Sorry for the long title - I have, shall we say, 'problem' skin, so currently use an oil-free moisturiser plus Clinique foundation. I'm not one for sunbathing anyway, but spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer (beach near to us) and don't want to put on moisturiser + sunscreen + foundation + concealer = greasy mess you could fry chips on.
Anyone in the same boat, what do you do? I'm guessing at a tinted moisturiser with a SPF of at least 15, please don't suggest I go completely bare, I'm sure my skin would benefit from being able to "breathe" but it really isn't in the right condition! Helppp.
I use Nivea Sun Spray Factor 30 on my face throughout the year as a moisturiser and a sun screen and then put my foundation on top. My mum read that a Professor/Doctor type person recommended it instead of expensive moisturiser type products. I don't find it greasy at all.
I always have to wear some sort of foundation - I don't want to frighten people. I mix foundation with moisturiser if I think just tinted moisturiser alone isn't going to do the job (also think that my favourite one has been discontinued). This seems to work quite well in the summer and you can vary the proportions. Both can then have SPFs in them
I suggest you decide what is more important to you: protecting your face from the sun for long term benefits or covering your skin up(with foundation or other products).
Most moisturizers and some foundations (I think) do have SPF. But they don't last all day. Therefore only a specific sunscreen cream would provide maximum protection against the sun. And it would have to be re-applied. Bear in mind though, most of them (IMHO) are quite heavy so you really need to clean your skin properly every single evening.
As a compromise I suggest you buy the best night cream you can afford.
During the day use a tinted moisturiser with SPF (the SPF won't last very long anyway but at least you've done something) or day moisturizer with SPF and foundation on top.
Otherwise, no foundation and keep re-applying suncream throughout the day.
Interesting to see in about 20 years time if some research comes out telling us all that sunscreen creams are really bad for our skin because of what they contain.
jodee, my foundation has spf15. It is purely mineral based and comes in powder form and you can't really tell that you are wearing it, it is quite expensive, but fabulous and worth the money, its made by 'Bare Escentuals'.
I really am trying hard with the water, honest! You are right, it does work wonders, I just find myself drinking the right amounts for a couple of days, then slipping back into my old tea and coffee ways!
Branster, I think I want the best of both worlds, I'm annoyed that at 38 I am still having to deal with spots as well as wrinkles (I blame ds, things were never this bad until he came along ). I know I need to wear quite a high factor sunscreen if I go to the beach or sit in the sun, the sun just makes the pigmentation marks on my face worse, which in turn means I need more foundation to cover it up ...)