I know 5 sunscreens seems excessive, but there is a reason for it! These days we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to a variety of textures and we no longer have to put up with the rich greasy texture that we’re familiar with but is now a cliché. If you look at the picture above & tried to guess which sunscreen I use for which part of the body I bet you’d only guess half correctly. It’s because my favourite sunscreen for my neck and decolletage is different to the one I like for my face, and my sunscreen of choice for my face is probably considered unusual to you. But as they say – “if it works, stick to it”.
If you knew how moisturising this sunscreen is, you’d be wondering why this is my sunscreen of choice for my face. The first reason is because my skin type is dry and sensitive to chemical sunscreens, and the second reason is that this double as a moisturising primer that helps base makeup blend more easily onto my skin. Despite the thick white appearance, it’s actually reasonably lightweight (on my dry skin) and absorbs easily just like skincare. This multi award winning mineral sunscreen features micronised zinc oxide that is a low irritant for sensitive skin whilst providing high UVA and UVB protection. No parabens, mineral oils or PABAs.
RRP: $19.95 AUD (75g) or $32 AUD (150g) available at supermarkets, David Jones, Myer, Priceline, Terry White and all good pharmacies nationally.
BIORÉ Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+
This is my favourite sunscreen for face & body in terms of texture, for its water-based silky consistency that’s rich in hyaluronic acid that absorbs completely into the skin without any residue. The scent is a refreshing citrus, featuring notes of orange, grapefruit & lemon. Unfortunately since this is a chemical sunscreen, it didn’t agree with my sensitive skin on my face so it’s now my husband’s facial sunscreen. His skin type is extremely oily, so the lightweight and refreshing texture of this sunscreen won him over, and I successfully convinced him to wear it on weekends when we’re out and about.
RRP: Approx. $13 USD (50g) + shipping from ebay sellers such as Alpha Beauty UK
NECK AND DÉCOLLETAGE
I got excited when I heard this sunscreen was made with plant-based sun filters, with hero ingredients of Indian karanja tree seed oil and pongamia extract to that create an age-defence barrier that avoids the use of harsh chemicals or heavy formulations which clog the pores. The texture is lightweight and milky, applies like skincare and absorbs quickly. I love the sleek white packaging that’s travel friendly, but I’ve since lost the lid while travelling, which had a chic “Molton” logo on a silver backing.
The reason this “facial” sunscreen is down in my “neck and décolletage” section is because it turns out that despite the plant-based sun filters, it still is a chemical sunscreen with tell-tale ingredients like Octocrylene, Octyl Methoxycinnamate, Octyl Salicylate and Oxybenzone. My neck and décolletage don’t react to these ingredients, so I use it mainly for my neck when I don’t want sunscreen to rub off on the neckline of my clothing.
RRP: $59 AUD (50ml) available at David Jones & www.moltonbrown.com.au
I was so pleased when I learned that this product has since been re-branded and re-packaged into “Sun Wrinkle Control Cream Very High Protection For Face ” available in SPF 30. Mine is SPF 15 which is too low for my personal preference, but I still use it neverthless as my “back up” sunscreen which I keep in the office for days I rush out the door forgetting to apply sunscreen on my neck, décolletage, arms or legs. The best part about this product is the creamy texture that has a “skincare scent” and absorbs easily without any residue. Unless they’ve changed the sunscreen ingredients, this contains a combination of both chemical UV absorbers and Titanium Dioxide, a physical sunscreen ingredient.
RRP: $35 AUD(75ml) available at leading department stores, select pharmacies nationally and online at Adore Beauty.
ARMS & LEGS
Velvety smooth in texture with a dry-touch powder-like finish, this sunscreen is scented with Reef’s signature coconut fragrance. This my favourite sunscreen for protecting large areas such as my arms and legs as it’s applies easily like a body moisturiser, absorbs quickly and is also the most affordable sunscreen I have, so I can apply dollops of it without needing to worry about hitting pan. The coconut scent is very noticeable and lingers on for hours, so I use this only when I plan to spend the day outdoors.
RRP: $10.99 AUD (150ml) available at supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores nationwide.
What are your favourite sunscreens for face & body?
Products marked with an asterisk were provided for consideration. All other products were purchased.