Hoorah! I have finally found a sunscreen with a very high PPD, with no alcohol (I am sure they have reformulated it as there is no alcohol listed on the box I have), and suitable for my dry skin. I have tried a fair few physical ones, but they either broke me out or dried my skin further. This gives no white cast, and fabulous under makeup (it can be fairly shiny with nothing over the top of it). It has also played well with all of my foundations and doesn't feel like I want to scrape it off my skin by the end of the day. As with most sunscreens I use an oil cleanser to remove. This also is meant to have skin brighteners and I will admit that my skin does seem brighter - even upon application. And the best thing about this? Its cheap as chips (for 50ml), and even cheaper with the numerous Boots vouchers given out, or the 3 for 2 deals.
This is a chem/phys sunscreen, the chemical being butyl methoxydbenzoymethane (avobenzone) stabilized by octocrylene, and the physical being the Titanium Dioxide.
Be warned though. You need to use 1/4 tsp of SS to get adequate protection, so I have to put this on in layers. You will be amazed at how much 1/4 tsp really is!
Oh brilliant........they have discontinued this one and replaced it with a version containing their own branded serum now (No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Facial Sun Protection SPF 50). I won't be using that one as it contains alcohol....thanks Boots.
Ingredients for SPF 50+
Aqua (water), C12-15 alkylbenzoate, octocrylene, butyl methoxydbenzoymethane, butylene, glycol, trideccyl salicylate, isononyl, isononanoate, C18-36 acid glycol ester, polyglyceryl-3 methygloucose distearate, polysilicone-15, butyrospermum parkil (shea butter), methylene bis-benzotriazoyl tetramethylbutlphenol (nano), bis-ethylhexyloxphenol, methoxyphenyl tiazine, dimethicone, sorbitan stearate, phenoxyethanol, diethylhexyl butamido triazone, polysorbate 20, potassium cetyl phosphate, cetearyl alcohol, parfum, mica, caprylyl glycol, decyl glucoside, methylparaben, tocopheryl acetate, xanthan gum, ethylparaben, ethylnexylglycerin, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, acrylates/vinyl isodecanoate, crosspolymer, glycerin, sucrose cocoate, phyflanthus embilica fruit extract, tetrasodium EDTA, potassium hydroxide, propylene glycol, dipropylene glycol, panex ginseng root extract, CI 77891 (titanium dioxide)
Too heavy for my skin but I use it daily under my eyes, over eye cream.
I've got this in SPF30 and love it as an everyday moisturiser.
- Doesn't irritate my skin or eyes, so I can use it all over
- Does leave me looking shiny (and I've got dry cheeks!) but it goes away after a while, and I don't mind anyway
- Works well under makeup
- Smells ok, doesn't bother me (lots of things do)
- Always on offer in Boots so you can get it for about £6 - which means I don't mind going through loads of these and I apply it to my neck and hands often as well :)
- Also love the upside-down squeezy tube packaging!
CONS: I reckon on oily skin you'd look rather greasy, but for so cheap you can give it a go anyway. If anything you could use it for hands/neck.
UPDATE! Now that it's summer/ warmer here, I do find this makes me look and feel too greasy! I'll start using this again when it's getting colder and my skin's a bit drier. Either way, still a great product imo.
I bought this for my holiday abroad and was very pleased with it.Gave great protection without being too heavy or greasy,it also gave skin a nice glowy finish will certainly buy this product again .
I find this to be really greasy on my normal skin & it breaks me out. My mother has really dry skin and used this after I gave it up, she found it made her oily too. It leaves a white cast on my NC42 skintone aswell. Wouldn't repurchase.
This has pretty much become my go-to sun protection. Its pretty cheap (as another reviewer noted its almost always on special offer in Boots), it sinks in quickly, gives me no nasty reactions and has a lovely, satiny finish. I use it under my makeup and it works really well as a base- I think its fabulous considering how high the sun protection in it is. Highly recommended.
The Good: £10 for 50ml, but it's almost always on special offer at Boots. I got mine for £5. Comes in your standard squeeze tube so it's easy and hygenic to get the amount you need. PPD of 30, mix of chemical and physical. Leaves no white cast and dries down to a satiny finish after 30mins. Less sticky and makes a better base for makeup than Avene SPF 50.
The Bad: After 2 weeks of daily use, I started getting painful clogged pores all over my forehead which never happens. Stopped using it and they are going away. However I do have sensitive skin so you might have better luck.
The Odd: When this stuff goes off, it smells like rotting fish. So don't stock up too many. Ask me how I know.
Eureka! A high spf/PPD SS that soaks in easily isn't shiny and leaves no white cast. I've tried most of the favourite Euro SS and this is hands down my favourite. It has a truly matte finish and although it has mica for 'illumination' I don't notice any sparkles. According to the Boots rating system the PPD of this must be in excess of 30 and I have to say having worn it on the sunniest of days for long walks and as a Retin-A user I noticed no change in colour whatsoever and that's without reapplying.
The best thing about this is that it really soaks quickly into your skin. With most other high PPD facial SS I have to wait 10mins to get rid of the shine before it's possible to apply make-up. (Which goes on like a dream with this as primer.) This is immediately matte. It also has rather a nice finish on its own for make-up free days.
It's about £11 for 50ml and often on some sort of offer in the UK. I recently bought 3 tubes for £17 with a combination of 3 for 2 and a £5 voucher.
There is a faint scent but I experienced no irritation at all and though I don't have very sensitive skin I can get some slight stinging from many strong SS.
This has been around in the Uk for a few years now and I don't know why it took me so long to try it but I'm so glad I finally have.