Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Four of the best SPFs for the face!

I know I'm always harping on about wearing SPF every day, but now that it's summer, it's even more important to wear it daily!  We will ignore the fact that it's not stopped raining in ages and will hope that summer will appear soon.  But even still, on cloudy days we should still be wearing SPF because the UVA rays can still do damage through the clouds.  I thought by doing this post, it might keep the hope alive that we will see the sun soon!

With sun screens, both for the face and body, it's important to apply them a good 15 minutes before heading outside.  For days where I'm going to be mainly working indoors, I don't tend to reapply but when I'm in Spain, I make sure to reapply my SPF every couple of hours.  I have Skin Type I so I'm not going to risk getting burned now (I've done that enough times over the years!)

I brought four sun creams to Spain with me when I was there last month and got to test them out properly in the sun.  Speaking of which, remember what it was like to have the sun?  Ah good times.  I thought with the Junior & Leaving Certs recently, we'd at least have a bit of a reason to be able to enjoy the weather, alas they all had the last laughs on us...

Anyway, here are four SPFs that I tried in Spain last month!

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Shaka Fluid SPF50+ is aimed that those with sensitive skin and promises to be waterproof, sweat-proof and sand-proof too.  I'm so not a beach person so I can't say if it's sand-proof, but I think even if I was, I'd still reapply this every couple of hours just to be on the safe side.  I love the Anthelios range from La Roche-Posay and have tried out most of them over the years.  This one needs to be shaken to mix all of the ingredients up and has a really watery consistency, so make sure not to apply too much into your hands which I did a few times myself.  It doesn't leave any white residue on my skin and absorbs quickly enough, but leaves a sheen on my face, so this might be better for those with dry skin types.  Or if you're oily like myself, apply a matte primer under your foundation or better yet, just go for a matte foundation and you'll be grand.

Next up is the Clarins Dry Touch Sun Care Cream SPF30.  I used both this one and the SFP50 version when I was in Spain and enjoyed the two of them, leaving them with Mam for the rest of her holiday and she loved them too being a Clarins Super Fan!  Clarins have launched a whole new sunscreen range this year for the face and body, and are safe for the coral reefs and oceans, with them removing the ingredients that harm them.  While the Dry Touch creams didn't quite dry matte on me, they don't leave a white cast on the skin and makeup sits really nicely over them too, but if you're oily, I'd definitely powder over your makeup just to be on the safe side.

This year P20 launched a facial SPF 30 which promises to give up to 10 hours protection.  Now, with me, because I've been burned over the years through my very own fault by not putting enough SPF on and not reapplying, out of pure habit, I always reapply my sun protection every few hours when I'm in Spain, especially if I'm going to be out for the day.  See I don't trust myself enough to put enough on and then go galavanting for the day, so I can't say if it lasts the 10 hours, but I always recommend if in doubt, lash a bit more on during the day, especially if you've been in the water and have dried your face off with a towel.  I've been using it loads here in Ireland and love it because it sinks into the skin quickly, it feels really hydrating on and my makeup goes on perfectly over it.

Finally we have one of my favourites, the Image Skincare Prevention+ SPF 32 Daily Matte Moisturiser.  It's been a couple of years since I had my first tube of this and I can't remember how matte it was,  but this one definitely felt less matte on my skin when I was in Spain.  Here in Ireland it seems to dry down a bit more, but I wanted to make a note of it.  This Image SPF is your moisturiser and SPF in one and as well as that, it decreases the damaging effects of the sun thanks to the presence of antioxidants.  And because this is a two in one, it's great for those who are trying to condense their makeup bags when going on holidays and they do full sized versions and have a smaller version in a travel set.

Those are just a handful of the SPFs that are on the market at the moment.  Check out this post from last year where I went through some more, and whatever you do this summer, make sure to look after your skin in the sun!


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