Best everyday sunscreen for the face?

(50 Posts)
Jjcrackers Wed 23-Jan-13 15:56:37

Having recently found out from you lovely S&B ladies that the one of the best things that you have done for your skin is used sunscreen every day, I need to add it to my beauty regime.

I have had brief flirtations with facial sunscreen products but either found them too chalky (Chanel factor 50) or too oily (Elizabeth Arden).

Please share your favourites

Lottapianos Wed 23-Jan-13 16:01:06

I use Rimmel BB cream SPF 25 or Maybelline BB cream SPF 30, love them both. Another poster said she wore the Maybelline one every day on her face while on a sun holiday and didn't turn even slightly pink!

Also heard great things about the tinted version of La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF50.

Mrsap Wed 23-Jan-13 16:02:41

Neutrogena SPF 20 is pretty good as is Clinique super defence 25.
Although if I am wearing foundation (which has spf 15) then I don't add extra SPF unless it is really sunny.

MrsSnow Wed 23-Jan-13 16:12:14

I love the kiels factor 50 moisturiser it is fantastic in summer.

Bella88 Wed 23-Jan-13 16:24:39

Alpha H moisturiser SPF30 - for everyday
La Roche Posay tinted SPF 50 - for sun whatever the hell that is

Lottapianos Wed 23-Jan-13 16:29:44

People who use a high SPF every day - do you take a Vitamin D supplement? Just curious.... I do, after being given advice about it on here. I asked my GP if it was necessary and he didn't have a scooby doo - he said so long as I was getting about 15 minutes worth of sunlight on my arms every day I should be fine. Yeah, ok that should be easy to do in January in sub zero temperatures confused

<joins Bella88 in scratching head about what this 'sun' concept is>

WifeofPie Wed 23-Jan-13 16:30:21

La Roche Posay Anthelios (spray) SPF 45. Completely non-greasy and non-pore clogging. I didn't know there was a tinted version! Brilliant!

Lottapianos Wed 23-Jan-13 16:44:59

Spray you say WifeofPi? Iiiiiiiinnnnnnnteressssting........ <strokes chin>

Can you spray it over make-up without getting all gunked up? Or do you just apply once a day?

blondassassin Wed 23-Jan-13 16:55:31

These sunscreens you are all recommending, are they invisible on your face? I tried an Avene SPF 50 one and didn't like the white mask effect.

I'd like to find something that sinks in and is invisible, whilst feeling nice and moisturising, priming my skin and ideally with a bit of fake tan thrown in!! Does such a miracle product exist?

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 23-Jan-13 17:29:17

I'm using a Hawaiian tropic SPF 30 one, oil free and for the face. It's UVB rating is good. I'd prefer maximum but it was £9 for 118ml which was a lot cheaper than the Clinique city block I was using before.

It's not chalky on the skin and it makes a reasonable make up base.

belledejour Wed 23-Jan-13 17:40:57

In winter, I rely on the SPF in my Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer.
In summer/on holiday I have always used Ultrasun anti-ageing factor 30, which completely melts into the skin after about 5-10 mins and doesn't leave any whiteness at all www.johnlewis.com/230474802/Product.aspx. However, have just come back from a week in Antigua, where I tried out Sunsense. It has a lovely consistency, like skin cream, and melts into the skin. The tint means it gives a sort of almost imperceptible glow, too. Highly recommended. www.johnlewis.com/121410/Product.aspx

Tindertree Wed 23-Jan-13 18:50:20

La Roche Posay here, factor 50. I make the ordinary one into a tinted moisturiser by mixing in a little mineral powder.

Missbopeep Wed 23-Jan-13 19:40:08

Have used Clinique superdefense 25 and 40 for about 20 years.

SPF 40 is sheerer but has more chemicals, spf 25 is more titanium oxide and slightly thicker.

JemimaPuddle Wed 23-Jan-13 19:52:08

In the winter Alpha H SPF50 and summer Ultrasun face 50. I have oily/combination spot prone skin and neither cause breakouts or leave a white layer.

Jjcrackers Wed 23-Jan-13 19:54:03

Wow. Thank you all for your suggestions!

darby123 Wed 23-Jan-13 21:48:48

Heliocare gel spf 50, really sinks in, you can't even tell you have any on.

kaumana Wed 23-Jan-13 21:56:22

Lotta In the summer I don't wear sunscreen on my body on a daily basis, though my BB cream has SPF 15. Both my son and myself are very fair and live in the not so sunny climes of Scotland so I do believe that it is very important that we get our daily dose of vit D when it is available.

