The Face SPF Edit

The Face SPF Edit
With Summer coming up and lots of girls looking forward to enjoying some sunny times, I feel the time is perfect to talk about SPF. Because you really do have to protect the skin you’re in - skin cancer is no joke. First rule of all: never go to the tanning salon. Never ever. Second rule: apply daily SPF. Every single day! It’s a step that is easily forgotten, but even during the less sunny seasons it’s still very necessary. With one out of fifty persons developing melanoma at one point in their life, it’s important to try your best to prevent it from developing. How? Wear that sun screen! Which ones? Let me advise you.

LA ROCHE POSAY ANTHELIOS XL FLUIDE EXTREME
A very fluid sun protectant with an SPF50+ formulated without fragrance & parabens. Perfect for sensitive & combination skin as this has a very light but still non-greasy texture. It’s very easy to spread out and hasn’t made me break out. I bought this one during a Summer promotion on all La Roche-Posay products, so keep your eyes peeled for those in your local pharmacy. I believe this retails at around €18.00. This contains a reduced chemical filter.

ROC SOLEIL PROTEXION+ SERIESI recently got sent the three variations of this sun protectant and I was a bit hesitant at first as always (facial sun protectants can get all nasty and cause huge break-outs), but to my surprise I actually like all three of them! The sensitive skin version (white label retailing at €16.70) contains an SPF50 and has been formulated especially for sensitive skin, having no fragrance and parabens in the formula. The anti-ageing version (purple version retailing at €17.50) contains a higher SPF50+ and a high concentration of hyaluronic acid to diminish wrinkles. The anti-brown spots version (yellow label retailing at €17.50) contains a higher SPF50+ as well and contains vitamin C to reduce hyper pigmentation spots. These last two do contain fragrance as the last ingredient listed. These all contain chemical filters.

CLINIQUE EVEN BETTER DARK SPOT DEFENSEClinique recently upgraded their Even Better line with this little bottle in two different formulas: sheer & sheer tint. I got the Sheer Tint version to try out, which contains a very subtle peachy tint that spreads out to an invisible layer. The formula contains no fragrance, oil or parabens and contains an SPF45, also making it perfect for sensitive as well as oily skin types. It’s a very fluid formula that spreads out like a charm and leaves a non-sticky, bare face feeling. Retails for €32.40. This one contains a physical filter (their patented Invisible Screen formulated with titanium dioxide).

BECCA MINERAL TINT SPF30+ SUNSCREENDefinitely the least powerful one of the bunch, but with a very nice formula. This is tinted and comes in three shades, of which I picked the lightest one. It comes out quite dark, but ultimately leaves a very nice healthy glow without much tint. The downside of this one is that only keeps 9 months - which means I’ll have to toss this one just before Summer as I started using it in September. Retails at $35.00 and is a bit harder to find in Europe. Contains a physical filter.

All of these are suitable for protection against both UVA and UVB rays, which is quite important. What exactly is the difference? UVA rays (ultraviolet A) are long wave rays that can penetrate through clouds and windows and are the ones that do damage on the long run as they penetrate deeper into the skin. These are the pesky buggers that cause all of those wrinkes! UVB rays (ultraviolet B) are short wave rays that don’t penetrate as deep into your skin, but do some immediately visible damage. These are the ones that can turn you as red as a lobster! And what’s the deal with the physical or chemical filters thing? There’s been quite some controversy about chemical filters as they can be unstable sometimes and produce free radicals that actually do more harm than good. It’s a whole lot to dig into, but you can check out the whole dish here. The chemical filter (Octocrylene) used in the RoC sunscreens I featured here has been considered safe and stable by the FDA and European government. Luckily with such a wide variety of sunscreens on the market, it’s totally up to the customer to pick & choose their own kind of sunscreen!

(orange print clutch by New Look)

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