Now that spring has finally arrived and seems here to stay, let’s talk a little about protecting your face from the sun. We all love a bit of sunshine (and need it to produce vitamin D), but the sun can also do a great deal of damage to your skin. These days, we are all well aware of this and protect our skin from the sun using sunscreen, right?!
I use facial sunscreen all year round, even in the darker winter months. With the spring finally here and the summer around the corner, this becomes even more important. Not all sunscreens work well with make-up however, and every year I go on a little quest to find my perfect facial sunscreen combining a high SPF protection with easy use underneath make-up.
Nothing is more irritating than applying sunscreen after your moisturiser, to find it makes your make-up patchy or produces those awful little roles. I have three current favorite sunscreens that work well for me.
Estee Lauder Daywear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant &UV Defense SPF 50
This Estee Lauder product combines skincare with sunscreen. It has moisturising properties and a broad spectrum SPF 50. I apply this over my normal moisturiser as I have dry skin, but those with oily skin could use this as a moisturizer and sunscreen. I love the light weight texture and cucumber smell. Looks great underneath every foundation I have tried it with and the fact this is my third tube should tell you how much I like it. It retails for €39/$40/£34, so not cheap but very versatile.
Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50
The new kid on the block, I bought this a few weeks ago as my Estee Lauder is running low and I wanted to try something new. I have only worn it a couple of times but so far, so good. Kiehl’s Daily UV Defense has a light weight texture and plays well with make-up. It does smell like sunscreen but doesn’t leave a white cast. I will do a full review of this in a few weeks time when i have truly put it through its paces, but first impressions are really good. It retails for €37/£31, so very similar to the Estee Lauder one but it does contain double the amount of product.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Melt-in Cream 50+
This is the sunscreen I use for a proper day at the beach. It doesn’t work well underneath make-up and leaves a little bit of a white cast on the face, but this stuff is properly good at protecting your face. Use when you need long lasting sun protection that will not budge. Retails for about €15 at pharmacies.
These are my current sunscreen favorites. I am always looking for new products, so please let me know about your favorites in the comments!