO): nicer feel and finish than the 35, easier to apply, but tube left out (in a mere 22 degrees C / 70s for a couple of days) went off, some of the oil in it had gone rancid

II. STILL GOOD BUT THERE’S A “BUT”

  • Badger SPF 35 (ZnO): but it takes a long time to apply properly, evenly. Apply, move it around, repeat / rub in; and I top up with a second layer on known more burnable parts. BUT: this stuff stays on, is reliable, and I’ve never burned with it.

III. JOYOUS RETURN TO BURNOUT

Here is their full current range:

They have two newer sunscreens. (Context: for the Burnout And I saga, see here, going back to 2011…) They’re lovely:

  • ease of application, feel, finish
  • no fragrance or any other irritants (on me, YMMV)
  • no tint (they all show, and not in a goos way, on my skin)
  • no reactions, or clogging, or zitty outbreaks
  • skin stays moist but not greasy, no sunscreen slipping off
  • skin feels matte, not sticky but also not dry or sore-dry
  • it doesn’t feel like I have anything on my skin
  • doesn’t sweat off
  • and skin doesn’t burn

General other attributes:

  • uses a higher-tech form of zinc oxide (smaller particle size so it’s “clearer” on skin and you need a lower concentration for more even coverage on ) skin
  • but not too small (useful info for people avoiding nano particles, coated or otherwise)
  • some of the company’s sunscreens have been developed for surfing and well-tested in hot sweaty water sporty conditions (ex. their classic Ocean Tested, as the name would suggest); even the most non-sporty of their sunscreens (ex. the second one discussed below) are more reliable and tenacious than the most serious-looking sunscreens from more fluffy decorative companies
  • not tested on animals and doesn’t contain animal ingredients
  • biodegradable here in BC, Canada (through city water systems)
  • four of the BurnOut sunscreens are also biodegradable in open water: appropriate if you’re in rivers, lakes, sea, or ocean and looking for a “reef-friendly” sunscreen: the Ocean Tested, Eco-Sensitive, Kids, and Natural For Family

Applied to moisturised skin, on top of Timeless MAP vitamin C serum + La Roche-Posay Cicaplast or Lipikar balm. Reapplied, as usual, if out in sun for more than two hours. Used as a supplementary line of defence in addition to clothing, sunglasses, hat, avoiding the midday (well, 10-2) sun, and clinging to the shadows.

The three sunscreens I tested out were these: the two new ones and an old one (repackaged):

FABULOUS BURNOUT SUNSCREEN #1

The cheapest of the lot, and the cheapest of the ocean-safe reef-friendly BurnOuts. Using this all over, often also face. Brilliant.

BurnOut SPF 30 Natural for Family Sunscreen

Information from BurnOut:

USD 21.50 for 5.5 oz
Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide (non-nano) 20%
Inactive Ingredients Purified Water, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Capric/ Caprylic Triglycerides, Sorbitan Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Organic Avocado Oil*, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Organic Cucumber Extract*, Organic Green Tea Extract*, Tocopherols, Organic Pomegranate Juice*, Helionori, Hyaluronic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrogenated Methyl Abiate, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide.

FABULOUS BURNOUT SUNSCREEN #2

The most expensive of the lot, the most aesthetically intended—in comparison with, say, the Ocean Tested as the next best thing to rash-guards and wet-suits and other heavy-duty armour for physical activity—and elegant, lovely, and light on the face. While I can use #1 just fine, and it’s more pleasant than the other options mentioned at the start of this post, it’s heavier. I prefer #2 for everyday (just going to and fro and around work) purposes. I would not use it in open water, though, but one of the biodegradable ocean-safe reef-friendly ones, for environmental reasons. Such as #1 above.

BurnOut SPF 30 Sunscreen for Face and Body, for Sensitive Skin

This bears some resemblance to the first Burnout I used for a long time and loved dearly.

ECO-SENSITIVE INGREDIENTS 2010-13, including three reformulations (but same ingredient-list; white tube, blue lettering):
SPF 30
Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 18.6%
Other Ingredients: Aqua (Deionized Water), Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Vegetable Glycerin, Sorbitol, Imperata Cylindrical (Root) Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Soybean Lecithin, Arabidopsis Extract, Plankton Extract, Aloe Vera, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Citric Acid.

From the BurnOut site:

USD 17.99 for 2.4 oz
Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide (non-nano) 18.6%.
Other Ingredients: Water; Cyclopentasiloxane; Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone; Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Hexyl Dimethicone; Cyclomethicone; Glyceryl Stearate; PEG 100 Stearate; Glycerin; Sorbitan Stearate; Dimethicone; Polyacrylamide; C13-14 Isoparaffin; Laureth-7; Phenoxyethanol; Caprylyl Glycol; Ethylhexylglycerin; Hexylene Glycol; Cetyl Alcohol; Lecithin; Aloe Vera; Camu Camu Berry; Imperata Cylindrica (Root) Extract; Plankton Extract; Glycerin; Caprylyl Glycol; Carbomer; Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer; Xanthan Gum; Disodium EDTA.

