In today’s society we are or at least should be fully aware of the dangers of sun to our skin & our health. It’s been proved time & time again how damaging the sun can be, so I’m not here to stress out just how important it is that we look after ourselves & protect our skin because Sun protection is definitely not the dreaded sticky & thick lotion our parents used to make us wear. Long gone are the days when we used to avoid having sun protection applied in fear of looking like something out of a Casper movie. We are now presented with shelves upon shelves of different sun factors; some are oils, some are sprays, some are even tinted, so we really have no excuse not be using it on a daily basis this summer or even all year round if needed. I’ve been particularly interested in facial SPF, so down the aisles of Boots I went hunting for that perfect product and I came home with not only one but two different versions plus a very important lip protectant also.
After doing a bit of research online I wanted to make sure I was picking out the best choices available, one that would cover my skin not only on the surface but also within the deeper layers. In case you’re not aware the sun not only radiates UVB Light, which causes that instant burn to your skin when you’ve neglected to protect it… but it also exposes our skin to much stronger UVA Light which is what causes damage long term & helps with the anti-ageing process like nothing else. UVA is also the one that’s harder to detect because if you can’t see yourself physically burning you won’t know there’s damage being done until it’s just a little bit too late. So the sun protectants you need to look for should be Broad Spectrum Sunscreens, as they protect against both UVB & UVA, making sure your skin stays healthy. You can find this in most SPF’s these days varying in different price ranges to suit all budgets and of course the most important part they feel like skincare. Like your regular skincare you will find facial SPF’s for varying skin types; dry, combination or oily, plus it will be non-greasy and non-comodogenic which is exactly what you want for your face.
These days a lot of brands on the market are trying to use the benefit of adding SPF’s to regular skincare or even makeup, because they know how attractive that will look to the regular consumer. Thinking that you don’t need to use a separate SPF anymore because your regular moisturiser already has it included is a great idea in theory but in reality it doesn’t really work out. The problem with having SPF included in your regular day to day products is that they are less likely to be rub-resistant or water-resistant, hence why they just don’t have the same amount of protection as a specifically sun screen lotion would. Those kind of products are perfectly fine if your not going to be out for long periods of time in strong sun, but they are definitely not what you should be using during the summer months It’s also important to note that SPF’s don’t accumulate, so if you’ve used a moisturiser with SPF 15 and a foundation with SPF 10, the only thing that will count and stand out is the highest SPF used within your routine.
The highest SPF I opted for was the La Roche Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50, which as the name suggest feels very light with super slim packaging. This particular range offers different variations including tinted ones & ones with a matte finish (for oilier skin types), as well as lower factors so there really is something for everyone. In terms of budget I would consider this quite affordable & believe that stores such as Boots tend to have the range on special offers quite regularly.
My other SPF choice was one with a lower factor of 30 to be used as my daily sun protectant, the Piz Buin Ultra Light Dry Touch Face Fluid. For something that I would wear on an everyday basis I wanted a product that would feel super light, non-greasy & most importantly absorb into the skin fast. This product delivers exactly what I was looking for & stays true to its name completely. It leaves my skin feeling silky with an almost matte finish, very similar results to a primer so it’s perfect for using under your regular makeup. The price of this is once again very affordable for the amazing quality.
It’s always important not to forget your lips when it comes to sun protection because the ageing process can happen at an even speedier pace here. Once again there’s a wide range of variety to choose from but I personally decided to opt for a fun & slightly tinted product that will look compliment my ‘no makeup makeup’ days perfectly. The Hawaiian Tropic Island Berry Lip Gloss SPF 25 might not be to everyone’s taste with a sweet fragrance & a glossy finish, but you can’t deny the fact that it has a great broad-spectrum protection for the lips.
Now that you’re prepared for the sun & you’ve got SPF ready to go, you just need to remember that taking it all off at the end of the day is just as important as applying it in the first place. I recommend a double cleanse, to ensure that you’re pores haven’t been clogged in any way & you won’t suffer with breakouts as a result.
By Alina Bostan