Moisturiser with SPF30 or more

(60 Posts)
HollyMadison Thu 14-Feb-13 07:17:14

Hi lovely ladies. I'm 36 with fairly dry skin on my face and loads of sun damage from too much time on the beach as a kid sad. I live in a hot country and really need to wear at least factor 30 on my face (my dermatologist says it should be factor 50). I find I spend money on lovely moisturiser/day cream but then end up putting a sun block on top which is thick and oily and clogs up my skin.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good day moisturiser with high SPF? Although I'm not in the uk I think I can probably find all the international brands here. Thanks!

Glossynotflossy Thu 14-Feb-13 08:07:41

I think that my moisturuser from origins is factor 30 but i can't be sure.

Not a moisuriser but clipique do something called city block. Could that be an option?

plentyofsoap Thu 14-Feb-13 08:09:29

Hi Ive just purchased city block by clinique which im using as a primer? I have very sensitive skin which is dry and its excellent. With clinique foundation over it, its quite high protection.

OddBoots Thu 14-Feb-13 08:14:23

I use an Aussie one, SunSense Daily SPF50+ it is very, very slightly tinted and has a matt finish. It works well for me and my combo skin but it wouldn't work if you have very dry skin.

Eliza22 Thu 14-Feb-13 08:43:37

oddboots is it this one? ?

Eliza22 Thu 14-Feb-13 08:44:36

Damn.... Can't do link. Is it £24.99? Does the tint stop that awful white cast you get with most facial high SPF factors?

OddBoots Thu 14-Feb-13 08:54:57

I think that is a new and better variety of the one I use - I've been using mine for years so I have the original one but I think I might move on to that one next time I buy one. I get mine from Amazon as a 'subscribe and save' as it's cheaper but I know some people don't like to buy from there.

OddBoots Thu 14-Feb-13 08:55:26

And yes, the tint is just enough to stop the white effect. smile

ZacharyQuack Thu 14-Feb-13 09:09:02

I really like Aveeno moisturiser, it's SPF 30.

EarlyInTheMorning Thu 14-Feb-13 09:19:25

I second Clinique City Block. It does not do the 'white thing' and it works great as a primer. It comes in 25 and 50 spf and at £16 I think it is really reasonable. It goes on top of your moisturiser though, not instead.

Eliza22 Thu 14-Feb-13 09:23:39

Earlyinthemorning don't you find that your face ends up all sloppy? Especially if you wear foundation atop? (Nosey Parker here, signing off!)

Eliza22 Thu 14-Feb-13 09:24:04

Sloppy??? Shiney....SHINEY!

EarlyInTheMorning Thu 14-Feb-13 09:31:52

Eliza I have been using the 25 spf for many years. I apply my moisturiser, let it dry, then the city block, let it dry, and then my oil free foundation. It is important to let each layer set for at least 5 minutes. I don't find any sloppiness, greasiness or shine. When winter is over I'll switch to 50spf. I think I might find that a bit greasier but I'm not sure just yet.

Pinkglow Thu 14-Feb-13 10:31:58

In the summer I use the bodyshop VitC one which is factor 30 and then the clienque city block on top. On holiday when its really hot I also put a layer of ultrasun face suncream under all that - its loads but I have pale skin and burn really easily.

jenny99 Thu 14-Feb-13 11:02:33

I have fairly dry skin and have recently started using kiehls abyssine moisturiser which is AMAZING. It's only got an SPF 23 but just thought I'd mention it anyway....

JumpHerWho Thu 14-Feb-13 12:05:06

I use Clinique City Block on non makeup days, the factor 40 one (it's 25 or 40, not 50) and tbh it does have a slight whitish cast, but overall I like the texture, it's oil free.

Not quite sure how effective putting it on just once in the morning under foundation is, you're meant to top up throughout day to get the full SPF with any sun protection.

The highest factor foundation out there is the new Benefit one - 'Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow' at factor 25, so I might switch from my beloved YSL to that for the summer.