Here is a photo of my own actual tube:

These ingredient lists are different. They all bear some resemblance to the much more expensive DermaQuest ZincClear / SheerZinc SPF 30 (which was why I, like many others, had started using Burnout in the first place). It, in turn, has two ingredient-lists circulating online. The second is I think more recent (judging by dates of online reviews), and is also the base for tinted versions of that sunscreen:

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 18.60%
Inactive Ingredients: Water, Cyclomethicone, Glycerine, Glyceryl Stearate and PEG 100 Stearate, Sorbitol, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbitan Stearate, Lecithin, Arabidopsis Extract, Plankton Extract, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA

Zinc Oxide + Water (Aqua),Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, Dimethicone, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, PEG-8,Carbomer, Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Hexyl Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Linoleate/Oleate, Teprenone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Fruit Extract, Polygonum Aviculare Extract, Sodium Lactate, Disodium EDTA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract, Plankton Extract, Micrococcus Lysate

NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH… :

The current BurnOut sunscreen that has “eco” and “sensitive” in its name is not the same as previous incarnations of sunscreen #1 above (which were in a white tube with blue lettering, like the new “face and body”). It’s more like the heavier 2014 reformulation or another BurnOut sunscreen, their Ocean Tested one (yellow tube).

It’s still a good sunscreen, but heavier than #2 above and very slightly stickier. In price, between the two. In comparison with Badger, it feels half-way to super-light siliconey ones like Replenix. But sinks in, stays moist but not greasy, and works.

I can’t make a fair comparison to the previous versions, as I don’t have them to hand, but the current “Eco-Sensitive” feels pleasant, fine and usable. That could be because it’s an improvement on predecessors, or it could be that my skin has changed, or my standards, or any combination of these factors.

BurnOut info:
USD 17.99 for 3 oz
Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide (non-nano) 18.9%.
Other Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Stearyl Alcohol, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-3 Ricinoleate, Isostearic Acid, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan, Helionori, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Pictures may help…

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Simply based on ingredient-lists at the BurnOut site, the Eco-Sensitive and Ocean Tested sunscreens are still in their 2014 version (or a variation thereon); didn’t check Kids.

ECO-SENSITIVE INGREDIENTS 2010-13, including three reformulations (but same ingredient-list; white tube, blue lettering):
SPF 30
Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 18.6%
Other Ingredients: Aqua (Deionized Water), Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Vegetable Glycerin, Sorbitol, Imperata Cylindrical (Root) Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Soybean Lecithin, Arabidopsis Extract, Plankton Extract, Aloe Vera, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Citric Acid.

ECO-SENSITIVE INGREDIENTS 2014 (white tube, blue lettering):
SPF 35
Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 18.9%.
Other Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Stearyl Alcohol, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-3 Ricinoleate, Isostearic Acid, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan, Helionori, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

ECO-SENSITIVE INGREDIENTS 2017 (green tube):
SPF 35
Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide (non-nano) 18.9%.
Other Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Stearyl Alcohol, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-3 Ricinoleate, Isostearic Acid, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan, Helionori, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

OCEAN TESTED INGREDIENTS 2010-13 (inc intermediate reformulations; yellow tube):
SPF 30+
Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 18.6%
Other Ingredients: Aqua (Deionized Water), Capric/Capryllic Triglycerides, Vegetable Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Sorbitol, Imperata Cylindrical (Root) Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Virgin Hemp Seed Oil, Sorbitan Stearate, Arabidopsis Extract, Plankton Extract, Xanthan Gum, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C).

OCEAN TESTED INGREDIENTS 2013-14 (yellow tube):
SPF 30
Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (non-nano) 20%
Other Ingredients: Purified Water, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Capric/ Caprylic Triglycerides, Sorbitan Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Organic Avocado Oil*, Virgin Hemp Seed Oil, Organic Cucumber Extract*, Organic Green Tea Extract*, Tocopherols, Organic Pomegranate Juice*, Helionori, Hyaluronic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrogenated Methyl Abiate, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide

OCEAN TESTED INGREDIENTS 2017 (yellow tube)
SPF 30
Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (non-nano) 20%
Other Ingredients: Purified Water, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Capric/ Caprylic Triglycerides, Sorbitan Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Organic Avocado Oil*, Virgin Hemp Seed Oil, Organic Cucumber Extract*, Organic Green Tea Extract*, Tocopherols, Organic Pomegranate Juice*, Helionori, Hyaluronic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrogenated Methyl Abiate, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide.

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