Do Darker Skin Tones Require SPF?

Skin Tones

I’ll make my apologies in advance; I know that I continually advocate the use of sunscreen. I wear SPF50 every day of the year. Summer or winter, in the city or countryside, while on vacation, or in the garden. It has become somewhat of an obsession for me.

Sunbathing For Darker Skin Tones:

Girl Sunbathing with Sunglasses

Contrary to popular belief, and despite black skin, the propensity for a sun-kissed finish is as pervasive amongst black women as it is amongst their Caucasian sisters. The problem is, it is rarely done safely!

I am highly aware that my dedication to SPF is uncommon. So, it greatly concerns me when women admit that they never wear it when I love it so much and understand clearly the benefits of using it! It is believed that as many as 90% of the black women never consider wearing sunscreen, except for the occasions they are on a beach and sometimes not even then. So, the question is, ‘do all skin tones need SPF?’

Since ancient times there is a long-standing belief that exists, a misconception if you like that the high level of Melanin in black skin is all the protection they need in the sun.

It’s often said that black people don’t burn. Consequently, there are many black ladies on holiday that will happily stay on the beach practically from sun up to sun down with no sun protection. They never give a thought about the risk of getting skin cancer. However, they like to moisturise to the hilt (because they can’t be dealing with ash-colored skin).


Protect Your Delicate Skin:

Applying an SPF is considered an integral part of prudent skincare and beauty, but should all skin types observe it?

Dermatologists continuously remind us to wear sunscreen, even under grey cloudy skies. The list of sun-related diseases is of great concern – skin cancer, ageing, pigmentation, and rightly so. There are many inconsistencies about sunscreen and its marketing, even with all the advice and superstars continually reminding us to apply sun protection. Far too many people forget how important it is to use and reapply throughout the day!

People with dark skin pigmentation have skin that is naturally rich in Melanin (especially eumelanin). They have more melanosomes which provide superior protection against the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation.

The Melanin in people of darker skin blocks sunlight naturally. The skin’s epidermal (outer) layer are cells that contain the pigment melanin. Melanin protects the skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which, as we know, burns the skin.

Melanin may help protect the skin from damaging UV rays. However, it may also make darker skin more susceptible to hyperpigmentation, which can be caused by sun damage. Regular SPF usage is one of the best ways to prevent this. Some sunscreen products are now available that contain ingredients to mitigate hyperpigmentation. For patients with stubborn dark marks on the face, it’s advised to look for a sunscreen that contains zinc oxide (found in many tinted formulas). Zinc Oxide protects the skin from the sun, indoor light, and computer screens.

Although dark skin has some innate sun protection due to Melanin, it’s an inescapable necessity for everyone to use an adequate SPF to protect themselves.


Skin Cancer From The Sun:

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While sun-induced skin cancer is rare in darker skin tones, it can and does occur and frequently isn’t identified until it’s too late to be treated. When they occur, they tend to be diagnosed at a later stage and, as a result, have a worse prognosis.

For example, one study found an average five-year melanoma survival rate of only 65 percent in black people versus 91 percent in white people. Another showed that late-stage melanoma diagnoses are more common in Hispanic and black patients than in non-Hispanic white patients.

There’s a lower public awareness overall of the risk of skin cancer among individuals of color. Source – https://www.skincancer.org

It may be partially due to a lack of understanding of skin cancer’s various risk factors in people with darker skin tones.

The bottom line is that the only proven way to prevent skin cancer is to stay out of excessive sunlight and use a high-quality sunscreen. If you are dark-skinned, you’re encouraged to wear sunscreen at all times.


Basking In The Sun – All Day Long!

Girl on beach

So many of us are instinctively drawn to the sun, long summer days relaxing on the beach, loving how it colours our skin, and enjoying the freedom to wear clothes that allow us to flaunt our tanned bodies.

One summer, hell-bent on getting a glow to end all glows, a dear friend roasted herself almost to a cinder on a beach in the Mediterranean. She applied oil that made her skin sizzle and shine, believing this to be a good thing – and positioned herself directly under the blazing sunlight, following the sun rays faithfully!