AuntieMaggie Wed 23-Jan-13 22:47:08

The estee lauder beauty benefit cream is good and spf 35

scarecrow22 Wed 23-Jan-13 22:51:17

Olay SPF 15. They do with and without a touch of colour (they say Sunshine). Don't be fooled by being cheaper, best cream I've ever used.

Callycat Wed 23-Jan-13 22:53:10

I use Boots Once for kids, factor 30. It takes about 20 minutes to sink in, though. Even better is Hawaian Tropic oil-free face sunblock, factor 30 - best one I ever found, actually, but Boots only seem to stock that in summer.

Missbopeep Wed 23-Jan-13 23:11:52

SPF 15 is not enough. Dermos say that you need at least 20 even on a dull day. AND the spf is based on using a huge dollop far more than most of us ever would use on our faces.

Add to that the fact that you apply normal sunscreen every 2 hrs (on the beach or in hot sun) a smear of SPF 15 in make up or a moisturiser is going to do not very much over a whole day.

lurkingaround Wed 23-Jan-13 23:23:16

On the Vit D question, yes, it looks like you should take it every day. We don't get enough Vit D. Yes your GP is right, 15 mins a day would do, but that's for high summer, and (don't quote me, I need to check this one) I think 10 or 15 mins of sun that makes you go slightly pink is what's required. And the exposed area for this is hands and face, or hands and arms. What's more, the sunlight we get in winter (i.e. most of the year in these here parts) is of the wrong wavelength to make Vit D. So yes we should take Vit D. That's current advice. 1000 IU per day. Long-winded answer!!

I use La Roche Posay Anthelios 50, the tinted one, when I'm not wearing makeup. It's a bit slippy, but the protection is excellent. Other days, Revision 50.

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Wed 23-Jan-13 23:28:58

Is this because of stronger sun nowadays? Less ozone layer?

What used to happen to people who used to work outside?

Re the "dermos say..." comment, is that to prevent melanoma, or to keep us from ageing? And if it's the former, the again, what did people do who used to work outside for a living - farm labourers etc? Die of skin cancer? Or did they generally not get to an age when they would have developed it?

I'm interested in this, not being chippy.

ZacharyQuack Wed 23-Jan-13 23:35:26

Ariel, I come from a family of NZ farmers. An alarming number of them have had suspect moles cut from their skin and are under close watch by their Drs. My uncle died of skin cancer.

Farmers do tend to wear long sleeves, trousers and hats rather than shorts and vests, so they do get more protection than just sun screen.

Bella88 Thu 24-Jan-13 00:43:53

Anyone who is on a retin a or glycolic regime MUST protect their skin as it's more delicate and susceptible to damage.

kiwigirl42 Thu 24-Jan-13 03:03:20

I use Sunsense factor 50 every day and highly recommend it. It is very slightly tinted and disappears without any chalky finish. There is also a Sunsense face anti aging option which I will try next. All available on Amazon.

AdoraBell Thu 24-Jan-13 03:22:25

I use Clinique SPF 50 (no, that's not a typo I really do need factor fifty in summer) it's labeled Solar Smart and protects against UVA and UVB. I recently changed from Lancôme when they changed to just UVA and I burnt with their SPF 50. I'm in Chile with twice the radiation levels that UK gets. I use SPF 30 for winter months. DDs are using the LaRoche pediatric one, again SPF 50 ( they are 11)

For body we use Hawaian Tropic, SPF 50 or 45

ComradeJing Thu 24-Jan-13 04:05:11

Ooh watching with interest.

I use the La mer SPF cream that Salli Hughes recommended in a column some time ago. Not too much for my combi skin, works well under make up and isn't greasy.

I'm looking for something with a higher SPF though now were in Sydney and trying to learn to keep a hat on when I'm out.

JemimaPuddle Thu 24-Jan-13 08:22:18

comrade the Alpha H SPF 50 which I use is an Australian brand so you should be able to get it fairly easily

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Thu 24-Jan-13 08:41:34

What about here in the UK with weaker sun?

ComradeJing Thu 24-Jan-13 09:28:32

Thanks Jemima! I'll have a look.

lurkingaround Thu 24-Jan-13 10:37:53

Yes, even in the UK we need factor 50, certainly for anti-ageing effect.

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Thu 24-Jan-13 10:46:08

That's exactly what I mean. Anti ageing is "just" vanity really isn't it? That's why I wondered about people like farm workers. Need for health reasons isn't the same as wanting for anti ageing reasons! Not trying to pick a fight - I'm just musing.

