Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 and Giveaway!!

image from iderma.com

I think I have established that I
a) I have incredibly oily skin
b) I have sensitive skin prone to breakouts
c) I think daily use of sunscreen is essential
d) I love Taupe eyeshadow

OK. Of the above, this post deals with a through c.

a) I have incredibly oily skin.  No matter what primer I use, I get oil breakthrough at least 4-8 hours after application.  Oily skin is the bane of my existence.  Sure the wrinkle cream sellers tell me how "blessed" I am because I won't get wrinkles as fast as people with dry skin, but I think it's a bunch of hooey if I have oily skin and b) I have sensitive skin prone to breakouts. My skin is so prone to acne that even reading the words "Silicone" or "Dairy" makes me break out.  Worse yet, I am sensitive to high levels of Titanium Dioxide, which causes tiny whiteheads to appear on my skin and leave tiny red marks all over my face.  The worst of my acne is caused by diet (sugar & dairy) and hormones. I can sort of control that, but every once in a while a mystery ingredient from a new product will cause me to have a terrible reaction.  So even if I do have oily skin, the fact that all my makeup slides off by noon does not do me much good since my skin is sensitive and I need to mask the red marks and acne.  But worse yet, since my skin is sensitive and oily, finding a sunscreen that will last me through the day is a challenge.  You see, c) I think daily use of sunscreen is essential.  I may have oily skin but I want to make sure I don't give the sun any reason to speed up the aging process.  I'm also very very fair and I burn easily.  Just 15 minutes in the sun without protection and I turn the color of a boiled lobster. Mmmmmmm. Lobster.  I digress.  Sunscreen will protect me against sun damage, hopefully skin cancer and wrinkles!

So what does the above diatribe have to do with anything?

I'll tell you!

I have found a sunscreen that is not only high in SPF but it a) Is a god send for oily skin and b) is a gentle savior for sensitive skin.  This may be my new HOLY GRAIL of sunscreens.  Ever since my Sofina Lucent sunscreen was discontinued I have been on the hunt for a comparable sunscreen for my oily and sensitive skin. I have tried SEVERAL sunscreens. I have not reviewed them all here because it just would have been a chain of bad reviews.  Not worth the effort or the bandwidth.  But ever since I had an opportunity from iderma.com to try the Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 I have been THRILLED and astounded with the results.

Let me get to the point.  When I wear this sunscreen under my makeup I don't have an oily sheen on my face. I still have to blot occasionally, but not until 4 or 5 PM and even then, the amount of oil on the blotting paper is 1/4 the amount it used to be.  Best of all, my foundation does not come off on the blotting sheet because it's just sitting on a layer of oil.  That's right; my Armani Luminous Skin Foundation looks perfect ALL DAY!  I'm using a bit of hyperbole here. It's not all day, it's most of the day. The only reason my foundation seems to fade by the end of the day is because I am on the phone so it tends to rub off when I use that.  Other than that...Genius!

Now for the other information:

Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 has broad-spectrum sunscreen protection of zinc oxide and has the skin care benefits of Niacinamide to calm and protect sensitive, acne-prone, or photo-damaged skin.  Niacinamide's effect and management of blemishes such as acne, as well as skin discoloration, has been scientifically proven many times over. (according to Elta MD)

Elta MD UV Clear contains 9% transparent micronized zinc oxide to protect skin from UVA ray damage, the major cause of early wrinkles and skin cancer.  It delivers SPF 46 to protect skin from UVB rays that burn.  Elta MD UV Clear is oil-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free, and non-comedogenic.  Active Ingredients: Zinc oxide 9.0%, Octinoxate 7.5%
Inactive Ingredients:  (In alphabetical order) Butylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Lactic Acid, Niacinamide, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Oleth-3 Phosphate, PEG-7 Trimethylolpropane Coconut Ether, Phenoxyethanol, Polyisobutene, Purified Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane

The product comes in an airless pump. The texture is creamy. It's not liquidy like most other oil free sunscreens. HOWEVER it does NOT feel greasy upon application and sets to a perfect matte finish.  One pump is enough for my face, neck, chest and backs of my hands. The creamy formula spreads easily and dries quickly.  Since I'm so dang pale I can't tell you if it leaves a white cast. It does not leave one on me as compared to other sunscreens I have used that do leave a white cast.

