My primary skin concern is sun protection due to my fear of melanoma or skin cancer, which accounts for 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers in Australia each year. Also, to be honest, I have very pale skin and I hate being hot, so I avoid the sun as much as I can anyway. The sun in Australia really burns you. My other reason for it being my main concern that sun protection is a key to protecting your skin from premature signs of aging. I am not against aging, we’re all getting older, I am just not interested in looking like an old leather couch. My taste, my opinion, not for everybody.
Every single day I wear either Olay Complete UV Max Defence Lotion Sensitive SPF 30, or if I know I am going to be outside a whole lot more than walking to and from my car for work etc, I wear Ego Sunsense Moisturising Face Lotion with an SPF of 50.
Comparing these two, I prefer the Olay. It is far more moisturising, slightly thicker in consistency which is good for my dry and dehydrated skin. I can put a lot on and it all sinks in properly. The SunSense one sometimes balls up on my skin, or if I rub my décolletage at some point during the day, I can actually rub it off my skin. It also leaves a noticeably shiny layer on my face. I haven’t noticed a problem with putting makeup over top. I wish it sunk in further, because it’s really nice and light for hotter days when you don’t want to sweat everything off straight away, but it does ball up a little. If the Olay (well, stopped testing on animals for a start, but that’s a whole other thing!) came in a SPF 50 I wouldn’t buy the SunSense.
Actually if you guys know about sunscreen companies that don’t test on animals I would be very interested.
Sunscreen… Suncream, whatever.
For the Body and Face
Banana Boat Ultra SPF 50. I used to buy this years ago, and it always left me with a thick white sticky layer on my skin. I bought it on a whim when Priceline recently had 40% off all suncare, because it comes with a handy pump and was reasonably cheap. They must have reformulated it, because now it sinks in like a dream. I pop this on in the morning, after getting dressed, all over my arms, the back of my neck if my hair is up and on my feet if I am wearing open shoes, thongs or sandals.
Invisible Zinc SPF 50 4 hr Water Resistant. I also bought this on a whim because Zoe Foster recently wrote a long article about the benefits of wearing a physical sunscreen as opposed to a chemical one. Of course I didn’t take her actual advice about using the Invisible Zinc Tinted stuff, because that was about $10 more than this one. Holy mother this leaves you white and sticky. Not a fan just yet, but I do use it on the backs of my hands on long car trips, because being able to see it reminds me to reapply.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50 (I also use the Body Mist). Oh, my goodness I love this stuff. I have been using it for years, even though Neutrogena’s animal testing policy, or rather, my conscience has caught up with me. It is the perfect chemical sun cream and the mist (again, issues with the environmental effects of using endless aerosol cans has prevented me from repurchasing since my last one ran out) goes on so easy. Sinks into the skin well, leave no really noticeable change on the surface of the skin, makeup goes over perfectly.
Favourite? While I really adore the Neutrogena, I think Banana Boat Ultra wins out- it comes in a pump bottle, and the application is quick and easy for all over the body and the face.
Next I want to try some of the Japanese brands.
What is your favourite sunscreen?