A gentle reminder, now that we are moving into summer it’s important to use a sunscreen. Whether you usually go in for a water-resistant, pile-it-on-thick SPF 50 or something a little less robust, make sure that you use enough of it and reapply if you’re outside for longer periods of time. I’ve thrown together a few sunscreen product recommendations below – these are the ones that I’ve been using in rotation for a year now. But before we head into sunscreens that I’ve been loving I’d like to address some misconceptions on sun and using SPF. I’ve also written down a basic guideline for sun protection.
“A base tan protects me from sun damage” – A tan is your body’s response to being injured by UV exposure. When your cells are exposed to UV light, they produce more melanin, which is why you tan. But this is a sign that damage has already been done, not protection against future sun exposure.
“One good application of the sunscreen is enough while staying outdoors” – If you are staying outdoors for a longer period it’s recommended to apply sunscreen every 2 hours.
“I have make up with SPF and therefore I do not need sunscreen“ – Majority of make-up products contain a low SPF and this is not sufficient for protection.
“I can safely tan if I use good sunscreen“ – Unfortunately there is no “safe” tan even if you use the most efficient sunscreen.
“But I need sun to get enough vitamin D“ – Most people don’t apply sunscreen well enough to prevent skin from producing vitamin D. Plus, you need much less time in the sun to make adequate levels than you might think. About 5-30 minutes outdoors twice a week is enough. When the system overloads the production stops. Equally, a healthy vitamin D rich diet of fish, dairy, liver, eggs and vitamin D supplementation provides daily requirements.
“I’m allergic to SPF ” – You might not like the texture or the irritation sunscreen can sometimes cause, but being truly allergic to sunscreen is rare. If you have sensitive skin, stick to a physical sunscreen which has titanium dioxide or zinc oxide to block the rays. They are less aggravating, before applying all over – test it on a small area first!
– Limit time in the sun and seek shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
– Use broad-spectrum sunscreen (against UVA and UVB) with sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or higher
– Use sunscreens every day if you will be outside, even on cloudy days
– Re-apply sunscreen approximately every two hours and after swimming
This is by far my favourite sunscreen I’ve ever tried. It is non-greasy and non-whitening and leaves a matte finish to the skin. Nourishes and hydrates the skin while fighting environmental aggressors. Sinks in quickly and doesn’t leave a heavy sticky feeling to the skin, providing a good base for makeup. Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturizer SPF 50+ is a makeup artists’ favourite – it acts as a primer beneath makeup thanks to its amazing skin-prepping qualities, and offers very high protection. It’s a 3in1 cream – moisturizer, sun protector and a makeup primer. This is my go-to sunscreen on hot summer days.
I’ve been trying to get my boyfriend on sunscreen for years now and I finally made a break through. While travelling to the Netherlands he discovered that he might be in need of a sunscreen and obviously was lacking some. I was over the moon to get the call for help on which sunscreen to choose. He finally gets it! And he managed to get a great drugstore option as well! #proudgirlfriend
Tho he might have bought the Anthelios Comfort cream for himself, I’ve managed to steal it from him just for a review purpose. And it’s not bad at all. The texture is lighter than Alpha-H moisturizer, but leaves a bit tackier surface on the skin. Blends and sinks in well, leaving no white residue. Only thing that bothers me is that it’s scented. I use it on days when I know that I won’t be much in the sun. Highly recommend La Roche-Posay sunscreens if you are on a budget!
And if you’re still not convinced if the SPF really works, then I can assure you that my boyfriend has tested it out on his own skin. The areas where he didn’t apply it well, got sun allergie, and the areas he did apply, were fine. Gosh, it can’t be so hard to use SPF daily? 😀
Forelle’d is a completely unknown brand for me, so unknown that before using it I had to google it just to be sure what I’m dealing with. It is a professional cosmeceuticals from Japan. Focusing on developing and producing low molecular substances which are able to regenerate skin from within. As Asian skincare is conquering the Eastern markets I was quite pleased to try it out. Because it’s a SPF25 I use it mainly in winter or on cloudy days.
Forelle’d Hyalogy sunscreen is the runniest consistency that I’ve ever come across in SPF creams. It can leave a slight white cast, but nothing that noticeable. Provides strong mineral protection against both UVA and UVB rays, helping skin recover from UV exposure and negative environmental impacts. Compared to the other two SPF’s Forelle’d sunscreen is the lightest on the skin, but I’d say it moisturizes as well as the La Roche-Posay Anthelios one. Again, I mostly use it on days when I won’t be much in the sun. I know the difference between SPF50 and SPF30 isn’t much, but on sunny days when I’m going to be outside most of the time I tend to use SPF50.
What are your thoughts on sunscreen and what products do you use?