By the time the sun went down, she had looked fabulous, a deeper, glossier darker shade of ebony. She complimented herself, how beautiful and smooth her skin looked, and planned to ‘top-up’ her tan each day. However, after taking a shower and drying herself, she noticed her skin begin to peel and how painfully sore her skin was to touch. She soon realised black skin ‘absolutely’ does burn! The remainder of the holiday was not spent on the beach!

Ever since she never goes out in the sun without a high factor SPF. She even applies it to her face when just walking around the town now.

However, we also need to remember the sun isn’t always harmful to us, and precisely why sunlight is good for us. We need vitamin D that it stimulates to protect against inflammation, helps muscles, and prevents rickets, and lowers high blood pressure.

Research has shown that when our skin is exposed to the sun’s rays, a compound is released in our blood vessels that help’s to lower blood pressure.

Sunscreen isn’t the only way to avoid sun damage. You can get excellent sun protection from a floppy hat, sunglasses, and staying out of the sun. One tip is to allow the vitamin D to be absorbed by the torso while keeping your face protected.

(It is always worth having a good ‘After Sun Balm’ with you when sunbathing Piz Buin Intensifying After Sun).


We Are All Sun-Worshippers At Heart!

Girl in Sunset

There are well-meaning skincare specialists who like to educate us on the need to apply sunscreen and remind black people that we are not immune to sun damage!

For many black people, staying out in the sun is not something they do.

I recently went to Barbados, and as the sun was at its strongest, it was mostly the Caucasians in the sun. The locals were back in the cafes, restaurants, and bars by noon and stayed out of the sun until late afternoon.

Aside from the “black skin doesn’t burn” myth, another reason many black women forsake the SPF is that, at some point, we have looked in the mirror and thought, “Oh, look it’s a ghost!” Actually, no, it’s just my SPF!

For so long, SPFs have left an unsightly chalky appearance – some so intense that a decent foundation would struggle to counteract the ghostly grey finish. Unfortunately, so many black people have abstained from sun protection because of this, but now ‘physical’ sunscreens have improved considerably. There isn’t such a big issue with ‘ghosting.’

Beyond protecting skin from sun damage, skin cancer, and premature ageing, applying sunscreen is arguably the key to preventing hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is a sign of photoaging in people with skin of color. The occurrence and re-occurrence are conceivably the biggest skincare complaints I hear from this demographic, also known as age spots or sunspots.

The issue of hyperpigmentation is the main reason SPF is part of my daily skincare program. My beauty regime is crammed with products that address dark spots and discoloration. These include vitamin C, liquid exfoliators, lactic acid, fruit enzymes masks; you name it, I’m sure I use it.

The one thing that I have learned is that you can use all the skin brighteners and pigmentation-busting products available to improve your skin. The simple fact is, if you don’t finish off with a high-quality SPF, you are merely wasting your time! All the age spots, discolouration and scarring issues will intensify if you allow the sun to beat down on them day after day without sun protection applied.

Mercifully, there are now high SPF formula’s on the market that won’t leave you looking pale or risk clogging your pores.


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Chemical And Physical Sunscreen:

There are two kinds of SPFs. Physical sunscreen consists mainly of either zinc or titanium oxide or indeed both! It works by sitting on the skin and deflects the sun’s rays. Chemical sunscreen, with ingredients like salicylates and cinnamates, absorbs the UV rays, turns them into heat, and releases it from the skin. If you have a darker skin tone, I find that chemical SPFs work better on this skin tone as they don’t leave that dreadful overbearing residue.

I am currently delighted with Skin Ceuticals Ultra Facial Defense SPF50. This lightweight and easily absorbed hydrating sunscreen helps prevent UV-induced collagen breakdown, UV induced hyperpigmentation, UV-induced dark spots, and other signs of premature aging caused by the sun’s harsh rays.

Especially ideal for sensitive skin La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios Invisible Fluid SPF50+. La Roche-Posay will help to find a solution. Even for those with the most delicate and reactive of skin. An ultra-resistant formula specifically developed for sensitive skin; this lightweight facial sunscreen provides broad-spectrum SPF50 protection, assisted with Mexoplex®. A patented filtering system Mexoplex® and La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water that offers maximum benefits.

