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SPF Reviews - The Ordinary, Altruist and Skinceuticals

Updated: Aug 23, 2018

I consider SPF to be the most important skincare ingredient and I apply it every day without fail these days (unless it’s pouring with rain outside and I’m staying in all day to watch Netflix). I really wish I’d started using sunscreen religiously in my 20s, I’m just thankful that I have never been a sunbather! I am constantly trying out different sunscreens with the hope of finding my holy grail. I wanted to review a few I have been using over the past month or so for you – the Skinceuticals Mineral Radiance Defence SPF50, The Ordinary SPF 30 and the Altruist SPF 50.



The Ordinary SPF 30

This sunscreen is titanium dioxide and zinc oxide based and is fragrance free, alcohol free and vegan. It also contains Tasmanian Pepperberry which is rich in flavanones, anthocyanins and minerals. I always try and use the recommended amount of SPF to give the best protection (1/4 of a teaspoon for the face, a pea sized amount won’t cut it) and with this amount of product, even on my fair skin, it leaves a greyish/purple white cast. I put it on one morning and my boyfriend came into the room and asked what on earth I had put on my face!


However, if I’m putting make up over the top of this SPF, it acts as a really nice primer and my CC cream sticks to it and lasts longer throughout the day. I like to reapply SPF on my face when I go out for lunch every day and I could never do that with this product. I will try and use this up but I definitely won’t be repurchasing.


Altruist SPF 50

Altruist was created by a dermatologist who was determined to reduce the incidence of skin cancer by enabling more people to use more sunscreen. They wanted to create a very high quality sunscreen at the lowest possible price. I got two 100ml tubes of the SPF 50 for £7.50 from Amazon UK, such amazing value for money. The SPF includes ‘a broad range of photostable and photostabilised UV filters, including the most advanced filter available, Tinosorb A2B, to ensure that quality protection is provided across the whole UVA/UVB spectrum’.


I think this is a brilliant SPF. It is a light cream and doesn’t have any white cast on my skin. It does have a slightly shiny finish so might not be ideal for oily skin but I much prefer that to a sunscreen that is drying on the skin. If I put too much near my eyes it can sting a little but I’m more careful when I apply now and it has been absolutely fine. The two big tubes should last me for a while so I don’t think I will need to repurchase this anytime soon but I would definitely recommend.


Skinceuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF 50

I was sent this sunscreen a few weeks ago and I am confused by it to be completely honest! This is a mineral SPF and the ingredient used is titanium dioxide. In most mineral sunscreens that I have come across, both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are used but in this SPF, only titanium dioxide is used. From the research I have done, titanium dioxide protects against UVB, UVA2 rays but not UVA1. So does this mean that it isn’t completely broad spectrum? I asked their customer service team on the website and they replied saying that it is in fact broad spectrum and that ‘ingredients information is propriety to the brand’ so couldn’t tell me any more. If there are any science buffs out there that can shed any light on this, please get in touch! It does also contain Artemia extract, a plankton extract which they say ‘helps boost skin’s natural defences and resistance to UV- and heat-induced stress.’


The consistency is very thin, it spreads easily and sinks in nicely. The tint is perfect for my skin tone and it’s also great for reapplying when I leave my office to go for lunch. I just need to get to the bottom of this UVA1 issue before I can recommend…


Lauren x

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