Drunk Elephant Umbra™ Sheer Physical Defense Review

Finding just the right non-greasy, non-toxic, broad spectrum sunscreen to add to my morning skincare routine has proven quite the task. Enter Drunk Elephant!


I've been on quite the quest to find the right sunscreen to add to my daily skincare regime.


Something I should have started doing years ago! But, I am blessed with mixed heritage, olive skin that rarely went red or burned. Something I took full advantage of by basking in the high sun whenever the opportunity arose.


Just the other day my sister and I were reminiscing about the days when we would slather ourselves in Hawaiian Tropic Dark Tanning Oil (SPF zero!). We would lay in the sun for hours turning a perfect golden brown.


Can you say s-u-n w-o-r-s-h-i-p-p-e-r?




How the sun ages your skin


However, these days you'll find me in the shade wearing a wide-brimmed sun hat and factor 50!


Unfortunately, as we age the sun begins to have a detrimental effect on our skin. UVA rays (A is for aging!) cause the most damage in terms of premature aging. This is because they are longer than UVB rays, therefore penetrate deeper into the skin.


UVB rays wreak their own kinds of havoc like sunburn and skin cancer!


UVA rays travel through the three main layers of skin - the epidermis (the outermost-layer of skin), dermis (the 'scaffolding' layer) and the hypodermis (the fat layer).


Collagen and elastin are the structure (scaffolding) that holds the skin up. When UVA rays reach the dermis they create some pretty serious damage.



The dermis houses most of the collagen and elastin in your skin. Collagen and elastin are the structure (scaffolding) that holds the skin up. When the sun's UVA rays reach the dermis they damage collagen and elastin fibres leaving them misshapen and dysfunctional. This causes the skin's ‘scaffolding’ to collapse.


This damage can't be seen straight away, but over time the skin will wrinkle and sag. Sun exposure can also cause irregular pigmentation marks, sunspots and freckles as we age.


Therefore, sunscreen is a necessary step in your morning skincare routine!



Mineral Sunscreen

Mineral sunscreen can be tricky due to the dreaded white cast that some leave on the skin thanks to zinc oxide. Also the consistency can be thick/greasy.


So if like me, you're wanting to add sunscreen as a step in your morning beauty routine before applying your makeup... you're definitely going to need the right one!



Drunk Elephant Umbra™ Sheer Physical Daily Defense


Finding the right non-greasy, anti-aging, alcohol-free, broad-spectrum sunscreen/day cream has proven quite the task!


Enter Drunk Elephant Umbra™ Sheer Physical Defense. My sunscreen prayers have been answered! I absolutely love this product. It ticks all the boxes for me.


Bravo Drunk Elephant! They have managed to create a formula that;

  • doesn't leave a white cast

  • is super light and non-greasy (for mineral sunscreen)

  • has a clean ingredient list

  • contains some nourishing skincare ingredients






When it comes to buying sunscreen you need to look for the active ingredients on the label. These ingredients make up the broad spectrum protection in sunscreen that protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays.


There are only two active ingredients in mineral sunscreen: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Note that zinc oxide is the only full broad-spectrum protection of all the active ingredients used in sunscreen.






The active ingredients in mineral sunscreen work by creating a physical shield between the sun and the skin. They sit on top of the skin and deflect and scatter the sun's harmful rays. This barrier begins working immediately. And for obvious reasons, this sunscreen is considered the safer, natural option.


It does contain some synthetic ingredients; Dicaprylyl carbonate, Pentylene glycol, Steareth-2, Propanediol, Steareth-21, Polyhydroxystearic acid, Chlorphensin (preservative), and Triethoxycaprylylsilane. Now, I'm not a pharmacist, but from what I can gather none of these ingredients are classed as toxic. Also, I don't wear this product every day. When working from my home office I just apply day cream.



Try this

Try combining Bare Mineral Complexion Rescue with Drunk Elephant Umbra™ Sheer Physical Daily Defense. It gives light to medium coverage which I find perfect.




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