RSVP Thu 14-Feb-13 12:35:02

When I am in Greece (several months a year) I always swap my moisturizer for Elizabeth Arden Sun Defense for Face It's factor 50. I absolutely love the stuff!!

HollyMadison Thu 14-Feb-13 14:49:46

Thanks so much ladies. City Block seems to be popular, although I'm not sure about topping up over the course of the day as I do tend to wear some foundation. Although if I'm out in the sun I do tend to wear a hat. I might see if I can find the Elizabeth Arden one here and have a try. Thanks again smile

MrsSnow Thu 14-Feb-13 15:05:55

I use this one when I have to be in the sun a lot. I find it feels very light
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MrsSnow Thu 14-Feb-13 15:06:28
TheBuskersDog Thu 14-Feb-13 17:57:04

The Elizabeth Arden one is £10.00 on Amazon at the moment.

Glossynotflossy Thu 14-Feb-13 18:18:46

What about a foundation that has spy toiL?

RSVP Thu 14-Feb-13 22:27:24

thanks buskers!
usually buy it from the airport, but 10 quid is dead cheap...

HollyMadison Fri 15-Feb-13 14:25:20

Unfortunately amazon don't deliver to where I live sad. Glossy, do you mean a foundation with SPF in it? That would be good too. Do you have a recommendation?

HollyMadison Fri 15-Feb-13 14:27:15

That looks good too Mrssnow. I will check that out too. Thanks

Alibabaandthe40nappies Fri 15-Feb-13 14:31:08

I use a Clarins facial sunblock in the summer. It is expensive but very light and non-greasy. My foundation also has an SPF in it, although only 15.

I think Roc do something too.

Glossynotflossy Fri 15-Feb-13 19:50:15

Yes foundation with a spf. I dont wear foundation soayne start a new thread

Glossynotflossy Fri 15-Feb-13 19:55:39
JumpHerWho Fri 15-Feb-13 20:50:20

Benefit - their new foundation is really nice and is SPF25.

this one - I've tried it and it's lovely.

Cerealqueen Fri 15-Feb-13 22:14:24

Olay have a new Complete Care one with SPF 30.

JumpHerWho Fri 15-Feb-13 22:21:17

You have to reapply sun protection though so surely best to apply just before going out? I put on my day moisturiser as soon as out of the shower, don't apply my makeup and/or City Block until just before going out. This makes me think keeping sun protection separate from standard daily moisture is better.

TheLibrarianOok Fri 15-Feb-13 22:51:58

The city block type things from Clinique and others are not a substitute for proper sunscreen. I think they should have to mke this very clear on the packaging but they don't because they are sold as moisturisers with an SPF. They don't carry the UVA and UVB screening info that sun screens do. When pushed, the clinique slaesperson did admit that they weren't a substitute but only after I'd shown her my skin cancer scar and told her I had to be very careful grin

My dermatologist recommended Sun Sense too.

If anyone's brave enough, try a city block on one arm and a sunscreen with the same SPF on the other and lie in the sun for a few hours. Your arms will not be the same colour at the end of it.

Daffyboobface Fri 15-Feb-13 22:58:16

Lurking. Was going to post this very question.

Not exactly an answer but the Lancôme genefique facial sunscreen is amazing, but recently, I have been thinking should just get moisturiser which includes sunscreen and hopefully save myself some cash...

ZacharyQuack Fri 15-Feb-13 23:53:03

TheLibrarian - Clinique say their City Blocks are broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreens here. Perhaps the sales person you spoke to was referring to a different product.

JumpHerWho Sat 16-Feb-13 00:02:46

TheLibrarian - I think that advice is a bit dodgy. Clinique city block is what it is - SPF 40 - you perhaps terrified the orange lady, but it's a sciencey fact - you can't stick a random SPF on a bottle of potion if it isn't correct. If it says spf40 then it will do exactly the same job of a Soltan spf40. Or you could sue them, and y'know, it's not worth their while...

bloggingvirgin Sat 16-Feb-13 09:34:50

I have used Clinique City Block for 25 years and it works- I have no wrinkles in my mid 50s.

I use a good moisturiser first then City Block then foundation.

