5 top facial SPFs

Good Morning on Monday,

Oh dear, this was supposed to go up Friday but as usual it didn’t so here we are on Monday morning finally finishing and uploading a blog post….anyway I hope you all had a really good weekend. As I have booked my holiday I thought now would be a good time to tell you about my top face SPFs for summer primarily because as I have started using retinoids and acids more it is really important to protect the new skin being brought through by using SPFs.

When you imagine SPFs they are sticky, greasy and pore blocking as well as having that classic holiday smell and often end up covered in sand or leaking all over your bag. However, with the ever-changing and improving formulas, there is an expanding market of facial SPF products that protect your skin as well as actually being nice to use. When choosing a sunscreen you need to look for both UVA and UVB protection as well as minimum SPF of 30 with textures which meet every sort of need from lightweight fluids to tinted creams for those no make-up days.

But wait a minute, as before you attempt to tackle the mountain of facial sunscreens available, it is probably a good idea to make sure you know what it all means and what you need to look out for. Sun protection factor (SPF) is a measure of how long your sunscreen will protect you from ultraviolet B (UVB) rays that damage skin and cause it to burn. Also on the bottle of your chosen product, you may find UVA, the difference between the two is that UVA rays penetrate deeper into your skin and are responsible for premature aging, such as dark spots and wrinkles.  This means that you want to choose a  broad spectrum sunscreen to gain protection from both types of rays, to make things more complicated some may also claim to protect against free radicals too. These are created from environmental factors like pollution and dust, as well as the sun, and also cause skin to age prematurely.

1.Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily Defense SPF 50, £36. Doubling up as both a moisturizer and an kiehls-ultra-light-daily-uv-defense-1SPF 50 sunscreen, Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily Defense is an industry favorite perfect for those with sensitive skin thanks to its Oil-free, fragrance-free formula.  What I really like about this one is that it doesn’t leave you with this weird white cast that you then have to try and blend in or counteract with foundation which also means that is it a good choice for darker skin tones

2.La Roche-Posay Anthelios AC Anti-Shine Matte Fluid SPF 30, £16. This is my current La-Roche-Posay-Anthelios-Anti-Shine-2favorite from the drugstore and feels far more expensive than it really is. While there are a couple of versions of this product but if you suffer from blemishes, you may find that sun protection leaves your skin feeling greasy and prone to breakouts. La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios AC Anti-Shine Matte Fluid is specifically designed for people with those concerns, offering a featherlight formula with a velvet finish alongside SPF 30 protection but the same formula is available with as 50+ SPF.

3.Zelens Daily Defence Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30, £55. Zelens’s Daily Defence552019_in_pp Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen is more up there in price compared to those available in the drugstore and is no means a necessity but really nice if you are a big fan of  Zelens, it is far better to spend your money on a good serum than anything else. This product is packed with antioxidants as well as offering broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection in a formula that feels nothing like the sunscreens you are used too. The formula of this product means that it is great for layering with other skincare products and sits nicely under foundation.

4. Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Cream for Face UVB/UVA SPF 30, 75ml, £18.90.  This is a well priced product and good whether you have oilyClarins-Suncare-9-1024x701, dry, combination or normal skin. It has a fairly lightweight consistency which I have found doesn’t clog my pores and at the same time absorbs quickly into the skin. Containing both  UVA andUVB filters, it provides a good level of sun protection too and contains anti-ageing properties to help fight fine lines and wrinkles. There are ingredients such as kiwi fruit which help to keep your skin moisturized. As expected this product works well with other skin care items as well as sitting well under make-up which means that this is a great product for everyday use.

5. Green People Facial Sun Cream, Scent Free SPF 30, 50ml, £16.50.  This organic skincare image_g032expert Green People has created a scent-free facial sun cream that can be applied on its own or under make-up.  The consistency of this lotion isn’t too runny and absorbs into skin quickly, leaving no tell-tale white marks or greasy shine. It protects against UVA and UVB rays and contains ingredients such as avocado and green tea to help combat anti-ageing and keep your skin looking firm. It’s a good choice for those with sensitive skin as it doesn’t cause irritation.

As always I hope that you found this interesting and somewhat useful especially when choosing a new SPF and getting ready to jet off on holiday. Hopefully, the schedule will be back to usual this week with a post on Wednesday.

Until next time,

Emily xx


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