Obagi Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Review

[simple-author-box] Today, we’re reviewing Obagi Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen. Lately, we’ve been talking about how important it is to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun.

You also have to be sure that the ingredients are good for your skin as well as your body. It wouldn’t make sense to protect your body with chemicals that will have a negative impact on your health in the future.

Feature Pick

Obagi Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum Spf 50 Sunscreen, 3 Oz

Features of the Obagi Sun Shield Sunscreen

  • Chemical screen
  • Physical sunscreen
  • UVA protection
  • UVB protection
  • SPF 50
  • Non-greasy
  • Sheer coverage
  • No weird smells

Chemical and Physical Protection

When it comes to sunscreens, it’s important to understand how the product is protecting your skin. There are chemical properties that will absorb the rays of the sun. Instead of being absorbed into the skin, the layer of chemicals will soak it up, so it doesn’t enter the body at all.

Physical protection sounds like clothing or a hat, but it’s actually minerals that will block and reflect the harmful rays of the sun. Minerals like zinc oxide are what’s used to bounce the rays away from your skin.

Obagi Sun Shield has both chemical and physical protection from the sun’s harmful rays.

UVA and UVB Sunscreen

The chemical and physical protection of the sunscreen is what provides the most protection. Chemical sunscreens might only block one kind of UV ray, which leaves you vulnerable to the other.

Many chemical sunscreens will only block UVB rays, so UVA rays are bombarding your skin mercilessly while you think you’re protected.

Physical sunscreens will protect from UVA and UVB rays. The manufacturer will list the ingredients and coverage on the side of the product. In the case of Obagi Sun Shield, they provide protection from both harmful sun radiation.

SPF 50 Coverage

The amount of sun protection you get is based on the SPF of the product. Many consumers don’t always understand what the numbers mean.

To get the best protection, you’ll need to have a higher SPF number. At the lowest SPF of 15, you’re getting 150 minutes of protection from the sun before it needs to be reapplied.

The SPF number is multiplied by 10 for the amount of minutes it’ll protect.

There is a second number for consumers to be concerned with, and that’s the percentage that is blocked with their sunscreen. For an SPF 15, you’re getting 94% blockage of UVB rays. As it increases, so does the protection.

The Obagi Sun Shield provides an SPF coverage of 50. Based on the percentage and coverage, you’re getting 500 minutes of coverage at 98 percent.

The fact that it protects against a broad range of UV rays means that you’re getting incredible protection. While it can be used for that many minutes of protection, the manufacturer suggests that you apply it every two hours.

Matte and Non-Greasy

This is a fantastic sunscreen and sunblock for protecting your face. It can be applied in the morning for hours of protection. Many women add this to their face under their makeup.

You actually don’t have to worry about using makeup with this product. It’s tinted and doesn’t leave a greasy finish on the skin. While you might not mind a shiny look if you’re at the beach, this can be used as an everyday beauty product.

While it doesn’t leave a greasy finish on your skin, it also doesn’t feel sticky, either. It’s hard to find a product that works well and doesn’t leave behind some sort of residue on the skin.

Matte finish products can often feel sticky or tacky to the touch. This one will be absorbed into the skin without leaving behind any trace except a matte finish that is a great foundation for your makeup.

Women with oily skin love this product because it tones down the shininess of their face while protecting it from the harmful rays of the sun. Oily skin tends to be a magnet for sunburns, so this product is very helpful.

Fragrance Free

When you have a product that will be used on your face, it shouldn’t be full of perfumes and other chemicals. Full-on chemical smells can be nauseating when used on the body, and especially the face, every day.

You don’t have to worry about the smell of this product. It’s fragrance free, so it won’t clash with any makeup scents you might already have to worry about on your face or neck.


This is a fragrance-free, broad spectrum sunblock that can be used on the face. The Obagi Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen is a great foundation product that can protect you from UVA and UVB rays as part of your beauty care routine.

Many women use this product before heading out for their day. They don’t need to think about protection for hours after using it, either.

About the author: Sariya is our resident tanning expert.  Being Turkish, she has a tendency to tan easily, which she considers a blessing. At the same time, Sariya minored in chemistry, so, when it comes to various lotions and bronzers, Siriya knows a thing or two.  As much as she loves her tan, she knows that sun safety is also very important.