Hi everyone! I live in Australia and sunscreen is vital all year round but especially in Summer. It gets pretty hot here in the Summer and the sun can be a killer for my skin. We all know that wearing sunscreen all year round is important to protect our skin from the sun and we have been told a bazillion times that we need to wear it every day. However, it can be hard to find a good sunscreen that can be worn every day that is non-greasy, does not break me out and can work as a nice base under makeup. But before we get to my quest to find a great sunscreen , let’s just remind ourselves of some of the sunscreen basics.
• Sunscreen is used to protect our skin from the sun’s UV rays. There are two types of UV rays.
• UVA rays cause long lasting skin damage such as wrinkles and aging, in addition to causing cancer.
• UVB rays tend to cause the initial effects of sun damage such as sunburn, however it also causes cancer.
• You need to choose a sunscreen that is broad spectrum which means that it covers UVA and UVB rays.
• SPF = Sun Protection Factor. The average person burns after 20 minutes in the sun without protection. The SPF is the amount of time a person can remain in the sun with minimal damage. NOTE: no sunscreen is 100% effective. For example SPF 15 means a person can stay in the sun 15 times longer without getting burnt, so 5 hours.
• There are two types of sunscreen – chemical and physical.
• Chemical sunscreens absorb the sun’s rays which reduces its penetration into the actual skin. The most common chemical sunscreen ingredients are avobenzone and benzophenone.
• Physical sunscreens remain on top of the skin to deflect the sun’s rays. The most common physical sunscreen ingredients are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.
• The information above was taken from skincancer.org or is common sense.
As I mentioned before I am beginning a quest to find the perfect sunscreen. It will be non-greasy, won’t leave a white caste on my face, protect my face from the sun, won’t break me out and will work as a base under my makeup. Am I dreaming? Is there such a sunscreen? So far I have tested out three.
The first is the one I have been using for years, which I love, but can no longer repurchase because it is not cruelty free. It is the Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture SPF15. It is a chemical sunscreen. It is a perfect everyday moisturiser that is light, oil free, works under makeup and doesn’t smell. The only downside is that it can become a little greasy as the day goes on. But really, it is nearly perfect. So does anyone know a product that is a cruelty free dupe for this? I would absolutely love to find one!
The second is the Sun Sense Moisturising Face SPF50. Again this product is not cruelty free so I will not repurchase. It is a chemical sunscreen. It is oil free, doesn’t smell, doesn’t break me out, but is a bit greasy – sometimes quite greasy. I do like the fact that it is SPF50, so longer protection than my Neutrogena one.
The third is Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF30 Facial Sunscreen. This is a chemical sunscreen. I have been enjoying this product. It is quite light, oil free and hydrating. It does have quite a strong smell, but it is fresh and sunscreeny (if that is a scent…). I have not had this sunscreen for very long and have not yet used it consistently (because I am trying to use up my non cruelty-free products first) so I cannot comment on whether it will break me out with consistent use. But so far, so good.
So my quest will continue. I want to try out the Kate Somerville Daily Deflector Moisturiser SPF50 which is an oil free chemical sunscreen, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturiser SPF40 which is a physical sunscreen and the Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturiser SPF47 which is a physical sunscreen. All of these products have had good reviews. I am interested in the physical sunscreens to see whether they will still leave a white caste as most physical sunscreens do.
So my question to you is what sunscreen do you use? Do you have a recommendation for me? I would absolutely love for you to comment below with your recommendations, or link me your own blog post on your favourite cruelty free sunscreen so I can have a read and get some ideas!
Thanks so much for reading, Christina xo