There is the important thing to remember. This specific sunscreen from Elta MD is NOT for dry skin. Your skin will feel tight and flake if you have dry skin and use this sunscreen.  This works best for people with oily to very oily skin. Even those with combination skin (T-Zone oily, cheeks dry) may find this a bit too drying for them.  So if you have dry or slightly combo skin, this is NOT the sunscreen for you.  I use my regular moisturizer under the sunscreen and have not had any issues at all with application or dryness or longevity of my foundation.

Do you NEED this?  YES if you have oily skin. It retails for $29 for 1.7 oz, which is actually good for what it does.  Trust me. if it retailed for twice that amount, I would pay it!

Oh and guess what?  The good people at iderma.com have given me a bottle of the Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 to give away to one lucky reader that lives in the USA or Canada.  The contest starts 08/24/2011 and ends on 08/31/2011. One random winner will be chosen and announced on this blog.  Should they not respond within 3 business days, a new winner will be selected.

6 ways to enter. The only required entry is to leave a comment on this post. The rest of the options are all chances to earn multiple entries.

1. Leave a comment on the blog post (This is mandatory) Tell me how you read my blog. Is it on your cell phone? Email or RSS feed?, A browser bookmark?, via BlogLovin’? or any other way? and Leave a comment telling me why you think the Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 will work for you!

2. Tweet about the giveaway (you can do this once per day!)

3. “Like” iderma on Facebook



6. Subscribe to the Pink Sith RSS feed

GOOD LUCK!!! Please see the entry form below.



51 comments:

  1. I read your fabulous blog every morning on my laptop while I have my latte. every. single. morning.

    I think that this sunscreen will work for me because I have sensitive skin that reacts to many sunscreens, and I also find many greasy. I am uber pale, so I need daily protection that is truly effective and broad spectrum.

    Thanks for doing this giveaway!

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  2. Great review! I have oil and sensitive skin with mild rosacea, and I knew the Elta brand would work for me when my derm gave it to me to use after a V-beam treatment, when I looked like a boiled lobster. It was so soothing. I have never tried the Clear, but I use the Daily UV Shield SPF 46 (an odd number).

    I have a tube in my desk, a pump bottle in the medicine cabinet, and I carry single-use foil envelopes in my makeup bag.

    My skin has zero reaction to Elta products. LOVE.

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  3. Hi there,

    This product sounds terrific, I would love to give it a try!

    I'm a follower via GFC as LMC1974 and I "liked" iderma on Facebook as Lisa Carbone.

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  4. I've actually been wanting to try this sunscreen for a while now. I think it will work great as a non greasy option under makeup for everyday use.

    I usually read your blog posts through my Blogger dashboard and sometimes linked through your Twitter posts like this time ;-)

    Thanks for the great review and contest!

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  5. i read your blog every day at work when i catch a few free minutes :) just type the address into my browser.

    i'm so oily too...wish i could fidn a sunblock to wear that wouldn't make me even more oily!

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  6. Bonnie @jax_bm on TwitterAugust 24, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    I read your blog via Twitter. I'm nearly fish-belly white; very oily skin, history of cystic acne that likes to rear its pointy little head from time to time -- usually on my chin -- and I have rosacea. I win the crappy skin award ~ LOL! Would love to find a sunscreen that sucks up oil, doesn't irritate, and doesn't leave little white dots under foundation when it settles into my pores.

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  7. Been following you blog (via bookmark) for awhile and have found some of my HG skin care products based on your reviews! Hoping this is another HG product for my super oily skin.

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  8. I read your blog every day through a bookmark on my browsers (both at work and at home!) I also subscribe to your RSS feed. I would love to try this product! I constantly feel guilty about not wearing sunscreen on my face but have never found one that doesn't feel gross and doesn't make my oily skin worse!

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  9. I've been reading your blog for some time via RSS on My Yahoo. I would love to try this product; I have the worlds oiliest skin (even my *eyelids* are oily for heaven's sake!) and have been questing for the perfect sun screen/primer for years.

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  10. This sunscreen sounds perfect for my skin. I read your blog via bookmark saved to my ipad and I am following pinksith and idermatweets on twitter.

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  11. I bookmark your blog on my work computer, and when I'm at home I read it on my laptop. It gets me through each day! I would LOVE to try this sunscreen because I have horribly oily skin and, like you, I have tried dozens and dozens of different sunscreens over the years with unsatisfactory results. I'm excited to learn about this one!

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  12. I check your blog daily (either from my home laptop or from my work computer :) I came across it through a link on someone else's blog a few months ago and have been chastising myself for not reading sooner. I have tried to remedy my failings by looking at your Taupe hit list and and blushes you can't have, etc. in the archives.

