Product Review: Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28
Last summer I had little patience for sunscreen. I barely wore it, opting for sunhats most of the time. After a number of years searching for “the one”, I still hadn’t found it. Vive Sana was the first mineral sunscreen I bought years ago (remember that NMDL fav?), and it was far too rich and never absorbed properly—a trend I would come to recognize as all too common among natural sunscreens. Eventually I found a few that worked well only to see them reformulated for the worse not long after discovering them. Back to square one. I had a good run with Pratima’s Neem Rose Face Sunscreen, which I still enjoy. I think I’d try it again if I could get over the exorbitant shipping cost, which amounts to 1/3 of the cost of the sunscreen. Of course, there’s the beautiful Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream and Juice Beauty’s CC Cream. Both wear like regular moisturizers without a hint of zinc, but these don’t offer the level of protection my fair skin needs when out in the summer sun.
Fortunately, a few new mineral SPFs have hit the market this summer from some of my favorite clean brands, including Kari Gran.
Kari Gran wants us to know that our skin needs protection from UV rays 365 days a year, hence their aptly titled Three Sixty Five SPF 28 broad spectrum physical facial sunscreen. While it may be true that sun protection is our biggest line of defense against premature aging, I’ve never been the type to wear SPF every single day of the year (see above), but all that may be changing. Finding an elegant new SPF formula and heading another year deeper into my 30s makes for a convincing set of circumstances. Time will tell come winter, but I’m protecting my skin with a physical SPF everyday this summer, and—get this—I’m actually enjoying it. Daily SPF is easy when your skin loves the ingredients.
I’m a huge fan of Kari Gran (we all love the Lip Whips here at NMDL) so I ordered Three Sixty Five the instant I saw it on Instagram. The simple formula caught my eye, especially with irresistible oils like red raspberry seed oil (oh hey natural SPF) and French plum seed oil. Since I love the quality of Kari Gran’s oils, I knew this new formula wouldn’t disappoint.
With 9 ingredients total, Three Sixty Five is perfect for sensitive skin, and it wears just like a high quality facial oil. As with any facial oil, less is more. When applied in a thin sheer layer—or barely a pump’s worth for the whole face—Three Sixty Five absorbs nicely and acts as a great primer under makeup. Though not completely invisible—the non-nano zinc oxide leaves a barely there trace (it is a non-nano, mineral sunblock after all)—the effect is actually one I welcome. It brightens and evens out my complexion, creating an almost airbrushed effect, so I find I wear less makeup with this SPF, and the makeup I do wear lasts longer. It’s a relief to find an SPF like Three Sixty Five for the summer, and this gorgeous formula may just convince me to wear SPF all year long.
Have you tried the new Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF or found another clean sunscreen you love? Share in the comments!
*photo via Kari Gran