Wednesday 21 June 2023

My favourite facial SPF products for summer 2023

Products marked with a * have been sent to me as a PR sample.

As somebody with sensitive skin who is also incredibly pale, I take SPF protection very seriously. I wear factor 50 on my face year round (as you should!) and I make sure to wear a hat as well as thin long sleeved shirts or floaty pants on super sunny days. I find general suncream like Nivea or ASDA's own works great on my body, but it's way too thick for my face. The last thing I want is clogged pores and skin that is unable to breathe!

With that in mind, I've been testing out some facial SPFs and there have been a few standouts that I wanted to let you know about...

SOS SPF 50 Sun Cream*

If you have eczema or sensitive skin, then SOS are a brand who should definitely be on your radar. Their serum is one of my favourite products when my skin is particularly irritated and sore, and their facial SPF is a new addition to my collection. It's not too thick, sinks in really fast, and feels cooling on the skin. It also smells nice without being irritating; I couldn't recommend this more and the 50ml is perfect for taking in hand luggage! Grab it from their site or Superdrug.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Multi Protection*

Having tried and loved the original version of the Embryolisse Lait-Crème, I was excited to get this in the post recently - it's a thinner consistency but still really moisturising, and has SPF 20 in it as well as offering blue light protection which isn't something you see often. Blue light is what comes from your phone or computer, and as a corporate work from home girly I spend a lot of time indoors at my laptop. This cream is perfect for those days when I don't require such a high SPF on my face! You can get it from Look Fantastic.

It Cosmetics CC Cream

When it comes to make up which has SPF in it, most of them are nothing to write home about. However, I absolutely love the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream - I've tried all of the different variations but my favourite is the Illumination version with SPF 50. It looks so good on the skin and feels comfortable all day long. Love love love. Buy it on Boots!

Other honourable mentions

There are another couple of products I want to mention; those above are my current top 3, but these are worth knowing too...

The Body Shop Factor 50

This is my go-to and the one I use every single time I leave the house or am planning to be in the garden at all, year round. It's thin and moisturising but with a high level of protection, and works well under make up. It also smells nice and doesn't irritate my sensitive skin! In genuinely shocking news, I've just gone to grab a link to this and it's been discontinued. This is absolutely baffling as it really is a fantastic facial SPF product so if they ever bring it back, snap it up...

Escentual Ultra Protect SPF 50* 

I love Escentual when it comes to summer because they run a campaign each year to end sun poverty, relating to children who's parents can't afford to necessarily purchase suncream. They partner with Clarins and Shiseido on this, and I've been supporting the campaign for the past couple of years. When you buy sun screen through THIS LINK they'll donate a little clip-on bottle of factor 50 to a child in need; the suncream itself is great, not as thick as other suncreams meaning I don't mind using it as a facial SPF product too!

Facial SPF products on my yet-to-try list

There are, of course, some other really popular facial SPF products on the market that I'm yet to try - all of the following are recommended by people I know or who are big into their skincare!

🌞 Bondi Sands SPF50+

🌞 CeraVe SPF 50 for normal to dry skin

🌞 La Roche-Posay Oil Control Fluid SPF50+

Also, a PSA that if you take certain medication or use skincare with particular (especially active) ingredients, your skin is often more prone to sun damage. Do your research and lather it on.

Let me know which SPF products you use on your face in the summer (and during the rest of the year!) and make sure to take care on sunny days this year.


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