I was chatting to Anna the other day about SPFs and how much I adore them and she asked me to write this post so here it is!
I’ve spoken before about how pale I am and how much I love embracing my casper-like skin and using an SPF on my face daily has now become a routine for me. You don’t have to be pale to wear SPF daily though – in fact, you should be wearing it daily no matter what to protect your skin from UVA & UVB rays from the sun.So I rummaged through my skin care drawer and picked out my favourite SPF day creams for you.
Olay Essentials Complete Care SPF 30 – This is a lovely, affordable facial SPF which you can grab on the highstreet. This has a slight fragrance to it but feels a lot like a normal day cream, quite light and sinks in easily.
Kiehls Ultra Light Daily UV Defence SPF 50 PA++++ – This is my newest SPF but the one I’ve been reaching for every day because it contains the highest amount of SPF but without any stickiness or tackiness. I leave this to sink in for two minutes before applying my makeup and it gives me good piece of mind that I can sit in the sun and not damage my skin.
Origins Plantscription SPF 25 – Plantscription was the Origins product I’ve ever tried and I do quite like it! This is a thick, creamy moisturizer however it is oil free, meaning your getting the best of both worlds – protected skin without the oiliness of other SPFs.
Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Daily Mattifying Lotion with SPF 15 – I’ve spoken about my love for this moisturizer before on my blog and it still remains one of my favourites (in fact, this has run out now so I need to purchase a new one). So far I have found that all Paula’s Choice products work really well with my acne prone skin and this is no exception. This contains an SPF 15 (not the best factor but better than nothing) and is also mattifying, so it’s perfect for oily skin. I really recommend this cream and find it’s perfect for every day use.
Ultra Sun High SPF 30 Face – This feels like one of the thickest creams out of the lot and takes a little longer to sink into the skin than all the others, but leaves you with a high protection. I really like that this is free from fragrance and preservatives too. This SPF is available from stores like Waitrose, John Lewis, M&S etc.
Wilko Facial Sun Cream SPF 15 – Now, I now Wilkinson’s isn’t the fanciest of shops, but last year I picked up their SPF 15 facial cream and it’s not too bad. This is a white cream but after rubbing into the skin, it absorbs quite quickly and doesn’t leave you greasy in the slightest. I have been really impressed with this as a moisturizer as well as offering me sun protection – thumbs up!
UVA (ultra violet ageing) and UVB (ultra violet burning) rays is the damage that sun exposure causes your skin. To stop burning AND premature aging, you just need to wear an SPF, it’s as simple as that. It really, really baffles me when girls (and guys) go on sunbeds, without any SPF, just for a hint of tan which will fade in a few weeks time – the permanent damage that this does to your skin is irreversible and to be honest I’d much prefer to be a little paler than my friends, but grow old more gracefully (and smoothly!) than have a tan. In all honesty I really don’t understand people’s need or want to tan in the first place – I think looking healthy (and not orange) is much more attractive nowadays anyway. I really don’t mind fake tanning as much (apart from having to sit near someone who reeks of that biscuitty fake tan smell), at least it’s a healthier way of looking for sunkissed, but still… rant over!
Anyway, what I am trying to say is look after your facial skin – wear SPF daily and if your body goes darker than your face, that’s what makeups for, right (but still do wear SPF on your body, okay!).
I have another post that I’m planning on my favourite SPFs for the body so stay tuned for that too!
What’s your favourite facial SPF cream? What do you think of tanning?
Also - I don’t mean to offend anyone in my mini-rant – I just want people to look after their skin!