The Battle of Sunscreen v Zinc.

Living in Queensland in the Summer means I need to step up my sun safety regime especially when it comes to my face. I have spent the last three weeks on holidays at the beach which has given me the perfect opportunity to road test the new Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Sunscreen verses my usual go to in summer, Ella Bache Sunguard 40 Foundation.

My main concerns are:

  • Pigmentation – I have been blessed with pigmentation from hormones since having kids. Oh lucky me. During winter it lightens and is not as noticeable.  But during the summer months, if I get any sun it goes very dark. This makes it a joy to cover with makeup….NOT! I have tried numerous face sunscreens by different brands and none of them stop the darkening of the pigmentation.
  • Anti-aging – Too much sun means more wrinkles….yuck! So I want the best protection I can get.
  • The overall feeling once applied – I hate the feeling that a normal heavy duty sunscreen gives. My face looks and feels like an oil pit and this increases the breakouts.
Elle Bache Sunguard 40 Foundation


Ella Bache Sunguard 40 Foundation: On the website it states: ‘An opaque cover foundation with balanced UVA and UVB broad spectrum sunscreen, that is also perfect for concealing skin imperfections. Very high protection. This advanced sunscreen also offers a powerful selection of super-fruit anti-oxidants to help guard ageing skin. 

Ideal for sensitive skin, it contains chemical-free sunscreens and is available in four natural shades: Cream-Beige, Light-Beige, Medium-Beige and Dark-Beige.
Ingredient Benefits
Lanolin Protects the skin’s natural barrier and prevents moisture loss
Zinc Oxide Has antibacterial properties that decrease redness, heal, prevent dryness and absorbs impurities. 
Titanium Dioxide 100% mineral sunscreen filter ideal for protecting sensitive skin from UVA and UVB rays

I have been using this for the last few years.  I have even used it as a foundation over the years especially when I am going to an outdoor event during summer. I know that it will protect my face no matter what.

What I love:

  • This works!  It never fails me.
  • My skin is always protected, my pigmentation never gets darker or colour of any kind.
  • It covers up any blemishes giving me an even coverage even at the beach.
  • I find it even calms any breakouts that I have at the time – bonus!
  • Matte non greasy finish.

What I don’t love:

  • It is zinc, I end up getting it everywhere. All over my togs, towel, EVERYWHERE!!  I have however recently worked out how to combat this – I set it with a cheap translucent powder!  Yep – even when my face is wet it stays put. I no longer get it everywhere. So I guess this takes it to the ‘what I love’ list…
Mecca Cosmeitca To Save Face 30 and 50


Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face 30: On the website it states: ‘A #1 best-seller since it launched, this luxe facial sunscreen is lightweight, non-greasy, ultra hydrating and is a favourite for SPF protection under makeup. The original beauty sunscreen, To Save Face SPF 30 Facial Sunscreen, provides broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays in a hydrating matte finish cream. Containing SPF 30 with hyaluronic acid, pomegranate extract and vitamin E in a non-oily and non-whitening formula, this weightless SPF formula acts as the perfect makeup base while preventing premature ageing caused by the damaging effects of the sun.’

Ella Bache To Save Face 30 and 50 – travel size


Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face 50: On the website it states: ‘This luxe facial sunscreen is the same lightweight, non-greasy, ultra hydrating formula you know and love and is a favourite for SPF protection under makeup. The beauty super sunscreen provides broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays in a hydrating matte finish cream. Containing SPF 50 with hyaluronic acid, pomegranate extract and vitamin E in a non-oily and non-whitening formula, this weightless SPF formula acts as the perfect makeup base while preventing premature ageing caused by the damaging effects of the sun.

I bought the small travel size in both of these as I wanted to be able to use a sunscreen instead of applying a full face of zinc every day before heading to the beach.  I tried them in the shop and both felt like a moisturiser not the usual greasy feel of a sunscreen and everyone seemed to be raving about it. So I was keen to give it a try.

What I love:

  • It worked! I missed a small area on my hairline one day and this part ended up burnt…sob, sob!  My pigmentation did not seem to get any darker though which is win for me!
  • Ease of application – I don’t need to be looking in a mirror when applying like I do the Ella Bache Zinc

What I don’t love:

  • It was greasy!  Yep it is advertised as not being greasy but when you are an oily skinned queen in the hot Queensland summer filled with humidity, this sunscreen does not have a non greasy finish.  The SPF 30 was less so than the SPF 50 but they both ended up greasy and I felt and looked like a hot sweaty mess.  This concerns me that it wont stay on for long either. I also tried applying the Rimmel Stay Matte primer before applying. This helped but I still ended up sweaty.  I wouldn’t be game to try it under my makeup I think it would just make it even harder to keep my base on.

My Final thoughts:

Ella Bache Sunguard is the clear winner for me. I hate feeling like a hot oily/sweaty mess! and I was disappointed in the Mecca To Save Face ending up greasy. I even gave it to two friends to try and they both said the same. They still felt greasy with the usual feeling of any other sunscreen. I will use it up (I don’t like waste) but definitely would not buy this again.

Would love to hear your thoughts, maybe this would suit a more dry skin type rather than oily. Let me know if you have used it and what you thought.

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4 thoughts on “The Battle of Sunscreen v Zinc.

    1. When I am using it as zinc I just apply with my fingers to make sure I get a good coverage. When I want to use it as a foundation I apply with my Nude by Nature buffing brush and then a final pat over with a damp beauty blender or real techniques sponge to get a more flawless finish.

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