In the past, whenever partaking in an outside sport I would rarely apply sunscreen above the eyeline. All too often I’d start sweating and inevitably sunscreen would get in my eyes and it would burn. A few years back I underwent MOHS surgery to remove basal cells from the hair line above my forehead. I’ve tried all sorts of products designed to be sweat proof, but still burned my eyes. Then recently I discovered Zealios’ Sunscreen or as they call it Sun Barrier. I’m a big fan of their Betwixt chamois cream, and their products are specifically designed for endurance athletes. So I figured why not try their sunscreen.
With 8% Zinc, it doesn’t leave your skin with a creamy white residue, in fact it dries clear and non-greasy. I followed the instructions to apply 15-20 minutes prior to going out for a ride, allowing it time to “set.” I applied it all over my face, even my forehead. The temperature range of my rides were from the 50s to 90s. The Zealios sunscreen with SPF 45 did not burn my eyes as I sweated in the heat and it protected me from sunburn my whole ride.
According to the Zealios web site, the Sun Barrier Sunscreen’s specs include:
- 8% micronized Zinc Oxide
- Filters 98% of harmful UVA & UVB rays that cause skin damage
- FDA’s highest water resistance rating (80 minutes)
- Dries completely clear with no chalky or greasy residue
- Unscented and paraben & oil-free
- Won’t sting eyes
- Easy on sensitive skin, won’t clog pours, which I can attest to as it never caused me to break out
The sunscreen comes in a 3oz tube @ $14.95, 32oz pump @ $119.95 (for large families), as well as single use pouches (12 pack @ $21.95) like chamois cream, making it easy to take along when you need to reapply or traveling.
While the Zealios sunscreen is more expensive than the typical drug store brands, after going through skin cancer surgery I need to do whatever I can to protect my skin. With basal cells it’s not if it will come back, but when. Stay safe and protect your skin from sun damage.
Sheri Rosenbaum regularly contributes articles and reviews products for RBR. She’s an avid recreational roadie who lives in the Chicago area and a major advocate for women's cycling, serving on the board of directors and volunteering with the Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club. Click to read Sheri's full bio.