    And I love, love, love your watermark!

    -natasa

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  13. I have your blog saved in my favorites on my laptop.
    I love Elta MD, I use the 40 and the 46, the 46 more in the winter when my skin is more sensitive from using retinoids. I have been using Elta MD for a few years and is one of the only few sunscreens that I have ever repurchased.

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  14. I didn't realize our skin was so similar! I suffer from all of the same problems as you do––it sucks being oily and pale, but sensitive to the products that should help with oiliness and sun protection! I read your blog everyday via Google Reader :-)

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  15. I read your blog everyday on my subscription on google reader. I love it because I also have oily skin and I am a bit scared to admit that I never use a facial sunscreen (because they are usually too oily for me). I know I should use one but I can only wear one thing under primer and foundation and right now that is Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum.

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  16. I would love to try this product. My skin is very, super duper oily, even at 45, after 15 minutes (with primer, foundation, powder, etc. on) I start to shine and not in a good way. I really love your blog, you are so funny and witty! Have a blessed day! Katheryn Robbins

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  17. I read your blog on my laptop and follow you on Blogger! I think this might work for me because (a) I have super oily skin; (b) my favorite face sunscreen has been discontinued, I'm working through my last bottle, and I need to find a new one; and (c) I am sensitive to silica and dimethicone, both of which are common in a lot of oil-controlling sunscreens, and neither are listed on the ingredients in this one!

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  18. I get your feed through email and read it every day on my computer. I would love to try this sunscreen-- I'm always looking for a new sunscreen-- especially since I have combination skin, and most of them just make me oilier! Great giveaway! I love your blog! Helen

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  19. I have just started getting into beauty/makeup blogs, and I read through the feed in Google Reader. The only problem is I keep finding out about things I now MUST have! Like this sunscreen - I have terribly oily skin, too, and hate the feel of oil on oil, but I also think it's crucial to wear sunscreen every day. This stuff sounds great!

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  20. I follow your blog via email. I used the Elta MD physical for years. Even with the tint, it still left a white cast on my skin, so it was reserved for the beach. The clear version sounds perfect for under my makeup covered oily skin

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  21. Hi,

    I follow your blog through my browser bookmarks. I would like to try this sunscreen because my skin is oily and I'm allergic to most of the sunscreens I've tried. The Clinique one I'm using now seems okay, but I only have a tiny bit left.

    Thanks!

    Tara

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  22. I read your blog with Google Reader, and enjoy your reviews (plus I love your call sign/username/logo, I get a kick out it!). I would love to try this recommended sunscreen because I don't even bother with makeup (besides eye shadow) as it always just goops off my face within 3-4 hours. This way I can at least protect my poor oily skin :D

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  23. Thanks for the giveaway! Looking for my perfect sunscreen~

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  24. Oh. My. Godiva. I have been researching sunscreens with niacin in them for the past two days. I was all set to buy NIA 24. But now you've given me pause. I have disgustingly oily skin (that's two categories above "very") and would cry tears of Joy Behar if this product reduced oil WHILST refining skin tone with the niacinamide.
    Even if I don't win, I will research this product thoroughly.

    I religiously read pink sith via my iPhone. No fancy feeds or bookmark, my phone knows what to do when I strike the letter p.

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  25. I have bookmarked this blog and read in my browser (Firefox!). Sometimes, I read from my Android phone's browser.
    I think this sunscreen would also be good for me because my skin is also on the oilier side, and I currently don't use a sunscreen. Eek! No bueno.

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  26. I read your blog through a bookmarked favourite.
    I am your skin twin with a love of taupe!! I am whiter than a sheet and oilier than a Texan oilman so I would love to try this out, pretty please?

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  27. I read your blog via email notification. I wake up each morning and read my emails on my iphone while listening to the news. If I see you have lots of pictures I then make sure to give it another look from my computer upstairs!

    And I would love to win this--not for myself but for a friend who could benefit from this! Good Luck Everyone! :)

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  28. A friend recommended you blog and boy am I happy she did! Fingers crossed to win!!

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  29. I read it on my ipad. I have oily skin and this product seems perfect for my skin type!

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  30. I read your blog on my computer - it pops up in my Google Buzz feed when I'm checking my email. (It's also the only blog I read in this manner!)

