Winter is over! In Belgium and in the UK we’re in the middle of Spring! The most beautiful season of the year! Trees make new leaves, birds build their nests and the first warm sunrays appear. Even if the sun is still low, we do have to protect ourselves against UV-damages even if you don’t go outside! UV-A rays come through your windows!
Sun damage is the number one cause of premature aging skin! If you want to know more about sun damage, there is an intresting article about the effects of sun damage on Paula’s choice.
Having this said, there is an enormous choice of broad spectrum SPF’s on the market! There are 2 kinds of protection, mineral and synthetic sunscreen. Sometimes they are mixed. The last months I tested 4 sunscreens! Some of them are expensive, others aren’t. I’m sure you’ll find one of your choice! If you are positive about another option, please feel free to share it below in the comments!
Tatcha: Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF35 PA +++ 58€ 60ml – 97€/100ml
Even though I wanted to test only SPF 50 I included this one. I heard so many people raving about it, so I couldn’t skip it in this test. It’s a broad spectrum sunscreen protecting against UVA and UVB. It’s a mixture of mineral and synthetic sunscreen with active ingredients
Zinc Oxide(=mineral) 15% and Octisalate(=synthetic) 5%.
The texture is rather thick but does blend smoothly into your skin! It leaves your skin with a silky matte touch. It doesn’t have any whitecast at all! It has a delicate scent, but it doesn’t bother me. I have combination skin and it kept me matte for at least 6 hours. This sunscreen claims to have anti-aging properties.
I wondered why they didn’t came with an SPF 50, so I started surfing through the faq’s on their website. Tatcha comments they searched for a perfect combination in pore perfecting and not leaving any whitecast. An SPF of 35 is considered to be very good.
I love this sunscreen, it works great on top of skincare and it works great under make-up. I love the fact that it is mattifying!
MISSHA All Around Safe Block Waterproof Sun Milk SPF 50 PA +++ 24€ 70ml – 34,30 €/100ml
This sunscreen has a milky texture, it’s really fluid. Applying is a real piece of cake! In the beginning your skin feels a little bit tacky, but once absorbed completely it also leaves a matte finish. It has no whitecast at all! The packaging is really lovely.
Active ingredients are Zinc Oxide(=mineral) and Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate or Octinoxate (=synthetic). This is a mixed sunscreen. I do see some parabens in the ingrediënt list, although at the very end of the list. Parabenes serve as a preservative. I know many of you try to avoid these. If you really want to know more about this ingrediënt please do read the article about them on Paula’s Choice.
This sunscreen claims to be waterproof, so it is very helpful when you are at the side of a pool or at the beach! Or even when you plan a workout!
Actually this sunscreen worked really well on top of skincare and under make-up. I do like that it’s waterproof. But I have some thoughts on the ingrediënt list due to the parabenes. I know too little about chemistry to have a founded opinion. Reading the article on Paula’s Choice one shouldn’t bother due to the tiny amounts used in sunscreen. So this one is up to you! Let me hear your thoughts in the comments below!
Australian Gold Botanical Tinted Sunscreen Face Lotion SPF 50 PA +++ 19,90€ 88ml – 22,60 €/100ml
This one I bought because of the good review from Angie @ Hotandflashy . A very informative You Tubester when it comes to age beautifully! It’s a completely mineral sunscreen which protects against free radicals and is also antiaging. This has a real dense creamy tinted texture. Sometimes I have issues of pilling on top of my skincare, but this could be because of the Niacinamide I used. It works extremely well as a primer under make-up. It gives a matte finish and due to the tint it evens out an uneven skintone.
For some skintints the colour might not match. They only have one tint. This year they came out with an untinted spf 50.
It contains no parabenes and a lot of beneficial botanical ingredients. It’s unscented. The price is also very reasonable! This is definately a rebuy for me!
Caudalie Sunscreen Face Lotion SPF 50 PA +++ 24€ 50ml – 48 €/100ml
Since Caudalie is becoming very popular on Instagram and in the world, and many people including myself are very satisfied with their skincare, I thought it was logical to test their revised facial sunscreen SPF50.
Active ingredients are butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane (avobenzone – UVA filter), ethylhexyl triazone (UVB-filter), titanium dioxide, bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine (UVA en UVB filter). The last one mentioned is also a good antioxidant! As you might notice it is a mineral as well as a synthetic sunscreen. They banned controversial filters from the previous version. This includes chemical filters suspected of being endocrine disruptors, such as octinoxate and octocrylene, nanoparticle filters, and the filters known to be toxic to the marine environment, oxybenzone and octinoxate.
It’s the only sunscreen in this row without silicones. It’s water-resistant, anti-aging and it claims to be hydrating and soothing.
So the cream is rather thick and rich, even though they describe it as a light texture. It has a scent of frangipanni. Application is easy, there is no whitecast whatsoever. Of course using no silicones gives a big difference in applyance. It’s not as smooth as the other sunscreens. My face is more dewy, but it remains also a bit tacky during the day. After some hours I also experience some pilling. I do feel it is beneficial for my skin, it’s very hydrated and with an SPF50 very well protected.
I really wanted it to be my favourite, but I will use it with my family at the beach or by the pool on holiday. I don’t think it is purposed for daily use above your skincare and under make-up due to the pilling and the abscence of silicones. Maybe for extremely dry skin it will work better, but I have combination skin and don’t want my t-zone to be a glowing x-mas ball.
I hope I might have helped you with your choice in a facial sunscreen! I do have some other sunscreens to test at the end of May so stay tuned, and post your holygrails in the comments!