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!