This Non-greasy and non-sticky sun lotion is applied effortlessly without leaving white marks. It is ultra sand, sweat, and water-resistant. Without stinging your eyes yet still offering very high protection, it is also hypoallergenic.

Sisley’s Super Soin Solaire Facial Sun Care SPF30 is more pricey than most, but the tech behind it is somewhat cutting edge, and it goes on and feels like silk. This sunscreen has been developed so as not to leave a white appearance on the skin. It is Water-resistant, Non-comedogenic, and Naturally scented with essential oils of Sage and Marjoram.

It provides ideal anti-UVA-UVB protection for initial exposure to the sun and those with fair or sun-sensitive skin needing a high degree of protection.

If you are looking for an SPF that is suitable for general everyday use, Paula’s Choice Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense – Broad Spectrum SPF 30. For people with sensitive, oily skin, it’s Lightly tinted mattifying moisturizing lotion protects the skin from the sun. A super-light anti-aging moisturizer with SPF30 protection minimizes shine by absorbing excess oil. It has a gentle mineral-based sunscreen with a potent blend of antioxidants that protect and fortify the skin. The soft matte and sheer tint finish make for the perfect make-up base. This gentle, mineral-based formula has a sheer tint that works superbly for all skin tones that can be worn alone or applied under your foundation. Its lotion texture leaves a soft matte finish that perfectly preps skin, allowing make-up to apply smoothly and evenly (no primer needed).


Conclusion:

Generally, just to be on the safe side, I stick to SPF 50, but I realise that maybe a no-no to some. For those like me who can’t resist the wonderful feeling of sun rays beating down on them, there are now sunscreen sprays, gels, lotions, and creams. With this range of ingenious formulations, there isn’t any excuse not to use SPF when outdoors. Regardless of how much Melanin our skin might have, the reality is black does burn, and if you don’t use an SPF, you just might find that out!

The damage caused by the sun can take years to appear, look after your skin now before its too late.



 

The 5 Best Sunscreens For The Face

girl in sunglasses

The best SPF sunscreens are not just for holidays, they need to be applied daily all year round to keep wrinkles, dark spots, and pigmentation at bay.

There is now a whole host of face sun protection products that you will enjoy using. They include complexion-boosting tinted SPF for even skin tone, antioxidant-rich creams for extra wrinkle-reducing prowess, and hydrating moisturizers with SPF.

So, whether you’re looking for sensitive, oily, or dry skin protection, we’ve picked The 5 Best Sunscreens For The Face available to meet your needs.

Click To Preview: Shiseido Expert Sun Aging Protection – SPF50

Click To Preview: Paula’s Choice Super-Light Daily Defense – SPF30

Click To Preview: Sisley Super Soin Facial Sun Care – SPF30

Click To Preview: Skin Ceuticals Ultra Facial Defense – SPF50

Click To Preview: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light – SPF50


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Shiseido Expert Sun Aging Protection Lotion For The Face – SPF50

The new WetForce sunscreen may be the first era-changing improvement in sun protection technology since the invention of sunscreen itself. The UV protector that is enhanced when it comes into contact with water.

The principal attraction of this formula is the Wetforce technology, which Shiseido explains gives it an edge in conditions such as water exposure or perspiration. According to the Shiseido, this sunscreen technology increases in UVB/UVA protection after contact with water or sweat; this is the result of interaction between the minerals and their Wetforce formulas.

Shiseido Face Sunscreen SPF50

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Description:

Shiseido SPF50 offers excellent sun protection in a creamy lotion formula that is invisible upon application on any skin tone. Features new WetForce technology, which provides the skin a protecting veil that becomes active as it comes into contact with water or sweat. This sunscreen is ideal for all outdoor activities and sports, it provides high sun protection, yet is comfortable and gentle on the skin.

Although it provides more than adequate protection for your skin, this innovative product becomes even more effective when it comes into contact with water or sweat. It offers high sun protection technology, but it is comfortable and gentle on the skin.

