Wednesday, February 2, 2011

SPF SOS


So today I was doing what any other normal person stuck at home during a snow storm would be doing - trying to mentally escape the north pole scenario by flipping through some magazines from the little pile on my nightstand.

I came across the June 2010 issue of Vogue and the beautiful editorial with Blake Lively in sexy surfer attire - and it got me excited and really looking forward to summer.


We don't really get a spring here, we get a long 5 months of cold annoying winter, then maybe a few weeks of rain and then BOOM, summer time.
So I still have a few months to go but I'm already starting to think about what SPF I will be trying out this year.

I must admit that in my teenage years I never really put much importance to sun protection. A foundation or body lotion with SPF 15 seemed to suffice, but the more I learned over the years and the older I get (*gulp* approaching mid 20's here!) I realized that I definitely need to be more diligent with this!

Last summer I was using the Neutrogena Sport SPF 45 Spray with Helioplex, and while it was great on my body, it didn't react too well with the skin on my face and chest, making it all patchy and strange. I'll finish the bottle I have on my legs/arms but I am on the hunt for a new facial SPF for this year.

I've heard great things about La Roche Possay sunscreens, as well as Vichy and Shiseido.
So many to choose from and they are not exactly cheap so I'd like to get it right on the first try if I can!

What are your recommendations for a good lightweight SPF for the face and chest for daytime?

As always I'm looking forward to your replies!

24 comments:

  1. The one by Purpose is very good - thin, soaks in quickly. It's SPF 15. I'm on my 2nd bottle of it!

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  2. Definitely get La Roche Posay. I have sun allergy, I've tried everything, it's the best product around. They even have a SPF50 for face that is mattifying (so you don't look like a grease ball) and that works under makeup. On the body I use Avene Mineral Milk SPF 50 but I don't know if you have access to that.
    Shiseido used to be good but was reformulated last year and isn't that great under makeup anymore.

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  3. I wear sunscreaan every day even when the sun is nowhere to be found. In my teenage days I ignored as much as I could and I have a tiny spot of sunburn on my cheek. after that I wore it everyday. for body I use La roche posay and something else I don't remembee the name. for my face I tried so many from Biotherm, vichy, la roche posay, clinique, neutregena ... the best one for me is the clean and clear pore minimizing moisturizer. it is very light and oil free and it absorbed to my skin very fast. I think I am at my 4th or 5th bottle of that. but it is not pore minimizing though;)

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  4. I swear by Shiseido's sun protection lotion (SPF 38). I have combination/oily skin and it sinks in very nicely (its very thin) and has never broken me out. It doesn't have a sunscreen-y scent either which I'm really picky about. Definitely recommend it!

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  5. For me, hands down La Roche posay (Depending on your skintype oily or dry) and it was recommended by my derm as well. Avene has pretty much good sunscreens, but La Roche posay is sooo lightweight!

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  6. I have tried the Vichy and La Roche Posay ones, but they leave a white cast on my skin, and made my face shiny by midday. I did like the Neutrogena one, but I noticed that when I would sweat it would kind of melt and get really streaky. Not good.

    I needed a really good, oil free, sunscreen. I live in Dubai and the weather is incredibly humid, and hot. It's just really wet. I tried Hawaiin Tropic's Oil Free Faces Sheer Sunscreen and LOVED IT. I bought it for a summer trip to the Philippines, but ended up loving it so much that I wear it every day. It's perfect, so light weight, no white cast and it wears really well under makeup. I get zero shine from this too!

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  7. la roche posay is amazing and non greasy as I hate the greasy feeling-sweating is enough!-and is a greta base to put makeup on..last summer I used mac prep and prime spf50 and was also great for both protection and putting makeup on top without making it streaky or patchy!!

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  8. i quite like the neutrogena ultra sheer water-light sunscreen.

    it feels lightweight on the skin and has helioplex. it says it "works beautifully under makeup" and i agree. plus, it's a drugstore product so it's pretty inexpensive.

    prior to this i was using clinique's super city block but it felt much thicker compared to the water-light.

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  9. The Korres watermelon sunscreen is great. Although it comes in stick form. Korres also has a spray-able face and body sunscreen that is supposed to be good too!

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  10. My all time HG is EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46. I received a sample at my Dermatologists office about a year ago and have already repurchased it twice since.

    It's super lightweight, leaves no crazy residue and is SPF 46. The other benefit is that it is supposed to promote healthy skin renewal (a huge plus in my book)

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  11. I use Neutrogena's Age Shield Face Sunblock (spf 70). It's great because it's never made me break out (like most sunscreens) and the finish isn't shiny. During the summer if I'm going to be outside a lot I just slap it on all over, and during the winter I mix it with my moisturizer. I've never tried the ones you mentioned though, but this is a good option if you're on a strict budget like me. :)

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  12. Creme de la mer - the spf 30 uv protecting fluid. The only facial sun screen I've found that has never broken me out (my skin is highly temperamental, dry cheeks and oily t zone). Plus a very reputable brand which should be able to give you a sample before you buy (my skin is so moody I have come to insist on only buying brands that provide samples, to avoid mass wastage of valuable pennies!).

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  13. Best sunscreen I've tried is LRP Anthelios AC SPF30 Fluide.
    I'm always concerned about sunscreen, I live in Greece and sunscreen is a must for several months within a year plus the sun is soo dangerous here. I used to use Japanese ones like Anessa but since I learnt that they don't have high PPD I gave up so I turned myself to European drugstore ones which is a plus here because they're easily available and cheap but most of them are too heavy for my skin, I have oily acne prone skin and most of them caused break outs.
    I tried a lot including Avene, Roc, Vichy ( this one actually didn't break me out but it gave me a horrible dermatitis), and LRP was the best, no break outs, light as a feather skince it's liquid, and works great as a make up base.

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  14. invisible zinc environmental skin protector - a zinc oxide based sunblock (so a physical sunblock not a chemical sunscreen) with moisturiser. i use it every day under nars sheer glow and it's great. they also do pretty good broad spectrum stick foundation called silk shield, 30+ i think... great for my handbag when a touch up is needed.

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  15. Dior DiorSnow Pure UV Base SPF 50 =)
    or MAC Prep and Prime SPF 50

    I find that I react to the titanium dioxide in sunscreens and these don't have this as an ingredient.

    shimmering2light.blogspot.com

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  16. I love SPF from Epicuren. I'm not sure if it's available near you, it is only sold in spas and by special sellers, but try looking for it. I know Kate Bosworth loves it too;)

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  17. I have sun allergy, too. But there are no problems with a simple Nivea sunscreen! :)

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  18. pedazo de post!!!
    me ha encantado este blog!
    xoxo

    1besazo enorme =D

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  19. I've started using Kiehl's lightweight SPF, it's very thin & absorbs well and does not leave an oily residue. I've also heard great things about the one from Clairins.

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  20. i loved that issue with blake, she's irresitable!

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  21. Hey Sandra we have exactly the same skin type..sensitive oily acne prone..unlike u i live in a "warm" climate so i need sun protection all year long..i just finished Murad oil free spf 30 which was ok but now i just purchased AVENE CLEANANCE SPF 30..so far i love it..its specifically for acne prone oily skin..ill definitely review it after i use it for at least a month...try to get a sample!!

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  22. I use the neutrogena healthy defense daily moisturizer in spf 45 but they make them in lower and higher increments of spf. They're usually $20 at shoppers but i can usually find them on sale for around $10.

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  23. Nutregena always churns out good products for it's clients.They have the least of fragrances o chemicals.You could also try some organic products which are very good for the skin.

    organic makeup

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