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My Favourite Sunscreens

I consider SPF to be the most important part of my skincare regime. As I mentioned in my ‘top 5 skincare ingredients’ post, it has been well documented that UV rays from the sun are the main cause of premature wrinkles, pigmentation, sun spots and a breakdown of elasticity in the skin. UVB rays are responsible for sunburn whereas UVA rays reach deeper into the skin, contributing to skin damage, particularly premature ageing.



I prefer to use mineral sunscreen, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, instead of chemical sunscreen. I used a chemical sunscreen a few years ago and it made my skin feel very itchy so I think I have a sensitivity to it. I have found three brilliant mineral sunscreens that I would highly recommend. A reminder that my skin is fair and normal to dry.

Neostrata Sheer Physical Protection SPF 50 PA ++++

This sunscreen has 7% Titanium Dioxide and 6% Zinc Oxide. It is slightly tinted and has a runny texture, it could actually be mistaken for a chemical sunscreen. It doesn’t leave any white cast on my skin and it dries completely matt so should be a great one for more oily skin but it also feels comfortable as long as I use a moisturiser underneath.


Australian Gold Botanical Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50

This sunscreen has 4% Titanium Dioxide and 4% Zinc Oxide. It is much thicker in consistency than the Neostrata but still sinks in very nicely. It leaves such a nice glowy finish on my skin and has a sheer tint. It doesn’t interfere with the CC cream or foundation that I put over the top at all. Love it.


Drunk Elephant Umbre Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

This sunscreen has 20% Zinc Oxide. It has a similar thickness and tint to the Australian Gold but does leave a more shiny finish to the skin. I am still happy with it, if I’m wearing it alone I just lightly powder over it and it wears really well under makeup. This sunscreen may not work so well for very oily skin.


Remember to wear an SPF every day!


Lauren x

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