It features technology that is exclusive-to-Shiseido with ‘SuperVeil 360.’ When applied, it creates a protective veil over the skin to seamlessly fit on the skin surface, protecting it like a second skin, offering complete sun protection. The highly nourishing, lightweight formula smoothes on without a trace of stickiness and an invisible finish that’s absorbed instantly.

Technology:

The Biggest Splash Since SPF was created – The UV Protector that gets boosted by water – A World first by Shiseido Japan.

This sunscreen contains Shiseido’s exclusive SuperVeil-UV 360TM technology that gets stronger when it gets wet.

Get it wet, and once the minerals come in contact water or perspiration boost the power of its protective veil.

So you can swim, play, exercise and enjoy the outdoors, knowing WetForce relishes the challenge from water and the sun.

WetForce technology – your sunscreen’s protective veil becomes stronger as it comes into contact with water or sweat*. Protects against UV rays.

*To activate WetForce technology, expose the applied area to water for 15 minutes or perspiration for 30 minutes.

Consumers Agree:

Suitable for all Skin Types – notably sun sensitive, fair skin.

96% said formula blends quickly into the skin.

95% said the formula has an invisible finish after application.

94% said the formula was non-sticky after application.

Water Resistant 80 Minutes.

Water-Resistant and Perspiration Resistant.

Sand does not stick to it.

Non-Comedogenic, Dermatologist, and Ophthalmologist-Tested.

Shake well before use. It is best to apply after your regular skincare.

Before going out in the sun, apply generously and evenly over the face and neck.

To remove, rinse off thoroughly using a daily cleanser

Ingredients: Click To ViewPurpose Avobenzone 2.5% – Sunscreen Octinoxate 4.9% – Sunscreen Octocrylene 5.0% – Sunscreen Oxybenzone 3.0% – Sunscreen Inactive Ingredients: Water・Dimethicone・Sd Alcohol 40-B・Talc・Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer・Isododecane・Cetyl Ethylhexanoate・Diisopropyl Sebacate・Triethylhexanoin・Lauryl Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone・Glycerin・Dextrin Palmitate・Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate・Polybutylene Glycol/Ppg-9/1 Copolymer・Trimethylsiloxysilicate・Xylitol・Silica・Sodium Chloride・Peg/Ppg-14/7 Dimethyl Ether・Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract・Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract・Disteardimonium Hectorite・Isostearic Acid・Calcium Stearate・Trisodium Edta・Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer・Alcohol・Bht・Butylene Glycol・Stearic Acid・Sodium Metabisulfite・Syzygium Jambos Leaf Extract・Tocopherol・Polysilicone-2・Methylparaben・Fragrance・Iron Oxides・

Conclusion:

This product is suitable for both men and women for use not only at the beach but for all leisure and sports activities. So you can play, swim, and enjoy the outdoors, safe in the knowledge that WetForce loves water and humidity as much as you do.



Paula's Choice Skincare

Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense – Broad Spectrum SPF 30

A Lightly tinted mattifying moisturizing lotion protects skin from the sun. A super-light anti-aging moisturizer with SPF30 protection minimizes shine by absorbing excess oil but also has a gentle mineral-based sunscreen with a potent blend of antioxidants that protect and fortify the skin. The soft matte and sheer tint finish make for the perfect makeup base.

 

Paulas Choice Tinted SPF30

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Key Features:

Mattifies shiny skin

Protects from sun damage

Fights signs of aging

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Benefit From The Subtle Touch Of Colour:

Resist Super-Light SPF 30 has a mineral sunscreen base, this makes the product more suitable for people with sensitive, oily skin.
Resist Super-light SPF 30 – The mineral sunscreen also provides a significant mattifying effect, and this sunscreen adds a delicate touch of color to help skin look more even-toned.

This multi-purpose formula protects the skin from sun damage, and also fortifies it with antioxidants. You will see an evener skin tone, fewer visible lines, and the appearance of a healthy-looking glow.

This gentle, mineral-based formula has a sheer tint that works superbly for all skin tones that can be worn alone or applied under your foundation. Its lotion texture leaves a soft matte finish that perfectly preps skin, allowing makeup to apply smoothly and evenly (no primer needed).

Is Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 suitable for people with breakout-prone skin?