You've got to realise though that no SPF product lasts all day- so if you apply it at 8am and are out in really hot sun, the protection won't last all day- just the same as if you apply sun cream on the beach.

In really hot weather I've changed to Sun Sense spf 50 - even my DH uses it so it doesn't look overly " tinted" even though it has a slight colour to it.

bloggingvirgin Sat 16-Feb-13 09:36:50

Librarian- the Clinique City Block does come with both UVA and UVB high ratings- look at their website for info- or the same info is on the leaflet in the product.

It's definitely not sold as a moisturiser- I think you must have confused the asst or something!

FellatioNels0n Sat 16-Feb-13 09:52:44

I have that Elizabeth Arden one, and it is definitely more of a sunblock than a moisturiser. I have exactly the same problem as you OP -my skin is becoming congested and grainy from so many heavy gunks on it all day every day! I am giving my face a bit of break, but it means I am only wearing a normal spf15 moisturiser at the moment, which is not enough.

Lately I have been using Bobbi Brown's factor 35 BB cream over a standard spf 15 moisturizer. It is part foundation, part lightweight sunblock and I love it. It does feel and look like more of a foundation though.

I also have an spf 50, lightweight tinted sunblock from Bioderma. It gives a more sunkissed and less made-up look than the Bobbi Brown BB cream.

TheLibrarianOok Sat 16-Feb-13 10:55:42

fair enough. I'll happily ask my dermatologist when I go back in a couple of weeks. I don't mind being wrong but I'd rather take his advice than not iyswim. Will report back.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Sat 16-Feb-13 11:00:00

Librarian City Block is good stuff, I find it too heavy for my face but the protection is excellent.

Looking online, La Roche-Posay do an spf 50 which is in stock at Boots. I haven't used it, but I have used other products of theirs and they are always good. It is £16, so not hugely expensive.

AuntieMaggie Sat 16-Feb-13 11:10:25

I tried this last summer and was really impressed with the coverage it gave me as well as it having SPF35 and I have oily skin. However having read Librarians comments will now be looking for a one stop shop with UVA/UVB protection if I can this summer though I tend not to be out in the sun that often except on days off/the odd BBQ as I work long hours in an office... hopefully we'll have a better summer this year though...

AuntieMaggie Sat 16-Feb-13 11:22:11

Alibaba how does the La Roche-Posay sit under makeup?

I have some skin darkening on my face due to medication/sun reaction so I need to take extra care now not to make it worse... sad

I have oily skin in the summer so if anyone can give me any advice about combining spf with something that doesn't make my face shiny I'd appreciate it.

I've been wearing a No7 foundation that has SPF15 during the winter as I spend very little time outside but am now thinking this may not be enough?

Mewsical Sat 16-Feb-13 19:21:21

£10 for Elizabeth Arden is very good value but read one of the reviews. I have had fake products buying from Amazon before....always refunded, but disappointing nevertheless.

I have just bought Clinique city block for this year.

Mac prep and prime I found quite ultraviolet at first, then the whiteness disappeared to nothing (SPF 50).

La Roche Posay tinted one is OK if a little too tinted for my pale skin (SPF 50).

Anyone tried the Mac Prep and Prime BB cream at SPF 35??

FellatioNels0n Sun 17-Feb-13 05:34:06

Is the Mac Prep and Prime spf 50? shock I have some it says nothing about any SPF at all. I only use it as a primer for underneath foundation, and as I am usually wearing BB cram in the daytime it only gets used for evening make up really. I would never think of using it by itself as a sunblock. confused

Maybe they have reformulated it and added the SPF since I bought mine?

Isandri Sun 17-Feb-13 14:40:30

Chanel UV ESSENTIEL spf50. It's in a small bottle but lasts forever. It's hard to find in the UK but is always in big British airports.


LaTrucha Sun 17-Feb-13 15:13:20

Elizabeth Arde one is good. No problems with whiteness. Smells a bit but does the job.

ujjayi Sun 17-Feb-13 15:36:46

Another vote for Chanel Essentiel UV. I mainly use it under tinted moisturiser when skiing.