Factor 50 in the middle of a British winter when the snow is so low and weak - when it's out at all - and people hardly go outside seems excessive to me. Between March and October, yes.

lurkingaround Thu 24-Jan-13 12:02:18

Maybe so Ariel. But there is quite an increase in skin cancers, both aggressive and not so aggressive, (and farmers have always been at risk for skin cancers) so while we are not 100% sure using SPF reduces this figure, at the moment it's what we think works, so I suppose you makes your choices and you takes your chances.
I know what I do.

Tindertree Thu 24-Jan-13 12:03:34

When I wear the factor fifty all year round (even inside), my pigmentation doesn't come up. When I used 25 or 40 in other brands, it did.

So after several years of testing (and wearing a hat when possible), I'm sticking to 50. Anecdotally, my skin is noticeably less lined than friends my age. Although of course this could be down to other factors.

Delatron Thu 24-Jan-13 14:09:10

I very much rate La Roche Posay, factor 50 as it has no parabens in it. I use Claudalie or Jurlique moisturiser in the winter which are factor 8 and 15 respectively. Sun creams contain lots of chemicals and I would be wary of putting these on my face throughout the winter when the sun is less of a problem.

It is a very interesting debate; the need for sufficient vitamin D versus not becoming wrinkly/getting skin cancer. Vitamin D deficiency is prevalent in the Uk and is becoming a huge problem. I now make sure I spend 20 mins in the sun with arms, hands legs etc out in the summer! Hand and face are not enough and suncreams block the absorption of vitamin D.

With regards to skin cancer, rates are increasing despite suncreams usage going up. I firmly believe slathering chemicals all over yourself then thinking you are safe to lie in the sun all day is a factor. Getting a bit of sun for vitamin D and then seeking shade is the safest thing to do. Ironically Vitamin D deficiency is linked to cancer.

WifeofPie Thu 24-Jan-13 15:51:41

Lotta re: the LRP spray. I moisturize first and then spray it on my hands and rub it all over my face. It sinks in right away and then I put make-up on top of that. It would be too liquid-y to spray on top of makeup, iyswim.

Missbopeep Thu 24-Jan-13 16:53:43

where does one buy this Roche Posay stuff then? it's not in John Lewis.

Missbopeep Thu 24-Jan-13 16:56:18

Re Vit D- it's dead easy to pop a Vit D supplement or two.
The idea with Vit D is that is is stored in the liver ( and not used up /excess excreted immediately like Vit C etc) so what you get in summer - 15 mins a day on arms or legs-should last all year round.
You can still be healthy and not have face like a prune.

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Thu 24-Jan-13 17:07:29

I work outside. Sometimes I spend ten hours on the water in the height of summer. A few applications of factor 15 per day in the spring and summer gives me a great complexion. There are a smile lines around my eyes on one side of the mouth but I'm not bothered. Par for the course as you approach forty.

I do not look like a prune that's for sure.

Missbopeep Thu 24-Jan-13 17:21:53

Dont take my word for it- dermos have advised not me.

It's how you look at 50 + that's a reflection of how you have cared for your skin- not 39.

madammecholet Thu 24-Jan-13 17:33:19

I use clinique city block. Tis amazing stuff, makes a great primer..

Lottapianos Thu 24-Jan-13 17:36:50

La Roche Posay is in Boots. The Anthelios cream is about 16 quid

Tindertree Fri 25-Jan-13 11:01:40

And often on offer.

ColdWinterMorning Fri 25-Jan-13 12:10:18

I started using a Boots No 7 facial protector cream last summer, spf 30, that says it's ok under make up, and olay with spf15 the rest of the time.

Jjcrackers Sat 26-Jan-13 18:41:53

Can I ask, do you put sunscreen before or after moisturiser?

Bella88 Sat 26-Jan-13 19:52:45

Moisturiser first.

Last year I used Ultrasun 30 in UK and 50 on holiday instead of moisturiser for day (normal night moisturiser)

Not greasy or chalky at all.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 27-Jan-13 08:34:33

I read an article saying sunscreen should go on bare skin so it can bind to the skin.

Tindertree Sun 27-Jan-13 13:01:42

I use it instead of moisturiser too, and plenty of it. Maybe a bit of serum underneath sometimes, if my skin is feeling dry, which is rare.

I'm pretty hands off with skincare these days - I use a gentle foam cleanser by L'Occitane and remove it with a flannel, occasional exfoliation, and a moisturiser at night only. I'm spending less on products than ever, and my skin is better than it's ever been.

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