Yes. Although containing 13% zinc oxide, this formula has been designed so that the zinc oxide ‘floats’ over the skin rather than settling into pores – this is achieved using innovative silicone technology.

Is Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 suitable for people with rosacea?

Yes, the formula is fragrance-free, like all Paula’s Choice products. Also, it contains the skin sensitive mineral active zinc oxide plus proven antioxidants and anti-irritants that help to reduce inflammation. When inflammation is reduced, the skin appears less red and looks more even-toned.

The key ingredients

Antioxidants – Help to protect skin against harmful free radicals, among others caused by sunlight and pollution. They have anti-aging properties and calm skin.

Resveratrol – Potent antioxidant abundant in red grapes and, therefore, in red wine. It has significant skin-soothing properties for the skin.

Zinc Oxide – Mineral sunscreen, very useful in protecting against the sun’s UVA rays in addition to UVB rays. Very gentle and therefore suitable for people with sensitive skin.

The key ingredients:

Antioxidants – Help to protect skin against harmful free radicals, among others caused by sunlight and pollution. They have anti-aging properties and calm skin.

Resveratrol – Potent antioxidant abundant in red grapes and, therefore, in red wine. It has significant skin soothing properties for the skin.

Zinc Oxide – Mineral sunscreen, very useful in providing protection against the sun’s UVA rays in addition to UVB rays. Very gentle and therefore suitable for people with sensitive skin.

Ingredients: Click To ViewAqua, Cyclopentasiloxane (hydration), Zinc Oxide (13%, Nano, broad spectrum sunscreen agent ), PEG-12 Dimethicone (texture enhancer), PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone (texture enhancer), Lauryl Lysine (skin-conditioning agent), Sodium Chloride (stabilizer), Trihydroxystearin (texture-enhancing), Dimethicone Crosspolymer (suspending agent), Resveratrol (antioxidant), Quercetin (antioxidant), Epigallocatechin Gallate (antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), enisonedA (skin-restoring), Bisabolol (skin-soothing), xilaS Alba (willow) Bark Extract (skin-soothing), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract (antioxidant), Haematococcus Pluvialis (Astaxanthin) Extract (antioxidant), Hydrolized Corn Starch (texture-enhancing/mattifying agent), Polysorbate 80 (texture-enhancing), Hydrolyzed Silica (texture-enhancing/mattifying agent), Triethoxycaprylylsilane (texture enhancer), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (emollient texture enhancer), Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate (texture-enhancing), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative), Hexylene Glycol (preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) (colorant), Phenoxyethanol (preservative). List provided by paulaschoice.co.uk

Conclusion:

I’ve tried many sunscreens over the years, and after using this every day for the last 6 months, I can reliably say it’s the best I’ve tried. Also, I would recommend this to anyone with oily skin, it’s the only physical sunscreen I’ve used that doesn’t make my skin greasy or appear to be greasy, and it doesn’t cause breakouts. In fact, it seems to keep the oily skin at bay throughout the day.

I like to apply a generous amount for optimum sun protection, and this sunscreen glides on smoothly, drying to a soft matte finish. The tint evens out my skin tone superbly, and quite often, I am happy to wear this on its own.

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But, it’s also a fantastic primer under makeup, and I believe it has helped me to get a much more even look when I use makeup. I prefer to use this as a sunscreen over a water-based moisturizer, which seems to prevent any possible dryness or dry patches. This is an excellent product, and I’m so glad I found it!



Sisley ParisSisley Super Soin Solaire Facial Sun Care SPF30

A delicate, silky, and non-greasy cream that blends into the skin and leaves it with a matte appearance. This sunscreen offers cellular protection thanks to the Edelweiss extract. The anti-free radical action is from a blend of Vitamin E acetate and Edelweiss extract that protect the skin from oxidative stress.

With the help of Shea butter, Mango extract, and Camellia oil, these ingredients enable the skin to recover moisture and suppleness. Camellia oil helps to build up the barrier function, so allowing the skin to maintain its optimum moisture level.

Sisley Face Sunscreen

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Quality Sisley Sunscreen:

This sunscreen has been developed so as not to leave a white appearance on the skin. It is Water-resistant, Non-comedogenic, and Naturally scented with essential oils of Sage and Marjoram.

