SPF is something I have been asked quite a bit recently and is something for which I have developed strong feelings during the years. From the one escaping SPF as a zombie ready to eat my head off, I am now the one running around making sure everyone has put sunscreen on. I found the biggest misconception about sunscreens are that they prevent you to tan. This is not the case at all, their job is to protect your skin from UVA-UVB rays which long story short are bad for your skin. If you want the longer and expert explanation feel free to click here. *rant over*
Since I am off to the beach-beach I thought I’d share some of the tinted SPF I have been trying out recently. Now a bit of a disclaimer: all these products I am going to use as a regular sunscreen – aka. I will reapply them, as if only applied once as I would for foundation, my skin would not be protected; their tint offer a very light coverage, so when I will go to reapply I won’t get any Oompa Loompa effect; last but not least I have a very fair skin so I need quite high SPF in order not to resemble a lobster, which believe me happened a lot and is not a good look!
Supergoop! CC Cream SPF 35+: I have this tiny sample from a Birchbox I got last year and I remember really liking this one. It’s lightweight, doesn’t smell heavily of SPF – in case you’re not a big fan of it, it’s brightening and rich in antioxidant. It also comes in three shades, mine is Light to Medium which is great for when I have a slight tan.
Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream SPF 50 PA+++: Remember how raved it was the sunscreen version of this one last year? I managed to get a sample of the BB version of it and I would say it feels more of an SPF than a BB cream. The smell of sunscreen is present, richer than the Supergoop! and Erborian, and has the higher protection of all. I’ll be using this one the first days of sunbathing due to its SPF, but be weary, the shade Light is not as light as you’d think so go and get matched at the counter.
Erborian CC Crème SPF 25: For my day to day I have been switching between this one and La Roche-Posay’s and I’m really liking it so far. It is one of those that comes out white and when you get to rub it in the CC sphere break and the pigment should adjust to any skin tone. Now, for my fairest-of-them-all winter colouring it is a bit too dark, but it’s a great match now. It illuminates, it colour corrects and it’s moisturising.
La Roche-Posay Rosaliac CC Creme SPF 30: This was suggested to me by a friend of mine who is generally very demanding of her skincare/makeup products, so when she said she needed to repurchase this one, I was intrigued. Suitable for sensitive skin suffering of redness *raises hand*, it has a universal tone that should adjust to fair to medium skin whilst concealing and correcting redness over time. I would highly recommend this one to anyone who suffers from redness as the Rosaliac line is any kind of hand raised in appreciation-heart eyed emojis.