Where I got it: I got this from my local Life Pharmacy for $19.99 while they were having a discount (RRP$24.99). You can find Invisible Zinc in most pharmacies.
What I got: This is a 50ml bottle of Invisible Zinc SPF50+ 4hr Water Resistant Natural Zinc Oxide Shield. Using our latest technology, this formulation glides on to the skin with silk touch finish. SPF50+ 4HR Water Resistant contains the highest protection available in Australia, and is sweat resistant so ideal for sport and outdoor use where perspiration is a concern. Not only does this product deliver maximum UVA and UVB coverage but is lightweight and leaves no white cast – this is physical sun protection as you’ve never experienced it before.
How I find it: It is rather difficult to find a purely physical sunscreen these days as the trend for sunscreens nowadays tends to have words such as clear, dry-touch, watery, gel, etc. which are the predominately chemical sunscreens (they are cheaper too). Physical sunscreens, which contains zinc and/or titanium oxidizes tends to be thick and greasy and leaves a white cast. However there are people concerned about the side effects of chemical sunscreen such as free-radicals (chemical sunscreens generally do not fight free-radicals, but physical sunscreens do) and would like to use a physical sunscreen. However, there are some who are sensitive or reactive to zinc or titanium oxidizes, therefore there is no right or wrong in which sunscreen to use in my opinion. The only right thing to do is to use a sunscreen everyday.
Invisible Zinc is my first physical sunscreen that only contains Zinc Oxide (as an active ingredient) and nothing else (no Titanium Oxide). As expected, this sunscreen is quite thick (compared to chemical sunscreens) and does leave a white cast (even though it claims not to_. It may be because this formula is designer for sports and active use, therefore it is thicker than usual (they also have a tinted one as well to disguise the obvious white cast). I use about half a pump of this for my entire face (which I don’t even think is enough to cover my face effectively) and I rub it in until it is spread evenly. You can’t really get rid of the white cast unfortunately, but that white cast is there to protect your face from harmful UV rays.
As you can see below, the back of my hand is much whiter than before, but that doesn’t really bother me as long as I apply to my neck and chest area so I don’t have a stark white face. I can then use a bronzer or a BB cream or foundation over it to make my skin less pale. You can’t get away from the flashback from flash photography though, but I hardly get my photos taken with flash anyway and if I know I will, I won’t wear this sunscreen.
Overall: This sunscreen is quite thick, but not as greasy as I though it would be. It was a little hard to spread at first, but just be patient and gently rub it in, you will be able to get an even layer. Once you give it a little bit of time to sit, it will have a slight powdery/velvety finish on the skin.