It provides ideal anti-UVA-UVB protection for initial exposure to the sun and those with fair or sun-sensitive skin needing a high degree of protection.

Super Soin Solaire Facial protection is a ‘youth protector’ sun care product that helps protect the skin’s sun capital and photo-aging. You get this due to a combination of ingenious UVA and UVB filters and ultra-advanced protective active ingredients.

Cellular protection is working tirelessly protecting the integrity of skin cells, and this is essential for their renewal and maintaining a youthful complexion.

Targeted Action On The Skin’s Barrier Function
This facial sunscreen comes with Anti-free radical action from a combination of the active ingredients Vitamin E acetate and Edelweiss extract. These valuable ingredients help to protect the skin from oxidative stress, which is the principal cause of photo skin aging.

Thanks to its protective effect, Edelweiss extract combined with solar filters, helps to preserve the cells from the harmful effects of UV rays.
Edelweiss extract and Camellia oil target and help to strengthen the barrier function to allow the skin to maintain its optimum moisture level, so guarantee higher resistance to environmental damage.

Skin Benefits From Extra Protection:

A moisturizing and nourishing formula – The sun’s rays can damage the skin’s hydrolipidic film leading to dehydration and dryness. Shea butter, Camellia oil, and Mango extracts help to recover suppleness and moisture.

A fluid, silky, and non-greasy cream that leaves the skin feeling supple, and does not whiten the skin. It has the added benefit of being water-resistant and non-comedogenic.

It comes naturally scented with essential oils of Sage and Marjoram. This sunscreen helps to protect the skin from the effects of photo-aging – wrinkles, dark spots, dehydration, and loss of firmness.

Super Soin Solaire Facial Sun Care SPF 30 helps to protect the skin effectively from the sun.

Active Ingredients:

Specific UVA-UVB Filtering Complex : Absorbs UVA-UVB rays.

Vitamin E Acetate : Anti-free radical properties.

Edelweiss Extract : Protects the cellular DNA from oxidative stress, strengthens the skin’s barrier function.

Camellia Oil : Has restructuring, emollient, moisturizing, and nourishing properties.

Shea Butter : Repairs, nourishes, softens, soothes, protects.

Mango Extract : Has moisturizing and emollient properties.

Plant-Origin Glycerin : Moisturizes.

Sage (Essential Oil) : Stimulates.

Marjoram (Essential Oil) : Soothes.

Application Tips:

Apply Super Soin Solaire Facial Sun Care SPF 30 generously before exposure to the sun. Must be reapplied every two hours. Avoid over-exposure to the sun, as well as the hours when sunshine is at its strongest. Do not expose babies and young children to direct sunlight.

Conclusion:

A genuinely great Sunscreen without the harmful chemicals, very hydrating, and stays on all day offering added skincare benefits.

It’s so light and gentle when applied, it almost feels like a second skin and does not leave the skin looking pale or white. I’ve been using it for years and cannot fault it; I love applying it to my skin!



Skin Ceuticals

Skin Ceuticals Ultra Facial Defense SPF 50

Keep your skin protected against the sun’s harmful UV rays. Form a barrier that protects your complexion from harmful sun damage with the Ultra Facial UV Defense SPF 50 from a world-renowned leader in advanced science-based skincare, SkinCeuticals; a high UVA/UVB broad-spectrum SPF 50 face moisturizer.

Formulated with the latest state-of-the-art UV filters. This lightweight and easily absorbed hydrating sunscreen helps to prevent UV induced collagen breakdown, UV induced hyperpigmentation, UV-induced dark spots, and other signs of premature aging caused by the suns harsh rays.

Skin Ceuticals SPF50

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Lightweight Sunscreen:

This easy to apply lightweight sunscreen combines state-of-the-art filters combined with antioxidants to provide complete broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. Designed to prevent photo-aging, sunburn, and premature aging, it also helps to maintain a smooth, plump, and even complexion for the long-term.

Suitable for all skin types, apply to clean skin every morning and throughout the day for best results.

Ultra Facial Defense SPF 50 protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays, known to cause premature skin aging. It is an ultra-light lotion.

