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I use a separate sunscreen daily (wish I’d done it years ago, knowing what I know now). I wait maybe 10 mins or so after moisturiser (no spf). You should use 1/4 teaspoon on your face, which is quite a bit. All dermatologists recommend separate sunscreen. Moisturiser with spf just doesn’t cut it. You need full UVA (present on cloudy days so not related to how sunny it is at all) and UVB protection. If I’m on holiday I would reapply (every two hours or after swimming) but realistically day to day I wouldn’t reapply spf because I have makeup on. You can get spray spf that are suitable for use with makeup on to ‘top up’ during the day. Japanese SPFs are cosmetically very elegant. Light, non greasy and excellent UVA protection. Very cheap to buy on eBay from Japanese sellers. I like Biore UV bright milk spf 50 (pink bottle) or Biore UV aqua rich watery essence (blue tube)
Following on from threeminis, if you’ve got acids or retinoid from TO its so important to use an spf. They make your skin much more susceptible to skin damage so any good work from the products is cancelled out a hundred fold by the long term skin ageing that will happen- the very thing we are trying to counteract
Worried about the damage I've done to my skin. I don't wear sunglasses either because I am under 5 foot and they all look too big. I need to find some small ones. Even the Monkey ones from Boots are big 😕.
Not keen on buying stuff from cheap sellers as I'm worried about animal testing.
I’m not sure in the animal testing thing to be honest. It’s not about the cheap sellers, it’s an inexpensive product that is highly popular in Japan, it’s whether Biore themselves test. I’m sure a quick google would confirm
Eucerin state that they do not test on animals. I use a great SPF30 by them that works well under makeup and even though it looks a little bit white on application, it settles in really quickly. Doesn't pill up and doesn't leave you looking like Casper.
I buy mine from iHerb, this is the link to it (no affiliation) - it will probably come up in € pricing rather than £ as I am in Ireland:
Yes honey UVA is present all year round. A phrase ‘unless you live in a cave’ was mentioned on a skincare thread I’m on . I use acids and a retinoid. No way I’m not using spf on my face. It’s a matter of a minute to apply, non greasy and light- the ones I mentioned above -and miffy mentions an alternative.
I wear SPF every day and have done for 10 years +. This is partly because of medications I take that make me more vulnerable to skin cancer, but I started doing it before I started on the meds. I use a higher factor in the summer. I reapply on areas likely to be rubbed off or common sunburn areas e.g. nose, round mouth (eating). I am also quite small, Specsavers do a petite range which might help. Big sunglasses are good though because they cover a larger area so less need to squint.
I too wear Biore Watery Essence all year round. It’s unlike any other sunscreen I’ve ever used in that it provides factor 50 uva and uvb protection but isnt thick and white. It actually is quite watery!
I used to love Biore but then realised that I still tan (slightly) with it, so I'm dubious about the level of protection it offer. And I used shitloads each time and reapplied frequently, wasn't out in the sun, it was in Newcastle too!