Naturium’s UV Reflect Antioxidant Sunscreen Gave My Skin a Sheer, Radiant Glow

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Naturium UV Reflect Antioxidant SPF 50

Naturium UV Reflect antioxidant sunscreen spf 50 bottle

Janiah McKelton

What We Like
  • Non-greasy feel on the skin

  • Unscented formula

  • Gives your skin a velvety, soft-focus finish

What We Don't Like
  • Can feel slightly grainy

Naturium's UV Reflect Antioxidant SPF 50 is thoughtfully-developed, containing organic chemical sunscreen filters. It blends effortlessly into the skin, leaving no white cast behind. Plus, it gives your skin a soft-focus finish.

4.9

Naturium UV Reflect Antioxidant SPF 50

Naturium UV Reflect antioxidant sunscreen spf 50 bottle

Janiah McKelton

The importance of sunscreen can't be emphasized enough. Applying (and reapplying) SPF daily shields your skin from the sun's UV rays‚ helping to lower your risk of skin cancer, prevent signs of aging, and reduce hyperpigmentation. Given its benefits, I never skip out on wearing sunscreen.

And over the years, I've curated a list of SPF must-haves. Each one I use must be hydrating, unscented, and white cast-free. Naturium's UV Reflect Antioxidant SPF 50 Sheer Sunscreen is the newest one I've tested to see if it lives up to my requirements. Ahead, read my review of the buzzy brand's latest SPF launch.

Naturium UV Reflect Antioxidant SPF 50

Best for: All skin types

Uses: UV protection 

Active ingredients: Avobenzone, homosalate, and octisalate

Cruelty-Free?: Yes

Price: $26.00

About the brand: Naturium has been creating high-performance, clinically-effective skincare since 2020. E.l.f. Beauty acquired the brand in 2020.

About My Skin: Dry and prone to scarring

My skin type is typically dry, but it can be a combination of dry and normal, depending on the season. That's why I usually look for hydrating sunscreens that will give me an added glow. Since dullness has been a characteristic of my dry skin in the past, I was eager to see if Naturium's UV Sunscreen would meet my need for a healthy shine.

The Feel: Lightweight and serum-like 

texture shot of naturium sunscreen

janiah mckelton

This sunscreen is not your typical lotion-like consistency. I was pleased to find that its density is closely aligned with that of a serum, which helps to avoid the greasy feel that some sunscreens have. However, despite its lightweight formula, there is a slight graininess in the texture of the product. To avoid this, the brand recommends shaking the bottle well before use.

The Ingredients: A powerhouse chemical formula

Many ingredients power this chemical formula, but there are three standouts: Avobenzone 3.0%, homosalate 10.0%, and octisalate 5.0%. All three are common chemical sunscreen ingredients that protect your skin from the sun. This SPF is also infused with 2% InfraGuard to help shield your skin from blue light and pollution. Additionally, this formula contains bio-fermented powder combined with an amino acid derivative to help give your skin a soft-focus finish after application.

How to Apply: Be generous

Fortunately, there’s not much of a limit when it comes to applying Naturium’s UV Reflect Antioxidant SPF 50. According to the brand, applying it in generous amounts is best. To ensure proper use, timing and reapplication are key. You should apply the sunscreen 15 minutes before sun exposure and as the last step in your daily skincare routine. Then, reapply it every two hours or after 40 minutes of swimming or sweating.

The Results: A non-greasy glow

before and after of janiah mckelton wearing naturium sunscreen

Janiah McKelton

When I first applied this sunscreen, I was surprised by how grainy it felt on my skin (this is due to the bio-fermented powder). Thankfully, the texture disappears once when you shake the bottle well. Upon initial inspection, I was also pleased that the product was unscented.

As mentioned, I typically look for a sunscreen that gives me a natural radiance minus the greasy glow. Naturium's new sunscreen definitely meets the criteria. After applying it to my face and neck, I was left with a subtle lit-from-within glow. The brand guarantees a velvety finish, and this claim also stands true. Most importantly, it blends into the skin effortlessly and doesn't leave a white cast on my brown skin.

The Value: Worth the Cost

Naturium's UV Reflect Antioxidant SPF 50 is a great investment. For $26, you get 1.7 fluid ounces of product. Since it is meant to be applied generously, I thought it would run out quickly. But after weeks of use, I still have over 75% of the product left. Plus, this SPF feels so lightweight on your skin and delivers such a stunning velvet finish. It's a formula your skin will love.

Similar Products: You have options

Zitsticka Megashade Breakout-Proof SPF50 Sunscreen: This sunscreen boasts a similar serum-like texture. The Megashade Breakout-Proof SPF50 Sunscreen ($26) is specifically formulated for acne-prone skin and contains a stellar ingredient lineup (think: niacinamide, ferulic acid, colloidal oatmeal, tea tree, etc.). Slathering this on will leave you with a dewy finish and no white cast.

Naked Sundays Clear Glow Serum SPF50: This clear sunscreen serum will help you achieve a radiant glow and keep your skin shielded from the sun. The Clear Glow Serum SPF 50 ($36) is infused with several skin-loving ingredients like vegan squalane, watermelon extract, and jojoba to help lock in hydration and nourish your skin.

Final Verdict

Naturium UV Reflect Antioxidant SPF 50 formula works well with my combination skin. It feels lightweight, nourishes my skin, and doesn't leave a white cast. Most importantly, it effectively protects against UVA/UVB rays. After using it for weeks, I am entirely sold on the product.

Specs

  • Product Name UV Reflect Antioxidant SPF 50
  • Product Brand Naturium
  • Price $26.00
  • Weight 1.7 oz.
  • Ingredients Aqua/Water/Eau, Isododecane, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Acrylates Copolymer, Saccharomyces Ferment, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Butylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, C24-28 Alkyldimethylsiloxy Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sodium Chloride, Caesalpinia Spinosa Fruit Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Sprout Extract, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Squalane, Raspberry Ketone, Lauroyl Lysine, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Triethyl Citrate, Polyglyceryl-10 Dioleate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Octyldodecanol, Tocopherol, Sodium Phytate, Polysorbate 60, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Benzoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol

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