A Poof of Sun Protection

by Sonja on November 6, 2008

My new favorite beauty product is Jane Iredale’s Powder-Me SPF.
They call it a dry sunscreen (how novel is that?). The main reason I was drawn to it is because I wanted a sunscreen I could apply around the eye area. That area gets wrinkly — and I want to prevent that as much as possible. But there are many other reasons to love this product. Even though I put on sunscreen every morning, I like that this gives me extra protection and when you touch up your powder during the day, you’re also touching up your sunscreen, which tends to wear off as the days goes on.

The packaging is smart and unique. It’s the only powder I know of that has a built-in, high-quality sponge, which is an excellent way to apply powder. To get a nice, sheer finish, lightly pounce it on your face. No rubbing, please. You can remove the sponge cap and wash it. Make sure it’s completely dry before you put it back on. You don’t want to make a paste of your powder. The lid also has a mirror on it, which is very convenient for midday touch-ups.

It has a SPF of 30, provides UVA and UVB protection, and can also be used on your body. It protects with titanium dioxide instead of a chemical sunscreen. The company says it also contains ancient minerals that nourish and calm the skin, and that you can use it to soothe your skin if you get too much sun. I rarely get sunburns. But if I do, I’ll have to give that a try.

And even though it’s autumn and the days aren’t as sunny, don’t forget to protect your skin from the sun. It can still wrinkle up your skin and and give you skin cancer on a cloudy day. And that is no good.

Powder-Me SPF comes in Translucent, which I use, and Tanned. It’s $44 for a bottle that seems to last forever.

The Scoop on Jane Iredale Products

Most of their products rate very well in the Environmental Working Group’s Cosmetics Database, a safety guide to cosmetics and personal care products. And the company has signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, a pledge to formulate products without ingredients that are known or suspected to cause certain health harms within three years of signing. According to the company, their products:

  • are free of chemical preservatives, chemical dyes, perfume and alcohol, which can all irritate the skin
  • provide coverage with micronized minerals (instead of chemical dyes), which cover most types of redness, including acne, rosacea, and erythema
  • may calm the skin, because they contain zinc oxides and titanium dioxides, which are anti-inflammatory
  • have been tested for sensitivity in a FDA-approved lab with zero sensitivity recorded
  • are antimicrobial, because they contain zinc oxide, so they kill or inhibit the growth of microbes, such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses
  • do not contain talc or oils
  • are never tested on animals
  • resist running, creasing, and smearing

If you try Jane Iredale’s Powder-Me SPF or use the Jane Iredale line, let me know what you think.

Leaf image by willgame

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

K-Line November 6, 2008 at 9:47 am

I’m all about the sunblock! Thanks for the info.


PJONES November 6, 2008 at 2:24 pm

interesting……thanks for the tip! I’ve heard great things about this line’s undereye concealer. Thoughts?


Sonja November 6, 2008 at 4:59 pm

Glad you found the article helpful. Sunscreen is so important. I’m not exactly sure what the percentage is. But I think the sun accounts for at least 50% of the aging to our skin. You can moisturize and apply serums all you want. But prevention is the key to keeping your skin looking young.

❤ Miss Jones, I tried their concealer once at the store so I don’t have longtime experience with it. It seemed to work pretty well. But my new favorite for under the eyes is 100% Pure’s Peach Pigmented Brightening Concealer. It does a great job concealing and really brightens the eyes. Plus, it’s impressively pure and natural. Check out the ingredient list: http://www.100percentpure.com/fruitpigments_10.html.


Annie Spandex November 6, 2008 at 7:26 pm

I’ve read some really great reviews of Jane Iredale’s stuff. I’m interested in trying the amazing base, I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.


Sonja November 6, 2008 at 7:33 pm

❤ Annie, I haven’t tried their Amazing Base. But their Liquid Minerals Foundation and Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer with SPF are really nice. They provide a natural, dewy coverage that feels great on the skin.


Poochie November 6, 2008 at 9:27 pm

I’ve been dying to try this. I have really really fair skin but don’t like the feel of most sunscreens, event the lotion kinds.

I’ll have to track this down.


Sonja November 6, 2008 at 10:01 pm

❤ Hey Poochie, I also don’t like the feel of a lot of sunscreens. Many feel really heavy. The powder is a really nice alternative, especially since it’s good for even sensitive skin.


meli November 7, 2008 at 1:50 am

interesting. I have used nothing (make-up ish) except for eyeliner blush and lipstick for years. and of course face sunblock, but never really thought of areas around the eye!! except for big sunglasses during the day and my good eye cream at night. my mom brags about her minerals, and I thought I did a little research. this, i will consider. gracias ;)


Retro Chick November 7, 2008 at 3:44 am

Looks like a fantastic product!

Doesn’t seem to be widely available in the UK. I shall have to search further!


Mina Widding November 7, 2008 at 3:53 am

Just have to say I love the photo, specially with the nice old lady in the back! :)


emma November 7, 2008 at 1:12 pm

great review.
i like the autumn photo :)
i use afterglow’s organic mineral foundations & setting powders, they have enough titanium dioxide that works as natural sun protection (around spf15) while you always want to put on a moisturizer with spf, i totally agree it is a good idea to touch up the spf!

i’ve tried a lot of mineral cosmetics but i am hung up on afterglow :)
check them out if you get a chance:



Kezia November 10, 2008 at 11:25 pm

oooh- sonja, thanks for the tip. i love sunscreen in any form! i’ve been using colorscience sunforgettable. i like it, but it can be a little chalky.


Sonja November 11, 2008 at 10:50 pm

❤ Meli, I think we forget about protecting our eyes, because there are few products out there to prevent them. I would think companies would be more innovative, considering how wrinkles tend to show up around the eyes first – probably because there are so few options to protect them!
❤ Retro Chick, it looks like there are a couple UK distributors: http://iredale.know-where.com/iredale/intl.html#United%20Kingdom.
❤ Mina, that’s funny. I totally missed the old lady. Good call!
❤ Emma, thanks for the tip about After Glow. I haven’t seen their stuff in stores but will keep an eye out for them. Looks like a great line to try.
❤ Kezia, you’d probably really like this. It’s not chalky at all. It’s very natural.


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