August 15, 2014

The SPF Edit

I'll be honest, I've never really been the type to apply SPF all day, err' day. You know me, I simply despise extra hassle in my daily routine. However, with more examples of post-sun damage popping up her and there (e.g., my 40 y/o neighbour who looks like she's well over 75 due to keeping up her excessive tan), I've been slapping on the sunscreen like nobody's business. Over the timespan of a year, I've tried and tested quite a few formulas, and only the best of the best made the cut (HA, I've always wanted to use that expression).

With just enough protection. Anyone who thought that SPF meant no tan, raise your hands please. Whilst typing this with one hand up is a bit difficult, falling in love with these two products isn't. They protect the skin with just enough SPF and I've also managed to get a healthy tan whilst wearing these products. Clinique City Block Sheer SPF25 has a balmy texture and a very subtle tint to it. Not enough to cover anything, but good enough to blur out some imperfections and redness. Not into tinted sunscreens? I've got your back. Or well, technically Bioderma does —their Photoderm Fluid SPF30 is one of a kind. Due to it's slightly runny texture it's very easy to blend into the skin and leaves it semi-matte, whilst blurring the pores. It's so light on the skin, making it a pleasure to wear and it's just the perfect make up base.

With SPF50 and more. I've never felt the need to wear SPF50 and they usually feel very heavy on the skin, that was before I had really explored the grounds of sunscreen. Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 PA+++ is just like the name suggests, a very light sunscreen. I do find it a bit more stickier than the others I've tried, so do give it some time to dry before you slap on the make up. For the Impatient Debbie's, La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF50+ is your gal. It's super runny texture may cause a big mess of the bottle, but it's super lightweight and easy to blend into the skin, leaving a semi-matte finish.

With skincare benefits. I'm quite skeptical when it comes to hybrid product (think BB/CC creams) and same goes for Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF 45. Now I haven't worn it long and religiously enough for me to see any skincare benefits, but even besides those claims, it's a really nice sunscreen. With the slightest tint, it evens the skin out like a primer and preps the skin beautifully for make up. Those with gorgeous skin can rock this on its own. Excuse me whilst I'll cry and sob for major #BareSkinEnvy.

All product mentioned are oil-free and non-comedogenic (or in normal English: not pore clogging), making them suitable for acne-prone skin. I've tested these on my acne-prone, combination-oily skin. For reference: my Mum who's got dry, ridiculously sensitive and mature skin has been loving the Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 PA+++, Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF45 and La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF50+.




  1. I get #bareskinevey too....that's why I'm so religious with my SPF all year round as I have a few dark sun spots and it's such a drag :/ I curently use the LRP, so light weight and fuss free.

    Hanh x | hanhabelle

  2. i defs got for the 50+ ones juuust in case.

    i've been looking in the cliniques eye cream with spf actually. might as well prevent further darkening of the eye bags, am i right?


    A Beautiful Zen

  3. I just got the Clarins UV Plus like two days back and its been great. I actually first tried a deluxe sample before taking the plunge.. its pretty expensive for a dinky bottle but oh! I love it! :-)

  4. Ooh I love the Clarins UV Plus too, Divya! I've tried the Kiehl's too, but definitely like the Clarins more, because it is super smooth, rubs in like a dream, and also a physical sunscreen (rather than chemical).
    XO Camey
    PS - I'm super impressed by the precision of lining up all these bottles by the way. Love this photo!

  5. I know right? I love it already! I got the pink tinted one which is a bit more glowy than the other normal one and somehow I do not need a highlighter anymore ;-)

  6. Have you tried incorporating Vit C serums/dark spot treatments to treat the sun spots? There are quite a few good ones in the market.

  7. Hmm... I don't really depend on SPF in my skincare, as they often aren't as powerful as regular SPFs and they don't have UVB, and UVA protection. And I mean... I don't see the use in wearing sunscreen whilst sleeping ;-).

  8. I think it really depends on your personal preferences with regards to the consistency. My mum, aunt and quite a few friends swear by the Kiehl's one ;-). Trying a product before you buy is always a good idea, esp. since Kiehl's is so generous with their samples.

  9. HA, thanks! I tried to align it as straight as possible (didn't go as far to use a liner, which on second thought, I should've...), which is just the perfectionist in me speaking.


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