Learn more about ZO Smart Tone Broad-Spectrum SPF 50

Vanessa Gibbs

Ask any skin expert and they’ll tell you that one of the most important parts of your skincare routine is sunscreen. That's because not only does sunscreen protect your skin from burning, it protects it from wrinkles, sagging, discolouration and even skin cancer. And, unfortunately, it’s not just the sun that damages our skin. Light from our devices can also cause many common skincare concerns. 

Luckily, protecting our skin is easy. You just need to find a sunscreen you love, and then apply it everyday. Here at Face Dr, our skin experts have decades of experience in the industry. We’ve helped thousands of clients find products they love to use and that help get them clear, glowing and healthy skin. 

One brand we find ourselves recommending time and time again is ZO Skin Health. This brand is backed by research, is one of the most protective sunscreens on the market and they have a range of sun protection products to suit everyone. 

To help you decide, we’re going to cover each product in detail so you know which one is best for you and your skin. We’ve covered the ZO Daily Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF 50 and the ZO Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30. And today, we’re going to cover everything you need to know about the ZO Smart Tone Broad-Spectrum SPF 50.

Here’s what we’ll cover: 

  • What is the ZO Smart Tone Broad-Spectrum SPF 50? 
  • When do I use the ZO Smart Tone Broad-Spectrum SPF 50?  
  • How do I use the ZO Smart Tone Broad-Spectrum SPF 50?
  • Who can use the ZO Smart Tone Broad-Spectrum SPF 50?
  • How much does the ZO Smart Tone Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 cost?
  • How can I buy the ZO Smart Tone Broad-Spectrum SPF 50?

Already decided on this sunscreen and now looking to buy it online? If you’ve never used the product before, you can book a free online skincare consultation with one of our skin experts. If you have used it before, simply complete our reorder form to restock your cupboard. 


What is the ZO Smart Tone Broad-Spectrum SPF 50? 

The ZO Smart Tone Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 is a great sunscreen option for those who want a high-level of protection without compromising the look of your skin or make-up. 

It’s quick drying and non-greasy. Plus, it has a sheer finish. So instead of that shiny look that can come with some sunscreens, you’ll be left with a matte-looking complexion. 

When it comes to protection, it’s all in the name. The Smart Tone Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 is broad spectrum, meaning it protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays. These are different rays that come from the sun. They penetrate the skin to different depths and cause all of those problems we know about like skin cancer, burning and premature ageing. 

Apart from UVA and UVB light, the sunscreen also protects your skin from high-energy visible (HEV) light and infrared (IR-A) rays. These types of light can come from the sun, but you’ll also be exposed to them through your phone, laptop and other screens—and they can cause premature ageing, too. ZO sunscreens are some of the only sunscreens out there that are formulated to protect against these types of damaging light—just one more reason we love this brand! 

The Smart Tone sunscreen is even water and sweat resistant, so you don’t have to worry about it, no matter how active you are. It contains an antioxidant complex to protect your skin against free radical damage, and natural extracts to reduce redness. 

Beyond sun protection, one of our favourite features is the colour pigments which automatically match your skin tone. This slight tint means you won’t be left with a white cast and instead, you’ll have a flawless sheer finish. 

blue sky with sun and clouds

When do I use the ZO Smart Tone Broad-Spectrum SPF 50?  

To give your skin the very best protection against all of those different types of damaging light, you should wear sunscreen every day. You can apply the Smart Tone sunscreen as the final step in your morning skincare routine. 

Face Dr top tip: If you wear make-up, you can wait at least 10 minutes to ensure the sunscreen absorbs. This will also allow your make-up to go on smoother. 


How do I use the ZO Smart Tone Broad-Spectrum SPF 50?

Apply liberally at least 15 minutes before you go out in the sun. You should also reapply every two hours to get maximum protection. Don’t forget your neck, chest and ears. 

If you wear make-up, it can be tricky reapplying sunscreen throughout the day. You can try the ZO Sunscreen + Powder SPF 30 for this. You simply dust the product over the top of your make-up to top up your sun protection. 

Who can use the ZO Smart Tone Broad-Spectrum SPF 50?

The ZO Smart Tone Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 is suitable for all skin types. It’s self-adjusting tint will compliment most skin tones, too. And because it works to reduce and cover redness, it’s great for those with uneven complexions who want to tackle that while protecting their skin. It’s also a great option for those who workout or swim in the sun as it’s sweat and water resistant. 

To find out if Smart Tone will suit your exact skin tone and lifestyle, you can speak with one of our experts. If we don’t think it’s the right product for you, we can offer alternatives. 

If you want a primer and sunscreen in one product, try the ZO Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30. Or if you’re looking for sun protection without any added colour at all, try the ZO Daily Sheer Broad-Spectrum SPF 50.

woman applying skincare product in mirror

How much does the ZO Smart Tone Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 cost?

ZO’s policy states that UK stockists can’t display the brand’s prices online. As ZO uses concentrated active ingredients, you need to speak with an expert before using the product to make sure you’re using the right one for you. This makes the skincare almost prescriptive and so the rules are slightly different compared to your average high street skincare brand. 

While that may seem annoying, it’s actually a good thing. This extra step is all because of these high-grade ingredients that provide real results. An expert can analyse your skin and make sure the ZO product is suitable for you, and they can also tell you exactly what to expert from the product. And when it comes to suncare, we always recommend investing in medical-grade products that will actually protect your skin. One benefit of the ZO sunscreen—apart from high-level protection—is that it’s been formulated with ingredients to complement other ZO products you may already be using. 

However, finding out ZO’s pricing is easy. You can create a Face Dr account to view them online, send us an email at hello@facedr.com for a price list, or book a free online skincare consultation and one of our skin experts can talk you through everything.   


How can I buy the ZO Smart Tone Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 in the UK?

To make sure you’re using the right ZO product for your skin—and you’re using it in the right way—you’ll need to speak with an approved stockist before making a purchase. Luckily, we’ve made that easier than ever. 

From the comfort of your own home, you can speak with one of our skin experts on a 30-minute video call. They’ll ask about your concerns, analyse your skin and then recommend whether the ZO Smart Tone Broad-Spectrum sunscreen is for you, or if there’s a better ZO sunscreen out there that’s more suitable. There’s never any obligation to buy, but if you do, we can send the products directly to your door. 

Plus, if you have any other skincare questions or concerns—from ageing to acne, hyperpigmentation to rosacea—we’re on hand to help. Our experts can recommend products to help, routines to follow and exactly how to use products to make sure they’re effective. We also offer 10-minute review calls where you can check in with your dedicated skin expert and ask any questions that may come up.

Already used the ZO Smart Tone sunscreen before? You can complete our reorder form to purchase it again.

In summary 

ZO Skin Health Smart Tone Broad-Spectrum SPF 50

Hopefully we’ve answered all your questions about the ZO Smart Tone Broad-Spectrum sunscreen. Ready to find out if this sunscreen is for you, or have any other questions? You can book a free online skincare consultation to get the answers. Our friendly experts are on hand to help you find the best sunscreen for you. 

If you’ve already used the Smart Tone sunscreen before and you’re looking to stock up on more, you can simply fill out our reorder form. You can also sign up for a Face Dr account where you can review prices, order ZO products and review your skincare routine. 

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