This Magical Powder Turns Any Beauty Product Into a Natural Sunscreen

In a perfect world, we would all have our SPF application down to very well-practiced routine. Wake up, put it on, reapply—every day, rain or shine, summer or winter.

But we don’t, and even though summer is here, the temps are rising and the sun is appearing on the regular (and the looming fact that we know we really, really have to wear it) it’s hard to mix up our already existing skin care lineup to make room for it.

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Until now. MOSS Halo Sun Protection Powder ($45) may look like a tiny container, but inside is a finely milled white powder that has the power to transform any face product—yes, you can mix it into your regular moisturizer, but it even works nicely with things you might not think it would, like foundation and face oil—into a sunscreen.

The secret: UVA/UVB–blocking non-nano zinc oxide, combined with white willow bark, skin-smoothing bamboo, antioxidant-rich green tea and non-comedogenic sericite powder. As an added bonus, the willow bark fights blemishes and the sericite powder is mattifying, so no midday oil slicks.

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So for the million-dollar question…What SPF does it give? It kind of depends on how much you put into your product. The company can’t claim an exact SPF, but they do estimate that, “with a good sprinkle of Halo, but with no noticeable paling of the skin, you’re getting an SPF of about 15–20,” and they do say it’s not designed for serious sports and outdoors activities.

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