THE CLAIM Episencial says its Sunny Sunscreen ($15; episencial.com) relies on natural active ingredients to block sun rays. It also whacks free radicals with antioxidants like green tea and bypasses synthetic preservatives, fragrances, and dyes.
EXPERT OPINION The bulk of this formulation is indeed naturally derived, says Wilson, noting that the UV blockers titanium dioxide and zinc oxide sit on the skin to form an effective barrier. The product is also a winner on Dr. Fusco's shelf: "I love the textureI might start using it myself!"
OUR VERDICT On a sunny vacation in Puerto Rico, one tester said the lightweight formula kept her pleasantly pale for close to three hours. (Note: Dermatologists recommend reapplying every two hours.) Another tester was "amazed" at how, after just a little blending, the non-tacky cream disappeared completely into her dark skin.Read MoreLess