Even though the sun hasn’t been shining much in London, it’s still important to lather up on sunscreen, even if you’re just taking a step out of the house. I’ll confess, up to a year ago I could care less about SPF. Why? Being acne-prone and a combination/oily skin gal, finding the right SPF is a pain and tends to leave white marks and break me out. It just wasn’t worth it. That is until I tried La Roche-Posay Anthélios AC Extreme Fluid SPF30.
Unlike the ‘traditional’ (drugstore) sunscreens, it has a runny texture, which is good. Skincare guru Caroline explained that there are two types of SPF: chemical and physical. To sum it up: chemical is bad (thick, white texture) as it contains the ingredient zinc oxide and physical is good (lighter, runny texture) as it contains an ingredient like titanium dioxide.
As the texture is quite runny, it is very easy to blend into the skin and doesn’t leave white marks or appears stripy. A huge plus for me is that it is a matte finish. Having combination/oily skin that gets shiny throughout the day, I don’t need extra shine from my SPF. It contains SPF 30 and has bot UVB and UVA protection. It’s also great as a base under your make up as it doesn’t rub off when you apply your make up.
N.B. Even if your moisturizer or make up has SPF in it, it doesn’t work as good as when you apply SPF separately. SPF included in your moisturizer only has UVB (and not UVA), which means that you won’t burn but your collagen will break down and you’ll get wrinkles – marvelous. Furthermore, SPF’s in your moisturizer are less likely to be water/rub-resistant: when you apply make up or perspire it’s bye-bye sun protection. So be sure to slap sunscreen on whenever you step a foot into the sunlight, you don’t want to encourage wrinkles (or worse: skin cancer) right?
Dish it out: do you wear sunscreen?