Glycolix Elite SPF 30 Sunscreen

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This is the ultimate in pure mineral sun protection. Its SPF 30 protection is provided entirely by 17% micro sized zinc, without any chemical sunscreen ingredients. The best sunscreen for protecting the skin around sensitive eyes or for pure mineral facial sun protection. This sunscreen is oil free too so it shouldn't aggravate acne and is perfect for people with extremely sensitive skin.

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Glycolix Elite SPF 30 Sunscreen layers on the skin nicely with other skin care products. I have used it every day for years and have never found a better product for my skin.

Sun protection is essential for reducing your risk of skin cancer.

Dermatologists and skin professionals also agree that sun protection is a critical step in any effective anti aging skin care program:

  • Without sun protection, it's impossible to accomplish any meaningful skin lightening of age spots or melasma, it's also impossible to stop wrinkles.
  • Add to that, the fact that anyone exfoliating their skin to improve its appearance is at greater risk for sun damage and MUST wear a sun screen.
  • The final motivation is the appearance of tanned skin after our teens and early adult hood. It just starts to look rough and leather-like.

Glycolix Elite SPF 30 Sunscreen is oil free and won't aggravate acne or sting the eyes for most people. Its sun block protection is provided entirely by the expensive yet gentle ingredient microsized zinc oxide. It takes 17% zinc oxide to get an SPF 30 sunscreen without chemicals. At this beefy concentration, the zinc rubs into the skin almost, but not entirely. Glycolix Elite is perfect for sensitive skin and as a base for makeup.

Basically, just about everyone needs sunscreen, every day. Most of us don't want to hear that and so I've searched long and hard for products that my sensitive skin patients like and are happy to use for the face. Glycolix Elite SPF 30 Sunscreen works well for almost all of my patients with skin so sensitive that they typically can't tolerate sunscreen. Plus:

  • Glycolix Elite Sunscreen won't clog pores for most people so it works well for acne prone people.
  • It layers nicely with other skin products including anti aging skin care products.
  • It rubs in almost clear, doesn't feel greasy and doesn't irritate sensitive eyes.
  • It's also made from the best sun block ingredient, microsized zinc oxide, and thus gives complete sun protection from ALL the harmfully rays.

Dr. Cynthia Bailey Wants You To Know These Important Facts About Sunscreen
It's my opinion that zinc oxide is the best sunscreen ingredient for broad spectrum UVA and UVB sun protection.

Zinc oxide, and its cousin titanium dioxide, are considered mineral sunscreens (and are also called physical sunscreens). When applied to your skin these mineral/physical sunscreens sit on top of your skin and bounce off the UV rays just like bouncing a ball off of a wall. They provide non-irritating, hypoallergenic broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection that you can trust. Nano technology made it possible for mineral sunscreen to be applied invisibly to your skin. New zinc oxide technology has made it possible for even non-nano zinc oxide products to rub almost invisibly onto your skin too.

Mineral sunscreens are the only sunscreens that I trust and recommend. That's because the other type of sunscreens, called chemical sun screens (and also confusingly also called ‘organic' sunscreens!), actually absorb into the top of your skin and block the sun rays with a chemical reaction that occurs within your skin itself. The reaction creates a little heat, which make you feel even hotter in the sun. More importantly, it breaks down the chemical sunscreen ingredients so that they aren't there to protect you anymore. Thus your skin steadily runs out of the chemical sunscreens when you're in the sun.

The mineral sunscreens on the other hand last longer on your skin because the UV rays don't break them down like this. They're also more stable in the sunscreen bottle than ‘chemical' sunscreens, which break down while they sit in the bottle waiting for you to buy them and use them.

Of the mineral sunscreen ingredients, I recommend only zinc oxide and not titanium dioxide because it rubs onto your skin better and gives better broad spectrum protection.

Remember, harmful and aging UV sun rays come through most windows. You need to apply sunscreen to the all exposed areas of your skin every day even if you don't plan to spend time outdoors. Applying a mineral zinc oxide sunscreen should be part of your daily skin care routine!

Need help picking the perfect sunscreen? View Dr. Bailey's Sunscreen Comparison Chart.

Manufacturer: Topix


I recommend this be applied to the face, every day. As with all zinc oxide sunscreens, I recommend you apply your sunscreen after your other skin care products. (Make up, if used, goes on after the Glycolix Elite Sunscreen as the last step.) Please see my tips for using sunscreen below.

Dr. Bailey's Sunscreen Application Tips:

  • Apply micro sized zinc oxide sunscreens last, after all other skin care products but under make-up. This is because the zinc oxide particles sit on top of the skin where they reflect light. All skin care products that work by penetrating into the skin must be applied first.
  • Zinc oxide sunscreens will be invisible on the skin if you warm the cream and disperse the particles before applying the product. To do this, place the amount of cream to be applied in the palm of one hand. Vigorously rub your palms together then apply the cream to your skin by patting it around various places in the area to be covered. Finish by rubbing the cream on your skin until it is evenly applied and invisible.
  • Eye sensitivity is not typically a problem with my zinc oxide sunscreens. The Glycolix Elite SPF 30 Sunscreen, however is the absolutely most gentle on the eyes and so if you are struggling with eye irritation, I recommend this product for the skin around the eye area.
  • The quantity of sunscreen you apply is critical to the amount of protection you have created for your skin. Current recommendations are 1 tsp for the adult face and 1oz. (a shot glass) for the average sized adult in the average sized bathing suit. It is especially important to follow these recommendations if you are relying on sunscreen alone to protect your skin during times of intense sun exposure. (Skin Cancer Foundation sun protection)

Glycolix Elite SPF 30 Sunscreen (1.6 oz): Zinc Oxide 17.0%. Also contains Purified Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cyclomethicone, Laurylmethicone Copolyol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polyacrylamide, Ceresin, Dimethicone, Green Tea Extract, Phospholipids, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Coenzyme Q-10, Ascorbyl Glucosamine, Superoxide Dismutase, Laureth-7, Sodium Chloride, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea.