I'm in My 40s and Regret My Years of Sun Damage—Meet the Invisible Mineral Sunscreen I Wish I Had Years Ago

Marie Lodi testing The Outset Hydrasheer 100% Mineral Sunscreen With Snow Mushroom

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I always say this, but I am still shocked at how nonchalant I was about sunscreen use when I was younger. I don't blame myself; I blame the culture! My Gen Z sweeties, you don't know how lucky you are that there is more education about the importance of sun protection these days. Now that I'm in my 40s with what I had assumed were cute freckles but is actually sun damage staring at me every time I look in the mirror, I can't afford to be so cavalier. I'm serious about sun protection and make sure to apply it every single day, even when I don't have plans to leave the house. (I do miss tanning my legs, though…)

My new sunscreen sidekick? The Outset's Hydrasheer 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30. I was lucky enough to get a sample of this months before it launched, and I haven't used anything else on my face since. This is a big deal for a lady who loves her sunscreen. During one of my past interviews with the founders of The Outset, Scarlett Johansson and Kate Foster, I got a bit of a spoiler and knew that sunscreen was something they were working on. In fact, it was something that was important and in the works for a long time.

My Honest Review of The Outset's Hydrasheer 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

I'm a hard-core fan of The Outset, and the brand really perfected this product. It's a 100% mineral sunscreen made with zinc oxide that rubs into the skin fast, leaving no white cast whatsoever. I wanted to get to the bottom of Hydrasheer's no-white-cast magic, so Foster gave me the scoop. "We carefully selected the zinc oxide dispersion particle size to minimize the white cast on all skin tones," she says. "This in combination with a blend of emollients and ingredients to enhance the dispersion of zinc oxide in the formula are what contributes to the decreased white cast, even application, and broad-spectrum protection. Our goal for this formula was not only to protect the skin from UV damage but also maximize the skin's hydration."

I have tried dozens and dozens of sunscreens, but this one takes the cake. It has skin-nourishing ingredients like the brand's famous Hyaluroset Complex, plus niacinamide, ceramides, and cute-sounding snow mushroom, which has antioxidant benefits, calms sensitive skin, and draws moisture to the skin to keep it hydrated. What more can you ask for? In my book, this is the sunscreen of the summer.

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Marie Lodi
Freelance Beauty and Fashion Writer/Editor

Marie has covered beauty, fashion, and lifestyle for almost 15 years. She contributes to the beauty section here at Who What Wear. Previously, she was the Looks Editor for Bust Magazine, built the beauty vertical at HelloGiggles as its beauty editor, and was a founding staff writer at Rookie mag, giving fashion advice to teens. Her bylines have appeared in The Cut, Allure, Glamour, The Hollywood Reporter, and more. She was born and raised in Southern California and is based in L.A. Marie is a self-proclaimed costume design nerd and a co-host of Makeover Montage, a podcast about fashion in film and costume design. You'll see her writing about her beauty obsessions: red lipstick, winged eyeliner, pink hair, nail art, and skincare for people over 40. When she's not working, she's playing with her dog, Gnocchi, and writing her style newsletter, Overdressed.