+High SPF 50 protection

+Protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays

+Formulated with state-of-the-art UV filters

+Lightweight formula

+Easily absorbed with moisturizing properties

Ingredients: Click To ViewAqua/Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Drometrizole Trisiloxane, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide [Nano]/Titanium Dioxide, Alcohol Denat, Pentylene Glycol, Terephthalydene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Triethanolamine, BIS-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Stearic Acid, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Tocopherol, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-100 Stearate, Palmitic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Tromethamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Cetyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii Seescake Extract/Shea Butter Seedcake Extract, Aluminium Hydroxide, Glyceryl Stearate.

How To Use:

Apply just before sun exposure.

Re-apply frequently and generously to maintain complete protection, particularly after swimming, sweating or toweling.

Avoid sun exposure at peak times, and take care to avoid the eye area.

In case of contact with eyes rinse with water immediately and thoroughly.

Conclusion:

Most of the sunscreens I use, I am usually struggling to rub in a milky white appearance, this silky, lightweight formula glided on with little effort required.

Although my skin looked to have a slight shine to it at first, this faded once the sunscreen was absorbed. It didn’t feel oily to the touch, and the ‘glow’ (as my colleagues put it) disappeared when I applied my make-up. Also, I find this sunscreen happens to be a good base for my make-up.

Come to the end of the day, my skin still felt matt and comfortable, as though I was wearing an expensive beauty cream, not just a sunscreen.



La Roche Posay

Anthelios Ultra-Light Invisible Fluid SPF 50+

 

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The Brand:

For 30 years, we have been working in partnership with dermatologists to bring the most effective yet significantly tolerated products for those people with sensitive skin. Whatever stage your skin concern may be and at whatever stage in life you are at, La Roche-Posay will help to find a solution. Even for those with the most delicate and reactive of skin.

Mexoplex Filtering:

An ultra-resistant formula specifically developed for sensitive skin; this lightweight facial sunscreen provides broad-spectrum SPF50 protection, which is assisted with Mexoplex®. A patented filtering system Mexoplex® and La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water that offers maximum benefits.

This Non-greasy and non-sticky sun lotion is applied effortlessly without leaving white marks. It is ultra sand, sweat, and water-resistant, without stinging your eyes yet still offering very high protection, it is also hypoallergenic.

The effectiveness of Anthelios has been confirmed via clinical studies. Carried out ‘in-vivo’ on people suffering from sun intolerance, particularly those caused by UVA rays (UVA rays are considered the sun’s silent killers).

La Roche-Posay Anthelios products all have a high PPD (Persistent Pigment Darkening) factor – 9 out of 10 world-renowned expert dermatologists recommend Anthelios.

Active Ingredients:

Offering exceptionally high, broad, photostable UVA/UVB/Infrared protection, provides Optimal SPF 50+ protection strengthened against UVA rays (PPD 46, which is stricter than the European recommendation) all down to the patented filtering system Mexoplex® blended with La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water.

Ingredients: Click To View Aqua/Water, Alcohol Denat, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Silica, Isopropyl Myristate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Glycerin, C12-22 Alkyl Acrylate/Hydroxyethylacrylate Copolymer, Propanediol, Drometrizole Trisiloxane, Perlite, Tocopherol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Triethanolamine, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate. (List from LaRoche-Posay) 

Conclusion:

I have skin that is both dry, and prone to getting ‘breakouts.’ I find it challenging to find a sun cream that doesn’t break my skin out and cause it to go oily this product is perfect! So far, I’ve had no problems using this, and I apply it under my makeup after my serums. It is incredibly light and fantastic as a primer for foundation! It works wonders!

This facial sunscreen is quite runny, and can be a little difficult to apply, but absorbs into the skin very well. It doesn’t leave the face shiny as most sunscreens tend to do.

The other good thing is that it is invisible, leaves no trace marks on your skin and non-greasy. It has an incredibly light texture which soaks in quickly. It offers a high ‘Sun Protection Factor’ of 50+, providing excellent protection to the skin from both UVA and UVB rays. I love this sunscreen!

The damage caused by the sun can take years to appear, look after your face now before its too late.