I've been trialing a lot of sunscreen formulas lately and noticed that facial SPFs in particular have become increasingly sophisticated, with a huge range of options for every skin type. I have a few sunscreen posts coming up, but thought I'd start with the facial products that I'm using the most.
First up, I was so happy to discover a sunscreen specifically for the eye area, more prone to sun damage and early signs of aging than any other part of the body. Ultrasun Eye Formula SPF 30 protects from UVA and UVB damage while also treating dark circles and fine lines, so a separate eye cream isn't required. I do sometimes add a light one such as Vichy Aqualia Thermal (love this) for extra hydration. I only need a tiny dot of Ultrasun Eye, which I pat on gently (rather than rub) right around my eye area. It's suitable for sensitive skin and doesn't irritate my eyes at all.
Sidenote: I've seen an improvement in hyperpigmentation since using OSKIA Renaissance Brightlight Intensive Pigmentation & Dark Spot Serum (review here) and am religious about protecting the eye area as a result. A skin specialist told me that a very small amount of sun exposure could undo all the good work so I'm not taking any chances!
For day to day protection I've really been enjoying La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Tinted BB Ultra Comfort Cream SPF50 and will definitely be taking this on holiday with me. A great option for dry skin, this delivers a healthy glow with a teensy bit of coverage - on a par with tinted moisturiser - which gives me enough confidence to go bare face paired with a little concealer. Day to day, it also works perfectly well under foundation. Oily skins may prefer the newer Anthelios XL Anti Shine SPF50, which has slightly more coverage and a matte finish.
For on the go touch ups, Bioderma Moisturising Anti UV Mist is pure genius. While I wouldn't rely on this for a full day of sun exposure, it's great for maintaining protection throughout the day and works brilliantly over makeup. Lunch in the park or post work drinks al fresco, sorted.
Despite the current rubbish weather, daylight is enough to make us susceptible to damage, even without any heat in the sun. If someone could arrange to bring back said heat, it would be warmly welcomed!
Which SPF do you like to use on your face?