In December 2016, I received a sample bag filled with sunscreen from Sephora. I didn’t think twice about it because I could give no fuck about sunscreen a year ago. I had one brand that I used when I needed sunscreen called Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15. It was not sticky or goey and I love the smell, I had no idea there was such a thing as luxury sunscreen. But the other drug store brands Neutrogena, Coppertone, Hawaiian Tropic, and Banana Boat (given these are to be used on the body not face but I mean who cares). Anyway, about 1 year ago, I started reading about sun rays and was scared to death that 15 spf kind of does nothing to my skin. It was too “weak”, and it made sense because I have so many sun damage freckles on my face and I regret so badly not wearing a higher spf sunscreen! So I took out that sample bag of sunscreen and I said, I would find one that I like right?! Nah I was wrong. Although some came really close to what I wanted.
I had only 2 criteria:
- Must be lightweight to the touch, meaning it can’t be gooey or sticky. I have combination skin. So it gets dry especially near my mouth and forehead but oily near my t-zone and nose. Typical really.
2. Must be a physical sunscreen. -This means the active ingredients include Zinc and Titanium Oxide. I’m super prone to dark spots, it runs in my DNA. As for the percentage of these active ingredients, I could care less because honestly, I’m not THAT extra.
So below is a list of sunscreen that I tried. I have extremely sensitive eyes and skin. So if I didn’t developed a rashes to it I would wear it for a week for better experimental results.
Aveeno 15spf- Although I’ve been using this all my life, this one does not meet the physical part of my requirement. But we all know how it is, no smell, quite matte and in general wonderful.
La Roche Posay Anthelios 50. $32 This is the magical stuff. This past my test and it is now my go-to. It’s not sticky, it comes on matte and the white cast goes away after 10-15 minutes. I have never had a problem with the white cast, but if you do, you’ll have to reconsider. It also has a sunscreen smell but the way it leaves my face smelling soft makes up for it. It’s also waterproof but don’t go swimming with it, you’ll get lots of questions as to why your face is so white.
Jack Black Jack Black Sun Guard Sunscreen SPF 45 Oil-Free & Very Water Resistant, 4 fl. oz.
KORRES Yoghurt Nourishing Fluid Veil Face Sunscreen SPF 30, 0.2 lb.
Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30, 1.7 Ounce>