    I actually am already using this sunscreen - after your last rave review of it I couldn't help myself and I ordered a bottle. It just arrived yesterday so I used it for the first time yesterday and LOVE it. I would love to have a second bottle to give to my equally oily and acne-prone sister if she'd use it, but if she wouldn't (she's LAZY with skincare) I'd keep it for myself as a backup for when I run out! It's such a small bottle, I imagine I'll probably end up going through maybe one every two-three months or so!

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  31. The way I read depends on how I see it: GFC, FB, Twitter. Usually it's twitter.

    I am in need of a facial sunscreen that won't make me break out. From your review it sounds like Elta may work for me.

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  32. Hi! I catch your blog as part of the Lipstick League posts.

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  33. This sounds like an amazing product. I too have very oily skin and since I live in a very sunny climate, I am always looking for a better SPF product to protect my skin.

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  34. Hi! I'm reading your blog on my laptop. :) I have very oily skin and I'm acne prone too. I would love to get a chance to try this out before buying this product. Love your review and thanks for this giveaway!

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  35. I read your blog through google-reader (GFC).

    I love the sound of this sunscreeen. I think it would be good because I have sensitive skin and also oily. So from what you say, it sounds perfect for me. I just got a sunburn, after using a 30 SPF sunscreen, and am very ready to try a new one, lol!

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  36. I read your blog just by typing your URL into my browser haha.

    The sunscreen sounds like it would work for me because I'm pale and my face is super oily! I recently went to the Bahamas and had to reapply sunscreen to my face every hour, and while my skin may not be sunburned, I've got a whole mess of clogged pores and blemishes as a result! I need a sunscreen that won't do this to me ;~;

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  37. I read your blog on the site from a bookmark.
    I get burned soooo easily, and have oily skin, so I have to try this.

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  38. a great blog
    this product sounds like it was made for me as i have the skin above, shame cannot enter from the uk, will keep an eye out for this

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  39. I read the blog through a bookmark on my browser.

    I am always on the lookout for a nice sunscreen that will be gentle to my extremely oily, yet sensitive acne prone skin.

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  40. I have your blog bookmarked.

    As I live in Atlanta, GA, I wear SS daily; and I never happy - either SS breaks me out; or it makes my existing sun damage worse; or stinks. I would love to try your HG.

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  41. Hi!! I read your blog via google reader on my iphone during my morning train commute. I also have super oily skin which makes me want to skip sunscreens most of the time, so I would love to try this!

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  42. I read your blog using Google reader. It is quick & easy. I think this sunscreen would work for me as I have oily skin and am always looking for one that won't drip off my face. Hopefully this works.

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  43. I found your blog thru the Clumps of Mascara blog. Pink Sith has the same challenge of greasy/pale skin as me. I'm also on the hunt for a new SPF but while I usually use an SPF50 or greater, if you're having good luck with this one, I may as well try it, too! I've subscribed and will be reading this on my desktop at home.
    Thanks for the info on this one!!
    ~Diane

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  44. I read your blog through RSS feed. Am always looking for a high protection SPF that isn't greasy so I'd love to try this. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  45. I read your hilarious blog daily on my Droid.
    I've been looking for a sunscreen that keeps my oiliness at bay so I would love to try this!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  46. I read you just about every day on my wee little netbook. As someone closely related to redheads, I understand the pain of being pale and sensitive yet oily and acne-ridden. A sunscreen that plays nicely with my skin is worth its weight in gold, and I think Elta MD UV Clear might be the ticket!

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  47. I read your blog via e-mail. I am searching for taupe eyeshadows. I too have oily skin,am fair and burn easy. I currently use a Neutrogena sunscreen which keeps me from burning and breaking out for the most part but I cannot wear any foundation because of the oil that breaks through after a couple of hours. I would love to try this sunscreen. Thank you!

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  48. Hi, I found your blog after Googling for reviews on the Chantecaille sunscreen. (Great review btw!) I have oily skin and am always on the hunt for a better sunscreen and the Elta MD one sounds amazing!

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  49. Ooh, I'm definitely intrigued by this product. I'm oily/acne-prone, as well as light skinned, and have been desperately trying to find a good sunscreen, but everything is either not that great at the sunscreen part, or has an overpowering smell, or breaks me out/makes me oily. It's nice to know there are still some possibilities out there!

    I read your blog mostly just on my laptop, though I also sometimes check it from my Droid.

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  50. I read your blog on a laptop. I hope that this product will help with my acne-prone skin.

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  51. I read your blog on safari, and I think this lotion would be great for me because I think daily use of sunscreen is very important
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