KenDoddsDadsDog Sun 17-Feb-13 15:38:22

Dermalogica do a fab SPF 40 tinted moisturiser.

JumpHerWho Sun 17-Feb-13 16:47:52

KenDodd couldn't find that - on their website there's only a SPF 20 one, and the highest SPF they do in any of their products is SPF 30.

Had to laugh ujjayi - I'm sure that wasn't a stealth boast but Chanel and skiing in the same post <applauds> grin

KenDoddsDadsDog Sun 17-Feb-13 17:20:51

The one I have is a couple of years old blush,I only use it in hols.

ujjayi Sun 17-Feb-13 18:46:02

<<bows to KenDoddsDadsDog>>

Am laughing! Just re-read post and does sound wanky stealth boast indeed! Perhaps I should have lied added "Gstaad" too gringrin

Mewsical Sun 17-Feb-13 23:16:23

Fellatio- I have the Prep and Prime Face protect spf 50. I didn't realise they did one without SPF in it also.

llanfairpwllgwyngyll Mon 18-Feb-13 06:02:42

One I would NOT recommend is Garnier's Ultralift Pro-X which is an anti-wrinkle cream offered with an SPF. There was no tester when I tried this product from Superdrug, no barcode - so Superdrug said they were unable to give a refund, so I bought it in good faith. The product smell is appalling. (Am starting my own battle to get a full refund from Garnier who sent me an equally appallingly smelling replacement for a 'slightly different product' and, having done so, now claim they cannot refund me.)

Eliza22 Mon 18-Feb-13 09:52:57

I've stopped shopping in Superdrug as they're a pain if there's any "comeback" needed. I bought a mascara from them and when I opened it, the wand was all wonky, making it impossible to use. I'd binned the receipt and they wouldn't change or refund. That was it, never went back.

Good old trusty Boots will always refund/help, even if you don't have your receipt (sometimes). I'm fairly sensitive to a number of things so, trial and error is the way to go, for me with products. A cream I'd used for a good while suddenly brought me out in hives. They refunded, no quibbles.

Eliza22 Mon 18-Feb-13 09:55:52

Oh, forgot to say, I had a sample of the LaRoche SPF 50 product. It was a bit gluey for me and left me with a white caste under makeup.

Dare I say? I have an Aldi one, a Facial Sunblock SPF50, I bought last year. This too is a bit greasy but no white mask when you smooth it in.

JumpHerWho Mon 18-Feb-13 14:18:39

Ooh has anyone tried this ? Dermalogica solar booster. Lisa Eldridge was raving about the booster range - you add a tiny amount to whatever moisturiser or foundation you want and it makes it SPF50. I might give it a go mixed with my YSL foundation for summer.

The key thing for me is that if you need to top up SPF during the day then a primer or moisturiser with SPF is no good when I'm wearing makeup. This I could chuck in my bag along with foundation to refresh halfway through day.

JumpHerWho Mon 18-Feb-13 14:22:55

this site claims to be cheapest in UK for Dermalogica and you can choose 5 free samples with each order including the boosters.

TheLibrarianOok Tue 12-Mar-13 17:08:26

Ok - update as promised. I had an appointment with the consultant dermatologist today. I took along the SunSense SPF 50 for face, the City Block from Clinique SPF 40, the Clarins Day Screen high Protection SPF 40 and the Bobbi Brown Protective Face Base SPF 50 (I know, I know!)

He said the others were a good idea in the less sunny months and if I'd be spending lots of time indoors during a sunny day - but in summer - especially when I would be outdoors, he would advise the SunSense sunscreen (and a wide-brimmed hat).

I'm going with that advice personally - but for me it's a case of once bitten, twice shy.

Hope this helps. smile

Ninahyatt Sat 06-Jul-13 01:00:27

U can try Vichy foundation.its got spf35 in it.i ddnt use it myself though but one of my frnds alwys uses ths foundation and sh is very happy wth the results

Ninahyatt Sat 06-Jul-13 01:08:41

Holly Madison

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