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Top 5 Favourite SPFs

4th May 2018 in Skincare, SPF - 5 Comments - 4 min read

Top 5 Favourite SPFs

4th May 2018 in Skincare, SPF - 5 Comments - 4 min read >/div>

Welcome Skintellectuals!

I realised lately that i always go on about SPF and how important it is to wear SPF everyday even if its cloudy but ive never actually done a post on my favourite SPF products so if you are reading this post and you dont wear SPF daily this is your wake up call! I recently shared an image on my Instagram that showed the effects of sun damage on the skin from not protecting yourself.

As you can see from the image above it shows the effects of sun damage on the skin, for this man it was 24 years of sun damage he was a truck driver you can see that the right side of his face is more damaged than the left because UVA rays can penetrate glass so you can get sun damage even when sitting inside your house or in your car!
Ive put together 5 of my favourite SPF’s that i tend to use on a regular basis.

Top 5 Favourite SPFs

First off is the Clinique SPF 30 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream is a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen that has a few added features it contains Cliniques SolarSmart+ (basically marketing speak for a bunch of antioxidants). The UV filters in this SPF are a mixture of mineral and synthetic agents such as avobenzone, ethylhexylsalicylate, homosalate, oxybenzone and octrocrylene. As you can see from the ingredients this is a chemical (Organic) sunscreen so it might not be best for sensitive skin even though it does claim to be non-acnegenic.

If im honest this isn’t my favourite out of the 5 its got a good texture and dries down well but it leaves quite a bit of a white cast for a chemical (organic) SPF.

Top 5 Favourite SPFs

Bioderma had sent me the Photoderma MAX 50+ SPF when it had launched as it was one of the new range which was tinted. The tint to this is a pretty good match for my skin but im not to happy with the fact there are only 2 colours to this SPF so anyone darker than the second shade cant really use this so i would opt for going with the untinted version but otherwise its a great SPF its got a fantastic texture and it does have quite a bit of coverage as well on the level of a tinted moisturiser. Photoderm MAX 50+ is broad spectrum covering both UVA and UVB and contains Tinosorb M, Tinosorb S,  Avobenzone, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide. Photoderm is a mixture of chemical (organic) and physical (inorganic) i feel that with SPF its best to find one that is a mixture to make sure you are completely protected.

Top 5 Favourite SPFs

The Body Shop Skin Defence SPF 50 PA ++++ is probably one of my favourites because i like a thin chemical SPF as it doesn’t leave a white cast and it works so well with makeup. I feel like if you do have a more sensitive/reactive skin type you should look for something physical as well as this is chemical it also has a lot of alcohol in it which isn’t necessarily a bad thing it just means that once its applied to the skin the alcohol evaporates on the skin leaving spf traceless. Skin Defence contains a mixture of Octinoxate and Avobenzone.

Top 5 Favourite SPFs

I feel like the Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield works best if you want to wear makeup as this acts like a really good primer so not only does it protect you from sun damage it helps to blur any imperfections and treats the skin as well. Before anyone freaks out and swears off this it does contain silicone but it will not clog your pores as most silicones start of thick and then they evaporate quickly and does not penetrate the pore lining where acne is formed so it will not break you out. Invisiblur contains Homosalate, Avobenzone, Octocrylene. I love how this feels when you apply it to the skin it feels like silk its absolutely beautiful!

Top 5 Favourite SPFs

Glo Skin Beauty is a completely new brand to be and i only recently started using this SPF and i have to admit i actually really like this as with having combination skin i do get rather oily and i feel like since this is made for oily skin in mind it helps to keep me balanced. Although i have say that this again will cause quite a white cast as it contains 7.5% Zinc Oxide. This reminds me of your traditional SPF as its quite thick and smells like SPF but it is a combination SPF of chemical (organic) and physical (inorganic)
Glo Skin Beauty Oil Free SPF 40+ contains Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 2.5% and Zinc Oxide 7.5%.

To end this post just remember that the best SPF is the one that works for you something that you will continue to use.

What is your favourite SPF?
Chemical or Physical?
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